Faculty Profile

Theresa A. Kessler, PhD.

Professor of Nursing



Professor Kessler teaches courses across all three nursing programs. Her content areas of expertise are adult health, management/leadership, and advanced practice. She received the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Valpariaso University Alumni Association. In 2005-2006, Dr. Kessler was the recipient of the Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching at Valpo.

Dr. Kessler's clinical area of expertise is adult health nursing, and she is ceritfied as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has an active consulting practice and is a Parish Nurse. Dr. Kessler is also a certified nurse educator (CNE) through the National League of Nursing.

Dr. Kessler is serving a second term as Chair of the Commission on Certification for the American Nurses Credientialing Center (ANCC), where she previously served as Chair of the Adult Health Content Expert Panel and the Appointments Committee. Dr. Kessler has been active with the Indiana Division of the American Cancer Society and the Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is an accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Her research interests include cognitive appraisal and quality of life for individuals facing cancer, the health status of underserved adults, and smoking cessation among underserved pregnant women and college students. She has published book chapters and is published in a variety of journals including: Journal of Professional Nursing, Research in Nursing and Health, Nursing Leadership Forum, Oncology Nursing Forum, Journal of Community Health Nursing, and Journal of Nursing Education.


PhD. - University of Kentucky 1993
MSN - Indiana University 1981
BSN - Purdue University 1979


  • Certified as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Health Nursing

Areas of Specialization

  • ELNAC Palliative Care Graduate Education Trainer