Sharon A. Wilkerson, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF
Dean, College of Nursing
A 30-year veteran in nursing education, Sharon A. Wilkerson, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, is the founding dean of the Texas A&M College of Nursing. In 2013 she was inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education.
Dr. Wilkerson previously worked as an associate professor at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Sciences, which has collaborated with the Texas A&M Health Science Center to provide an accelerated nursing program for students in the Bryan-College Station area.
Prior to arriving at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Dr. Wilkerson was director of doctoral program development and an associate professor at the Purdue University School of Nursing. She also previously worked with Indiana University and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan.
A staff nurse for a variety of patients, Dr. Wilkerson's specialty is pediatrics. She was a clinical nurse specialist for children with respiratory problems and a nurse researcher for several years, conducting evidence-based research on nursing care.
Her current research efforts involve premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Studies include implementation of kangaroo care with premature infants, development care in the NICU, parenting skills with premature infants and, most recently, hearing development in the premature infant.
Dr. Wilkerson became involved in nursing as a three-year diploma graduate of Hermann Hospital School of Nursing in Houston before obtaining a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Hawaii. She has a Master of Science in nursing, specializing in pediatrics and nursing education, from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in nursing of families from Wayne State University in Detroit. She completed a post-doctoral clinical nurse scholar fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the University of Rochester.