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.


  • 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


  • 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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