Director of Undergraduate Health Services Administration, & Director of Internship Programs for Health Services Administration
Instructor, Department of Health Management and Informatics
5 years as a faculty member [15 as a student then faculty!]
PhD, University of Central Florida
Dr. Sumner serves as both the Program Director and Academic Advisor for the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration (BSHSA) Program. The BSHSA program is the largest program in the nation certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). In this role, Dr. Sumner serves the director and principle advisor for over 1000 majors and several hundred minors.
Dr. Sumner also functions as the founding Director of Internship Programs for the Health Services Administration. As Director of Internship Programs, Dr. Sumner is responsible for the internship functions of the undergraduate Health Services Administration program, the graduate Health Services Administration program, and the graduate Health Care Informatics program. Through this position, she created, and now oversees, all aspects of the internships, including: establishing community partnerships and internship sites; preparing students during their orientation and internship placement; overseeing students during their experiential fieldwork; providing mentorship and guidance; and instructing students during the corresponding Internship- Professional Development course.
Dr. Sumner is also responsible for is serving as the founding HMI Liaison to the three Community Advisory Boards for the Department. Through this position, Dr. Sumner creates and fosters new community-based relationships, and extends and strengthens associations between various organizations [local, state, and national] and the Department of Health Management and Informatics
Dr. Sumner’s area of passion is in the professional develop of students; she works to assist students in developing their “professional persona” in order to help them reach success, both in their current academic tenure and in their future careers!