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Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Faculty

The Nursing department at Benedictine University is comprised of nurse leaders from around the nation. They offer experience from all levels of nursing and from years in clinical, administrative and educational roles. They have contributed to the advancement of nursing practice through research as well as by passing on their knowledge via teaching others. They are ready to help you on your personal nursing journey.

Marcella M. Atwater

Marcella M. Atwater, Ph.D., M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC, CT

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Marcella Atwater has been actively involved in the nursing profession for more than 35 years.

Mary Bemker

Mary Bemker, D.N.Sc., M.S.N., RN

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Mary Bemker has taught in various learning environments, and has over 16 years’ experience teaching online.

Vicki J. Coombs

Vicki J. Coombs, Ph.D., RN, FAHA

Adjunct Faculty

Vicki J. Coombs works and resides in the Baltimore, Maryland area and has been a registered nurse for approximately 25 years.

Margaret C. Delaney

Margaret C. Delaney, Ed.D, APN, CNP, RN


Margaret Delaney joined Benedictine University in 2007 and teaches both in the BSN completion and MSN program.

Laura Holland

Laura Holland, M.S.N., RN, CNE


Laura Holland joined Benedictine University in 2010 and teaches both in the BSN completion and MSN program.

Deborah L. Jezuit

Deborah L. Jezuit, Ph.D., M.S., RN

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jezuit joined Benedictine in 2010 as an adjunct faculty and was appointed as an assistant professor in August 2014.

Deborah E. Jones

Deborah E. Jones, Ph.D., M.S.N., RN

Adjunct Faculty

Deborah E. Jones is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Department of Acute and Chronic Care.

Bernice R. Kennedy

Bernice R. Kennedy, Ph.D., RN, PMH-CNS-BC

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Bernice R. Kennedy served as faculty at various universities, teaching baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral nursing students.

Emily F. Keyes

Emily F. Keyes, Ph.D., M.S.N., RN

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Keyes has been in the nursing profession for over twenty-seven years, and holds several degrees and certifications.

Margaret Kipta

Margaret Kipta, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CRNA


Margaret M. Kipta joined Benedictine University in September 2012 as an instructor in the BSN program in Lisle.