Susan M. Mullaney, EdD, RN, CNE

Professor/Chair Nursing Department

Office: Hemenway Annex 322
Phone Number: 508-626-4938
Email: smullaney@framingham.edu

BSN University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
MA Framingham State College, Framingham, MA (Healthcare Administration)
MS University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA (Adult Acute Care, Clinical Specialist)
EdD Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Healthcare Education, concentration in Nursing Education)

Dr. Mullaney has been teaching at Framingham State University since the fall of 2008, primarily in the MSN program teaching the leadership concentration courses and a few of the core courses.  Nursing education has been her focus for the past 35 years, and she also worked in staff development at Framingham Union Hospital (FUH) for 5 years.  Prior to that, Dr. Mullaney was an assistant nurse manager on a surgical floor at FUH. Her research interests include nursing leadership and management development and herd immunity in populations.

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Anya Peters, PhD, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor

Office: Hemenway Hall 320C
Phone Number: 508-626-4716
Email: apeters@framingham.edu

BS North Carolina State University (Zoology)

BSN University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

MSN Wilmington University, New Castle, DE (Nursing Leadership, concentration in Nursing Education)

PhD Widener University, Chester, PA (Nursing Education)


Dr. Anya Peters has been a nurse educator for 17 years in Associate, Baccalaureate, and Post-Baccalaureate programs. Her qualifications include certification as a Nurse Educator from the National League of Nursing since 2012 and two graduate degrees with a focus on nursing education. Her research area of interest is incivility in academia, with a special interest in faculty-to-faculty incivility, stress in the academic workplace, and the impact of incivility and stress on faculty retention. She is a member of the ANA Workplace Violence & Incivility Professional Issues Panel Advisory Group. She also holds memberships in ANA, Sigma Theta Tau, and Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.  Through her scholarship, Dr. Peters has significantly contributed to nursing knowledge in the field of nursing education. She developed and evaluated a smartphone application to assist clinical nursing students to measure their anxiety. This application also helped students to identify the triggers for their anxiety and offered specific strategies for managing their anxiety. Clinically, her practice has focused on the care of cardiovascular/cardiothoracic patients.

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Cynthia Francis Bechtel, PhD, RN, CNE

Professor Nursing/Coordinator MSN Program

Office: Hemenway Hall 308A
Phone Number: 508-626-4997
Email: cbechtel@framingham.edu

Diploma Allentown Hospital School of Nursing, Allentown, PA
BS Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA (Nursing)
MS Regis College, Weston, MA (Nursing administration)
PhD University of Massachusetts Worcester, Worcester, MA (Nursing )

Dr. Bechtel is an experienced nurse educator with more than 25 years teaching students in a variety of nursing settings including practical nursing, diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate degree, and master's programs, as well as teaching EMTs and paramedic students.  She coordinates the MSN program and teaches the nursing education courses and the technology and policy courses.  Dr. Bechtel has a passion for incorporating technology and simulation into healthcare and education.  Previously, she worked in emergency and ICU nursing as well as 20 years on the Southborough Fire Department as a pre-hospital provider.   Follow her on Twitter @cfbechtel

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Ellen Rearick, PhD, RN, CCM

Assistant Professor

Office: Hemenway Annex 326
Phone Number: 508-626-4713
Email: erearick@framingham.edu

ASN Quinsigamond Community College
BSN University of Massachusetts,Amherst
MSN University of Massachusetts, Worcester (Nurse Education)

PhD University of Massachusetts,Worcester 

Dr. Rearick’s practice has included acute care, skilled home care and elder services.  As a certified Case Manager, she has provided community-based professional case management for individuals with developmental disabilities and young adults with special health care needs. Dr. Rearick has taught in traditional pre-licensure, accelerated BSN and RN-to-BSN programs with a focus on Introduction to Professional Nursing, Community Health Nursing and Chronic Illness; at the graduate level she has taught Nurse Educator Courses as well as Nursing Research.