Connie Dennis, PhD, RN
Professor Emerita, School of Nursing
Connie M. Dennis received her B.S.N. at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1972, her
M.S.N. in pediatrics and education at the University of Arizona in 1975 and her Ph.D.
in educational administration & foundations at Illinois State University in 1990.
In addition to more than three decades teaching at Illinois Wesleyan, Dr. Dennis has
worked as a staff nurse in maternal-child care and obstetrics at BroMenn Regional
Medical Center and Brokaw Hospital in Normal and at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bloomington.
She has served on McLean County Health Department task forces on infant mortality
and on sexually transmitted diseases.
Dr. Dennis has worked to develop teaching strategies to promote transcultural competency
in nursing. She has published and lectured extensively on topics including dependent
care, self-care and nursing theory.
Honors & Memberships
Dr. Dennis received a Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher
Education and the Illinois Board of Nursing in 2008. She is a member of the American
Nurses Association, the Illinois Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International,
the International Orem Society, the Transcultural Nursing Society and Alpha Tau Delta
national nursing fraternity.