Mary Knowlton


Assistant Professor
Accelerated BSN Program Director

28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 315
Phone: 828-654-6518

Area of Expertise: medical-surgical nursing; nursing education

Area of Research Interest: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), active learning techniques, student retention, simulation

Dr. Mary Knowlton is the Accelerated BSN Program Director and a tenured associate professor in the School of Nursing. She has been at WCU since 2010, teaching in the traditional baccalaureate program and accelerated baccalaureate of science in nursing (ABSN) program. She has held multiple roles within the school of nursing to include Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies as well as working closely with the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Program implementation at Western Carolina University.

Prior to coming to Western Carolina University, Dr. Knowlton was assistant professor with tenure and assistant Nursing Chairperson at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California and Coordinator of the Patient Care Learning Center (PCLC) at the University of Arizona. In these roles she worked with students using active learning strategies and a variety of learning modalities to help students understand key concepts for application to unlimited learning situations.

Dr. Knowlton received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in January, 2010. Her doctoral project evaluated the effectiveness of the REBATS course and peer mentoring on first semester nursing student retention. She graduated from Duke University in 1999 with Masters of Science in Nursing as an adult HIV/oncology nurse practitioner. Her undergraduate nursing degree was received from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her clinical experience includes medical-surgical nursing, care of patients on step-down nursing units, HIV/AIDS care, bone marrow transplant and work as a community health volunteer in the Peace Corps.

Dr. Knowlton is currently a member of the American Nurses Association, the North Carolina Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Psi chapter. She currently resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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