Louise Herrington School of Nursing
3700 Worth Street Dallas, Texas 75246
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
BSN, 1977, Nursing
Virginia Commonwealth Univesity Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
MS, 1983, Maternal-Infant Nursing/Nursing Education Emphasis
Thesis: Impact of Coaching Behaviors on Maternal Satisfaction of Labor and Perception of Pateral Support
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
EdD, 1993, Curriculum and Instruction/Nursing Education Specialization/Health Policy Cognate
Dissertation: The Incidence and Prevalence of Critical Incidents and Critical Incident Stress Among Maternal Infant Nurses
Licensure and Certification:
Registered Nurse since 1977
Certified Nurse Educator since 2012
AACN Wharton Executive Nurse Fellow
Dr. Shelley F. Conroy became the Dean of the LHSON and Tenured Professor in January 2012 after a nationwide search. Dean Conroy has more than 40 years of experience in higher education and administration, and nursing and healthcare leadership.
An AACN Wharton Executive Nurse Fellow and Certified Nurse Educator by NLN, she is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International. Dean Conroy holds a Master of Science degree in Maternal-Infant Nursing with a role specialization in Nursing Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida with a specialization in nursing education and a cognate in health policy. Recognized for her extensive knowledge, her clinical nursing experience includes: postpartum, labor and delivery, Lamaze instructor, Parent Educator, Staff Development Director, Risk Manager and Maternal Child Health Director/Associate Nurse Executive.
Notably, she holds numerous professional awards and recognitions received throughout her career. She was named to the Great 100 Nurses of DFW 2016, a D Magazine Excellence in Nursing Leadership Finalist for both 2014 and 2015, and was honored as a Visionary Nurse Leader by Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and Virginia’s Outstanding Nurse by the VNA of Virginia in 1999. Dr. Conroy was named as the first nurse member of the Baylor University Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2012.
She currently serves on the Southern Regional Education Board-Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing; Professional Nurse Credentials and Standards Committee for CGFNS International; Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education Deans and Directors and the New Dean Mentoring Program of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). In October 2017 she completed her term as President of the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs. She was also reappointed to a second term as a Trustee of Baylor University Medical Center and serves as a Trustee with the Baylor Research Institute of Baylor Scott & White Health.
During her more than 5 years at Baylor, Dr. Conroy completed a two-year term as the Inaugural Dean for the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, providing leadership for the creation and direction of the newly created college. In her tenure at LHSON, Dean Conroy has exhibited strong leadership including reorganizing the administration of the school, working closely with BS&WH and being a major force in implementing BU’s Pro Futuris at the school. In addition to leading the LHSON in the creation of a strategic plan and vision for the future, Dean Conroy provided leadership for the successful initial accreditation for the DNP program and the transition of two advanced practice MSN program tracks to the DNP, as well as a implementing the new online Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership and Innovation program. Dr. Conroy has provided the school with the leadership to lay the groundwork for the development and implementation of a PhD program in Nursing, which is embraced and articulated in the strategic plan for the future of LHSON. Since her arrival, the number of doctorally-prepared faculty has increased from 30% to nearly 70%, and the tenured/tenure track faculty has more than doubled. Faculty scholarship and research has risen dramatically in the past 5 years.
Dr. Conroy has successfully developed multiple university and hospital partnerships in Africa, Asia and India. She established and served as lead faculty for study-abroad trips to China, Hong Kong and Vietnam, where students completed a Complementary and Alternative Medicine course including Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has published and presented nationally and internationally about complementary and alternative medicine, holistic care, psychological support and traumatology, nursing workforce policy, educational program evaluation, and the benefits of global partnerships in healthcare education and delivery. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Christian Nursing, the Journal of Professional Nursing, and the Journal of Transcultural Nursing.
Dr. Conroy previously was Dean and Tenured Professor at Armstrong State University, Weber State University and John Tyler Community College. During her time in Virginia, she served 8 years as a gubernatorial appointee on the Virginia Board of Nursing, including time as President, Chair of the Committee of the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine for Advanced Practice Nursing, and on the Practice, Regulation and Education Committee of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. During her time on the Board of Nursing, Dean Conroy served as the nursing member of the Department of Health Professions Task Force to create and develop the regulations for the Virginia Impaired Healthcare Practitioners Intervention Program.
Dean Conroy has a significant background in research, grants and sponsored projects. During her career, Dr. Conroy has been awarded over $10 million in grants and sponsored projects related to simulation, rural health education outreach, nursing and health professions workforce preparation and career mobility. She is a designated reviewer for HRSA.
Dean Conroy is a model of high integrity and holds faculty and staff to the same standards. She is respected for her inspiring leadership, exemplified experience, operations transparency and faith-based professional and personal foundation.