Karen T. Pardue

Karen is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the Westbrook College of Health Professions. Her passion is nursing education and innovative curriculum development and evaluation. Her current work addresses the design, implementation, and evaluation of an interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum for all undergraduate health profession students.  

Her experience in nursing education is diverse, having held faculty and administrative positions in associate, RN to BSN, generic baccalaureate, and masterÕs level programs. For the past decade, she has executed international teaching and leadership roles through an RN to BSN partnership program between the University of New England and Israel College in Tel Aviv, Israel.

She is active in statewide and national nursing organizations addressing the educational preparation of nurses.  She currently is serving on the International Academic Nursing Alliance (IANA) for Sigma Theta Tau, International. She served as a mentor in the Johnson and Johnson/ National League for Nursing Foundation faculty mentoring program, chaired the National League for Nursing Task Group on Innovation in Nursing Education, and served on the Nursing Education Advisory Council for the National League for Nursing. 

Karen has published and presented widely on innovative pedagogies, IPE, and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning.  She serves as a manuscript reviewer for a number of nursing and interprofessional education journals.  Karen was inducted as a Fellow into the Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF) in 2007. 


M.S., B.S.

Russell Sage College, Troy, NY


Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Board Certifications and Licenses

Registered Nurse (RN), State of Maine, Board of Licensure for Nurses

Master TeamSTEPPS Trainer, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

National League for Nursing, Certified Nurse Educator

Clinical Affiliations



nursing education

curricular innovation in higher education

interprofessional/ interdisciplinary education approaches

use of arts & humanities in higher education

Millennial-generation learning

active learning pedagogies

academic leadership



Current Research

Current research and scholarship activity includes investigating the efficacy and impact of an innovative interprofessional curriculum for health students, examining student approaches to learning and teacher approaches to teaching among millennial-generation students, and exploring lived experiences of academic nursing leadership.

Selected Publications

Pardue, K.T. (2012). Not left to chance: Introducing an undergraduate interprofessional education curriculum. Journal of Interprofessional Care, in press. DOI:10.3109/13561820.2012.721815

Pearsall, C., Pardue, K.T., Horton-Deutsch, S., Young, P., Halstead, J., Nelson, K., Morales, M., & Zungolo, E. (2012). Becoming a nurse faculty leader: Taking risks by doing your homework. Journal of Professional Nursing, in press.

Stiles, K., Pardue, K.T., Young, P., & Morales, M. (2011). Becoming a nurse faculty leader: Practices of leading illuminated through advancing reform. Nursing Forum, 46(2), 91-101.

Neuman, L., Pardue, K.T., Grady, J., Gray, M., Hobbins, B., Edelstein, J., & Herrman, J. (2009). What does an innovative teaching assignment mean to students? Nursing Education Perspectives, 30(3), 159-163.

Pardue, K.T., & Morgan, P. (2008). Millennials considered: A new generation, new approaches, and implications for nursing education. Nursing Education Perspectives, 29(2), 74-79.

MacRae, N. & Pardue, K.T. (2007). Use of readers theater to enhance interdisciplinary geriatric education. Educational Gerontology, (33), 529-536.

Pardue, K.T.  (2006). A first step toward reform:  Results of the faculty survey on innovation. Nursing Education Perspectives, 27(1), 56-57.

Pardue, K.T. (2005). Blending aesthetics and empirics:  Teaching health assessment in an art gallery. Journal of Nursing Education, 44(7), 334-338.

Pardue, K.T., Tagliareni, E., Valiga, T., Davison-Price, M. & Orehowsky, S. (2005). Substantive innovation in nursing education: Shifting the emphasis from content coverage to student learning. Nursing Education Perspectives, 26(1), 55-57.

Funded Grants

Pardue, K.T. (2012). Co-Investigator (20% effort) in Morton, J. (PI). Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (Grant # UD7HP25065), HRSA: Health Resources Service Administration, funded, $1,200,000 (9/12 through 6/15).

Cohen-Konrad, S., & Pardue, K.T. (2011). Co-Investigator: Interprofessional Education On-Line Module Development for Graduate and Professional Study, Bingham Foundation, funded.

Karen Pardue

Karen T. Pardue



Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education; Associate Professor of Nursing

Hersey Hall


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