ATLANTA – Mercer University College of Nursing Associate Dean Tammy Barbé, Ph.D., has been named interim dean of the College by Provost D. Scott Davis, Ph.D., effective July 1.
Dr. Barbé follows Linda Streit, Ph.D, who recently announced she would step aside after 12 years as dean to return to the faculty of the state’s longest established nursing program.
“I’m very grateful to Dr. Barbé for agreeing to serve in this important leadership role for the College of Nursing,” Dr. Davis said. “She has a wide range of experience in the College of Nursing and is a respected leader at Mercer and in the nursing profession. Under her direction, I am confident the College will continue the momentum that it has enjoyed during Dr. Streit’s leadership.”
Dr. Barbé, who serves as associate professor and oversees the College’s graduate programs, has more than 25 years of nursing experience and is a certified nurse educator (CNE).
She joined Mercer’s faculty in 2012 and was promoted to associate dean in 2018.
Dr. Barbé directs the College of Nursing’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Faculty Loan Program and previously served as student and faculty development coordinator for the College.
“I am dedicated to the success of Mercer’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing,” said Dr. Barbé. “It has been a privilege serving the students, faculty and staff as associate dean for graduate programs, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Georgia Baptist community as interim dean.”
Dr. Barbé 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.
She 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 multiple 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.