Sharon Colley, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Associate ProfessorSharon Colley
Office: VFS 304
Phone: (231) 591-2288
E-mail Address:


ADN from West Shore Community College
BSN and MSN from Ferris State University
PhD in Higher Ed Leadership from Western Michigan University, 2009  

Areas of Teaching / Academic Specialty  

I teach in the pre-licensure BSN program, the RN to BSN track, and the MSN program. My specialty area is mental health, but I also teach in multiple areas including courses related to research and theory. 

Research / Scholarship


My research interests are learner-centered education and development of affective skills in mental health nursing. I’ve completed two qualitative research studies related to these topics, and am currently working on a follow-up study to determine students’ experience with the learner-centered philosophy.


“Implementing a Change to a Learner-Centered Philosophy in a School of Nursing: Faculty Perceptions” , Nursing Education Perspectives, July/August 2012

Professional Memberships & Activities: 

National League for Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau Community Leader