Dean of the Blair College of Health
Dr. Tama Morris
Dr. Morris serves as the Dean of the Blair College of Health and Director of the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens University of Charlotte. The Blair College of Health is an interdisciplinary health college comprised of the Department of Interprofessional Health Studies, Presbyterian School of Nursing and Kinesiology department. Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Morris served in several leadership roles at Queens University including Interim Dean of Blair College, Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs, and Chair of the BSN program.
She has extensive experience in departmental and college management including strategic planning, accreditation and program evaluation, as well as health care delivery leadership experience. Dr. Morris’ research interest is program improvement through curriculum development and she has published in a variety of professional journals including Nursing Education Perspectives, the Journal of Nursing Education, and Educational Research Quarterly. She presents topics nationally such as Complex Challenges of Program Restructuring, Culturally Competent Pedagogy, Using Educationally based Case Studies, and Evaluating the Implementation of the Institute of Medicine Core Competencies in Nursing Education.
In 2001 Dr. Morris was recognized as one of the North Carolina Great 100 Nurses and has won several awards including the Clinical Teaching Excellence Award in 1998 and 2004 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She serves on the board of directors for Children and Family Services and Care Ring in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Morris is a member of the North Carolina Nurses Association and American Nurses Association. She received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a concentration in Parent-Child Health - Practitioner/Teacher from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and a BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Graduate Program Director
Dr. Maureen Walsh Koricke
Dr. Walsh Koricke is director of the MHA program at Queens University of Charlotte and is Assistant Professor of Health Administration. Most recently she was with the Center for Advancing Pediatric Excellence focusing on QI curriculum-development, implementation and evaluation-for pediatric residents. She has extensive and wide-ranging health care experience in the hospital, ambulatory, and home health care settings.
Her quality improvement work has been recognized at local and national levels and published in BMJ Open Quality and American Journal of Medical Quality. Dr. Walsh Koricke teaches workshops on quality improvement methodology and the use of data for improving healthcare delivery including statistical process control. Her research focuses on curriculum evaluation, patient safety, and quality improvement in healthcare delivery.
As a healthcare consultant, Dr. Walsh Koricke works with organizations, departments and teams in a variety of settings to improve efficiency and quality of care delivery to patients/clients through coaching and education. She also works with organizations for program development and program evaluation.
Dr. Walsh Koricke is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and AcademyHealth. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and her MS in Health Service Administration and BSN from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Susan Rucker
Dr. Susan Rucker is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Health Administration program. She has more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience in areas that range from hospital administration to consulting to teaching. As a hospital administrator, she specialized in corporate strategy, long-term planning, bond refinancing, Certificate of Need, corporate wellness programs, medical staff development planning, and supply chain management. She furthered her experience as the vice president of the healthcare consulting division of Daniel Stern and Associates, which at the time, employed over 30 employees. Then, she became president of Priority Assist Inc., a midsized consulting firm that utilized her expertise in strategy, program development, corporate wellness, medical staff development, and executive leadership support to small community hospitals, healthcare consulting firms, and large healthcare systems for more than 14 years. In 2000, at the Medical University of South Carolina, she achieved the honor of being the first female in the U.S. to earn a Doctorate in Health Administration. Dr. Rucker has worked in higher education since 2004, while maintaining a few consulting clients.
She earned her BA in Science at LaRoche College, her Master of Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s renowned Graduate School of Public Health, and her Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.