Academy Faculty

Karen L. Carlson, PhD, RN 

Dr. Carlson received her BSN from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her MSN from The University of New Mexico in maternal-child nursing, and her PhD in Parent-Child Nursing Research from The University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a post-master’s degree in Public Administration in Budgeting and Finance from The University of New Mexico. Dr. Carlson’s leadership positions have included serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Executive Dean, and Interim Dean  at The University of New Mexico. She taught in baccalaureate and higher degree programs for 26 ½ years. Dr. Carlson served on the International Board of Directors for STTI and Chaired the Bylaws Committee for 4 years. She currently serves on the International Foundation Board of STTI. She is a past-president of Gamma Xi at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Locally she has served on the Development Advisory Committee for The College of Nursing, chaired church committees, served on the Advisory Board for Manzano Del Sol Retirement Center, and held numerous positions in Gamma Sigma. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma an honorary society for outstanding educators. As a faculty member, Dr. Carlson taught organizational theory at the master’s level as well as other courses.

Carol Huston, MSN, DPA, FAAN

Dr. Huston has been a Professor in the School of Nursing at CSU, Chico since 1982 and became the Director of that program in January 2010. She was named Master Teacher for CSUC from 1999-2001, Outstanding Teacher for CSUC for 2001/2002, and Outstanding Professor for CSUC for 2008/2009. Dr. Huston is the author of five textbooks on leadership, management, and professional issues in nursing (16 editions total) and has published widely in leading professional journals. Dr. Huston served as the 2007-2009 President of STTI, the International Honor Society of Nursing. In addition, she served as Co-Chairperson of the 2010 International Year of the Nurse (IYNurse) Initiative (a global partnership effort between Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, and the Nightingale Museum of London). Dr. Huston is a frequent speaker at nursing conferences and has keynoted more than 250 presentations worldwide.

Donna M. (Costello) Nickitas,  PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FNAP, FAAN

Dr. Nickitas earned an AAS in Nursing from Kingsborough Community College in 1974, a BSN from Stony Brook University in 1976, a MA from New York University in 1980, and a PhD in Nursing from Adelphi University in 1989. Dr. Nickitas has extensive experience in academic administration, nursing education, health policy, service-learning, professional development and health information technology for clinical and classroom instruction. She is a retired Major from the Air Force Nurse Corps with over 18 years of active and reserve military service. Currently, Dr. Nickitas is the Executive Officer of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and a Professor in the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College. She is the editor of Nursing Economic$, Journal for Health Care Leaders and has written widely in the field of nursing leadership and management, financial management, and health policy and politics and service-learning, Her publications includes three books, book chapters, editorials, and peer-reviewed publications.

Alyce A. Schultz, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Alyce Schultz is a recognized leader nationally and internationally in promoting evidence-based practice and clinical research in practice and academic settings.  During the past 25 years, she has served as the owner/consultant of EBP Concepts, an adjunct professor at Husson College and the University of Southern Maine, Director of the Center for Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes at Maine Medical Center, and a Clinical Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Evidence-based Practice at Arizona State University.  She has written extensively and been honored with Writing and Research Awards from multiple nursing associations, both national and internationally.  She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and a Magnet Recognition Program® appraiser, mentor, and leader.  She served as Vice President and Board member for Sigma Theta Tau Internationally.  She is currently a Fulbright Specialist and has presented the Clinical Scholar Program©, resulting in numerous clinical-academic partnerships, in Thailand and the Philippines.  She is an active member of an invitational international colloquium on Knowledge Utilization.  She received the University of New Mexico College of Nursing 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Her strengths include building academic and clinical partnerships for evidence-based practice and clinical research.

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