Dr. Ronda Landers began at Cumberland University in Fall of 2011 and is the Online MSN Program Director in the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions. Within in the MSN program, she primarily teaches Nursing Theoretical Foundations, Nurse Educator Foundations, Professional Leadership Role Interprofessional Collaboration, and Curriculum Frameworks & Design. Prior to arriving at Cumberland University, Dr. Landers was in nursing practice for 28 years. She held positions in acute care settings including ED, Med-Surg, Surgical, ICU, and PACU, and sub-acute care settings including in-patient physical rehab, home care, correctional institution nursing, healthcare insurance, and ambulatory surgery. She spent 15 years of nursing practice in management positions that included Chief Nursing Officer, Unit Manager, House Supervisor, and Clinical Supervisor. Her roles and responsibilities included CQI, risk management, infection control, employee health, peer review development, policy & procedure development, state reporting, state survey readiness, development of medical forms including electronic forms, and preparation for facility special accreditations such as AAAHC and CARF. Dr. Landers holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her graduate education includes a Master’s of Science in Nursing, specialty Nurse Educator, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, focused in Executive Leadership/Management. Publications include Implementation of a Faculty Peer Review Program (2015) and Three Hinges: The Door to Surgical Success (2015). She holds an unencumbered RN license and certifications specific to the nursing discipline.
Dr. Bradley Jordan began as an adjunct at Cumberland University in 2020 having previously taught for the university during the 2013-14 academic year. He is a native of Lebanon, TN and a proud alumnus of Cumberland University holding a B.S. in Physical Education from the university. He also holds both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to his education, Dr. Jordan is a licensed Physical Education Teacher (Grades K-12) through the State of Tennessee and is also dually certified with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP).
Prior to teaching at Cumberland University, Dr. Jordan was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Dr. Jordan also has prior academic appointments at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN as well as Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. In addition to his previous experience in academia, Dr. Jordan has worked in clinical practice for Healthcare Therapy Services as well as Vanderbilt University Medical Center as Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP). In addition to his clinical role, Dr. Jordan also served as a guest lecturer for the Vanderbilt University Medical School. Dr. Jordan provided lectures on exercise’s role in combating the obesity epidemic while also providing exercise clinical rotations for 3rd and 4th year medical students within the Center for Weight Loss.
Dr. Jordan’s primary research interest is in ergogenic aids to sports performance with particular interest in caffeine supplementation and its effect on both aerobic and anaerobic sports performance. He has presented his research nationally at the annual ACSM conference as well as locally at the Tennessee Association for Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAPHERD) conference. He has several peer-reviewed article publications and abstracts that are published in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, International Journal of Exercise Science, and Pediatric Exercise Science. Dr. Jordan has also served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.
Dr. Jordan is an avid runner/triathlete and is passionate about practicing the active and healthy lifestyle he teaches in his courses. Additionally, he enjoys fishing, watching sports, and spending time with his family.