​Cynthia Stinson, Ph.D. — Chair, Dishman School Nursing

"I really enjoy the feeling I get when a student understands a concept – and I have helped them understand."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Nursing – Texas Woman's University Houston
  • MSN —Clinical Nurse Specialist–Adult Health– UTMB Galveston
  • BSN – Lamar University
  • ADN – Lamar University

Department: Nursing

Career highlights:

  • Professional experience in Medical-Surgical and Intensive Care, including experience in orthopedics, general and eye surgery
  • Educational seminars on Medical-Surgical issues for over 30 years locally, nationally and internationally
  • Clinical Educator—Diabetes
  • Background includes surgical assistant in cardiovascular, thoracic and eye surgery
  • Experience in outpatient, surgery, clinical educator, case manager and recovery room
  • Professional experience working in long-term care—both as staff nurse and as a consultant for standards of practice and educational concerns in a 250-bed facility
  • Assistant Professor at Lamar University (2000-2006)
  • Associate Professor, Lamar University (2011-2021)
  • Chair, Lamar University Dishman School of Nursing (2014- Present)
  • In which online degree program(s) do you teach?

    Master of Science in Nursing.

  • Which classes do you teach online?

    Graduate courses in Curriculum and Advanced Pathophysiology.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    I have always enjoyed teaching. I really enjoy the feeling I get when a student understands a concept – and I have helped them understand.

  • What's the best advice that you ever received?

    Don’t give up. There will be days when you feel like it. You might need to go a little slower, but don’t give up. It’s okay not to be perfect. Sometimes, you just do the best you can in the situation you are in.

  • What's the best advice that you could give your students?

    Don’t procrastinate in completing assignments. At the beginning of each semester, make a calendar so that you can see how each week or day will be. Don’t wait until the last day to complete an assignment.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    "The Emperor of All Maladies: A biography of Cancer” by Siddharta Mukherjee. (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

  • What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

    Compassion, empathy, critical-thinking and organization competency.

  • What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the nursing profession face today?

    A changing healthcare environment (i.e. technology, emerging diseases and evidence-based practice).

  • How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

    Online teaching will only become more prevalent. As technology improves and becomes more realistic, online teaching will become how teaching is delivered in the future.

  • Tell us something your student may not know about you.

    I graduated with my Ph.D. in December, 2006. In January, 2007, I was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive breast cancer. I had six months of chemotherapy, 45 rounds of radiation, and three surgeries. I have been cancer free since then. I use every time I teach to help students learn knowledge that will help them to make a difference in a patient's life – I know because I was that patient who needed someone to make a difference in my life.

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