Oxley College of Health Sciences

Robin Ploeger named Dean

Robin Ploeger has been named dean of TU’s Oxley College of Health Sciences. She has been a strong advocate for TU’s health initiatives and has served as the college’s interim dean since November.

Ploeger was appointed to TU’s Athletic Training faculty in 1995 and was named director of the program in 2002. She served in that capacity until 2015, when she was named associate dean of the new college.

She has served the athletic training professional association in various committees associated with athletic training students and accreditation. Ploeger has served as chair of the National Athletic Training Student Committee and mentor to the NATA Athletic Training Students’ Committee. She is a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and served as the chair of the Site Visit Committee from 2014 to 2016. She is currently a member of the Quality Assurance Committee.

Ploeger has been an outstanding supporter of TU’s health-related programs and interdisciplinary collaborations across campus.

TU launches nurse practitioner program

The School of Nursing launched a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree program and accepted its first class in January. The program is designed to equip nurses with education and clinical experiences to manage care and lead change within a dynamic healthcare environment. TU is one of only three universities in the state to offer a DNP program.

Students can choose from two concentrations: adult-gerontology acute care (AG-ACNP), which prepares nurses for advanced practice in acute and critical care for patients from adolescence to end of life; and family nurse practitioner (FNP), which focuses on advanced practice in primary care for acute illness and chronic disease. TU is the first university to offer the AG-ACNP and BSN to DNP nurse practitioner programs in Tulsa.

To find out more about the program, visit utulsa.edu/dnp.

Kibler, Clancy named Schweitzer Fellows

Two students from The University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences have been named Albert Schweitzer Fellows for 2017-18. Mary Clancy and Emily Kibler, both majoring in Speech-Language Pathology, will join 12 other Tulsa-area graduate students to implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities while fulfilling their academic responsibilities.

Clancy’s project will enable homeless women living in transitional housing at the Lindsey House to gain the skills and confidence to be active in their children’s learning and education. Kibler will work with The Parent Child Center of Tulsa to provide both foster parents and parents with children in the foster care system with education and resources that support early prevention and intervention of speech, language and literacy development issues.

The Tulsa Schweitzer program is based at TU and is supported by the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. The Tulsa chapter is one of 15 U.S.-based sites.

Professors visit Jordan for Qusai Initiative

TU Professors Greg Gardner and Ron Walker spent two weeks in Amman, Jordan, in December 2016 on behalf of the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT). The project was funded by the Office of the Crown Prince of Jordan as part of the Qusai Initiative, a targeted effort aimed at improving care to Jordanian athletes and at preventing catastrophic injury and/or death.

During the two-week visit, Gardner and Walker provided a 40-hour introductory training course for recent physiotherapy graduates.