Faculty Profiles

Deborah A. Ambrosio-Mawhirter

Assistant Professor And Department Chair
College Of Nursing And Public Health

Nexus Building Room 316
516.877.4538
516.877.4558
AMBROSIO@ADELPHI.EDU

General Information

Diplomas/Degrees

Diplomas/Degrees

Ed.D., Dowling College (2010)

M.S., Adelphi University (1995)

B.S., Adelphi University (1981)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

New York State Registered Professional Nurse

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Teaching Philosophy
Deborah Ambrosio Mawhirter, EdD, RN

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats

I love learning, and sharing knowledge, therefore teaching has become one of my passions. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and, find pleasure in learning from others as well as current topics in the literature. My personal philosophy is to never stop learning and to continually strive for excellence. This means always looking to see how to make improvements in self and processes. I believe teachers are facilitators and everyone has the potential to learn what they are motivated or interested in.
My goals in teaching are to inspire, motivate and empower students to learn, gain insight and knowledge. My purpose is in “lighting of the fire,” viewing the spark in my students when they have become motivated to seek information, ask more question, and incorporate teachings into their lives and practices. Empowering the nurse to ask questions; developing the “great” nurse to ask “why” to seek understanding and identify possible areas of improvement. As a nursing instructor the nursing professional code of ethics is essential to my teaching.
My teaching philosophy incorporates Knowles Theory of the Adult Learner; adults must be motivated to learn. I also believe in Aristotle’s philosophy; “what we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” These are extremely essential concepts in teaching nursing

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