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Shelley Watters, DNP, RN

  • Nursing Advisory Council
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • 30-year nursing veteran. Passionate leader


  • DNP, Chatham University (2008)
  • MS, Nursing and Organizational Development, Carlow University (2004)


Dr. Shelley Watters is a member of Colorado Technical University’s Nursing Advisory Council. The primary duty of the Nursing Advisory Council is to ensure CTU’s nursing curriculum meets the standards, demands, and benchmarks of the continually-evolving nursing field. As a member of the council, Dr. Watters leverages her deep experience to ensure CTU stays connected to the nursing profession.

Dr. Watters currently serves as Director of Cultural Excellence and Program Director of Magnet at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside – a role she has held since 2015. In her current role, she focuses on fostering professional development, nursing research, promoting evidence-based practice, and more. At UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Dr. Watters has had success in implementing a shared leadership model to further impact nursing leadership at the bedside.

She began her journey at UPMC Shadyside in 2006, working with the nurses there to obtain Magnet designation. Employee engagement – nurse engagement in particular – has been a continual area of interest throughout her career; she has written successful small grants to support her work in this area to sustain and widen the perception of nurses at the bedside as it pertains to delivering safe and quality care.

Dr. Watters has been working in the nursing profession since 1987. She has presented her work nationally and internationally and continues to publish, serve as adjunct faculty teaching leadership courses, as well as serving on the editorial boards of various nursing journals and the Pennsylvania State Nurses Editorial Advisory Board.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Healthcare reform

I am in because education creates opportunity, and CTU provides relevant education that students can use in their lives immediately.

My teaching philosophy has always been to aspire to excellence and enjoy the process of learning. Also, if you are having challenges with any of the courses during your program of study, please reach out to your instructor. We are here to serve our students.

I love sports and athletics, and exercise all of the time, including walking outdoors. My family is very important to me and I stay very engaged in the lives of my two sons who are 20 and 17. I love movies and dancing.

  • Johnson, C. and Dulabaum, N. (2011). An Innovative Model for Guiding and Mentoring Faculty: Online and Face to Face. Presentation SLOAN-C conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Johnson, C. (2011). American Intercontinental University and MyFoundationsLab. Presentation Pearson Publishing Divisional Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Johnson, C. (2010). A Mentoring Program for College Freshman at Risk : An Evaluative Study, Applied Dissertation. Nova Southeastern University.
  • Johnson, C. (2010). Shifting the File Paradigm: Moving Multiple Campuses from Paper to Electronic Files to Improve Efficiency and Student Customer Service. Presentation AACRAO Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 2012-Present. Member ACE American Council on Education (ACE)
  • 2012-Present. Member Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • 2012-Present. Peer Evaluator Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • 2011-present. ACBSP
  • 2008-2010. NASPA
  • 2007-present. Member of AACRAO
  • Adaptive Learning and Technology in the Classroom
  • Improving Student Retention and Persistence
  • Effective Academic Leadership
  • Supporting students who may be at risk of dropping out of college