Bio for Kathryn Tart, EdD, MSN, RN

Founding Dean and Professor

The University of Houston, College of Nursing

Dr. Tart serves as founding dean and professor for the College of Nursing at the University of Houston. The nursing programs are offered at the University of Houston, UH Sugar Land and Victoria, Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa; master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; and doctorate in Higher Education Supervision and Administration, with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies, from the University of Houston. Her work in nursing education includes teaching at Victoria College, in Victoria, Texas, Texas Woman’s University in the Texas Medical Center where she coordinated the undergraduate program, and the Founding Dean for the University of Houston-Victoria. She was a Helene Fuld Fellow with American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and completed the HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. UH’s undergraduate and graduate nursing programs have full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and full approval from the Texas Board of Nursing. She received the inaugural American Association of Colleges of Nursing Advocate of the Year award in 2009 for her work in advocating for nursing education.  She serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Washington, DC. She is past President of the nursing honor society, Phi Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Dean Tart was PI-project director for the Advancement in Nursing Education in Nursing II (APIN II) grant, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is President-Elect for the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs for the State of Texas. The College of Nursing ranks in the top 5% of the nation with a 100% NCLEX-RN first time pass rate for 2015, 2016 and 2017. The first two graduating classes of Family Nurse Practitioners in 2015 and 2016 have a 100% first time pass rate on the national certification exam. The College of Nursing received the inaugural Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine in 2016. It is the only national award for diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Address Contact:

University of Houston

College of Nursing

14000 University Blvd.

Sugar Land, TX 77479

Office phone: 832-842-8200