Mary F. Terhaar, DNSc, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Mary Terhaar



Phone: 216.368.1906


The Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Professor of Nursing & Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Research Interests

As co-investigator of the Needs Based Graduate Education Initiative, Dr. Terhaar facilitated conversations with the practice community which helped to clarify needs of prospective students and employers as well as opportunities to improve practice. This work led to design of a blended, cohort-based, executive-format post masters DNP program which has been replicated and sustainable in many programs across the US. As principal investigator on the Stimulating Practice Innovation in Nursing grant, Dr. Terhaar developed a network of resources, programs, and relationships to help newly graduated DNPs across Maryland and the nation to develop collaborations and partnerships and employ new skills in their day-to-day work. This innovation provided targeted post-doctoral support to increase impact. As co-investigator on the Guiding Initiative for Doctoral Education grant, she designed a model program to help prospective students to select the degree and program suited to their professional goals, present themself as a strong applicant, prepare financially and logistically, and negotiate transition to doctoral study. The program has increased successful applications for doctoral study and increased the success of minority applicants.

Education Interests

Dr. Terhaar serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Arlene & Curtis Garvin Professor in Nursing Excellence at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She is passionate about excellence in teaching and practice. Currently, her scholarship focuses on preparing and developing the nursing workforce, translating evidence into practice and education, and DNP education. Dr. Terhaar teaches curriculum design and development, leadership, and translation at present. She adapted a tool from industry to facilitate evaluation of rigor in DNP projects, published two texts used in DNP programs across the country, disseminated strategies to achieve impact in DNP education; and secured and administered significant funding for programs which support faculty and workforce development. Dr. Terhaar is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Academy of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education visitor.

Degrees and Alma Maters

  • Doctor of Nursing Science, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (1988)
  • Master of Science in Nursing, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (1985)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA (1984)
  • Diploma, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, NY (1979)

Accreditations and Awards

  • Leadership Fellow, American Academy of Colleges of Nursing (2016)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education (2016)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2015)
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (2010)
  • Leadership Institute, Johns Hopkins University (2010)

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Academy for Nursing Education, National League for Nursing (2016)
  • Leadership Fellow, Academy American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2016)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American Nurses Association (2015)
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Graduate Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD (2010)
  • Health Information Technology Scholar, National League for Nursing (2010)
  • Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Institute (2010)
  • Blue Ribbon, Best Innovation Poster, National Nursing Staff Development Organization Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2009)


  • Cycled Lighting in the NICU. Johns Hopkins Hospital. Co-Investigator. (2014 - 2015)
  • Survey of Best Practices for Nursing Research at Magnet Hospitals. Johns Hopkins Hospital. Co-Investigator.(2014 - 2015)
  • Maternal Hypothermia After Planned Cesarean Birth. Greater Baltimore Medical Center. M Terhaar, Co-Investigator.(2010)
  • Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Nu Beta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International. M Terhaar, Principal Investigator. $2,500 total cost (5% effort). (2008)
  • Impact of HSV-2 testing on asymptomatic college students. National Institutes for Nursing Research. Hayley Mark, Principal Investigator. M Terhaar, Co-Investigator. $100,000 total direct cost (10% effort).(2005)