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Education | Nursing


Dr. Libby Cohen

Professor Emerita

"USM is a great university to study education. Faculty members are caring, dedicated, knowledgeable and very talented. They are committed to supporting the growth and development of their students. They are extraordinary."

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Dr. Andrea Stairs-Davenport

Professor/Associate Dean

"At USM, we allow students to pursue topics of their choosing in all courses. We believe each student should learn broadly about TESOL but also go deeply into topics that matter to them."

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Dr. Walter H. Kimball


"Be prepared to put your knowledge and skills to use through applied projects."

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Dr. Anita Stewart McCafferty

Associate Professor

"I would advise online graduate students to take the opportunity to immerse themselves in our professional learning community through active participation in discussion boards and participation in professional learning events and professional development offered through Southern Maine Partnership and the greater USM community."

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Dr. Rachel E. Albert

Professor of Nursing

"The qualities for success in advanced nursing include mostly grit, diligence, and ambition; however, professionalism, problem solver, good clinical judgement, evidence-based practitioner, caring, patient advocate, effective communicator and listener, collaborator, and the ability to lead are also critical."

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Dr. Jeanne Gottlieb

Assistant Professor

"Open your mind to new ideas for learning and shared learning. You are no longer a passive learner; you are an active learner. Seek support from family and friends for daily commitments so that you can spend energy and time in achieving your personal learning goals."

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Pamela Levesque


"I started teaching because of a love of learning and a desire to empower others."

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Jill Olausson

Associate Professor

"My own experience in synchronous and asynchronous learning allowed me to understand the online learning environment from a student perspective."

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Tanya Sleeper

Associate Professor of Nursing

"Preparing and positioning the profession for the current and future needs of health care delivery requires an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and professional development to meet our responsibilities."

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Erin Soucy

Dean of Undergraduate Nursing

"A commitment to high-quality patient care standards must be foundational to successful nursing practice in any aspect of the nursing profession."

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Judy Tupper

Director, Population Health & Public Health, Cutler Institute

"My advice to those considering this program is to jump in! You are making an investment in your future."

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