Lisa Hawthorne, Ph.D.

Core Faculty,
Department of Nursing

I currently live in a small town in Louisiana, having just moved her from Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas in February 2019. I have lived most of my adult life in San Diego, CA. Our relocation to Texas came for my younger son to receive cancer treatment at MD Anderson in Houston, and thankfully he’s four years out from a successful stem cell transplant for AML.

I value online learning tremendously. I would have never been able to complete my MSN degree without it, as the mom of two young boys at the time, and a husband who spent a lot of time deployed with the Marine Corps. I completed my dissertation for my PhD in Nursing at the University of San Diego. For fun, I spend time with my husband, adult sons, and two dogs (Zoey, the Golden Retriever and Abby, the German Shepherd).

Most of my direct patient care experience is in medical-surgical nursing and working as a public health nurse with a community clinic. For the past eighteen years, I have been teaching nursing at the certification level, bachelor’s degree level and master’s degree level for private colleges and universities. I have taught in on-ground classes, hybrid classes, and online.

One experience that really opened my eyes about the differences in healthcare providers is when I had taught with the Oceanside (CA) Unified School District through a special grant to train doctors and nurses from other countries. The purpose of the program was to assist them with integration into the U. S. health care system. For the past several years I have been employed in academic affairs as the Nursing Education Director of Nursing for a private college system that had schools throughout the U. S., which has allowed me to work with various boards of nursing. For the past five years, I have served with a private university as the dean for the school of nursing and graduate nursing studies. In February 2019, I started with Louisiana State University as the director of nursing for an associate of science in nursing program with two locations/campuses. I feel this position allows me to get back to the basics of nursing education.

I try to do what I can to give back to nursing in my local community. I have just ended my term as an elected member of the Board for my local district of the Texas Nurses Association as the treasurer/secretary and served as a member with the Texas League for Nursing strategic planning committee. I have just renewed my NLN certification as a nurse educator (CNE) for the third time (initial by testing and two others with merit/nursing activities).

Education

  • Doctorate in Nursing
    University of San Diego
  • Master's in Nursing
    University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor's in Nursing
    University of Phoenix
  • Associate in Nursing
    Arizona Western College

Research Interests

Program Affiliations

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of a wide range of curriculum development and instructional methods that can improve teaching and learning in diverse educational settings.

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Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of methods of instructional technology for a wide range of educational settings. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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Ed.D. in Leadership Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education in Leadership program is designed to help you advance your leadership and research skills within your chosen discipline, whatever that may be. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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Ed.D. in Nursing Education Doctor of Education

The Doctorate in Nursing Education is for master’s degree nurses who want to help address the growing need for more RNs in today’s ever-expanding healthcare system. The American College of Education Ed.D in Nursing Education program is a fully online curriculum to prepare nurses as educators in either an academic or professional development setting. The program uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to focus on the science of teaching and learning. Students will engage in scholarly research to support their dissertation while developing the competencies to create and evaluate curriculum, develop effective teaching strategies, use innovative technology to promote learning and much more as they prepare to educate the next generation of nurses.

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Ed.D. in Public Health Education Doctor of Education

The customizable Doctorate in Public Health Education is designed for healthcare educators and professionals who wish to address public health issues through education in local, national and international communities at the post-master’s level.

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Ed.D. in Second Language Instruction Doctor of Education

The Doctorate of Education in Second Language Instruction is designed for professionals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their second language instruction skills and knowledge at the post-master’s level. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction degree is for leaders who wish to advance their skills in curriculum development and instructional methods at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation.

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Ed.S. in Instructional Technology Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Instructional Technology degree for leaders who want to advance their knowledge in instructional technology at the post-master’s level without needing to complete a dissertation. You will use theoretical foundations and current real-world practices to support the development of relevant technology that meet the needs of diverse learners.

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Ed.S. in Leadership Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Leadership degree is designed for leaders who wish to pursue advanced training at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. You will learn advanced leadership skills and competencies that will make you a more effective leader.

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Ed.S. in Nursing Education Educational Specialist

This program is perfect for nurses who want to advance their knowledge in nursing education beyond a master’s degree without completing a dissertation. It’s also stackable, if you decide after completing the Ed.S. program that you would like to continue and complete an Ed.D. program with a dissertation. This means that you can apply your Ed.S. credits to the Ed.D. in Nursing Education and complete that program in just 37 credits.

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Ed.S. in Public Health Education Educational Specialist

The Education Specialist in Public Health Education degree is designed for educators and healthcare professionals who wish to address public health issues through education in local, national and international communities at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation.

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Ed.S. in Second Language Instruction Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Second Language Instruction is for professionals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their second language instruction skills and knowledge at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. Students will become more effective leaders in the field of Second Language Instruction through in-depth knowledge of research-based theories of language acquisition, assessment and instructional methods, strategies that promote cultural understanding, and current best practices to meet the needs of second language learners across diverse educational settings.

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BSN to MSN Master of Science

Earning your Master’s in Nursing means you’re ready to become a leader in the healthcare field. If you’re a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, this is the next step on the path to be a nurse educator or nurse manager. With an MSN from ACE, students gain greater knowledge and expertise, potential for career advancement or extension through a different role, and more variety in career options.

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RN to MSN Master of Science

Turn your RN into an MSN with this accelerated program that also allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree on the way to your master’s. Designed to help you excel in evidence-based decision making, informatics, global perspectives and innovative thinking, this program prepares graduates to serve in educational or administrative roles in nursing.

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RN to BSN Bachelor of Science

The RN to BSN is a nursing bachelor completion program designed for current RNs looking to take the next step in advancing their careers. With a BSN you gain advanced nursing knowledge and expanded professional skills to excel in a global and increasingly complex healthcare system. Nurses with a BSN qualify for more jobs and earn higher salaries than associate degree nurses.

You’ll have faculty support as you navigate your courses with our faculty to student ratio of 1:20. Textbooks are included in our cost, and they can be accessed using your mobile device, too! The RN-BSN program can be completed in as few as 12 months and also includes an international experience where you will meet and interact with your colleagues from Peru as you examine healthcare from a global perspective.

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Certificate in Nursing Education and Simulation Certificate

If you’re a new nurse educator – or thinking about becoming one – this is the program for you. This graduate-level certificate will prepare you to teach using the latest simulation tools that replicate patient care scenarios. You’ll also explore ways to prepare, design, implement and evaluate teaching strategies that are the right fit for your students.

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Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management Certificate

Are you a nurse with your eye on a leadership role? Are you a new nursing manager or director and want to enhance your skills and marketability? If nursing leadership is your goal, this is the program for you. This graduate-level certificate program will prepare you for the challenges you’ll face as a leader in today’s complex and demanding healthcare environment. Discover how to model leadership that reflects ethical and critical decision-making, collaborative relationships, responsible fiscal stewardship, and principles of quality improvement.

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