Sharron Crowder, PhD, RN

Sharron Crowder, PhD, RN

Community & Health Systems
Clinical Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 317-274-4120
Nursing W429, Indianapolis


BSN, College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Science
MN, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
PhD, Indiana University


Dr. Sharron Crowder has held nursing positions in a variety of clinical and academic settings in the United States and abroad. Her teaching expertise is in health policy and advocacy as well as leadership. Committed to national efforts to increase nurses in leadership, Dr. Crowder uses her expertise to engage students in learning and empower nurses for leadership in policy and advocacy. She is known for her use of innovative strategies in academic settings, the development of community engaged learning opportunities, fostering legislative fellowships, and the creation of health policy academic practice partnerships. Dr. Crowder uses her previous research focus on asthma, child and adolescent health, and chronic disease management as a foundation for many of her advocacy endeavors.

Sharron Crowder is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities and mentoring students as influential health policy and advocacy nurse leaders. In 2014, she collaborated with Representative Ed Clere, Indiana House of Representatives, and Mr. John Grew, IU Government Relations to create an IU School of Nursing Legislative Fellowship. As of 2017, 5 students have completed the semester long legislative fellowship with Representative Clere. In 2013, Dr. Crowder established an extensive mentoring program, "The Eagles" which is comprised of Masters, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD nursing students. The Eagles completed Dr. Crowder's health policy and advocacy course as a foundation for the legislative fellowship, advanced policy practicums, advocacy practicums, and leadership experiences. Some of IUSON’s experiential opportunities include:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Student Policy Summit – Annual three-day conference in Washington, DC, exposing students to the federal legislative process and nursing’s role in advocacy.
  • Legislative Fellowship – A semester-long fellowship experience with Indiana State Representative Edward Clere and collaborations with John Grew, Indiana University Government Relations.
  • Advocacy practicums – Projects focused on particular topics or issues, often working with the Indiana State Nursing Association, government agencies, professional and community organizations.
  • IUPUI Academy Health – Interdisciplinary approach; IU School of Nursing and the IU School of Public Health started a student chapter of Academy Health, a national advocacy organization focused on improving healthcare delivery; Dr. Crowder serves as the co-advisor for the chapter.
  • IUSON-Franciscan Health Policy Partnership – Unique collaboration to develop policy and advocacy leadership initiatives among practicing nurses.

Dr. Crowder's Eagles mentoring program continues after graduation and provides the participants opportunities to enhance their leadership and professional development in health policy and advocacy arenas. As of 2017, 18 Eagles, current students and alumni, are being mentored by Dr. Crowder.

She has served in many state and national leadership roles. She has served on several professional boards and has current appointments to the Health Policy Advisory Board for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Health Policy Committee for the American Thoracic Society. She is the recipient of several teaching and health policy leadership awards including the following: Rebecca T. Markel Excellence in Mentoring, Alpha Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society; Beverly Flynn Endowed Fund for Health Policy Award, Indiana University School of Nursing; Karen Cobb Award for Creative Teaching, Indiana University School of Nursing; and the Richard and Diane Billings Teaching Award, Indiana University School of Nursing. She has been selected as faculty fellows including as a Health Policy Faculty Fellow with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and a Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow for the IUPUI Campus. Dr. Crowder is also the recipient of the Indiana State Nurses Association's Georgia B. Nyland Public Policy Award. 

Selected Publications

Crowder, S. J., Ironside, P., Cangany, M., Roddy, W. (2016). Implementation of a State Legislative Fellowship for Doctor of Nursing Practice Students. Nurse Educator, 41(3), 156-159.

Crowder, S. J., Ironside, P., Cangany, M., Roddy, W.  (Producer). (2016). Implementation of a State Legislative  Fellowship for Doctor of Nursing Practice Students. [Nurse Educator Journal Podcast]. 

Crowder, S. J. (2016). Preparing Nurses to Communicate with the Media, Policymakers, and the  Public. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 47(2), 58-60

Crowder, S. J., Hanna, K.M., Carpenter, J.S., Broome, M.E. (2015). Factors contributing to asthma self-management behaviors of African American adolescents with asthma. Journal of  Pediatric Nursing,30(6) 37-43.