Sharron J. Crowder is a clinical associate professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON), with clinical experience in pediatrics, pulmonary disease, and case management. She is also the special assistant to the dean for health policy initiatives. She teaches health policy and leadership courses and assists faculty in the integration of health policy throughout the curriculum. Her work involves the creation and ongoing coordination of two IUSON programs: The Legislative Fellowship program which offers a firsthand health policy analysis and evaluation immersion experience with the Indiana General Assembly, and the Eagles program, a health policy leadership development program that offers students long-term individualized mentoring that extends after graduation. Both programs foster the development of nurses for local, state, and national leadership roles. Her current research explores policy perspectives and strategies to improve workforce capacity for prevention, treatment, and recovery.
Prior to her IUSON positions, Crowder served in various nursing and administrative positions in health systems in the United States and military instillations in Germany. Her practice and research focused on chronic disease management, particularly regarding African American adolescents with asthma and their families. She has also held academic roles at six colleges and universities throughout the country.
Crowder received a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a master’s in nursing from Emory University, and a doctorate from Indiana University. Crowder was selected as a 2014 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Health Policy Faculty Fellow and as a 2018 American Thoracic Society Fellow.