Dr. Salyers was appointed Associate Dean, Faculty of Health & Community Studies on August 2, 2011. The Faculty of Health and Community Studies is composed of 21 degree, post diploma/degree certificate and diploma programs delivered by 109 full-time faculty, 58 exempt/contract/ support staff and approximately 200-250 part-time faculty. Dr. Salyers is responsible for initiatives in the areas of curriculum development, international education, enrolment management, research & scholarship, e-learning and external relations.
Dr. Salyers has held numerous academic & administrative positions including Director and Chair roles in schools of nursing in British Columbia and Ontario where he was directly responsible for the supervision, direction, and evaluation of faculty and staff; management of budget and resource expenditures; and program/curricular planning, implementation, and evaluation. He also brings extensive experience with nursing regulatory body approval and accreditation processes. He is a registered nurse who holds licensure in the United States, as well as in British Columbia and Ontario.
He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has supervised and/or co-supervised graduate student projects and theses during his academic career. Courses he has developed and taught include: nursing research, pathophysiology, pharmacology, fundamentals of nursing, medical-surgical/acute care nursing, high acuity nursing, leadership, contemporary issues & trends, leadership & management, health information management and nursing informatics.
Dr. Salyers has a BA in Psychology and a Master of Science in Nursing from San Francisco State University and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Francisco. The integration and utilization of technology and e-learning strategies into program curricula is his passion. His doctoral research focused on the effectiveness of web-enhanced instruction in teaching psychomotor nursing skills and he continues to develop his web-enhanced and e-learning research. He is also quite interested in research associated with the use of simulation in nursing education. He is currently editor of the Journal of Distance Education. The Journal of Distance Education is an international publication of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education/ le Réseau canadien pour l'innovation en education (CNIE-RCIE).
He has also been actively involved with international student experiences and/or research in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru to further his research agenda with vulnerable populations. He and others are exploring interdisciplinary service learning opportunities within the Faculty. He holds a special place in his heart for students and clients from diverse ethnic backgrounds and has worked closely with both groups.