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Teresa J. Krassa, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Director, Urbana Campus

Teaching Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Teaching/Learning in Nursing and Health Sciences Certificate Program

Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science, Urbana Campus



625 S. Wright St., MC 313, Suite 201, Champaign, IL 61820

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Dr. Krassa has experience teaching in graduate and undergraduate nursing programs, where she has expertise in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation for many years. Dr. Krassa currently teaches several graduate-level nursing education courses on instructional design, on student evaluation/ program evaluation, on curriculum processes, and the teaching practicum course. In addition, Dr. Krassa currently teaches the undergraduate health assessment course and the graduate entry health assessment, as well as the introduction to professional nursing course, and the senior seminar course on trends and issues. In past semesters, she taught graduate core courses on research methods, on nursing theory, on evidence-based practice, as well as the graduate-level nursing education administration course. In past semesters, she also taught an ethical-legal issues nursing elective, leadership and management, transition to professional nursing, and pathophysiology in the undergraduate program.

Dr. Krassa’s scholarly interests have three main foci: One focus is decision making: patient decision making (especially oncology patients), and nurse decision making (especially for nurse political behavior). Another focus is neighborhood design and health outcomes. And the other focus is on innovative teaching strategies and increasing critical thinking of nursing students. Other scholarly interests include: health policy; women's health issues in breast cancer and cardiovascular disease; ethics and quality of life; self-efficacy; health promotion and wellness issues; advanced practice roles and outcomes; cultural competence; and health care delivery systems. She also has experience in questionnaire development.

Selected Honors & Awards:

  • Nurse Educator Fellowship, from the Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Pinnacle Leader Award, UIC Power of Nursing Leadership
  • List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent By Their Students, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Teaching Recognition Program Award, from the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Graduate Award for Faculty Excellence, from the Graduate Student Organization at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
  • Faculty Excellence In Teaching Award, from the Illinois League For Nursing
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers, from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
  • Nursing Recognition Award for Nursing Education, Alpha Lambda Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing



BSN, University of California at Los Angeles
MSN, Saint Louis University
PhD, Wayne State University

Licensures and Certifications

Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League for Nursing

Professional Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

National League for Nursing

Illinois League for Nursing

Midwest Nursing Research Society