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Caralise Hunt Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and St. Francis-Emory Healthcare Professor
Dr. Caralise Hunt has over twenty years of nursing experience including medical-surgical and maternal-child nursing. Dr. Hunt joined the Auburn University faculty in 2000 as a clinical associate. She became a full-time nursing instructor for Auburn in 2005 and began an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in 2007. After completing a doctorate in 2011, she entered a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor. Dr. Hunt teaches primarily in the junior level nursing courses including fundamentals, health assessment, and adult health nursing. Dr. Hunt is a certified medical-surgical nurse by the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses. Her primary area of research is self-management of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Dr. Hunt serves on the research committee and as chair of the curriculum committee in the school of nursing. She also serves on university committees including faculty research, library, and curriculum committee. Dr. Hunt is the Director of the RN to BSN program which is set to launch in 2017. She is a professional member of the American Diabetes Association, member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and President of the Theta Delta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.
(334) 844-6763
Pao-Feng Tsai Professor & Associate Dean for Research
Dr. Pao-Feng Tsai has over 27 years of experience in the academic field. Prior to moving to the U.S., she held several teaching and research positions in Taiwan. In 1999, she began a tenure track appointment as assistant professor in the College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Ark., and was promoted to full professor in 2013. During her tenure at UAMS, she served as the research leader of the Arkansas’ Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, was the recipient of the Alice An-Loh Sun Endowed Professorship in Geriatric Nursing, and was selected Graduate Faculty of the Year and Best Ph.D. Faculty of the Year. She joined the Auburn University (AU) School of Nursing as Professor and Associate Dean for Research in 2020. Dr. Tsai is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Scholarship conferred by Kaohsiung Medical University and serves as the member of the Biotechnology, Health and Innovation Research Center Advisory Board at the Hungkuang University, Taiwan. She has received several National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and foundation funded research grants as principal investigator or co-investigator in the past 20 years focusing mainly on pain and geriatric care. She had sponsored several undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. She has made presentations at national and international conventions and published more than 50 articles. She serves as the chair of the research committee in the School of Nursing and as a member of several School of Nursing and AU committees. She has been reviewing grants for NIH, VA, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Nurses Foundation, Southern Nursing Research Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and the Dunhill Medical Trust, London, England.
(334) 844-5665
Floor: 3 Door: 3221
Barbara Wilder Wells Fargo Professor/Dir Graduate Program
Barbara Wilder received her initial nursing education at St. Margaret's School of Nursing, then returned to school to complete her undergraduate degree from Auburn University at Montgomery. She received a master's degree in Adult Health from Troy State University and another master's degree as a nurse practitioner from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In 1995, she completed a Doctorate of Science in Nursing from UAB. The focus of her doctoral research was hardiness and quality of life in older adults. Wilder's research program continues to center around adult health. Another component of the research program is nurse practitioners and their perceived roles and actual roles. An emerging area is service learning health promotion and its impact upon nursing students and low income clients. Another huge area is serving learning health promotion and its impact upon nursing students and low income clients. Wilder joined the AU faculty in 1985 and currently teaches the NP courses in the master's program and some Medical-Surgical concepts in the undergraduate program.
(334) 844-6766


Lynn Brown Associate Clinical Professor
Dr. Lynn Brown is an associate clinical professor and has been a faculty member at Auburn University since 2015. She graduated with her DNP in administration with an additional educator concentration from Samford University in 2015. She worked at UAB Hospital from 2004 to 2015 on various surgical units, and as the Clinical Care Coordinator for Vascular Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Brown has worked at Humana Hospital in Huntsville, AL, the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN, and Crawford Long Hospital of Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is ANCC Board Certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing and a Certified Nurse Educator. She is a member of the American Nursing Association, the Alabama State Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Dr. Brown currently serves on the Alabama Department of Public Health Office of Women’s Health Steering Committee. Her research interests include nurse retention, nurse residency programs, older adults, and student success.
(334) 844-5607
Tiffani Chidume Assistant Clinical Professor
Dr. Tiffani Chidume joined the faculty at Auburn University as an Assistant Clinical Professor in 2018. She has 20 years of combined experience in nursing education, critical care, emergency nursing, long-term healthcare, and health information technology. She worked in the ICU at East Alabama Medical Center for over a decade, where she was also certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN). Within the school of nursing, she serves on the Simulation, Technology, and Diversity and Inclusion committees. Tiffani additionally serves as an Editor-in-Chief of Nurse critical care and rhythms for StatPearls, an Online learning management systems and publisher of peer-reviewed ebooks. In January 2021, Tiffani earned the Best Research Award in Nursing and Health Professions from the International Research Awards on New Science Inventions (NESIN 2020 Awards). Non-Journaled Published Works: Paganotti L, Chidume T. (2020). Translational Science in Medical Simulation. StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island, FL: StatPearls Publishing. Available from: Hillier M, Williams, T. Chidume T. (2020). Standardization of Standardized Patient Training in Medical Simulation. StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island, FL: StatPearls Publishing. Available from: Chidume, T., Lynn, D. (2020). Editor-in-Chief. Nurse-Critical Care/Rhythms. St. Petersburg FL, StatPearls Publishing, LLC. ASIN: B07BTFRVTF Professional Organizations: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) American Nurses’ Association (ANA) Alabama State Nurses’ Association (ASNA) Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) National League for Nursing (NLN) Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).
(334) 844-6703
David Crumbley Associate Clinical Professor
David Crumbley spent three years in the US Army as a Medic where he was mentored by Army Nurse Corps Officers who motivated him to pursue his education. Upon completion of his enlistment obligation he went on to receive his nursing degree, and in 1993 was commissioned as a Nurse Corps Officer into the United States Navy. During his 20 years as a Naval Officer he held several leadership positions, implemented three nurse-managed wound care programs including the Complex Wound and Limb Salvage Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda. He was responsible for numerous wound care innovations impacting the care of the wounded throughout the DoD continuum of care. He retired from the US Navy in 2012 holding the rank of Commander. David Crumbley joined the Auburn University faculty in 2012 as an assistant clinical professor. He teaches primarily in the senior level nursing courses including critical care and leadership.
(334) 844-8433
Amy Curtis Assistant Clinical Professor
Dr. Amy Curtis has over 17 years of combined experience in nursing and nursing education. She earned her BSN from Auburn University in 2003 and spent much of her nursing career working in orthopedics. She earned her MSN in 2011 from Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery's Joint MSN Program. She also earned her College and University Teaching Graduate Certificate from Auburn University in 2011. Dr. Curtis earned her PhD in Adult Education from Auburn University in 2016. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Auburn University School of Nursing where she coordinates the Fundamentals of Nursing and Health Assessment courses for junior level nursing students. She also teaches in both the MSN and RN to BSN Graduate Programs at Auburn University. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) with over 9 years of simulation experience. Her research interests include best practice in simulation-based education, best practice in nursing education, holistic admission practices, health disparities and breast cancer education. She is a member the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Simulation Society for Healthcare (SSH), Sigma, American Nurses Association (ANA), Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) District 5 where she currently serves as district Treasurer, American Cancer Society Action Network, and Auburn University Research Initiative for Cancer (AURIC)
(334) 844-7988
Floor: 2 Door: 2253
Joy DeBellis Assistant Clinical Professor
Dr. Joy DeBellis joined the Auburn University School of Nursing faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor in April 2020. She received her BS in Health Promotion from Auburn University in 1998 and worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor for 9 years. She then received her BSN from Auburn University in 2007 and gained experience as an RN in med-surg, oncology, urology, and cardiology. In 2009, she completed her MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner (certified AANP) for the past 11 years. Joy has experience as a CRNP in family health, cardiology, and veteran’s health. Joy completed her DNP in 2019 and began her journey in academia. Joy serves as the vice-president for Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Delta local chapter, and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Alabama Nurses Association, American Holistic Nursing Association, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, and AMSUS. Joy serves on various committees within the AUSON, including the Graduate Curriculum Committee, Wellness Committee, Outreach Committee, and the Alumni Advisory Council. She currently holds a part-time clinical practice at Varicosity Vein Center in Auburn, Alabama.
(334) 844-7363
Eva Dubois Clinical Professor
E. Jean Dubois has been at Auburn University since 1999. During her 38 years as a nurse, 27 years as nurse educator and 21 years as a nurse practitioner, she has worked in acute care, critical care, community education and primary care. Jean has taught in associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree nursing programs at the University of Arkansas-Monticello and Mississippi University for Women. Since coming to Auburn University, Jean has lead and/or participated in medical/surgical, leadership, critical care, preceptorship, community courses and various lab and clinical experiences. She currently holds a part-time clinical NP practice and a full-time teaching position as an associate clinical professor working with MSN nurse practitioner students and senior undergraduate BSN students. Jean is active in the nursing organizations and Parkinson’s Disease support groups at the local, state, regional, and national level.
(334) 844-6760
Kathy Ellison East Alabama Medical Center/Dr. Bill Lazenby Professor
Kathy Jo Ellison received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Tennessee, and at Auburn University. She has been on the faculty at Auburn University for 24 years. Her primary teaching areas include Evidence-Based Practice, Adult and Community Health, and Cross-Cultural Studies. Kathy Jo Ellison's research interests are primarily oriented toward chronic illness and caregiver education and support. She has also conducted research on mammography attitudes and behavior, blood glucose control in post-operative diabetic clients, and several areas of student and patient education. Current areas of development include education and support of persons with memory problems and improved nursing education for mass casualty incidents.
(334) 844-6761
Margot Fox Assistant Clinical Professor
Margot Fox received a BSN from the Auburn University School of Nursing in 1986 and a MSN in Nurse Education from the joint Auburn University/AUM program in May of 2013. She began her career as a staff nurse in Orthopedics and Neurology at a large regional hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. She later served as a community resource nurse in one of the first hospital-sponsored health information and referral services in the NC area. Following a move back to her hometown of Alexander City, Alabama in 1990, Mrs. Fox began a twelve-year career as an occupational health nurse in the textile industry. Her responsibilities included physical health assessments, audio and pulmonary screenings, first-aid and injury care, worker’s compensation case management, ergonomic and safety evaluations, health promotion, and management of on-site clinics in Alexander City, Ashland and Sylacauga plants. Throughout her nursing career, Mrs. Fox has been active in volunteer organizations within and beyond her community, including six weeks of service as an adult team leader for young adults providing home repair services for underserved families in the Appalachian Mountains. Mrs. Fox joined the AUSON faculty in August 2014 and is involved in junior level academic and clinical instruction. She is a graduate of the year-long Leadership Lake Martin Program, currently serves on the Auburn University School of Nursing Alumni Board, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
(334) 844-6764
Linda Gibson-Young Professor
Dr. Linda Gibson-Young has an exciting academic background in population health with a focus on pediatrics. Her work actively engages undergraduate and graduate students in outreach and research. Dr. Gibson-Young has a Ph.D. in nursing, an MBA, and is certified as a family nurse practitioner (ANCC). In 2021, she received the Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Nursing. In 2016, she became a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) and a Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) Fellow with the American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN). In 2015, she received the Outstanding Research Award from The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Collaborative and interdisciplinary teams partner with Dr. Gibson-Young's outreach and research across Alabama.
(334) 844-5601
Floor: 2 Door: 2241
Robin Gosdin Farrell Associate Clinical Professor
Dr. Robin Gosdin Farrell has been a part of Auburn for over 30 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner (certified ANCC). As a CRNP, Robin has worked in family health, college health, and women’s health. She brings over 34 years of experience as an RN with experience in urgent care, family care, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, and college health. In 2010, she graduated with her DNP and began her journey in academia. She most recently served as Assistant Professor with Troy University (Montgomery campus) in the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Program and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Dr. Farrell is a member of National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), Sigma Theta Tau Internal Nursing Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, and is active in the Advanced Practitioners in the River Region. She and another faculty member founded the East Alabama Nurse Practitioner Council.
(334) 844-6731