Dr. Tammy Barbé appointed dean of College of Nursing

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Headshot of Dr. Tammy Barbé, dean of Mercer's College of Nursing
Dr. Tammy Barbé

ATLANTA — Tammy Barbé, Ph.D., who has served as interim dean of Mercer University’s College of Nursing since May of 2022, has had the interim removed from her title, Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis announced today.

“Dr. Barbé has stepped into the position of interim dean and has demonstrated great leadership for the College of Nursing. She has the trust of the faculty and administration as the college implements new and relevant nursing opportunities for our constituents. I look forward to working with her as we seek to address the nationwide nursing shortage,” said Mercer Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis.

Dr. Barbé was appointed interim dean after Linda Streit, Ph.D., announced she would step aside after 12 years as dean to return to the faculty of the state’s longest-established nursing program.

Prior to being named interim dean, Dr. Barbé served as a professor and oversaw the College’s graduate programs. Dr. Barbé joined Mercer’s faculty in 2012 and was promoted to associate dean in 2018.

“Working alongside the dedicated and talented faculty, staff, students and alumni of Mercer’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing has been a privilege,” said Dr. Barbé. “I am honored to serve as the next dean of the longest-standing nursing program in Georgia, embracing our legacy of excellence as we develop and implement innovative educational models to prepare great nurses to meet the healthcare needs of diverse populations.”

Dr. Barbé has overseen the College of Nursing’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Faculty Loan Program and served as student and faculty development coordinator for the College.

She has more than 25 years of nursing experience and is a certified nurse educator (CNE). She has been honored as an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) Fellow, an AACN Faculty Policy Intensive Fellow and a Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow.

Dr. Barbé is a past recipient of the College of Nursing’s Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award and the Susan Sweat Gunby Excellence in Nursing Award from the Pi Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International honor society. In 2019, she was inducted into the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Alumni Association’s Hall of Honor for excellence in mentoring.

Her research interests include nursing professional development, nurse educator and clinician competence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has authored national and international publications and presentations and has been an invited speaker at education-focused conferences, including the Magna Publications Teaching Professor Conference.

Dr. Barbé earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama, followed by her Ph.D. in nursing education from the University of Northern Colorado.

About the College of Nursing

Founded in 1902 as a school of nursing, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing is the longest-established nursing program in Georgia. Over its 120-year history, the College has graduated more than 8,500 nurses. The College remains dedicated to educating the person, fostering the passion and shaping the future of nursing. The College merged with Mercer in 2001 and offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (including a traditional BSN, RN-BSN and an Accelerated BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Ph.D. in nursing. The College of Nursing is one of four academic units within the Mercer Health Sciences Center, along with the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and College of Health Professions. For more information, visit nursing.mercer.edu.