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Harmon, Lisa

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Position Title: 
Associate Professor & Chair
Department: 
Nursing
Office Location: 
Physical and Health Sciences Bldg.
Office Phone: 
607-587-4129

Dr. Harmon always loved hospitals. Growing up, she spent hours watching Dr. Kildare and Marcus Welby, M.D. on TV and reading the Cherry Ames nursing books series. Nursing was her calling long before she set foot in the classroom. “Decades later, I am still glad I became a nurse,” she says. “I feel honored and humbled being able to help patients during their challenges and sorrows—being able to help them improve their health and gain an increased sense of well-being or even to die with dignity.”

Hailing from Wellsville, Dr. Harmon received her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, her master’s from St. Joseph College of Maine, and her Ph.D. from Walden University. Like many Alfred State professors, she has decades of field experience that puts her at the forefront of her profession. Before coming to Alfred State, she served as a flight nurse in Montana, riding in helicopters and fixed-wing emergency aircraft. “Flight nursing requires confidence and decisive thinking. It’s challenging—demanding energy and the ability to problem solve quickly.” After earning a master’s degree in nursing administration, Dr. Harmon served as a director of several emergency departments before earning her Ph.D. “I wanted to guide students to nursing excellence,” she says. “To give back to a profession in which I have been so richly rewarded, challenged, and humbled. When I started teaching I found all over again that immense sense of fulfillment in what I do. Nursing is a calling—not just a job or career.”

Dr. Harmon teaches courses in the associate in nursing program on campus as well as in the online bachelor’s degree. “Online courses require a great deal of self-directedness. Students are actively engaged, reaching out to other students and the instructor in discussion forums, virtual classrooms, webcams, and other technological formats. But students of all types and learning styles comment that they love this type of learning environment.”