Karen T. Pardue

Karen is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Westbrook College of Health Professions. Her research and scholarship focuses on nursing/ health profession education and interprofessional (IPE) curriculum development and evaluation.  Karen led the design and implementation of UNE's innovative undergraduate IPE coursework.   

Her experience in nursing education is diverse, having held faculty and administrative positions in associate, RN to BSN, generic BSN, and master's level programs. For the past decade, she executed international teaching and leadership roles through a unique 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 organizations addressing higher education and the preparation of health professionals.  She is an invited member to the  National Leagaue for Nursing (NLN) Strategic Action Group on Disseminating IPE and Collaborative Practices, and led the NLN Task Group on Innovation in Nursing Education.  She was appointed by the Govenor to the New England Board of Higher Education where she currently chairs the Maine delegation; and has served as a mentor in the national Johnson & Johnson Faculty Mentoring program.  

Karen has published and presented widely on innovative pedagogies, IPE, and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning.  She is on the editorial board for Nurse Educator, and provides manuscript review for a number of nursing and interprofessional education journals.  Karen was inducted as a Fellow into the Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF) in 2007. She is a recepient of grant awards from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Bingham Program Foundation, and a Josiah Macy President's Award targeting IPE curriculum and faculty development.


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


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.

Research Interests

Evaluation of interprofessional education and collaborative practice

Innovation in health profession education

Integration of the arts and humanities in nursing/ health profession education

Academic leadership experiences, with a focus on the practice of risk taking

Selected Publications

Pardue, K.T. (2015). A framework for the design, implementation, and evaluation of interprofessional education. Nurse Educator, 40(1), 10-15.

 Horton-Deutsch, S., Pardue, K.T., Young, P., Halstead, J., Morales, M., & Pearsall, C. (2014).       Becoming a nurse faculty leader: Taking risks by doing the right thing.  Nursing Outlook, 62, 89-96. 

Pearsall, C., Pardue, K.T., Horton-Deutsch, S., Young, P., Halstead, J., Nelson, K., Morales, M., & Zungolo, E. (2014). Becoming a nurse faculty leader: Taking risks by doing your homework. Journal of Professional Nursing, 30(1), 26-33. 

Pardue, K.T. (2013). Not left to chance: Introducing an undergraduate interprofessional education curriculum. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 27(1), 98-100.

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

Cohen-Konrad, S., & Pardue, K.T. (2013). Co-investigators. Maine Interprofessional Clnical Education Summit, The Josiah Macy Foundation President's Award, funded, $35,000.

Cohen-Konrad, S., & Pardue, K.T. (2013). Co-investigators. From Campus to Community: Interprofessional Curriculum and Faculty Development, Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, funded, $200,000.

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, $20,000.

Invited Plenary Presentation

Pardue, K.T. (2014). New Faculty Intensive: The Basics. NLN Pre-conference workshop. National League for Nursing Education Summit, Phoenix, AZ., September 17 & 18.

Cohen-Konrad, S., & Pardue, K.T. (2013). Collaborative Healthcare Education: Innovation and Leadership. The Mary Switzer Endowed Lecture: Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals (ASAHP), Orlando, FL, October 24. 

Cohen-Konrad, S., & Pardue, K.T. (2013). Building and Sustaining an Interprofessional Culture for Campus and Clinical Education. Keynote Address, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, May 1. 

Pardue, K.T. (2013). Learning to Work Together: Concepts, Challenges & Rewards of Interprofessional Education & Practice, Keynote Address, State University of New York, Farmingdale, NY, March 15.

Pardue, K.T. (2012). Learning to Collaborate: Challenges & Rewards of IPE.  Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education conference, Keynote Address, Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC, November 3. 

Pardue, K.T. (2011). First Year Students’ Perceptions of Interprofessional Learning & Collaborative Working. Collaborating Across Borders Conference, Tucson, AZ, November 21. 

Karen Pardue

Karen T. Pardue


Ph.D., M.S., RN, CNE, ANEF

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Nursing

Hersey Hall


(207) 221-4361