Tracey Matthews, DPE
Dean and Professor
Jacksonville State University
Dr. Tracey Matthews has worked at Castleton University, Springfield College, and Jacksonville State University (JSU). Tracey has served in a variety of leadership roles, and currently serves as the Dean of the College of Health Professions and Wellness at JSU. She has presented internationally, nationally, and regionally on topics including assessment, grading, measurement, and mixed method research, and served as the statistical and research contributor on publications in exercise science and physical education. Her textbook, Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance is utilized in undergraduate curricula related to Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Interprofessional Education promotes teamwork and innovation across disciplines to transform the learning experiences across health-care professions. IPE practices were occurring at Jacksonville State University (JSU, Alabama) but were not operationalized to include IPECs core competencies. The last two years, we have developed an intentional plan to implement IPE across the University. With support from upper administration, we developed a strategic plan to integrate IPE at JSU, including identifying faculty championships, providing faculty resource support, and opportunities for…
Simulation is a component of health care education and has provided active learning experiences in a clinical laboratory setting for students for countless years. Utilizing simulators is an evidence-based teaching approach that is widely accepted and incorporated in health care education programs including nursing, advanced practice nursing, respiratory therapy, and athletic training programs. In the simulation laboratory, students experience the "next best thing" to a live patient-care setting. A simulation activity can also provide students an opportunity to develop greater self-efficacy…