Dr. Rachel Albert is a Professor of Nursing and Allied Health. She currently teaches online courses in Healthcare Research and Evidenced-Based Practice, Transcultural Nursing, Ethics and the Law, Integrative Nursing Practice, and Global Health.
Dr. Albert has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education at UMFK. In addition to her faculty position, she has held various administrative positions on campus as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Executive Director of Planning and Assessment, and Director and Chair of the Nursing program. She has been extensively involved with accreditation, strategic planning, general education reform, curriculum planning, distance education, student learning outcomes assessment, institutional research, academic program and institutional review, faculty recruitment and development, tenure and promotion, and student retention, success, and advising.
In 1985, Dr. Albert earned her BSN from UMFK. She then went on to earn her MSN in Emergency Nursing/Education from the University of Texas Health Science Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio in 2001.
She is currently certified through the Advanced Online Teaching by Online Learning Consortium and certified through the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Dr. Albert is the Chair for Aroostook County’s District Coordinating Council for Public Health. She is on the Fish River Rural Health Board of Directors and is on the liaison committee to Northern Maine Medical Center. She is a corporator for Northern Light Health, a team leader and evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and UMFK’s chairperson and evaluator to our regional accrediting body NECHE.
The State of Maine Senate and Maine House of Representatives honored Dr. Albert with a legislative sentiment presented by State Representative Troy Jackson for excellence in nursing education in October 2003.
In her spare time, she loves connecting and socializing with family and friends, traveling, cooking healthy recipes, listening to music, reading self-help books, and professional journals in her field. She enjoys fitness activities including running, hiking, and biking, and anything that takes her outside. Volunteering as a Team Leader for on-site nursing program accreditation reviews for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education allows her to apply her skill set while broadening and deepening her experience in nursing higher education. She also enjoys serving as a faculty mentor for the UMFK Partners for International Relief, a student organization that demonstrates caring and compassion by participating in medical relief missions that brings help to communities in need overseas.