Professor and Dean
Post-Doctoral Fellow AACN Wharton Executive Leadership Program
EdD University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
MS Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
BSN Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Certified Nurse Educator NLN, Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program
Dr. Conroy has more than 36 years of experience in higher education, health care administration, and nursing and health care research. In May 2014, she began a two year appointment as the Inaugural Dean, Tenured Professor and member of the Graduate Faculty of the Baylor University College of Health and Human Sciences. She joined Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in January 2012 from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where she was dean, professor, and a member of the graduate faculty of the College of Health Professions. Prior to that, she was dean of the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and dean for professional and technical studies at John Tyler Community College in Chester, Va. During her earlier career, she spent 14 years in Florida, where she held positions in hospital administration and was a faculty member at the University of Central Florida and Valencia Community College.
At Baylor, Dr. Conroy established and served as the faculty lead for the new Hong Kong, China study-abroad trips in May 2013, 2014 and 2015. Students completed the Complementary and Traditional Chinese Medicine course during the trip by visiting the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital and Chinese University of Hong Kong. Specifically, students were instructed from faculty at the Nethersole School of Nursing and College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Conroy has a significant background in research, grants and sponsored projects. Some of these specialty areas include simulation training; critical incident stress; rural health outreach; nursing and health professions workforce preparation; curriculum development; and nursing externship. Her interests also include the impact of service and cultural immersion of student experiences in nursing education, psychological support for caregivers experiencing traumatic stress and moral distress, nursing practice competence and nursing policy issues. During her career, Conroy has been awarded more than $7 million in grants and sponsored projects.
Dr. Conroy has made presentations before professional groups on topics such as global partnerships & cultural immersion experiences, interdisciplinary education, nursing education in the United States, critical incident stress in the maternal-infant workplace, child abuse, women's health and Chinese medicine and health care.
Throughout her career, Conroy has been active in various professional organizations. Currently, Dr. Conroy serves as a trustee on the board of Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas and is a reviewer for the Journal of Christian Nursing and the Journal of Professional Nursing. She has been a professional reviewer for the Journal of Allied Health; was a founding member of the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition for the Implimentation of the 2010 IOM Report; designated as a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant reviewer; and a member of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. In 2004, she was appointed to the Utah Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse Prevention. She has served on numerous regional and national accreditation bodies and teams.
Dr. Conroy was a gubernatorial appointment to the Virginia Board of Nursing for eight years and served as president as well as chair of the Committee of the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine. This led to service with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, where she was appointed to the Committee on Practice, Regulation and Education. During that time, she chaired the group that prepared the model standards for regulating nursing education.
Currently, Dean Conroy is active as a member of AACN, TOBGNE, TADDPNP, the Texas Team Advancing Health through Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, SREB, CUR, and the Nursing Research Council of Baylor Scott & White Health. In fall 2015, Dean Conroy will serve as the vice-president and president-elect for the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs (TADDPNP).