Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs
Dr. Hutson earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSN as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, she received a BSN from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Dr. Hutson teaches in the BSN, MSN, and PhD programs at the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing. Her areas of interest in teaching are research methods, philosophy of science, and grant writing. Her areas of scientific interest include studying the consequences of living with chronic illness in rural and underserved areas, specifically Appalachia. Her work was recently funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to explore the advanced care planning needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Appalachia. Dr. Hutson is an active member of several professional organizations including the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
Dr. Hutson is on the editorial board for the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also the project lead for a community project/non-profit organization called Appalachian Angel of Hope. She serves as a faculty senator and an officer in the faculty senate, serving in the role of senate secretary.