Dr. Sally Jordan

nursing dissertation advisor Sally Jordan

Areas of expertise: Nursing, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Education, Technology

Dr. Sally Jordan holds a diploma in nursing, an undergraduate degree in psychology, and a MSW and PhD in social work from The Ohio State University. Dr. Jordan practice critical care and coronary care nursing for 15 years in the hospital settings, and served as a an assistant head nurse, head nurse, and assistant director of nursing education. She also served as a director of nursing agency.

As a social worker, she worked in child welfare investigating child abuse cases. She has been a full time faculty member for over 20 years, and has conducted field research in the areas of homelessness, mental illness, addiction, child welfare, and community partnerships.

As a university faculty member in both bricks and mortar and online universities, Dr. Jordan has been involved in teaching research ethics to social work students, serving as a faculty consultant for Institutional Review Board (IRB) preparations, and been a member of two IRBs.

Dr. Jordan has chaired over 50 dissertation committees and works closely with students through the dissertation process, providing frequent and detailed feedback for improved academic writing. Committed to mentoring students into independent scholars, her greatest joy is calling a former student, “Dr. _________(fill in the blank with your name).


  • Academic Writing
  • Creating Hypothesis Statements
  • Data Collection (Online)
  • Development Editing
  • Field Testing
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Instrument Development
  • IRB/Ethics
  • Pilot Testing
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualtrics Online Survey Software
  • Sample Size Estimates
  • Statistical Analysis (SPSS)– ANOVA, Chi-Square, Cronbach’s Alph,
  • Pearson’s r, Multiple Regression, Spearman’s Rho, T-Tests, Etc…
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Study Design (Qualitative and Quantitative)
  • Survey Design
  • Survey Monkey Online Survey Software

Dissertation and Thesis Topics

  • Addiction
  • Advocacy
  • Aging/eldercare
  • Child welfare
  • Community health care
  • Community organizing
  • Community partnerships
  • Cultural diversity
  • Families and children
  • Feminism
  • Homeless populations
  • Human behavior
  • Institutional Review Board – research ethics; review preparation
  • International Research
  • Mental illness
  • Nursing- acute care practice; education; ethics; management/administration
  • Policy analysis
  • Policy practice
  • Program evaluation
  • Psychology
  • Research methodology (qual and quant)
  • Rural women
  • Rural communities
  • Social Work –, administration, child welfare; clinical practice skills; ethics; field education; military; organizations; policy; research
  • Social Work Curriculum development
  • Technology in online education
  • Technology and social work education

Dissertation Titles (sample) of Students Who Have Successfully Completed their Doctoral Degrees

A Correlational Study of Social Workers’ Social Networking Practices and Ethical Perceptions., PhD, Capella University, School of Public Service Leadership (2014).

A Qualitative Study of Homeless Veterans’ Underutilization of Veterans Administration Social Services and Programs., PhD, Capella University, School of Public Service Leadership (2014).

Applying Digital Forensic Evidence Acquisition Methods to Cloud Computing Environments: An Expert Panel Delphi Study, PhD, Northcentral University, School of Business and Technology Management (2014).

Assessing Attitudes Toward Older Adults and Interest in Gerontology Among Social Work Students., PhD, Barry University, School of Social Work, Miami Shores, FL (2007)

The Effect of Fathering Skills Training on the Parental Self-Efficacy of Single African American Fathers., PhD, Capella University, School of Public Service Leadership (2014).

The Experiences of Community Volunteers in Caring for the Young Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Tanzania., PhD, Capella University, School of Public Service Leadership (2013).

Parental Goal-Setting and Special Education in the People’s Republic of China, Northcentral University, School of Education (2014).

Experience | Graduate School Faculty

Barry University School of Social Work

Capella University, School of Human Services/School of Public Service Leadership, Social and Community Service Program

Indiana University, School of Social Work

Illinois State University, Social Work Department

Northcentral University

The Ohio State University, College Of Social Work

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