Lincoln Memorial University


Caylor School of Nursing's Pullen Honored With Houston Award

LMU’s highest faculty award recognizes exemplary professional teaching achievement 


Harrogate, Tennessee, May 19, 2017—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President B. James Dawson bestowed the University’s prestigious Houston Award for Excellence in Teaching on Dr. Lisa Pullen during the LMU Spring Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 6.


Pullen, of Knoxville, Tennessee, is a full professor of nursing who has served on the faculty of the Caylor School of Nursing (CSON) since 2001. The Houston Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes achievement characterized by clear, abundant and persistent demonstration of high standards of teaching that contribute to the development of the LMU community.


Pullen currently serves as the director of the Family Psychiatric Mental Health concentration of the CSON’s Family Nurse Practitioner program. She has taught at every level of the nursing program and held many leadership positions, including coordinator of the RN-BSN program and director and chair of graduate nursing. Pullen has many years of experience as a practitioner for health care providers including the Veterans Administration, Geriatric Assessment Program, Sutherland Associates, Asbury Place, Bradford Substance Abuse Treatment Center and Erlanger Hospital. An experienced nursing educator, she has taught at the University of Tennessee, Clemson University, the University of Alabama, University of Arkansas and the Erlanger School of Nursing.


Well-published, Pullen has contributed to refereed journals such as Mental Health Practice, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Today and the Journal of Additions Nursing. She has presented or assisted with presentations at national conferences and participated in internal grant opportunities at LMU and the University of Tennessee.


Pullen earned an associate of science in nursing from Gadsden State University and a bachelor of science in nursing from Jacksonville State University. She earned her family nurse practitioner degree from Mississippi University for Women and a doctor of philosophy in educational psychology from Mississippi State University. Pullen earned a psychiatric mental health nursing clinical nurse specialist post-masters certificate from the University of Tennessee.


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