Deborah "Deb" Erickson


Associate Dean for Distance Education, Associate Professor

    Westlake Hall 302 B
    (309) 677-2540


Ph.D. from Rush University
M.S.N. from Vanderbilt University
B.S.N. from the University of Michigan


Dr. Deborah Erickson holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Bradley University Department of Nursing and serves as the Associate Dean for Distance Education for the College of Education and Health Sciences. Dr. Erickson joined the Department of Nursing in August 2001. She and her husband share a love of traveling and raising their two rescue dogs, Paisley and Reggie.


Dr. Erickson teaches primarily in the online DNP program. At the graduate level, Dr. Erickson teaches NUR 840 Clinical Practice and the DNP Project courses, where she has served as the chair for 19 DNP projects. At the undergraduate level, Dr. Erickson teaches NUR 433, International Health and Nursing. Using sites in foreign cities as her classroom, Dr. Erickson has taught NUR 433 several times in London during January Interim as well as in Edinburgh and Dublin during May Interim.


Research interests include physical activity in people with type 2 diabetes and cross-cultural competencies through interdisciplinary practice. Dr. Erickson also serves as a manuscript reviewer for the MEDSURG Nursing journal. Selected publications and presentations are listed below.


Newell, A. Antola Crowe, H., Erickson, D., Davison Aviles, R., & Pratt, B. (2020). Cross-cultural competencies in a scholarship of teaching and learning process. Journal of Transformative Learning 7(1), 71-80.  

Erickson, D., Bernat, A., Fisher, M., & Vottero, B. (2014). Effective staffing. In P. Kelly & J. Tazbir (Eds.).  Essentials of Nursing Leadership & Management. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, Cengage Learning.

Erickson, D. (2013). Barriers to physical activity in people with type 2 diabetes enrolled in a worksite diabetes disease management program. The Diabetes Educator, published online 19 June 2013. doi: 10.1177/0145721713492565, and in hard copy 30(5), 626-634.

Antola Crowe, H., Brandes, K., Davison Aviles, B., Erickson, D., & Hall, D. (2013). Transdisciplinary teaching: Professionalism across cultures. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 3(13), 194-205.

Professional Presentation

April 5, 2019 – Speaker: 33rd Midwest ATE Conference, Midwest Association for Teacher Education (Lafayette, Indiana). Supporting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. With Helja Antola Crowe, Amanda Newell, Patricia Nugent, Robert Davison Aviles, and Brenda Pratt.

October/November 2017 – Poster: Sigma Theta Tau International 44th Biennial Convention (Indianapolis, Indiana).  Teaching Carbohydrate Counting to Baccalaureate Nursing Students.

July 13, 2017 – Poster: Nurse Educator’s Conference in the Rockies (Breckenridge, Colorado). Teaching Carbohydrate Counting to Baccalaureate Nursing Students.

November 16, 2014 – Speaker: BIT’s 5th World Gene Convention/BIT’s 3rd Annual World Congress of Diabetes (Haikou, China). Revision of the Barriers to Self-Care Physical Activity Subscale.

May 2014 – Poster: Peda-Forum Conference “New Cultures of Learning”, Lappeenranta University of Technology (Lappeenranta, Finland). Professionalism Across Cultures; Fostering Cross-cultural Competencies. With Helja Antola Crowe, Kendra Brandes, Robert Davison Aviles, and Dawn Hall.

February 2014 – Poster: Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (Blacksburg, Virginia). Do I have culture: Classroom conversation about cultural identity. With Helja Antola Crowe, Kendra Brandes, Robert Davison Aviles, and Dawn Hall.

November 2013 – Poster: Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention (Indianapolis, Indiana). Chinese Practices in Obstetric Nursing. With BSN graduate, Mary Shear.



Dr. Erickson is active in, and has served on, several university committees including University Senate, University Sabbatical Leave Committee, and the University Student Grievance committee.


At the college level, Dr. Erickson serves on the Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and the Internationalization Committee, currently serving as Chair of the Internationalization Committee.


Since joining the Department of Nursing faculty in 2001, Dr. Erickson has served on all departmental committees. She has also served as a faculty mentor to several new nursing faculty. Dr. Erickson has served as the Global Scholar advisor since 2010 where over 96 nursing graduates have been recognized as Global Scholars.


Dr. Erickson has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing since 1980. At Bradley University, Dr. Erickson has served Epsilon Epsilon Chapter in the roles of president, president-elect, treasurer, secretary, member of the 25th Anniversary Gala committee, and chair of both the Awards Committee and Leadership Succession Committee. Under her leadership as president, Epsilon Epsilon chapter received the Chapter Key Award.


Dr. Erickson serves as a community member for an Institutional Biosafety Committee, which specifically reviews the safety practices involved in clinical trials concerning gene therapy.

Licensures and Certifications

Dr. Erickson is a registered nurse with licenses in the state of Illinois and 10 additional states as required for teaching in the online nursing programs. Dr. Erickson has certification in Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) with courses in social and behavioral research as well as biosafety courses specific for Institutional Biosafety Committee members.