- 2009 PhD Texas Woman's University Nursing Science
- 1974 MS University of Utah Maternal-Newborn Nursing, Nurse- Midwifery
- 1971 BS Idaho State University Nursing
Areas of Research, Teaching , And Clinical Expertise and Scholarship
Dr. Wiggs' teaching experience is extensive. She taught at Idaho State University, Baylor University in Dallas, San Jacinto College South in Houston and Galveston College before joining the faculty at UTMB in the fall of 2004. Her primary emphasis is Women's Health. Her major research interests include life transition issues in women and use of art to explore lived experiences. She is currently involved in educational research with an emphasis on teamwork in on-line education as well as interprofessional education.
Courses Taught at UTMB include Maternal and Newborn Care, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Health Assessment in both the Traditional and Accelerated undergraduate and Master's program. Currently Dr. Wiggs is the RN-BSN Track Administrator where she teaches several courses. Dr. Wiggs is also on the GSBS faculty with an appointment in the PhD in Nursing Program. She also serves as the UTMB Interprofessional Education Lead Faculty.
- 2012-2014 Sterling Turner Endowed Professorship in Teaching Excellence
- 2011 Distinguished Teaching Professor, The University of Texas Board of Regents.
- 2010 Academy of Master Teachers (AMT), The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
- 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 Outstanding Faculty, RN-BSN Award, UTMB School of Nursing, Galveston; Voted on by students.
- 2009 Mary Alice Metcalf Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Texas Woman's University, Houston Center.
- 1986 Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Theta Upsilon, Charter Member International Committees: 2010-2012 By-laws Work group Task Force
- 1986 - Present: Theta Upsilon: Charter Member, Idaho State University
- 2004 - Present: Alpha Delta, The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston
- 2006 - Awards committee
- 2009 - 2013 - Governance Chair