Colleen Halupa
Colleen HalupaOnline Health Administration Faculty
EdD, University of West Florida
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, and she is now a full-time faculty member and former program chair of the Doctorate of Health Education program at AT Still University, the first osteopathic medical school in the United States.

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


Halupa, C. (2015). Transformational curriculum development in the health sciences, Editor. (2015).  IGI Global:  Hershey, PA

Completed Quality Matters Master Peer Reviewer Training (2015)

Halupa C.  (2016). Reaching “create” in Bloom’s taxonomy: The merging of heutagogy and technology in online education.  In Handbook of Research on Creative Problem-Solving Skill Development in Online Education ( C. Zhou, Ed.).  Hershey, PA:  IGI Global.  (To be published August, 2016)

Serves on editorial board for 3 international journals, one textbook.

Reviewer for American Public Health Association, Online Learning Consortium and Association for Educational Technology an Communications,

“Common Sense Curriculum Mapping and Program Evaluation for Online Programs.”  Southern  Association of  Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual Meeting.  December, 2015.

Brown, J. S., & Halupa, C. (2015). Improving human immunodeficiency virus/AIDS palliative care in critical care. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 34(4), 216-221.

Halupa, C., & Henry, M. (2015). Using VineUp to match students with alumni industry mentors in engineering: A pilot study. International Journal of Higher Education, 4(4), p105.

Halupa, C., Breitenbach, E. & Anast. A. (2016).  A self-plagiarism intervention for doctoral students:  A qualitative pilot study.  Journal of Academic Ethics (publication pending).

Halupa, C. (2016).  The changing roles of online program chairs in small universities.  Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (New Zealand). Publication pending

Pedogogical 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