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Nursing Faculty

Our faculty are a unique blend of researchers, educators and professionals who are proven experts in their fields.

Debra Penrod, Assistant Professor of Nursing

School of Health Sciences

Dr. Penrod’s career began teaching in secondary education at area schools. Since 1996, she worked as a nurse in various roles including acute rehabilitation, medical-surgical nursing, school nursing and case management. In 2009, she began working as a nurse educator in the community college setting, teaching in the practical nursing and associate degree of nursing programs. Prior to coming to SIUC, she also has worked as an adjunct faculty member in a baccalaureate of nursing online program. Dr. Penrod is a member of Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society. She also holds nursing certifications in rehabilitation and school nursing.



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Debra Penrod

Office: ASA 211A
Email: debra.penrod@siu.edu

Kelli Whittington, Program Director of Nursing

School of Health Sciences

Dr. Whittington's nursing career began in 1992 with practice in the acute care setting. Her nursing experience includes ICU, oncology, management, and administration. Her nursing education career began in 1993 with an adjunct clinical position at the community college level. Throughout her nursing education experience, she has taught nurses across all academic levels, from certified nurse assistants through bachelor's prepared registered nurses, culminating with doctorally-prepared registered nurses. She received the 2019 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society, and recipient of the visiting scholar award from Michigan State University in 2009. She is designated as a Certified Nurse Educator.



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Kelli D. Whittington

Office: ASA 226
Email: kellid@siu.edu