Linda Comer, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Dean of the Ann Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences
The Keith R. Berend Endowed Chair of Nursing

The foundation of my teaching philosophy is the value of human care and respect. I believe that all individuals are inherently worthy of respect, and strive to approach each interaction with students and faculty colleagues in a manner that reflects that belief.

- Linda Comer

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Dr. Comer has a background in nursing and health care academic leadership, critical care nursing, and mental health counseling. She received her Ph.D. in Curricular Foundations of Education, MSN in nursing education, and MS in Community Counseling degrees from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her BSN from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Her research includes nurse faculty teams and nursing education scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Comer is a member of the Florida Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the Florida Organization of Nurse Leaders and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

Honors and Awards

  • The Keith R. Berend Endowed Chair in Nursing, FSC, 2021
  • Million Dollar Circle Award, WCU Office of Research Administration, 2016
  • Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC, 2014
  • Betty L. Duff Distinguished Faculty Award, WCU SON, 2014
  • NLN/Johnson & Johnson Faculty Leadership Development Program, 2009
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Division of Research, NC A&T State University, 2005
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Academic Honor Society, 2005
  • Chi Sigma Iota, National Counseling Honor Society, 1995
  • Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina recipient, 1991
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society, 1989

Publications and Exhibitions

Lubinska-Welch, I., Pearson, T., Metcalfe, S. and Comer, L. Nurses as Instruments of healing: Self-care practices of nurses in a rural hospital setting. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 34(3), 221-228 10.1177/0898010115602994

Hoyle, S., Elliott, L. and Comer, L. (2015), Available screening tools for adults suffering from bipolar affective disorder in primary care: An integrative literature review. American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 27, 280–289. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12214

Messer, A, Comer, L., and Forst, S. (2015). Progressive mobility in the ICU. Critical Care Nurse, 35(5), 1-15.  doi:

Dawson, T., Comer, L., Kossick, M., and Neubrander, J. (2014). Can script concordance testing be utilized in nursing education to accurately assess clinical reasoning skills? Journal of Nursing Education, 53(5), 281-286. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20140321-03 

Hudson, R., Comer, L., and Whichello, R. (2014). Transitions in a wicked environment. Journal of Nursing Management, 22, 201-210. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.1478.x.

Comer, L., Whichello., R., and Neubrander, J. (2013). An innovative master of science program for the development of culturally competent nursing leaders. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 20(2), 89-93. 

Brackett, T., Comer, L., Whichello, R. (2013). Do lean practices lead to more time at the bedside?  Journal for Healthcare Quality, 35(2), 7-14.

Sherman, H., Comer, L., Freeman, H., and Putnam, L.  (2012). Blended vs. Lecture Learning: Outcomes for Staff Development. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 28(4), 186-190.

Green, S., Comer, L., Elliott, L. and Neubrander, J. (2011) Exploring the Value of an International Service Learning Experience in Honduras. Nursing Education Perspectives32(5), 302-307.

Tomlinson, K., Golden, I., Mallory, J.L., & Comer, L. (2010). Family presence during adult resuscitation. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 32(1), 46-58. 

Walton-Moss, B., Comer McIntosh, L., Conrad, J., and Kiefer, E. (2009). Health status and birth outcomes among pregnant women in substance abuse treatmentWomen’s Health Issues, 19(3), 167-175.

NLN/Johnson and Johnson Faculty Leadership and Mentoring Program Cohort III and Project Director. (2011). Developing a portrait of a nursing education leader. Nursing Education Perspectives, 32(2), 136-137.

McIntosh, L. and Davis, L. (2001). The Relationship Between Interpersonal Trauma and Substance Abuse in African –American Women. Substance Abuse, 22(2), 150-151. (abstract from Conference Proceedings).