Jennifer Hayes-Klosteridis, PhD, has extensive experience in higher education as a faculty member and student affairs leader. She began her teaching career at the Community Colleges of Baltimore County. There she assisted with the coordination of the college’s biological and chemical science laboratories, designed and taught lecture and laboratory courses in Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology. More recently, Dr. Hayes-Klosteridis was a visiting professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing (GW Nursing) where she was a course coordinator for a graduate-level nursing research course, and course designer and instructor for three undergraduate nursing prerequisite courses – Anatomy & Physiology II, Microbiology, and Statistics.
Prior to transitioning to a full-time faculty role, Dr. Hayes-Klosteridis was assistant dean of Student Affairs and a professorial lecturer at GW Nursing. She led a team of professionals in admissions, enrollment management, and student services, and provided strategic leadership and expertise to new programmatic initiatives. Dr. Hayes-Klosteridis established relationships with community colleges in Virginia and Maryland, the Peace Corps, and other partners to grow enrollment pipelines for the accelerated baccalaureate program.
She launched a Student Success Center and developed an assessment and evaluation plan based on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education standards for student services provided by the unit. As a member of the American Association of College of Nursing’s Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals group, Dr. Hayes-Klosteridis participated in planning the annual conference in Nashville, TN, and presented on strategies for overcoming recruiting challenges for doctoral programs. In collaboration with academic leadership, she also supported a 3-year retrospective analysis of GW Nursing’s academic programs in advance of GW’s Middle States evaluation.
Prior to GW Nursing, Dr. Hayes-Klosteridis launched and scaled the Student Success Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing as its director. There she managed a team of professionals providing academic and co-curricular support services to students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Clinical Nurse Leader programs. She developed a robust set of services, including, guided study sessions, a peer mentoring program, professional academic advising, a workshop series, and a Student Success Immersion Program using the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations New Careers in Nursing Pre-entry Immersion Program Toolkit. In collaboration with the assistant dean for the baccalaureate program, Dr. Hayes-Klosteridis was instrumental in revising the dosage calculation curriculum for the program. She also partnered with the assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to develop a writing assessment tool and a graduate-level writing course for the DNP program to reduce barriers to success. During her tenure, she wrote and was awarded two grants from the Maryland Health Education Initiative through the Maryland Hospital Association totaling $500,000.00. These grants allowed the team to provide scholarships and develop and implement specialized support services for at-risk student populations, including culturally and linguistically diverse students and first-generation college students.
Dr. Hayes-Klosteridis has additional experience in academic advising, program development, and student success for pre-medical and pre-nursing students at other institutions including, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Hayes-Klosteridis holds a PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum Theory and Development. She is skilled at both qualitative and quantitative research methods and her doctoral research used a mixed-methods approach to explore the relationship between gender and student epistemologies in a reformed undergraduate organismal biology course. She earned her master’s degree in Biology with specialized coursework in Immunology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Maryland, College Park with an emphasis in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. She is Quality Matters certified and a case reviewer for the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.