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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

College of Nursing


photo of Melissa Stec


Professor and Associate Dean for Evaluation and Educational Innovation

College of Nursing

Tel: (929) 289-3565


Academic Qualifications:
  • BS: Biology, The Ohio State University, 1999
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery, Vanderbilt University, 2005
  • DNP: Nurse-Midwifery, Vanderbilt University, 2010
Background and Expertise:

Dr. Stec is a Professor and Associate Dean for Evaluation and Educational Innovation at SUNY Downstate. She completed her MSN in nurse-midwifery in 2005 from Vanderbilt and returned there for a DNP that she earned in 2010.  She is a 2015 Apple Distinguished Educator and holds an Apple teacher certification.  Her mixed methods research entitled “Exploring adaptation to a curriculum delivered via iPad” has completed two phases of research on student and faculty tablet use.  Dr. Stec is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is nationally known for her work on technology infusion in nursing education and the translation of pedagogy using technology centric methods.


Recent Courses:
  • NRBS 4360 - Organizational and Systems Leadership in Nursing
Professional Activities:
  • American Academy of Nursing
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Sigma ThetaTau International
  • American College of Nurse Midwives
  • Apple Distinguished Educators
  • Arbour, M. and Stec, M. (2018) Mobile Applications to Use in Antepartum Point-of Care Settings: A Pocket Reference for the 21st Century. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 63(3), 330-334.
  • Stec, M. and Arbour, M. (2018) Labor and Delivery Nursing Experience: A Prerequisite for Midwives? Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 63(2), 157-160.
  • Stec, M., Bauer, M., Hopgood, D. and Beery, T. (2018) Adaptation to a Curriculum Delivered via IPad.  Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 23 (1), 109-127.  doi:10.1007/s10758-017-9301-8.
  • Stec, M., Garritano, N., et al. (2017). ePortfolio Implementation: Multidisciplinary Case Studies.  Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching.  January 2017.
  • Garritano, N., Willmarth-Stec, M. and Glazer, G. (2016) The DNP Essentials in Action: Using the Essentials to Build A University-Wide Automatic External Defibrillator Program.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 12 (4), e143-150.
Recent Presentations:
  • Stec, M., Smith, C and Jacox, E. “Students, Faculty and Devices: Exploring the Domains of Technology Enhanced Learning”, Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress, Melbourne, Australia, July 2018.
  • Stec, M. “Integrating Technology into Research, Education and Practice”, Billings Lecture. Indiana University. May 2018.
  • Stec, M. "Informatics: Integrating the Essentials into Education and Practice”. Sigma Theta Tau National Education Research Conference. April 2018. Washington, DC.
  • Stec, M. and Hines, H. “Do We teach How They Learn? Exploring Faculty and Student Teaching and Learning”. American College of Nurse Midwives National Conference.  May 2018, Savannah, GA.
  • Stec, M. “Adaptation to Curriculum Delivered via iPad Technology”, Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress, Dublin, Ireland. July 2017.