Delores Benn, DNP, RN Dean of Nursing

Delores Benn, DNP, MSN, RN
Dean of Nursing

Delores D. A. Benn graduated from Bloomfield College, N.J. with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; received her Master of Nursing Science, with a minor in Transcultural Nursing and Community Health from Kean University, N.J.; and completed her post graduate education from University of Medicine and Dentistry, N.J. and graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Administration Track.

Dr Benn has over 33 years of nursing expertise. Over the past 22 years, Dr Benn has worked as both Adjunct faculty and full-time faculty at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and New York. Dr Benn comes to us from Rutgers University in Newark NJ. Dr. Benn has presented nationally and internationally at several conferences addressing global issues affecting minority population. She also published her research on "Assessment of Determinants of Nursing Students' retention and Progression in an Associate Degree Program" in the University of the Philippines Nursing Alumni Association International Nursing Journal (6 (1) August 2010). Dr Benn has been applauded for the clarity with which she presented her topics. Her work with the local communities and her expertise in community healthcare, has earned her several honors and awards.

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Susan Brooks, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
Associate Professor

Dr. Brooks is an Associate Professor working in both the RN-BSN program and the MS Nursing program. A native of Concord, NC, Dr. Brooks earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Science in Nursing, with an emphasis in Adult Health Nursing and Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a nationally accredited institution. As part of her doctoral program requirements, she completed a research study for her dissertation, “An Exploration of Nurses’ Knowledge of Right Hemisphere Stroke Associated Communication Impairments” surveying over 2000 RNs in completing this research.

She has been an RN since 1980, with over 23 years’ experience in nursing education. Prior to becoming a nurse educator, Dr. Brooks worked in ICU, medical-surgical nursing, and home health. She gained leadership and management experience as a charge nurse of a 36-bed neuroscience, medical unit at Atrium Health North East, and is passionate about the care of patients surviving a stroke and their rehabilitation. Much of her teaching experience is at the in the ADN program at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, serving as course coordinator of the Mental Health Nursing course. course.

Sophia Miranda, EdD, MSL
Associate Professor

Dr. Sophia Miranda has been in the field of clinical research for over 15 years and holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Organizational Leadership, which was earned at Grand Canyon University. She has clinical research experience in the development and facilitation of clinical research education, compliance and operations for a large healthcare system. Dr. Miranda’s experience includes but is not limited to managing a team of clinical research monitors and educators, overseeing and educating research staff on GCP guidelines and FDA regulations as well as the facilitation of onsite audits of clinical research trials, in addition to developing and implementing research guidelines, policies, SOPs and work plans as needed.

In an academic setting, Dr. Miranda’s experience as an Adjunct Faculty member has given her the skill of overseeing and managing students and teaching research courses. Dr. Miranda serves on many academic and non-academic committees; such as the CRO Curriculum Subcommittee for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Graduate Education Steering Committee at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. Prior to these roles, Dr. Miranda, has held several research positions and has also led leadership trainings for schools and businesses as a certified leadership trainer. She has also served as a panelist for a psychology symposium and has presented at the collegiate level. In addition, Dr. Miranda is currently working on journal publications and recently published an article in the Journal of Scholarly Engagement and in the Journal of Management Development.

Dr. Sophia Miranda is originally from New York City; however, she has lived in North Carolina for over a decade and now calls North Carolina her home.