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Sharon Colley, PhD

Sharon Colley, PhD

Sharon Colley, PhD
Sharon Colley, PhD

School of Nursing
Phone: (231) 591-2288
Email: [email protected]


  • PhD, Western Michigan University, Leadership in Higher Education
  • DNP, Ferris State University, Leadership
  • MS, Ferris State University, Nursing
  • BS, Ferris State University, Nursing
  • AA, West Shore Community College, Nursing


Sharon Colley has an ADN from West Shore Community College, a BSN and MSN from Ferris State University, a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Western Michigan University, and a DNP in nursing leadership from Ferris State University. She has also earned a Certification in Nursing Education from the National League of Nursing, and is an Advanced Certified Autism Specialist and Certified Neurodiversity Professional.
Sharon joined the School of Nursing at FSU in 2002, and prior to that worked as a nurse in various areas including mental health, med-surg, rehab, and ambulatory surgery.

Sharon has participated in numerous curricula creations and revisions. She has served as the program coordinator for the BSN, RN-BSN, and MSN programs, and has a key role in tracking assessment of course and program outcomes. In addition to classroom teaching, Sharon has experience teaching in the clinical setting, laboratory, and on-line. Sharon was presented the Sigma Theta Tau International Kappa Epsilon Chapter Excellence in Education Award and the COHP Innovative Teaching Award in 2014, the FSU Distinguished Teacher Award in 2016, and was a nominee for Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year, Michigan Association of State Universities in 2017. Sharon serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Nursing Education, and as a peer-reviewer for several other journals.

Publications and Intellectual Contributions

  • Journal Article
    Colley, S. (2019). "Voices of Quiet Students: Introverted Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Educational Experiences and Leadership Preparation," International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 15 (1).
  • Journal Article
    Colley, S. (2018). "Equitable Education for Introverts: Providing Learning Opportunities that Prepare Nursing Students to be Leaders," Nurse Educator. 43 (5). Wolters Kluwer Health.
  • Video Accompaniment to Journal Article
    Colley, S. (2018). "Equitable Education for Introverts: Providing Learning Opportunities that Prepare Nursing Students to be Leaders,"
  • Journal Article
    Colley, S. (2016). "Senior Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Caring for Patients at End of Life," The Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Journal Article
    Colley, S. (2014). "Enhancing Mental Health Clinical Rotations with Preparatory Role-Play," Annals of Nursing & Practice.
  • Journal Article
    Colley, S. (2012). "Implementing a Change to a Learner-Centered Philosophy in a School of Nursing: Faculty Perceptions," National League of Nursing: Nursing Education Perspectives.


  • Webinar
    Colley, S. (Author & Presenter), AACN Webinar, "Improving Communication & Care of Patients with Autism," American Association of Colleges of Nursing, (January 24, 2024).
  • Webinar
    Colley, S., "Improving Communication and Care of Patients with Autism during Dental and Healthcare Procedures," (November 2022).
  • Presentation
    Rowan, J. A., Stanislav, T. A., Colley, S., Sukup, L., Taylor, D., Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, (January 27, 2022).
  • Invited Panelist at FCTL Session
    Colley, S., Panel, "FCTL topic: Facilitating Self-Regulated Learning In and Out of the Classroom," FCTL at FSU, Big Rapids, MI, (January 27, 2022).
  • Oral Presentation
    Colley, S., Seminar, "High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder," Spectrum Health, Spectrum Health Big Rapids, (March 2019).
  • Keynote/Plenary Address
    Colley, S., Session, "The Missing & Misdiagnosed Generations: Disparities in Care for Adults with HFA," Sigma Theta Tau International - Kapsa Epsilon at Large Chapter, Grand Rapids, (March 27, 2019).
  • Poster
    Colley, S., Ferris Foundation of Excellence Benefit Gala, "Preliminary Healthcare Screening and Clinical Pathway for High Functioning Autistic Adults in Rural Areas," FSU, Grand Rapids, (November 2, 2018).
  • Oral Presentation
    Colley, S., Clinical Nurse Faculty Workshop, "Professionalism in the Clinical Setting," FSU-School of Nursing, FLITE, (August 25, 2017).
  • "It's A Girl" Feature Film Screening and Discussion
    Colley, S. (Presenter), FSU Women's History Month/Office of Multicultural Student Services, "It's A Girl" Film Screening and Discussion," FSU Office of MultiCultural Student Services, IRC 104 & 120, (March 31, 2016).
  • "Infinite Black Suitcase" Post Play Discussion on Grief/Loss
    Colley, S. (Discussant), Ferris State University Drama Department, "Infinite Black Suitcase" Post Play Discussion on Grief/Loss," Ferris State University Drama Department, Williams Auditorium, (April 7, 2016).