College of Health Sciences
Dr. Fowles has served as a PT Contributing Faculty Member in the School of Nursing since, 2013 and has taught DNP Practicum courses but has served primarily as member of DNP and PhD committees. She has served as chair of 34 DNP committees and 3 PhD Committees and served as a member or URR reviewer on over 45 other committees.
Educational background includes: Graduating from a diploma nursing program in 1971, completed BSN (Elmhurst College) in 1980; MSN (1988) and PhD (1994; Loyola University of Chicago). Dr. Fowles also completed NINR-funded post-doctoral training at the University of Texas at Austin in 2004-2005.
Dr Fowles has taught nursing in a face-to-face format (didactic and clinical) for over 25 years in a university setting and used Blackboard to provide supplemental materials in many classes, and is very comfortable teaching in an all asynchronous environment. Dr Fowles taught at Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State (in Central Illinois) primarily in the undergraduate maternity/pediatrics courses and taught graduate research, theory and advanced maternity courses while at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing.
From 1971 to 1980, Dr. Fowles worked primarily in the medical-surgical areas but since 1980, Dr. Fowles has worked with childbearing women.
Dr. Fowles research interests have focused on a woman’s psychosocial adaptation to motherhood and maternal nutrition during pregnancy in low-income women, since these women have a more difficult time accessing healthy foods. She is interested in examining how women’s diets during pregnancy affected birth outcomes and received funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research to conduct her research. She is experienced in quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Dr. Fowles has made over 100 presentations at local, regional, national and international conferences and has published over 40 article, some of which were co-authored by graduate students.