Department of Nursing and Health Professions
Meet Paula Williams Ed.D., CAGS, RN
Dean of the Division of Nursing and Health Professions
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA
M.S., Nursing Administration, University of Lowell, MA
B.S., Fitchburg State College, MA
Nursing Diploma, Newton Wellesley Hospital School
- Nursing Leadership
- Nursing Research
- Healthcare Management
- Nursing Education
Paula Williams initially graduated from a hospital-based diploma nursing program which provided her with a strong background in medical and surgical nursing which became the foundation of her love of learning. She soon realized that this was just the beginning of her educational journey. She obtained her baccalaureate degree in nursing while working as a surgical and PACU nurse. She taught for several years in a practical nursing program where she primarily taught the adult learner who had specific goals and learning needs. She loved teaching and decided to attend graduate school on a part-time basis for her master’s degree while teaching in the nursing program. She has been teaching nursing students primarily at the associate and baccalaureate levels and more recently at the Master’s level at Rivier since 1992.
"My teaching philosophy encompasses a holistic approach to learning. Students, regardless of race, gender, class or previous learning experiences, learn in diverse ways. Trying to meet the student’s learning styles is both the challenge and the reward. The best experiences in teaching arise from those where we connect with the student and provide legitimate assistance to them. The nursing curriculum at Rivier has been designed using conventional pedagogy, to reflect both the traditional age and adult learners, career mobility, and competency based testing."