Anne Krouse Dean, School of Nursing, Widener University

Anne M. Krouse, PhD, MBA, RN-BC

  • Dean of School of Nursing
  • Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Nursing (1999)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • MSN, Perinatal Nursing (1992)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • MBA, Health Administration (1989)
    St. Joseph's University (PA)
  • BSN, Nursing (1981)
    Villanova University (PA)

About Me

As an experienced nurse and nurse educator, my teaching philosophy emanates from my personal experiences as well as from a primarily constructivist paradigm, viewing learners as adults who build on their own life experiences. I believe that students learn in different ways, and as such, it is the responsibility of the educator to maximize their learning potential through active learning strategies that engage and challenge them. The educator acts as a facilitator of student learning, rather than the provider of knowledge. It is the responsibility of the educator to assist the student with the development of the necessary tools to not only be successful in his/her career, but to also contribute to the future development of the discipline/profession.

Research Interests

My research interests are in nursing education, nursing education leadership, nursing leadership, and women's and infant's healthcare.


Krouse, A.M., McLaughlin, K. A., Rossi, R., Powell, M., Black-Dorn, W., Mariani, B.,
Patterson, B.J. (2022). Nurse faculty administrators’ experiences of communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration during educational disruption. Nursing Education Perspectives, 43(5), 272-276.

Patterson BJ, Brewington J, Krouse A, Hall M. (2022). Building academic leadership
capacity through coaching. Nursing Education Perspectives, 43(4), 222-227.

Rossi RA, Krouse AM, & Klein J. (2021). Undergraduate student stress, classroom
engagement, and self-directed learning post curricular revision. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(10), 566-569.

Kuchinski-Donnelly D., & Krouse AM. (2020). Predictors of emotional engagement in
online graduate nursing students. Nurse Educator, 45, 214-219.

Patterson, B. & Krouse, A. (2015). Competencies for leaders in nursing education. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36(2), 76-82.

Patterson, B., & Krouse, A. (Eds.) (2016). Scientific inquiry in nursing education. Washington, DC: NLN/Wolters Kluwer.

Mills, S., Krouse, A., Schwartz, R., & Klein, J.M. (2017). Curriculum revision: Student stress and lessons learned. Journal of Nursing Education, 56 337-342.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

National League for Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, STTI, ANA


  • Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award (2012)
  • Excellence in Leadership Award, Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (2011)
  • Advisor of the Year, Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (2006)


In the Media


  • Widener Nursing Named 2023 Center of Excellence by National League for Nursing

    Widener University’s School of Nursing has been recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in the area of advancing the science of nursing education. This is the third time Widener has received this recognition.

    Nine nursing education programs across the country and the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing, as well as leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites, have been named Centers of Excellence, with Widener being the only recipient in the category of advancing the science of nursing education for 2023. Formal recognition of the award will take place at the 2023 National League for Nursing education summit in September.

    “Widener is dedicated to educating the next generation of nurses by creating the evidence to support innovation in nursing education. Recognition for advancing the science of nursing education demonstrates our commitment to ensuring student success through scientific inquiry,” said Anne Krouse, dean of the school of nursing.  

    Since 2004, the National League for Nursing has encouraged nursing programs to apply to become a center of excellence based on their ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, student learning and professional development, and academic progression in nursing. Historically, many programs have achieved recognition in multiple categories or once designated, have maintained their center-of-excellence status through multiple award cycles. 

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  • A research team consisting of faculty, students, and an alumni in the School of Nursing published a study examining nurse faculty administrators’ experiences of rapid transition and disruption in nursing education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Published in the journal Nursing Education Perspectives, co-authors Anne Krouse, dean of nursing, Kristen McLaughlin, nursing graduate, Rose Rossi, associate dean of undergraduate nursing, Wendy Black-Dorn, nursing PhD candidate, Bette Mariani, nursing graduate, and Barbara Patterson, director of the nursing science doctoral program, implemented a descriptive survey methodology to understand the experiences of academic nurse administrators during the pandemic. The survey utilized the Four Cs of Disaster Partnering conceptual framework which encompasses communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration and the interrelatedness of those activities in partnering relationships. The authors' findings showed that key elements of the Four Cs framework played a role in the successful adaptation to new learning environment realities.

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  • Anne Krouse, dean of the School of Nursing, was re-elected as treasurer to the National League for Nursing's (NLN) Board of Governors. This is Krouses' second term serving as treasurer for the organization. The NLN is one of the leading nursing organizations guided by a mission to promote nurse excellence in nursing education.

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  • Nursing Faculty and Alumni Publish in Nursing Forum

    Seven nursing faculty and two nursing PhD alumni are published in the October/December 2019 issue of Nursing Forum, a peer-reviewed journal that aims to explore, explicate or report issues, ideas, trends and innovations that shape the nursing profession. As the largest number of Widener faculty and alumni represented in a single journal at one time, the research topics range from high stakes testing, the role of nurses on governing boards, student veterans in nursing education, and the impact of table top exercises.

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