Faculty and Staff

Our faculty, advising staff, and support staff each provide their expertise to aid student success and advance nursing education. Review faculty and staff profiles for contact information, education, courses taught, and research interests.


Steve Stapleton

Director, School of Nursing

Louise L. Bigley

Undergraduate Program Director


Ashley L. Kubik

Clinical Supervisor for DNP Program

Vanessa L. McConnell

MSU Care Clinical Coordinator

Dr. Kathryn A. Patterson

FNP Program Coordinator

Support staff

Amanda F. Conner

Administrative Assistant to School of Nursing Director & Graduate Program Director

Lori A. Vaughan

Administrative Assistant to Undergraduate Program Director

Pre-nursing advisement

Undergraduate students who declare a pre-nursing major are advised by the School of Nursing prior to application to the BSN nursing program. Your advisor will guide you through your freshman and sophomore years with classes that prepare you for the BSN application. You also will be connected to healthcare professionals and environment.

To schedule an appointment with a pre-nursing advisor, call 417-836-5310. Check in at the Professional Building room 200 for your pre-nursing advising meeting.