Mary Frances Terhaar


Dr. Terhaar is Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University. She is a respected leader in translation, education, and team collaboration. Across 40 years of leadership spanning diverse systems, roles, and clinical services; she has framed problems as challenges, built high-functioning teams with diverse talents, and led development and execution of replicable solutions.

Dr. Terhaar has authored or co-authored more than 70 manuscripts and chapters, as well as two broadly adopted texts on translation, evaluation, and DNP education. She is sought as a consultant on curriculum design and continuous improvement in nursing education and provides support to programs working to deliver high impact, rigorous education. She is an active site visitor and team leader for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In addition, she has led programs to increase diversity in graduate and undergraduate education and initiatives to remove barriers for prospective students pursuing doctoral study.