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Kathleen Scoble, Ed.D., RN
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Dr. Scoble has over three decades in academic, administrative and consultant roles. Dr. Scoble joined Elms College in 2003 as the Director of the Division of Nursing at Elms College. At that time, Nursing was comprised of a small, baccalaureate program with 100 students. Acknowledging the growth of Nursing, Elms College dedicated the School of Nursing in 2013, making Dr. Scoble the founding Dean. Dr. Scoble has led Elms’ nursing program from a baccalaureate nursing program to now include a second degree accelerated track, RN-BS programs at 5 instructional sites, a Master of Science in Nursing program, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Dr. Scoble has previously held faculty appointments at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the University of Massachusetts Boston; and several administrative positions in acute care organizations ranging from manager to chief nurse executive. Recognized for her leadership in nursing, Dr. Scoble has served as Senior Associate for the former Institute for Nursing Healthcare Leadership.

A member of AACN for over a decade, Dr. Scoble currently serves as a mentor in the New Dean Mentoring Program, as a State Grassroots Liaison for MA and a member of the Membership Committee; and previously has served as a member of the AACN Executive Development Series Sub Committee.

In MA, Dr. Scoble served two terms as president of the MA Association of Colleges of Nursing and in 2008 was a founding member of the Western MA Nursing Collaborative, a regional coalition of nurse education and service leaders focused on the local nursing workforce; in 2006-2009 served as a member of the MA Nurse of the Future Core Competency Committee developing the MA Nursing Core Competencies implemented across MA in both academic and practice settings; and has been active in the development and work of the MA Nursing Action Coalition serving as a member of its Executive Advisory Committee and team member. In 2014, Dr. Scoble was appointed as a trustee for Baystate Health System Board of Trustees, the largest health system in Western MA, becoming the first nurse ever to serve on this board.

On the international front, Dr. Scoble has consulted internationally for the INHL and Partners Healthcare International (formerly Partners Harvard Medical International) since 1999. Dr. Scoble has had programmatic experience in multiple countries including Colombia, Mexico, India, China, Dubai, and Turkey. Dr. Scoble co-authored a chapter derived from her international experiences [Brown, E. J., & Scoble, K. B. (2012). International nursing leadership: Impact at the bedside. In J. Ives Erickson, D. Jones, & M. Ditomassi (Eds.), Fostering nurse-led care: Professional practice for the bedside leader from Massachusetts General Hospital, (pp.307-350). Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.]. In Spring 2013 she developed and taught a new course for the MSN/MBA dual degree track program, Global Perspectives in Healthcare Management.

Over the years, Dr. Scoble has delivered numerous presentations. Most recently (Spring 2017), she presented Healthcare Professionals as Leaders in the Spiritual Care of Patients at the Divine Mercy’s 13th Annual Medicine, Bioethics, and Spirituality Conference at the College of the Holy Cross; and Fall 2017 presented Planning and Optimizing Budget Allocations at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s 2017 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

Dr. Scoble’s faculty appointments at Elms College have included numerous committees and roles including: chair, Academic Restructuring Committee; member of search committees (VPAA, President, and Athletic Director); co-chair, Institutional Self –Study Committee for NEASC; member and chair, Tenure and Promotion Committee; member, Strategic Planning Committee; chair, Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee.