Dr. Joanne Joyce-McCoach is a proficient clinical nurse, with extensive experience in administration and practice and comprehensive knowledge in the area of primary health, community, and general nursing. She has a broad understanding of higher education, programme leadership and curriculum development. Through her appointments and academic studies Joanne has refined her research and teaching skills and gained an excellent understanding of, and commitment to, the development of a challenging and engaging learning environment in which students become life-long scholars and learners. Joanne is an advocate for practice education, focused on the facilitation of student-centered learning, in a productive supportive environment. She has an adept appreciation of issues pertinent to the changing university learning culture and an understanding of student expectations and requirements for their development as effective healthcare professionals.