Kerr, Searing Receive Nurse Educator Fellowships
Jan. 15, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Two School of Nursing faculty members at Illinois Wesleyan University have been awarded Nurse Educator
Fellowships from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
Noël M. Kerr and Lisabeth M. Searing, both assistant professors of nursing, are among
the 22 faculty members statewide to receive the fellowships. The awards ensure the
retention of well-qualified nursing faculty.
Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan in 2010, Kerr taught at the University
of Nevada, Reno, and at Bradley University. Before pursuing the faculty role, she
held staff nurse, research nurse, case management and clinical nurse specialist positions
at medical facilities in California and Nevada.
Kerr earned a Ph.D. in Nursing at Rutgers, a Master’s in Nursing at UCLA, and a B.S.N.
from San Jose State University. She is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical
Nurses (AMSN), the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) and the Honor Society of
Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She has led or been an active member on multiple
AMSN National Task Forces and Committees and served on the AMSN Board of Directors
from 2003 – 2006. Kerr also served on the Editorial Board for MEDSURG Nursing: Journal of Adult Health from 2006 through 2011. She received the Qualitative Research Section Dissertation
Award from the MNRS in April 2012. Her research focuses on nursing documentation and
Before coming to Illinois Wesleyan, Searing was Coordinator of Research Programs at
the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois.
She previously taught in the Department of Kinesiology & Community Health at Illinois’
Searing earned master’s degrees in both nursing and public health and a Ph.D. from
the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received her B.S.N. at Case Western Reserve
University. She has given numerous presentations on public health campaigns related
to underage drinking, tobacco use, clean indoor air, safer sex, and on assessing community
needs. Her research has involved adolescent risk-taking behaviors and health care
utilization. Searing is a member of the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators,
the American Public Health Association and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta
Contact: Kim Hill, (309) 556-3960