Alumni Spotlight: Summer Huntley-Dale

Alumni Spotlight: Summer Huntley-Dale

This spotlight features recent SAS graduate Dr. Summer Huntley-Dale, PhD, RN. Dr. Huntley-Dale recently received her Ph.D. in Nursing under the guidance of committee members Dr. Beck-Little, Dr. Rasmussen, and Dr. Cole.

Her dissertation research titled, "Health promoting behaviors of nursing faculty and perceived levels of stress" has been accepted for presentation at the 2nd Annual International Conference on Nursing in May of this year. The event will take place at the Athens Institute for Education and Research in Athens, Greece. Prior to this, she will be presenting a poster at the Research Symposium on Caring at Gardner-Webb University in early April. She has also been invited to present at the Region 13 - 5th Biennial Research Conference of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Asheville, NC in mid-April. She was nominated by staff following announcement of her upcoming presentations.

When asked the defining moment which led to her decision to pursue a doctorate, she said, “I was teaching in a local community college’s associate degree nursing program. I applied for a grant funded position teaching at a large university and got the position. I already had a Master’s Degree in Nursing, so the PhD was the obvious next step.”

In addition to the opportunities mentioned above, Dr. Huntley-Dale noted that pursuing her Ph.D. helped her developed more patience and persistence, as well as confidence and a feeling of equality amongst her peers.

Dr. Huntley-Dale is continuing her education through an additional degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner which will be completed in May. From there, she hopes to work in research related to her practice interest: Health Promotion Behavior and Women’s Health.

As for students considering or beginning an advanced degree from the School of Advanced Studies? Here is her advice: “Don’t give up. It is a long road. If you have questions, take time to seek clarification. SAS provides all of the resources you need to be successful.”

Thank you, for your dedication to higher education and for giving back to the research community. Good luck in your efforts to grow the healthcare research community!

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