Personal Statement

Over the past 15 years, I've been intrigued by the state of nursing education and proactively sought opportunities to improve the specialty and be an integral part of creative collaborations to bring structure, standards and processes that strengthen the core of higher education and nursing education programs across Virginia.


As an advocate, Dowling strategically searches for avenues to implement solutions toward standardization, enhancement, and advancement of nursing education, and has had the privilege of collaborating with several leaders within Virginia’s higher education community. Working with various professional groups has allowed her opportunity to promote excellence in nursing education while meeting the state’s need for a competent and diverse nursing workforce.

A member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, counselor for UVA's Beta Kappa chapter, an advisory board member for the Virginia Board of Education and a board member of the Virginia League for Nursing, in May, 2018, Dowling becomes Virginia League for Nursing president, state constituent league for the 124-year old National League for Nursing, the nation's first professional nursing organization.

Having earned both a BSN and an MSN from Hampton University, Dowling went on to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Washington University in 2016. At UVA, she is the coordinator for the School's fast-growing RN to BSN program.

Research Focus

Nursing academia and higher education

Teaching Focus

Undergraduate and graduate courses in Fundamentals of Nursing, Health Assessment, Trends & Issues, Leadership & Management, and Community Health Nursing.