Victoria N. Folse, PhD, APRN
Director & Professor of Nursing
Caroline F. Rupert Endowed Chair of Nursing
Victoria N. Folse received a B.S.N. from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1986 and
an M.S. in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989.
In 2002, she earned a Ph.D. in nursing with a concentration in research from Saint
Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2002, Dr. Folse taught
at Bradley University for three years and provided 15 years of full-time eating disorder
treatment with 10 years of nursing management practice at OSF Saint Francis Medical
Center in Peoria, Illinois, where she continued to work part-time with clients and
families and provide clinical supervision to clinicians in the Eating Disorders, Behavioral
Health, and Psychiatric Emergency Care Programs. Dr. Folse is a Clinical Nurse Specialist
in Adult Psychiatric Nursing and is an Advanced Practice Nurse with prescriptive authority
in the state of Illinois. She is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
Dr. Folse has an extensive publication record, an ongoing program of research, and
lectures nationally and internationally. She assumed the role of Director of the School
of Nursing in 2009.
Honors and Memberships
Dr. Folse is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society,
Midwest Nursing Research Society, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the International
Orem Society. She is an American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for
Academic Nursing Program 2008 Fellow and received an Illinois Board of Higher Education
Nurse Educator Fellowship in 2009. Dr. Folse was named the Caroline F. Rupert Endowed
Chair of Nursing in 2014. She was an American Association of Colleges of Nursing and
Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow in 2016.
Dr. Folse's Curriculum Vitae/nursing/faculty-profiles/folsecvf2019.pdf