Charlene Thomas, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Office Location: Alumni Hall 217
Telephone: 630-844-5295  
Email Address:

My philosophy of teaching includes three basic elements: (1) the learning environment should always be positive, (2) the teacher is obligated to search for the spark to ignite each student’s drive for learning and (3) faculty must always role model the value of lifelong learning.

Ph.D. in Nursing Administration , University of Illinois
Master of Science in Nursing , University of Illinois
Bachelor of Science in Nursing , University of Illinois

Areas of Specialization
Nursing Administration
Medical-Surgical Nursing

Courses Taught
Medical Surgical Nursing I: Collaborative Practice in Health and Illness (NUR 4300)
Medical Surgical Nursing II: Collaborative Practice in Health and Illness (NUR 4800)
Nursing Research (NUR 4050)
Leadership and Management (NUR 4600)
Ethical Decision Making/RN (NUR 4760)
Health Assessment, Education and Promotion/RN (NUR 3280)
Leadership and Management/RN (NUR 4260)
Advanced Physiological and Pharmacological Concepts (5140)
Application of Organizational Theory in Healthcare (NUR 6190)
Leadership and Professional Role Development (NUR 6170)
Practicum: Advanced Clinical Practice Role I (NUR 6160)
Practicum: Role Concentration (NUR 6210)

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Jones and Bartlett – Health Promotion Textbook manuscript reviewer

Campus Involvement
Member, School of Nursing Admissions, Policies and Standards Committee
Member, School of Nursing Graduate Committee
Member, School of  Nursing Faculty Committee 
Member, Graduate Affairs Committee
Member, School of Nursing On-Line Committee
Faculty Mentor,  School of  Nursing Students

Professional Memberships
Sigma Theta Tau International
International Leadership Association