Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

CELT Tribute

Frontline Nursing Faculty

Click to listen to the podcast with frontline faculty.

During this pandemic, we pay tribute to our heroic frontline faculty from the Nursing department.

Dr. Linda Dalessio (upper left) has joined the faculty at Western Connecticut State University full time as an assistant professor. She has taught at Western as an adjunct professor in the BSN program at Waterbury since 2008. Linda graduated with her ADN in 1984 from Capitol Community Technical College in Hartford and received her BSN in 1999 from Elsevier College in New York. She went on to receive her MSN in Forensic nursing at Quinnipiac University. Linda then attended   St. Louis University and graduated in 2005 with a post master’s degree as an acute care nurse practitioner. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Linda has worked as a critical care nurse and nurse practitioner in acute and adult care in many different areas.

She has authored and co-authored grants obtained from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Linda currently has completed a chapter in an upcoming publication for acute care nurse practitioners that deals with toxicology and overdose in the intensive care unit. Publication should be early in 2015. Linda is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and has been CCRN certified since 1989.

Dr. Eileen Campbell (upper right) is an assistant professor of Nursing at Western Connecticut State University. Eileen is also a practicing Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Eileen’s research interests include nursing education and pain management.  As a first-generation college graduate and first-generation American, Eileen is passionate about helping students navigate college and be successful in the nursing program.

Professor Doreen Graham (bottom left) is a full- time Assistant Professor in Nursing at Western Connecticut State University. Doreen has been a full- time professor this past five years and is in the process of finishing her Doctorate dissertation in Nursing Education at Western Connecticut State University. Doreen is also a part-time per diem Nurse Practitioner at Waterbury Hospital in the Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit. Doreen’s background in both nursing and advance practice nursing has been for over thirty years in critical care. Doreen is board certified in critical care and is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Cardiology. Professor Doreen Graham is also a member of both the Mu Beta and Kappa Alpha Chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Professor Doreen Graham teaches undergraduate nursing at Western Connecticut State University. Doreen is also a preceptor for WCSU advance practice nursing students in the cardiovascular unit.

Andrew Hull (bottom right) is the Nursing Simulation Coordinator at Western Connecticut State University.



Campbell, E. (2020). Faculty perspectives of teaching pain management to nursing students. Pain Management Nursing21(2) 179-186.