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Dr. Michele G. Hackney

Dean, Scott & White School of Nursing (Associate Professor)
Scott & White School of Nursing - Dean's Office
Office: Nursing 103
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8015900 College St, Box 8015BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-4667(254) 295-4667
Subjects Taught: NURS 4610 Mental Health Nursing; NURS 4200 Nursing Capstone; NURS 3300 Introduction to Professional Nursing; NURS 3621 Health Care Delivery II; NURS 3321 Pathophysiology II; NURS 3325 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing; NUCB 4312 Nursing Research; NURS 7332 Evidence-Based Practice in Classroom and Clinical Instruction
Degrees Earned: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Leadership in Nursing Education Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University; Certified Nurse Educator

Dr. Hackney joined the Scott & White School of Nursing at UMHB in 2010 and has served as dean since 2018.  Her professional experience includes over 29 years as a psychiatric-mental health and maternal-child nurse. She is certified as an academic nurse educator by the National League for Nursing. 

Dr. Hackney serves as the secretary of the Texas Organization of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs (TADDPNP).  She is also a member of the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education (TOBGNE), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Nurses Christian Fellowship, and the National League for Nursing.  She has presented at state and national conferences and has publications in both national and international nursing journals.  Dr. Hackney's Ed.D. from UMHB included a specialization in Leadership in Nursing Education Administration.  Her dissertation research investigated the relationship between nursing students' intrinsic motivation and performance on the licensure examination.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Christian Farms Treehouse, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.  She is an active member of First Baptist Church - Temple, where she serves with the First Impressions team.  She has facilitated prayer workshops at UMHB chapel and various women's retreats in the Austin area.

Publications & Presentations


  • Hackney, M. G., & Emerson, C. J. (2018) Reproduction. In K. Trakalo, L. Horowitz, & A. McCulloch (Eds.), Nursing: A concept-based approach to learning, Volume 2, 3rd edition, Pearson.
  • Hackney, M. G. (2017). Nursing students' intrinsic motivation and performance on the licensure examination. Nurse Educator, 42(4), 186-190. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000349
  • Hackney, M. G. (2016). Purpose or Paycheck? Journal of  Christian Nursing, 33(4), 251. doi:10.1097/CNJ.000000000000310
  • Booth, T. L., Emerson, C. J., Hackney, M. G., & Souter, S. (2016). Preparation of academic nurse educators. Nurse Education in Practice, 19, 54-57. doi:10.1016/j.nepr2016.04.006 
  • Hackney, M. G. (2016). The relationship between nursing students’ intrinsic motivation and performance on the licensure examination: A correlational study (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Townsend Memorial Library, University of Mary  Hardin- Baylor, Dissertation Collection.


  • Trammell, K., Nelson, P., Boyd, A., Crawford, A., Hackney, M., Krug, G., & Turner, R. "Beneficially Uncomfortable": Outcomes from a Holistic Interprofessional Care Plan Developed for a Live Patient. Poster presented at the 2019 Educational Leadership Conference, Bellevue WA., October 19-20, 2019.
  • Hackney, M. G., Krug, G., Nelson, P., Boyd, A., Crawford, A., Trammell, K., & Turner, R. (2019, June 13). Impact of an Interprofessional Education Experience: A Pilot Program. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Big 12 Teaching and Learning Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Krug, G., Nelson, P., Boyd, A., Crawford, A., Hackney, M., Trammell, K., & Turner, R. Health Professions Interprofessional Education: A Pilot Study. Poster presented at the Teaching Professor Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA., June 7-9, 2019.
  • Hackney, M. G. (2016, April 14). Expanding Simulation to Enhance Clinical Understanding of Mental Health Concepts. Podium presentation at the Simulation User Network, Laerdal & University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX.
  • Hackney, M. G., Booth, T. L., & Souter, S. Interprofessional Education: An Approach to Meeting Rural Health Care Needs. Poster presented at the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Institute - Spring 2015, Herndon, VA., April 29-May 1, 2015.
  • Booth, T. L., & Hackney, M. G. Interprofessional Education: An Approach to Meeting Rural Health Care Needs. Poster presented at the 2015 Texas Public Health Association's Annual Education Conference, Austin, TX. February 23-25, 2015.
  • Hackney, M. G., Guenther, B. N., Stewart, R. K., & Zipperlen, M. (2013, October 22). Programs, Courses, and Completions: Is Texas Making the Grade? Podium presentation at the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), Austin, TX.
Research Interests
  • Dissertation title: The Relationship between Nursing Students' Intrinsic Motivation and Performance on the Licensure Examination  
  • Interprofessional education
  • Teaching/learning strategies
  • Preparation of academic nurse educators