Mary F. Terhaar

Mary F. Terhaar


Jones Hall 502
3307 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140


Mary Frances Terhaar, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN is chair and professor of the Department of Nursing at Temple University. Dr. Terhaar is a national leader in science translation, nursing education, and interprofessional team collaboration. Across 35 years of leadership spanning diverse systems, roles, and clinical services, she has framed practice problems as challenges, built high-functioning teams with diverse talents, and led development and execution of innovative and replicable solutions.

Formerly associate dean for academic affairs at the Case Western Reserve University and director of the DNP program at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Dr. Terhaar has advanced doctoral education by creating scholarly processes, curricula, and resources which guide faculty and students through IRB submission of protocols, data collection, data management, and dissemination. Improvement of these processes and outcomes (e.g., submissions to IRB, reliability of data and means testing, and number of publications) have been reported at national nursing meetings and disseminated in more than 80 manuscripts and four textbooks widely adopted in nursing programs across the country. 

Dr. Terhaar is continuing her efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in nursing as project lead on an innovative pipeline project at Temple that will increase diversity in the nursing workforce. She was co-founder of an innovative program that helps prospective students remove barriers to success in doctoral study, which has increased effective applications across diverse groups of nurses. Dr. Terhaar was also principal investigator on the Bridges Project at Case Western Reserve University that mitigated barriers to doctoral education for nurses interested in pursuing research careers.

Dr. Terhaar has authored or co-authored more than 60 manuscripts and chapters, as well as four texts on translation, evaluation, and doctoral education. Her work has been translated across the U.S. and in five countries. She is sought as a consultant on curriculum evaluation and continuous improvement, and she provides support to programs intending to deliver high impact, rigorous education.


  • PhD (conversion from Doctor of Nursing Science), The Catholic University of America

  • MSN, The Catholic University of America

  • BSN, Emmanuel College

  • RN Diploma, Sisters of Charity Hospital