Professor and Dean
EdD University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
MS Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
BS Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Dr. Conroy has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, health care administration, and nursing and health care research. She joined Baylor 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. Before that, 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.
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 $6 million in grants and sponsored projects.
Dr. Conroy has made presentations before professional groups on topics such as geriatric care, nursing education in the United States, critical incident stress in the maternal-infant workplace and Chinese medicine and health care.
Throughout her career, Conroy has been active in various professional organizations. She has been a professional reviewer for the Journal of Allied Health since 2010; is a member of the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition; 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 also served as a member of a grant review and awards committee for the Virginia Department of Aging Services.
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.