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Susan R. Jacob, PhD, RN

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Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
874 Union, 140C
Memphis, TN 38163
(901) 448-1320

Curriculum vitae

Susan R. Jacob received her BSN from West Virginia University, a Master of Science degree in Community Health Nursing from San Jose State University and a PhD from the University of Tennessee, Memphis - now known as the Health Science Center.

Dr. Jacob has been a nursing educator for over thirty years, serving as a tenured Professor on the faculties of the University of Memphis and Union University where she also served as Dean of the School of Nursing prior to serving as the Executive Associate Dean (2003-2011) and Interim Dean (2011-2012) in the UTHSC College of Nursing. Dr. Jacob retired from UTHSC in 2012 as Professor Emeritus in the College of Nursing and returned in November 2015 to assume the position of Professor and Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs until June 30, 2016. In September 2016 Dr. Jacob assumed the role of Interim Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention until July 2017.  In January 2017 she assumed the role of Interim Director of the BSN program until June 2018 when she was appointed Assistant Dean of Quality and Strategic Affairs. Dr. Jacob also currently serves as Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Jacob has extensive experience in the area of curriculum development and teaching/learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She serves as a team lead evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and a curriculum/accreditation consultant for colleges of nursing. She is co-author/co-editor with Barbara Cherry of Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends, and Management, Elsevier's leading Nursing Issues textbook in its 8th edition, and the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles.She served as lead editor for the 2014 and 2019 editions of Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum.

Dr. Jacob serves as a manuscript reviewer for the American Journal of Health Behavior and the Journal of Religion and Health. Her research interests include grief, bereavement, and aging. Dr. Jacob has had local and national funding for her research focused on grief and bereavement, grief support groups, gerontology, and innovative models of home healthcare delivery. Her community outreach activities include facilitating grief support groups and training mentors and mentoring vulnerable Moms through One by One Ministries. Dr. Jacob serves as Chair of FACES (Family Advocate Center for Empowerment) and Chair of the Methodist Alliance Professional Advisory Committee. She serves as Vice Chair of the National Board of One by One Ministries. She is frequently a speaker on end of life issues, spiritual care, and faith community nursing.

Dr. Jacob is currently a member of the Beta Theta Chapter at Large and the Nu Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, the American Nurses Association, and the Tennessee Nurses Association. She has served as the Education Consultant for faith community nursing with the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing at Church Health since 2012.

Last Published: Jan 10, 2022