Dean & Professor, Clara Ward School of NursingEmail
Direct Office Phone: 423-775-7221
Field of Study: Nursing
Office: Nursing (Clara Ward School of Nursing)
Dr. Giles grew up in a Wesleyan pastor’s home, and her mother was an English teacher. From her earliest memories, Dr. Giles knew she wanted to be a nurse and a teacher, but mostly a nurse. After she graduated with her BSN degree she worked in a Surgical ICU in Chicago, and then the Lord called her to serve as a missionary in Sierra Leone, West Africa. That experience took her relationship with the Lord Jesus to a whole new level as she learned to trust Him in all things.
After she returned to America, Dr. Giles worked in the ER in an Indianapolis hospital, then began her graduate studies in Community Health Nursing. The Lord then led her into higher education, and she’s been there ever since. Dr. Giles finished her Ph.D. in Education in 2010 and has started nursing programs in Oklahoma, Indiana, Virginia, and now in Tennessee, and she loves what she does.
She met her husband, Todd, after finishing up her MSN, and together they have traveled extensively in Europe, where Todd taught several art-related classes. They have a dog named Wiley, and three cats – and all of them think they are people.