Harris College is vibrant and thriving with innovative programs, curricula, students and faculty who are making a difference for others. The departments within Harris College, Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, Nurse Anesthesia, and Social Work are home to nearly 1,700 students who are supported by committed and talented faculty and staff.
Harris College supports the mission, vision, and values of TCU – our graduates are prepared to think and practice as ethical leaders in health care and educational settings. Students benefit from learning experiences in campus laboratories and local hospitals, clinics, schools, fitness facilities and community service agencies. The Dallas-Fort Worth area offers a rich array of clinical practice sites. The on-campus Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic provides services for more than 300 families each year and serves as a professional practice site for students majoring in speech pathology and habilitation of the deaf. Our graduates are competent, compassionate, and in demand in the workforce.
Faculty and students actively engage in research for the purpose of improving health and well-being. Undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to work with faculty as they conduct studies in such areas as pharmacogenetics, carbohydrate metabolism, exercise physiology, heart disease, aging, stuttering, caregiving, grand parenting, and forgiveness.
In 2016, we were pleased to see the creation of the Health Innovation Institute at TCU (HIIAT), a collaborative institute that houses four related centers and expands the work of our college’s already progressive centers by uniting them with a shared purpose. Under HIIAT, what was formerly known as the TCU Center for Evidence Based Practice and Research: A Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute will become two separate centers. The Center for Translational Research, led by Director Dru Riddle, will focus on shortening the gap between the discovery of new knowledge and clinical implementation, while the Center for Collaborative Practice, led by Director Linda Humphries, will consult with hospitals and agencies looking to make process improvements and provide leadership of the TCU Evidence Based Practice Fellowship. Director Suzy Lockwood will continue to lead the Center for Oncology Education and Research, which will keep its current name. The LiiNK Center will house the LiiNK Project under the leadership of Director Debbie Rhea.
I am pleased to introduce you to Harris College and invite you to get to know us better. I urge you to review our website, visit the beautiful TCU campus, talk with faculty and students and join us in learning to make a difference.
Susan Weeks, DNP, RN, CNS, FNAP, FAAN
Dean, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Executive Director, Health Innovation Institute at TCU