Learning from Leaders

At IWU, you’ll learn from experienced leaders. Many faculty members have a terminal degree (DNP, PhD), and several are working toward doctoral degrees. Many volunteer at local health clinics, work as parish nurses in local churches, teach Sunday school or hold other church-related leadership positions.

Faculty members make themselves available. Many make use of social media, such as Twitter, to help students stay in touch. They have been identified as having the personal strengths required of gifted teachers:

  • In tune with the emotions of others
  • Sees the untapped potential in others
  • Constant drive for accomplishing tasks
  • Seeks to take people and projects from great to excellent
  • Maps a clear direction through the complexity of a situation


The IWU Nursing faculty includes such accomplished professionals as:

  • Rob Dawson; DNP, RN
    Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean of Pre-licensure Nursing Dr. Dawson is not only one of our distinguished faculty, but an IWU alum. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University before moving on to earn his DNP. Dr. Dawson promotes volunteerism in the health care field, and is particularly interested in global health care, diabetes self-management and depression in those with diabetes.
  • Ruth Eby MSN, RNC
    Associate Dean of Post-licensure Nursing Ms. Eby is currently completing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice after practicing obstetrics in the hospital setting for more than 20 years. She joined Indiana Wesleyan in 2010 and moved into the role of program chair in 2011. Ms. Eby is a board member of GROW Nursing, has led the interprofessional education task force and served as co-chair of the planning committee for the Interprofessional Education Seminar at IWU. Her doctoral project, designed to translate evidence into practice, will focus on designing and implementing interprofessional education at IWU. She is an active participant on a team researching Moral Courage and Ethical Integrity in Nursing Education; they presented their research in several venues and are published in the Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Dot Clark-Ott; Ph.D., RN
    Assistant Professor of Nursing Dot Clark-Ott, former member of the USAF, specializes in flight nursing, surgery and military training. Current memberships include National Association of School Nurses; Indiana Association of School Nurses; and Eta Chi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International. Professor Clark-Ott has done original research in Parent Perceptions of Health Services, and Parent Perceptions regarding Childhood Obesity. Doctoral research has focused on gender biases in nursing education, and factors affecting student success in undergraduate nursing programs. Recent presentations include "Evidence-Based Practice in School Nursing," and "Increasing the Numbers of Men in Nursing: Learning from Missions and Military Models."
  • Barbara Ihrke; PhD, RN
    Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ihrke’s expertise includes transcultural nursing, tropical health, gerontology and nursing informatics. From 1980-1991 she worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a missionary nurse teaching in a school of nursing and doing primary health care projects. She spent her sabbatical in Gabon, Africa.


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