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Jill Borgos, Ph.D., M.S., RN


Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Borgos has been a Registered Nurse for 25 plus years with a clinical background in both pediatric trauma/critical care and community health nursing. She has held clinical appointments at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan Mott’s Children’s Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, and Boston Children’s Hospital. Borgos has held academic teaching appoints at Empire State College, SUNY and Southern New Hampshire University where she has taught in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Prior to her academic faculty appointments, Dr. Borgos worked as a member of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) at the University at Albany and is still actively involved in ongoing C-BERT research projects. She has conducted research on International Branch Campus (IBC) leadership that included travels to Dubai, Qatar and Malaysia. She has presented on IBC growth and quality at an Association for Higher Education Conference and at a Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Conference. She is published in the area of international branch campus growth, quality and accreditation. Dr. Borgos is the recipient of the Sanford H. Levine Fellowship at the University at Albany and a 2013 recipient of University at Albany President’s distinguished dissertation award. She has also received an Excellence in Research Award from the Sigma Theta Tau, Tau Kappa At- Large Chapter. Her areas of research interests are in understanding the globalization of higher education as it relates to the education of health professionals and the development of health systems infrastructure. As a New York State elected official, she served on the Board of Education for Queensbury, NY schools from 2005 – 2020.

Academic Philosophy

Watching students grow and learn is a rewarding experience. Drawing from the work of John Dewey, I view the essence of teaching as providing all students regardless of background with the tools to thrive and achieve their educational and professional goals. Jean Watson’s approach complements that of Dewey. Her philosophy serves as a guide for how nursing faculty should approach providing a meaningful student experience and the importance of self-reflection and growth. Students above all else need an educational experience that is engaging and shapes the whole person. Faculty who provide an environment that is authentic, inclusive, and relationship building through trust, create spaces where students can grow, reflect, and feel empowered. Teaching is about building confidence in the ability to understand the world around us and in our respective fields of study. Successful teaching is also about building intellectual curiosity through the exploration of new ideas and challenging preconceived knowledge. 

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University at Albany, Educational Administration and Policy Studies, 2013
      • Concentration: Higher Education Policy
    • M.S., University of Michigan, Nursing Administration, 1997
    • B.S., Boston College, Nursing, 1993
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