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Sharon Metcalfe


Interim Director, School of Nursing
Associate Professor

28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 305
Biltmore Park Office Phone: (828) 654-6501
Cullowhee Office Phone: (828) 227-3526

Dr. Metcalfe is a registered professional nurse (RN) and holds a Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado (Denver) and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University (Raleigh). As of August 1st, 2019, Dr. Metcalfe is serving as the Interim Director of the School of Nursing and Associate Professor. Dr. Metcalfe previously served as the Interim Director of the Western Carolina University School of Nursing from June, 2016 to August 2017. Dr. Metcalfe has extensive experience in academic and clinical administration, having served as Dean of Nursing for both a private college (Lees-McRae College) and community college (Mayland Community College). She has additional extensive hospital and clinical leadership experience as having served as Director of Pediatrics (Denver, Colorado Children's Hospital), Director of Neonatal Services at Rose Medical Center (Denver, Colorado), and Nursing Administrator of Pediatrics, Critical Care, Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care at Wake Forest Medical Center-Baptist Hospital (Winston-Salem, North Carolina). Throughout these years of service, Dr. Metcalfe has acquired leadership development through these previous experiences, and has additional expertise in clinical and didactic teaching with baccalaureate and graduate students, extensive research and scholarship, and a published nursing author of extensive scholarly works that have included articles and books chapters on international leadership and mentoring. Dr. Metcalfe is academically and experientially qualified to serve as the Interim Director and Associate Professor for the School of Nursing at Western Carolina University.

Dr. Metcalfe joined the nursing faculty in August of 2005 and has taught undergraduate and graduate students with scholarly research. Dr. Metcalfe is a tenured Associate Professor of Western Carolina University School of Nursing. She is additionally a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Care in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Metcalfe has served in this role for the past twelve years and has conducted an annual Perspectives of International Leadership practicum overseas for both undergraduates and graduates to learn about socialized health care and the differences and similarities of nursing roles in both the United Kingdom and the United States. She has conducted this leadership practicum at other universities in the United Kingdom which have included the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), the University of York (England) and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing (London, England). She has additionally served as a clinical educational partner with the nursing clinical leadership at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, Scotland, the United Kingdom for twelve years.

Dr. Metcalfe has served as the Program Director for the HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Program which is a one million dollar federal grant. This diversity program has led to significant increases in the number of students underrepresented in the School of Nursing. This program has been based on national standards of inclusion of specially prepared academic mentors for the students, as well as scholarships, stipends, and tutors for classes and subjects that are needed by the students. Through this important work, Dr. Metcalfe has published four significant articles on mentoring, social determinants and educational barriers for diverse students, and the nature of cultural competency.

Dr. Metcalfe provides service to the University through serving on the Collegial Review Committee for CHHS, the University Collegial Review Committee, the Faculty Senate and numerous other college and School of Nursing committees. Dr. Metcalfe serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountain Area Health Education Minority and Underrepresented Students council. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Social Services division of Asheville, North Carolina. She is a certified Parent Child Interventionist and conducts seminars for foster parents that struggle with difficult children during the fall of each year.

Dr. Metcalfe is a frequent national and international speaker that presents at international conferences focusing upon nursing education and nursing research in all fields and specialties of nursing. Her preferences for scholarly research include international mentoring and collaborative learning, investigating the nature of social determinants and educational barriers to ethnic and rural nursing students' inability to be accepted into nursing schools, and online learning with RN to BSN students. She is also interested in cultural awareness with international nursing student exchange with students from the USA and Scotland that travel to each country and are exposed to both capitalistic and socialized healthcare systems.

Read Dr. Metcalfe's curriculum vitae to review her complete academic, employment and service experience.

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