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Faculty and Staff

Quality Program at its Best - Meet the Faculty 

Excellent teaching, combined with a curriculum that carefully balances personal classroom interaction, clinical experiences, and online learning provides a top quality program. Upper Iowa University has been developing leaders in all professions since 1857 and our nursing program continues that tradition.

Highly Qualified Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our Chair of the Nursing Department has recruited highly-qualified faculty members for the RN-BSN program. All faculty are very experienced professionals and many hold a doctoral degree.

Christa Steffens RN, MSN
Director of Nursing Education, Department Chair
Assistant Professor & Academic Advisor - Cedar Rapids Center 
Master of Science in Nursing, Kaplan University
Christa is a full-time member of the UIU faculty. Her background is in forensic, medical/surgical, and critical care nursing.

Peggy Black, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor – Des Moines Center
Master of Science in Nursing, Allen College
Peggy Black is a full-time member of the UIU faculty. Her background is in Leadership and obstetrical nursing.

Sheila Crook-Lockwood RN, MSN-ED
Assistant Professor & Academic Advisor - Cedar Rapids Center
Master of Science in Nursing, University of Phoenix
Sheila Crook-Lockwood is a full-time member of the UIU faculty. Her background is in medical/surgical nursing, healthcare simulation education, and nursing education.

Amy Stewart
Assistant Professor & Academic Advisor

Lisa Thuerauf, RN, MSN
Assistant Professor & Academic Advisor - Cedar Rapids Center
Master of Science in Nursing, Clarke University
Lisa Thuerauf is a full-time member of the UIU faculty.  Her background is in critical care and nursing education.

Stephanie Tippin, RN, MSN, NP-C
Assistant Professor & Academic Advisor - Mesa Center
Master of Science in Nursing, Ball State University
Stephanie Tippin is a full-time member of the UIU faculty.  Her background is in nursing education and she is a nurse practitioner.

Jennifer Wing, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor & Academic Advisor - Des Moines Center

Adjunct Faculty

The Nursing Program includes a number of highly qualified and experienced adjunct faculty. They teach a variety of courses throughout our curriculum. The faculty is assigned courses relevant to their area of expertise, providing students with a deep and rich learning experience.

Staff

Christina Frana, BA
Admissions Advisor, Nursing Program
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Central College
Christina Frana is currently employed as the admissions advisor for the RN-BSN program. For any questions regarding the program or the admissions process, please contact her directly at 563-425-5318 or franac@uiu.edu.

Patricia Klein, MS
Academic Advisor, Nursing–Online and Mesa/Maricopa CEP Program
Master of Science in Psychology, University of Phoenix
Patricia Klein is an academic advisor with the RN-BSN program. For questions regarding the program online or regarding the UIU/Maricopa Community College Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP), please contact her directly at 480-461-6791 or kleinp50@uiu.edu.

Susan Briggs
Nursing Administrative Assistant – Iowa Centers
Susan Briggs is the administrative assistant to the RN-BSN program. For any questions regarding the program or the admissions process at the Iowa centers, please contact her directly at 515-225-1800 ext. 2202 or briggss65@uiu.edu.

Lisa Spooner, BS
Office Manager
Business Management, Arizona State
Lisa Spooner is located at the Mesa Center.  She manages day to day activities at the Mesa Center and supports the Department of Nursing administrative team.  She can be contacted at spoonerl@uiu.edu.

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