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Delores Jackson, Ph.D

Professor of Nursing
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Dr. Delores Jackson received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Studies in 2010 with emphases in Nursing Research, Education and Leadership.  She has served Spring Arbor University in the capacity of Professor since 2015.

Nursing Practice Achievements

Delores Jackson served in clinical leadership roles in hospital specialty areas of Medical-Surgical; Surgical Intensive Care; and Obstetric-Newborn Units. She became a recognized leader for hospital research and data collection; team leadership and group dynamics; the implementation of new acute care delivery models; and, leading hospitals through successful Joint Commission accreditations. Patient outcome data research convinced a large for-profit Birmingham hospital administrative team to implement new patient care delivery models and improve nurse: patient ratios. Delores earned national level certification as a fetal monitor expert which lead to her role as Trainer for hundreds of nurses entering the specialty of Maternal-Child Nursing. Dr. Jackson provided Attorney consultation for nurse negligence charges in regard to potential nurse liabilities, and/or these nurses’ defense and deposition preparations. She was awarded the “Best Speaker Award” by the Calhoun County Leadership Conference for the Calhoun County Business Association of Anniston, AL while speaking on the physical and care delivery transformations of the Obstetric Units at the Regional Medical Center, demonstrating effective administrative functions of nurse leader, patient advocate, quality of care expert, and MD-nurse relationships while adhering to sound business models for community sustainability. She modeled excellence as a member of the Alabama Organization of Nursing Leadership and served as Treasurer for three years.

Academic Achievements

Dr. Jackson has held ADN, BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, MSN-NP, and DNP faculty and administrative positions at nationally recognized universities and colleges for over two decades. She received the Teacher’s Excellence Recognition Award while at Indiana University and earned the National Institute for Staff & Professional Development (NISOD) Excellence Award for the presentation “Nursing Compassion: Recognizing the Commonality of Diverse Human Beings.” She is a funded grant writer, earning over 1 million dollars to renovate health science laboratories including state of the art simulation nursing labs, and “live” functional units for Sonography and Radiologic-Technology while serving as Nursing Programs Director and Health Science Division (HSD) Chair. These pre-licensure programs were recognized for graduates’ sustained performance at above state and national levels on MI licensure and certification examinations for over a decade while the programs increased enrollments by more than 100%. She has successfully written four accreditation Academic Self Study Reports, earning full accreditation terms for each one, and served as an accreditation consultant for MI Nurse Executives members. To prepare for online education, she earned the Award of Completion for the 2015 Certificate Program Foundation Course, a year-long series of courses by Online Learning Consortium. Dr. Jackson has been teaching online for 6 years.


Jackson, D. J. (2010). Grade point average as a predictor of timely graduation
from associate degree, registered nursing programs. (Doctoral dissertation). 2010



  • Ph.D.: (Interdisciplinary Health Studies: Nursing Research, Education & Leadership) Western Michigan University, 2010
  • MSN: (Maternal Child (Clinical) & Education focus) Troy State University, 1987
  • BSN: (Nursing) Auburn University, 1982
  • ASN: (Nursing) Polk State College, 1977