UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Porter-Wenzlaff, PhD, RN, LPC-, Linda Jean

School of Nursing
Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity
(210) 567-5833

Dr. Porter-Wenzlaff holds the Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professorship in Nursing and is a Clinical Distinguished Teaching Professor. She serve as Track Coordinator for the Master`s Degree in Nursing Education and the Master`s Degree in Administration. Areas of expertise include education, administration (complexity, finance and economics), diversity, family nursing, family therapy, and animal assisted therapy. She has worked as a Pediatric CNS, consultant, Nurse Manager, Director of Maternal Child Health, and served as Assistant VP and Chief Operating Officer of a regional Children?s Hospital. Over twenty eight years in academic positions, she has developed and taught doctoral, graduate and undergraduate leadership, health systems, healthcare administration, finance, economics, and professional issues courses; is a Six Sigma Black Belt, a Certified Executive in Nursing Practice, and an Advanced Certified Nurse Executive. She holds a College Board Advanced Placement Certification in micro- and macro-economics. Dr. Porter-Wenzlaff is active in CGEAN (Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing) and AONE (American Organization of Nurse Executives). She participated in the first collaboration between AONE and HFMA to achieve Certification in Healthcare Finance for Nurse Executives. She has served the SON as Interim Associate Dean for Students and as Director of the LVN/RN to BSN Program. She served on the Health Science Center QEP Steering Committee and as co-facilitator of a Topic Team. Dr. Porter-Wenzlaff is a manuscript reviewer for the Online Journal for Cultural Competency in Nursing and Healthcare. Her system focus on diversity and cultural proficiency was recognized by AONE in 2011 with their annual national Prism Award. Dr. Porter-Wenzlaff is a nationally Certified Nurse Educator, UTHSCSA Master Teacher, and UT System Distinguished Teaching Professor. She has received the prestigious UT System Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA). She is co-developer and coordinator of the MSN in Nursing Education major. She has been a national certification exam item writer for AONE and NLN. Dr. Porter-Wenzlaff is double certified in online education, holds the Quality Matters Teaching Online Certification, and garnered grant support to move a curriculum online and spearheaded the vetting process for an online professional portfolio for all graduate students. She was lead educator and curriculum coordinator for Salude Nuevas Fronteras, building and teaching eight graduate education courses to faculty from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. She is certified by ELNEC in Palliative Care and has certified the eight graduate faculty from Mexico in Spanish; helping them build a plan to integrate the concepts into their undergraduate curriculum. Dr. Porter-Wenzlaff has developed and taught family systems theory and clinical practice courses and led a movement to link poverty, epigenetics and epigenomics in the undergraduate family and community health curriculum within a framework of social justice. She practices as a licensed professional counselor in marriage and family therapy and is a manuscript reviewer for Perspectives in Psychiatric Care: The Journal for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses. She is a recognized expert in Animal Assisted Therapy, has been a nationally licensed team evaluator, served as a Therapy Team, and is a Therapy Animals of San Antonio Board Member (President 2013 ? 2015). Dr. Porter-Wenzlaff currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department Partners for Youth CHAPS Program (Children and Horses Always Produce Success). She created an interprofessional graduate and undergraduate elective in animal assisted therapy (including hippotherapy) that has been offered numerous times. Dr. Porter-Wenzlaff has been published in TIME, Encyclopedia Britannica and professional journals and provides related local, regional, national and international interviews, consultations and presentations, including equine facilitated psychotherapy.

9/2014 - Present Distinguished Teaching Professor, Clinical and Track Coordinator MSN Nursing Education Univeristy of Texas Health San Antonio, School of Nursing, Health Restoration and Care Systems Management, San Antonio, TX
9/2014 - Present Clinical Professor and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX