Sharon Colley, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Associate Professor

Sharon ColleyOffice: VFS 304
Phone: (231) 591-2288
E-mail Address:


PhD from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2009
MSN from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, 2006
BSN from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, 2000
ADN from West Shore Community College, Scottville, MI, 1990


Certified Nurse Educator, 2011 – Current
Registered Nurse License, 1990 - Current

Areas of Teaching / Academic Specialty

Mental Health nursing, Med-Surg Nursing (Undergraduate)
Nursing Education (Graduate)


Distinguished Teacher Award, Ferris State University. (2016).
Excellence in Education Award, Sigma Theta Tau
International Kappa Epsilon Chapter. (2014)
Innovative Teaching Award, College of Health Professions. (May 2014). 

Scholarly Activities/Publications/Presentations/Research

Colley, S. (Current Research in Planning Phase). "Lived Experiences of Nursing Students who Identify as Introverts".

Colley, S. (2016) Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching, “Engaging the other 50% of Students: Creating an Equitable Learning Experience for Introverts”, Lilly Conference, Traverse City, Michigan. (Accepted for October 17, 2016). 

Colley, S. (2016). Senior Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Caring for Patients at End of Life. The Journal of Nursing Education, 55(5), 279-283.

Reviewer, Journal of Nursing Education. (August 2015 – Present).

Colley, S. (2014). Enhancing Mental Health Clinical Rotation with Preparatory Role-Play. Annals of Nursing and Practice, 2(1), 1007. 

Colley, S. L. (Discussant),  "Infinite Black Suitcase" Post Play Discussion on Grief/Loss," Ferris State University Drama Department, Williams Auditorium. (April 7, 2016). 

Colley, S.  (Discussant),  FSU Women's History Month/Office of Multicultural Student Services, "It's A Girl" Film Screening and Discussion," IRC 104 & 120. (March 31, 2016). 

Colley, S., (April 20, 2015) STTI Spring Showcase of Scholarship, Achieving Deep Learning in Online and Blended Courses, Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Epsilon At-Large, GVSU Loosemore Auditorium.

Colley, S. (2014, Oct). Enhancing Student Learning and Engagement in Online and Blended Courses. Lilly Conference North/Traverse City, MI. Poster presentation.

Colley, S. (2014, May). Simple Ways to Use Brain Research to Engage Students & Enhance Learning in Blended Courses. Great Lakes Conference on Teaching & Learning/Mount Pleasant, MI. Oral presentation.

Colley, S. (2014). Testing and Writing Support to Improve Nursing Student Success.Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Student Success: Leaving Nothing to Chance Grant. Awarded.

(2014, March). Wolters Kluwer Health. Reviewer for two book chapters in Lippincott’s Manual of Psychiatric Nursing Care Plans.

Colley, S. (2013). New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. Scholarship program to increase underrepresented students in nursing. (2013 – Not awarded).

Colley, S. (2013, Aug). Incivility in nursing education. CNF CNE Workshop/FLITE @ FSU. Oral Presentation.

Colley, S. (2012). Implementing a change to a learner-centered philosophy in a school of nursing: Faculty perceptions. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(4), 229-233. Peer reviewed journal article.

(2012, Sept). Served as blind reviewer for special issue on brain-based education inJournal on Excellence in College Teaching.

Owens, S., Singleterry, L., Colley, S., Morton, A., & Teschendorf, M. (2011, March).Bridging Between Clinical: Developing and Advanced Clinical Teaching Workshop. Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Epsilon (STTI) /WMNAC Gala, Grand Rapids Mi. Poster presentation.

Colley, S. (2011, Sept) Beyond Critical Thinking to Clinical Reasoning: Helping Students Transition. Clinical Conference Workshop Presentation. Ferris State University.

Colley, S. (2010). Lessons Learned: Implementing a Change to a Learner-Centered philosophy in a School of Nursing. (April, 2010). Best Practices Day Presentation, College of Allied Health Sciences, Ferris State University.

Colley, S. (2010, Sept) Beyond Critical Thinking to Clinical Reasoning: Helping Students Transition. Clinical Conference Workshop Presentation. Ferris State University.

Colley, S. (2009). Nursing faculty experiences and perceptions of the implementation process to a learner-centered teaching philosophy: A case study. Unpublished doctoral research/dissertation.

Colley, S. (2006). Student perceptions of psychiatric clinical rotations with and without preparatory role-play. Unpublished Master’s research/thesis.

Professional Memberships & Activities

Board of Directors, American Psychiatric Nurses
Association - Michigan Chapter. (April 2015 - Present). 
Advisory Board Member, Child & Family Resiliency Center, Big Rapids, Michigan. (2014 – Present).
American Nurses Association (ANA) and ANA-Michigan
American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
National League of Nursing (NLN)
Sigma Theta Tau International Community Leader/Faculty Counselor 2013-2015)