Our Master’s in Nursing faculty have strong backgrounds in the healthcare field coupled with many years of experience educating nursing professionals. They are passionate about bringing real–world experiences into the classroom so that our graduates are well prepared to take on expanded nursing roles.
Nursing Graduate Program Director
Cynthia Love-Williams, RN, DNS
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Nursing Graduate Programs
Dr. Cynthia Love-WIlliams is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Utica College. She has worked in nursing education since 1996 in both associate and baccalaureate programs. Dr. Love-Williams educational background includes a baccalaureate degree from Mississippi University for Women, a master’s degree from Wright State University, and a doctoral degree from Russell Sage Graduate Schools. She is the current Director of the Graduate Nursing Program at Utica College and her areas of expertise are in critical care, medical surgical nursing and inter-professional education. To stay connected to the healthcare field and be able to apply real-world experiences to the learning environment, Dr. Love-Williams practices per diem at a local healthcare facility as the Hospital Supervisor. Her areas of research include inter-professional education, simulation, test taking and student success. Dr. Love-Williams lives in central New York with her husband and four children.
Jennifer Klimek Yingling, RN, Ph.D, ANP-BC, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator
Dr. Jennifer Klimek Yingling is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Utica College. She is an upstate New York resident helping to strengthen the community through practice, academics and research. Jennifer studied at Mohawk Valley Community College, the State University of New York institute of Technology and received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from Rutgers University. A passionate caregiver and a patient advocate, she is a dual-boarded Family and Adult Nurse Practitioner, holding nursing licenses in New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Her more than 2 decades of nursing experience include medical surgical, emergency, forensic, occupational and student health. Dr. Klimek Yingling practices clinically on a weekly basis in the Mohawk Valley Health Systems Emergency Department which allows her to bring real life experiences to the classroom. Her research activities include work with breast cancer survivorship, horizontal violence, emergency department throughput and adverse childhood experiences. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time in the Adirondacks with her husband and four children, photography, gardening, cooking and painting.
Annette L. Becker, DNS, RN
Professor of Nursing
Chair of Nursing
Director RN-BSN Program
Dr. Annette Becker is Chair of the Nursing program, Professor of Nursing, and Director of the online RN to BSN program at Utica College. She has been teaching with the UC Department of Nursing since January 2006. Prior to that she taught nursing at Syracuse University and was a Clinical Educator for Psychiatric Services at SUNY Upstate Medical Center.
Annette received a Doctorate of Nursing Science (DNS) in Nursing Education and Leadership from Sage Graduate School in Albany, NY. Her research interest is in the area of RN-BS student transformation and development.
Doreen Rogers, RN, DNS
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Doreen Rogers was appointed Assistant Professor of Nursing at Utica College in January 2018. Prior to joining Utica, Doreen taught at associate and baccalaureate levels of pre-licensure. She was most recently the coordinator of the online Nursing Education graduate program at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where she was an instructor as well. Doreen began her nursing education at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing; completed her baccalaureate degree at SUNY Utica/Rome; her graduate degree in Nursing Education from Mansfield University; and earned her Doctor of Nursing Science (Nursing Education/Leadership) from Sage Graduate School. Doreen's professional nursing practice over the last 26 years encompasses medical-surgical and critical care. Doreen holds CCRN (2001) and Certified Nurse Educator (2008) certifications and has provided workshops on test construction, item writing, and item analysis. Her research activity encompasses professional collegiality, resilience, rural nursing, nursing retention, and various components of nursing education. In her spare time, Doreen enjoys spending time with her husband at their two teen's athletic competitions, providing assistance with community functions, and coaching varsity girls’ basketball during the winter months.
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