D. Michele Ellis, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Doctor Michele Ellis
Career Highlights
  • More than 21 years of nursing experience in psychiatric and med-surg nursing
  • More than 12 years as a nurse educator
  • Research focuses on improving student learning outcomes through innovation in teaching

Dr. D. Michele Ellis received her PhD in nursing with a focus on nursing education in 2013 from the University of Northern Colorado. She received her MS degree in nursing education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2004, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Dr. Ellis has taught across all levels of nursing education. She has 20+ years of experience in telemetry, medical-surgical, psychiatric and home health nursing. As a nurse educator, Dr. Ellis works within the community, organizing nursing-book drives for an African charity, and by maintaining membership in the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Nursing Research Council; American Nurses Association and the Rho Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Her program of research concerns all aspects of nursing education.

Courses Taught

NURS 711 Informatics
NURS 716 Health Care Quality & Safety
NURS 970 Nurse Educator I: Philosophy, Theory and Role

Published Works

Ellis, D.M. (2016). The role of nurse educators’ self-perception and beliefs in the use of learner-centered teaching in the classroom. Nurse Education in Practice, 16(1), 66-70. doi.10.2016/j.nepr.2015.08.011

Burke, M. & Ellis, D.M. (2016). Electronic Health Records: Exploring Technological Stressors of Nurse Educators. Nurse Educator, 41(1), 46-48. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000196

Ellis, D.M., Brou, R., King, R., & Tusa, P. (2015). Psychiatric nursing simulation on a shoestring. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11(11), 469-471. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2015.09.002


PhD in Nursing – Education, University of Northern Colorado
MSN, Southeastern Louisiana University
BSN, New Mexico State University
Associates in Nursing, New Mexico State University