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Kathryn Tart, EdD, MSN, RN

Founding Dean and Professor
Humana Endowed Dean's Chair in Nursing


  • EdD University of Houston 1999
  • MSN University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 1987
  • BA Luther College 1981 




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Professional Expertise

  • Clinical background is medical-surgical nursing with a focus in cardiac care
  • Teaching expertise is in teaching graduate nursing education courses

Professional Accolades

  • 2011  Good Samaritan Foundation, Excellence in Nursing, Luncheon Chair, September 15th
  • 2010  Bronze Award for Nursing Administration, Good Samaritan Foundation, Houston, TX
  • 2009  2009 Advocate of the Year Award (Inaugural Award), American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, D.C.
  • 2008  Scholarly Research Award from Texas Woman's University
  • 2007  Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Nursing at TWU
  • 2004  Texas Nurses Association District 9 Outstanding Nurse Award  

Research Interest

  • Critical Thinking
  • Persistence in Nursing Education

Selected Articles

  • Reid, H., Sportsman, S., Tart, K. (2013). Academic Progression in Nursing: A response to the Future of Nursing, Texas Board of Nursing Bulletin, 44(3), 4.
  • Tart, K. (2012). On Advocating as a Nurse. Perioperative Nursing Clinics, 7, 389-397.
  • Malecha, A., Tart, K., Junious, D. (2012). Foreign-born nursing students in the United States: A Literature Review. Journal of Professional Nursing, 48(5), 297-305.
  • Junious, D., Malecha, A., Tart, K., & Young, A. (2010). Stress and Perceived Faculty Support Among foreign-Born Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Journal of Nursing Education. Posted February 26, 2010. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20100217-02
  • Pine, R. & Tart, K. (January/February, 2007). Return on Investment: Benefits and Challenges of a Baccalaureate Nurse Residency ProgramNursing Economic$, 25(1): 13-18, 39.
  • Ramirez, E., Tart, K., & Malecha, A. (2006). Developing Nurse Practitioner Treatment Competencies in Emergency Care Settings. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 28(4), 346-359.
  • Symes, L., Tart, K., & Travis, L. (2005). An Evaluation of the Nursing Success Program: Reading Comprehension, Graduation Rates, Diversity. Nurse Educator, 30(5), 217-220.
  • Northam, S. & Tart, K. (2004). Program Evaluation via Online Enterprise. The e Learning Developers’ Journal, April 19, 2004, 1-8.
  • Symes, L., Tart, K., Travis, L., & Toombs, M. (2002). Developing expert learners and improving retention of nursing students: The student success program.  Nurse Educator, 27(5), 227-231.