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Jennifer Gray has been a faculty member in the College of Nursing since 1989. Her teaching in the College of Nursing has included a beginning course on clinical skills, a nursing management for BSN seniors, a nursing theory course for RN-BSN students, and theory courses in the MSN and PhD programs. Along the way, she served as the Evaluation Coordinator for the school and was heavily involved in the self study process leading to accreditation by the National League for Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Three years ago, she began her role as Associate Dean, PhD in Nursing Program. As the George W. and Hazel M. Jay Professor, she is leading the Uganda Team of the North Texas Africa Health Initiative as they develop a proposal to fund a mobile clinic for a rural district in eastern Uganda. Dr. Gray's areas of research are spirituality, living with HIV/AIDS, and learning needs of health professionals related to HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Gray was raised in Oklahoma on a wheat farm, learning to love the land and work hard. She developed her teaching skills early through church and 4-H activities. Her BSN was earned as part of a collaborative process between the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University. Following graduation, she was a missionary nurse in a mobile clinic in Cameroon for 20 months. She earned her Masters in Nursing Science from UT Arlington with a focus on adult health and teaching. Her PhD in Nursing is from Texas Woman's University in Denton. Before she was inducted in to the Academy, she received university teaching awards for undergraduate teaching and distance education. She loves to engage students in creative teaching/learning activities and has a commitment to students and their personal/professional development.