Meet Nursing Faculty

Patricia Spurr, EdD, MSN, CNE, FRE, RN, Chair, Associate Dean, Professor

Dr. Spurr, a tenured professor, has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her specialty areas include organizational administration, nursing leadership and public policy. Previously, she was Education Consultant for the Kentucky Board of Nursing, where she served as a resource and advisor to Practical, Associate, Baccalaureate, and Graduate nursing programs across the state. Additionally, she served as chair on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Exam Committee providing oversight of the development and administration of the NCLEX exam. In 2012, Dr. Spurr earned the designation of Fellow of Regulatory Excellence. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville, and an Ed.D. with a focus in Human Resources. She has spoken extensively across Kentucky, regionally, and nationally on the topic of nursing education. Her areas of interest include academic integrity, student retention and at-risk students.


Pamela L. King, PhD, FNP, PNP, FAANP, Director, MSN & DNP Programs

Dr. King is the Director of the MSN Program and has been teaching at Spalding since 1994.  She earned her BSN at Murray State University and was in the second graduating class of family nurse practitioners at the University of Kentucky. She started her teaching career at Kentucky State University and has combined practice and teaching ever since. As a registered nurse, Dr. King has worked in pediatrics, mental health and intensive care.  As a nurse practitioner, she has practiced in many rural health settings, health departments, urgent/ emergency care settings and family planning clinics. Since first becoming a nurse practitioner, Dr. King has been involved in professional and legislative issues related to advanced nursing practice. She was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives in 2000 and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


Rudy Clark, MSN, RN

Following 21 years in the medical profession, Rudy now focuses on nursing education. She has worked as a mental health technician in an inpatient psychiatric unit, a rape crisis counselor victim advocate, a critical care nurse, a nurse in an acute adult inpatient psychiatric unit, and an ER nurse. Rudy has taught both in the classroom and in clinical settings.


Alice Cowley, MSEd, MSN, RN, MSN, Coordinator

Alice Cowley is an assistant professor for clinical nursing in the MSN Nurse Practitioner program. Her responsibilities include coordinating clinical practicum placements for second year NP students, coordinating the MSN admission process, and lecturing on issues of professionalism and civility. Cowley’s community service includes chairing the Parish Nurse Committee at St. Francis of Rome Catholic Church. She serves as Board Chairman at Nativity Academy at St. Boniface, where she is completing a six-year term.  Past community service includes long term Board involvement at Hospital Hospitality House and Sacred Heart Schools. She also chairs the Development Committee for Sigma Theta Tau.


Rebecca Gesler, MSN, RN, Associate Professor

Rebecca Gesler, an associate professor, focuses her teaching on pediatrics and community health. She instructs nursing students on the care of children and families in both the acute care and community settings. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the student organization, SUNS, and is the faculty counselor for the Iota Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, and the Kentucky Nurses Association, where she served on the Research and Education Cabinet, and as a delegate to the American Nurses Association. Presently an Ed.D. student at Spalding University, Gesler’s research focus is on perceptions of nutrition and healthy living of elementary school students and parents.


Delwin Jacoby, DNP, MSN, FNP

Associate Professor Delwin Jacoby earned a BSN from Clemson University, a MSN from the University of Kentucky, and a DNP from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has nearly 30 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings including rural health, inner city care, migrant health, and family practice. She also has extensive experience in the development of quality improvement initiatives for primary care. Jacoby’s work has appeared in multiple publications and Delwin speaks extensively on primary care procedures. She is co-founder of Quality Improvement Connections, which provides consulting services for primary care quality improvement and educational initiatives for nurse practitioners. She was recognized in 1995 as the Kentucky Nurse Practitioner of the Year and in 2005 received the Ellen Bailey Share the Light Award sponsored by the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.


Dr. Nancy Kern, Assistant Professor

Dr. Kern is an Assistant Professor in the MSN program, teaching in both the practitioner and educator programs. Beginning her nursing career in medical-surgical nursing, Nancy worked as a nurse manager at Central State Hospital and in emergency nursing at University of Louisville Hospital. Dr Kern has worked with clinical students from eight universities, including Purdue University and Butler University Schools of Pharmacy.  She taught at the University of Louisville School of Nursing, where she worked with the Patient Simulator and the Standardized Patient Program with the School of Medicine and has taught physical assessment online for Excelsior College before coming to Spalding University. Dr Kern has worked for over 30 years with the American Red Cross, primarily with Disaster Services.  Her interests include the impact of developing personal philosophies of nursing, transdisciplinary education, health literacy and health care for the underserved. 


Dr. Ann A. Lyons, Professor

Dr. Ann A. Lyons, Professor, serves as Coordinator of the MSN Nurse Educator Track.  She holds a BSN and an MSN from the University of Kentucky and a PhD in Nursing from Indiana University. In 2008, Dr. Lyons was awarded the Board of Trustee’s Outstanding Faculty Award.  In 2010, she was appointed by the Brown Cancer Center as a Nurse Scientist. Her interest areas include nursing research, nursing education, nursing theory, curriculum development and stress and coping in students. Dr. Lyons chairs the School of Nursing’s Scholarship and Conceptual Framework Committees and is a member of the University’s Scholarship and Research Ethics Committees.  She has presented research at national, regional and local conferences and serves as an abstract reviewer for the Midwest Nursing Society. Dr. Lyons is a member of many national and state professional organizations including The American Nurses Association, The National League for Nursing, and The Midwest Nurses Research Association.


Joseph P. Maloney, Ph.D., Professor

Since 2003, Dr. Joe Maloney has served as a tenured professor on the undergraduate faculty. He consistently teaches the Health Assessment and Adult Health II courses and occasionally teaches Human Disorders and Research for Nurses. He started his nursing with an R.N. Diploma from St. Joseph Hospital in Philadelphia. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University in Wilks-Barre’, PA. His master’s degree is from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. from University of Maryland. His background is primarily in Med-Surg nursing and he has served at every level of nursing during his career.  After retiring from the military he returned to the academic environment. He has published over 30 articles including research papers, book chapters, and various articles in referred journals.


Jacqui McMillian-Bohler, MSN, CNM, BSN

Certified as a Nurse-Midwife, Jacqui McMillian-Bohler is the RN to BSN program director, receiving her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MSN from Vanderbilt University. Currently advancing towards her doctorate, her practice background includes staffing in labor delivery, high-risk antepartum and full-scope nurse-midwifery practice. Jacqui has worked with at risk populations in South Carolina, Nashville and Louisville. She has also served as full-time faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina and Vanderbilt before coming to Spalding. Jacqui was awarded the Alumni Award for Clinical Achievement from Vanderbilt University in 2002 for her work with migrant workers and pregnant teens in rural South Carolina.  That same year, she was honored as the American College of Nurse-Midwives Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwifery Faculty of the year in 2003. In 2009 she was honored as the KYANNA Kentucky educator of the year.