Nursing-Academic Programs
Associate Dean
Nursing-Instructional Programs

Office: 1057 920 MADISON BUILDING
MEMPHIS TN 381632275
Tel: (901) 448-1320 and staff/jacob.php


  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, Nursing
  • M.S.N., San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, Nursing
  • B.S.N., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, Nursing

Teaching Profile

Dr. Susan Jacob joined the faculty in the UTHSC College of Nursing in September 2003 to lead efforts toward the reestablishment of the baccalaureate nursing program. In the role of Executive Associate Dean her primary focus was on strategic planning, accreditation, and outreach and globalization. Dr. Jacob also serves as Nurse Planner for the UTHSC College of Nursing Continuing Education Provider Unit.

A native of West Virginia, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from West Virginia University, the Master of Science degree in Nursing from San Jose State University and the PhD from UTHSC. She served as the first hospice nurse and hospice administrator in Memphis and in 1982 received the John W. Runyan Award for her efforts toward the development of hospice. She is also a founding member and current Chair of the Cashdollar Committee.

Dr. Jacob has been a nursing educator for over twenty five years, serving as a tenured Professor on the faculty of the Loewenberg School of Nursing and Union University where she also served as Dean of the School of Nursing prior to becoming the Executive Associate Dean in the College of Nursing at UTHSC. She has extensive experience in the area of curriculum development and teaching/learning in both the classroom and clinical settings at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  She teaches the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master’s Professional Issues course. Dr. Jacob is a past recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Superior Performance in Research (SPUR) Award from the University of Memphis.

Dr. Jacob is the coauthor/coeditor of Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends and Management which is a leading Nursing Issues textbook in its 5th edition. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and serves as an editorial reviewer for several peer reviewed journals including: Cultural Diversity, American Journal of Health Behavior, Evidence Based Nursing and Applied Gerontology. She has served as a “Writing Mentor” for Sigma Theta Tau International since 2003.

Dr. Jacob’s clinical experience and academic and research interests are focused on older adults and bereavement, home health delivery systems and hospice. She has had local and national funding in the areas of hospice, home health and bereavement.

Dr. Jacob has consistently served in leadership roles in Sigma Theta Tau International and the Tennessee Nurses Association. She has also served as a delegate to the American Nurses Association for several years. She currently is a board member on the Tennessee Center for Nursing, the Nursing Institute of the Midsouth, a founding member of the Southern Region Coalition and an evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. She also serves as chair of the Professional Advisory Committee for Methodist Alliance Health Services. Dr. Jacob’s community service activities include serving as faculty for the Faith Congregation Nurse Basic Preparation Course, facilitating grief support groups, mentoring vulnerable expectant moms, and organizing health promotion activities in her church and the community.


  1. Norris, T., Webb, S, McKeon, L., and Jacob, S.. Using portfolios to introduce the Clinical Nurse Leader to the job market. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42 (1), 1-5, 2012.
  2. Jacob, S. & Sanchez, Z.. The Challenge of Closing the Diversity Gap: Development of Hispanic Nursing Faculty through a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Minority Faculty Fellowship Program Grant. Journal of Professional Nursing, 27 (2) (Mar-Apr), 108-13, 2011.
  3. McKeon, L., Norris, T., Webb, S., Hix C., Ramsey, G., & Jacob, S.. Teaching Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL™) how to diagnose the microsystem. Journal of Professional Nursing 25(5)., 25 (5), 2009.
  4. Jacob, SR, Stegbauer, C. Doctor of nursing practice (DNP). Tenn Nurse, 71 (1), 8-9, 2008.
  5. Sánchez, ZV, Cashion, AK, Cowan, PA, Jacob, SR, Wicks, MN, Velasquez-Mieyer, P. Perceived barriers and facilitators to physical activity in kidney transplant recipients. Prog Transplant, 17 (4), 324-31, 2007.
  6. Luttrell, MF, Lenburg, CB, Scherubel, JC, Jacob, SR, Koch, RW. Competency outcomes for learning and performance assessment. Redesigning a BSN curriculum. Nurs Health Care Perspect, 20 (3), 134-41, 2000.
  7. Jacob, SR. The grief experience of older women whose husbands had hospice care. J Adv Nurs, 24 (2), 280-6, 1996.
  8. Jacob, SR, Scandrett-Hibdon, S. Mothers grieving the death of a child. Case reports of maternal grief. Nurse Pract, 19 (7), 60-5, 1994.
  9. Jacob, SR. An analysis of the concept of grief. J Adv Nurs, 18 (11), 1787-94, 1993.
  10. Jacob, SR. Preholiday grief. Facing it alone. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv, 29 (11), 20-4, 1991.