Colleen Halupa
Colleen HalupaOnline Health Administration Faculty
EdD, University of West Florida
MA, University of Denver
MS, Central Michigan University
BS, Southern Illinois University
AS, Community College of the Air Force

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Colleen Halupa has more than 25 years in medical care in government and private health care organizations. She began her career as a medical laboratory technician, and later worked as a mid-level supervisor for a few years until she became a laboratory director in a community hospital. She also worked as a laboratory consultant for five medical clinics. She served on the hospital’s Quality Council, infection control committee, and was the chairperson of the Hazardous Materials Committee.

After serving as a laboratory director for four years, and after she completed her master’s in health administration, she had the opportunity to become the quality director and compliance officer for a large government medical center with more than 1,000 staff. In this position, she worked with the executive committee on strategic planning and quality improvement. She was responsible for Joint Commission accreditation compliance, quality improvement, infection control, customer service initiatives, risk management, and credentialing. She also provided consulting services on all of these topics to individual staff and departments and consulting on quality initiatives to the community at large.

While completing her educational doctorate in curriculum and instruction/educational leadership, she became the program director for the United States Air Force Clinical Laboratory Training programs. She oversaw all aspect of training, mentored 26 faculty, and supervised the training of 700 students per year.

She retired from the Air Force in August 2008, she transitioned into academia. She was an Associate Professor and former program chair of the Doctorate of Health Education at AT Still University, the first osteopathic medical school in the United States for 10 years. She has also served as both an assistant and dean of online learning and a director of curriculum.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with animals.


Halupa, C. (1998, March). Reorganizing a rural laboratory. Medical Laboratory Observer.

Halupa, C. (1999). Safety in the clinical laboratory. American Society of Clinical Pathologists Tech Sample, Generalist Series, 1999.

Halupa, C. (2000). Quality improvement in the clinical laboratory. American Society of Clinical Pathologists Tech Sample, Generalist Series, 2000.

Halupa, C. (2004, Fall). Medical providers and internet-based education. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 8(3), 116-121

Halupa, C. (2011). The 2010 health reform: What health administrators need to know. Advance Health Journals, (multiple profession-specific).

Bolliger, D. U., & Halupa, C. (2012). Student perceptions of satisfaction and anxiety in an online doctoral program. Distance Education, 33(1), 81-98. (Australia)

Halupa, C., & Bolliger, D. U. (2013). Student perceptions on the utilization of formative feedback in the online environment. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design (IJOPCD), 3(2), 59-76. (China).

Halupa, C., & Bolliger, D. U. (2013). Faculty perceptions of student self-plagiarism: an exploratory multi-university study. Journal of Academic Ethics, 11(4), 297-310.

Erichsen, E. A., Bolliger, D. U., & Halupa, C. (2014). Student satisfaction with graduate supervision in doctoral programs primarily delivered in distance education settings. Studies in Higher Education, 39(2), 321-338.

Halupa, C. M. (2014). Exploring student self-plagiarism. International Journal of Higher Education, 3(1), p121.

Journal Reviewer

International Academic Forum Journal of Education (2019- present)
International Journal of Higher Education 2014-present
Journal of Academic Integrity 2014-present
Studies in Higher Education 2015-present
Journal of Curriculum and Teaching 2016-present
Distance Education 2018-present
American Journal of Biomedical Science and Research 2018-present
IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering 2018-present
Computers and Education 2019-present

Textbook Reviews/Editorial Board

Mental Health and Well-Being Concerns among Medical Students. Editor: Christine Ramirez-Smith. Hershey, PA. IGI Global. (5 chapters reviewed)

Fostering Effective Student Communication in Online Graduate Courses. Editor: Abigail Scheg. Hershey, PA: IGI Global (1 chapter reviewed)

Practice-based and Practice-led Research for Dissertation Development. Editor: Robin Throne, IGI Global, 2020 (2 chapters reviewed)

New Perspectives on Using Accreditation to Improve Higher Education, Editor: Eglantina Hysa, IGI Global, 2022 ( 3 chapters reviewed)

Conference Papers and Proceedings

Caldwell, C. & Halupa, C. (2014). A pilot study of an online class in statics in engineering. American Association of Engineering Education. Conference Paper, June 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Halupa, C. (2016). Risks: The impact of online learning and technology on student physical, mental, emotional and social health. Conference Paper. 9th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, November, 2016, Seville, Spain.

Halupa, C. (2018). Technology fatigue in faculty. 11th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. Conference Paper, November, 2018, Barcelona, Spain.

Halupa, C. (2019). Student self-plagiarism: Seven years later. 21th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. Conference Paper, November, 2019, Seville, Spain

Halupa, C. (2020). Faculty and student competencies and readiness to engage in online learning: What existed prior to COVID-19 and what is needed in the new “normal.” 22th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. Conference Paper, November, 2020, Barcelona, Spain

Halupa, C. (2021). Partial standardization of online curriculum: It is not all or nothing. 23th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. Conference Paper, November, 2021, Barcelona, Spain.


Top 1% of Peer Reviewers in Field, Publons, 2018
Professor of the Year, College of Graduate Health Studies, A. T. Still University, 2018
Sentinel of Science Award in Social Sciences; top 10% of peer reviewers internationally (tied for 17th place). Publons, 2016 and 2017
Alpha Tau Sigma Upsilon Graduate Honor Society, Alpha Chapter Faculty Inductee 2014
Candidate, Inaugural Class Women’s Leadership Institute, 2010-2011, Texas State Technical College System
Professor of the Year, 2008, School of Health Management, A.T. Still University
Selected for Who's Who of American Women, 2005, 2006

Pedagogical Methods

  • Student-centered learning
  • Transformative  Learning

Excursions/Trips with Students or for Academic Research

International Business Trip with Students, Costa Rica

Presented 2 workshops at the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia in Sydney. Australia 2014

Presented a session at the New Zealand Distance Learning Conference in Hamilton New Zealand in 2016

Presented at a Youth Health Risk Conference in the Dominican Republic in 2014 and in Cancun, Mexico in 2016