Alice Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN

Director of Nursing PhD Program

Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

The John P. McGovern Chair in the Healing Practices of Nursing

Phone  (409) 772-8251


Office  SON/SHP Building 4.201



  • PhD – The University of Texas at Austin – Parent Child/Research
  • MSN – University of Alabama Birmingham – Pediatrics
  • BSN – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Areas of Research, Teaching , And Clinical Expertise and Scholarship

Dr. Hill’s research emphasizes developmental health of preterm infants especially the extremely low birth weight infant (ELBW). Over the past several decades Dr. Hill has focused her research efforts on nutrition, feeding efficiency and growth patterns of these infants. Her most recently funded work has moved toward the transition of the ELBW infant from the neonatal intensive care unit to home. Dr. Hill has received funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR), foundations, and professional organizations to support her work.

Dr. Hill has taught in all programs (baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral) with her most recent teaching being in the Nursing PhD program. In this program she focused her teaching on research methods, grant writing, independent studies and dissertation. Over the course of her teaching career she has received funding to support student scholarships and stipends from the United States Department of Education (DOE), to develop programs in neonatal care from Human Resources Service Administration (HRSA), and to offer programs at distance sites from the United States Department of Education (DOE).

Courses Taught

The most recent doctoral level courses taught – GNRS 6346 Quantitative Research Methods, GNRX 60000 Critical Evaluation of Nursing Research, GNRS 6350 Clinical Investigations, GNRS 6039 Research Practicum, GNRS 6099 Dissertation, and GNRS 6088 Independent Studies.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Fellow in the American Academy
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty
  • Visionary Leaders Award from the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Excellence in Mentoring Award
  • Excellence in Research
  • Professionalism Award
  • Good Samaritan Foundation Excellence in Nursing, Gold Winner Education-Faculty, Houston, TX
  • UT System's Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA)
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