Sydney BrownSYDNEY K. BROWN, Ph.D.

Dean, Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies

Professor, School of Education

February 2019

Dr. Brown co-authored the article, "Virtual Orientation of Volunteer Short-Term International Health Teams to Increase Self-Confidence and Cultural Competence" in  The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 50 (1), 35-40 with Dr. Chris Herring of the University of Arizona-Tucson, Dr. Brett Morgan, Dr. Julie Thompson, Dr. Jane Blood-Siegfried of Duke University and Anna Kullmar, Graduate Assistant in the Center for Personal and Professional Development at Gardner-Webb University.  The article focuses on the use of virtual preservice orientation modules to improve confidence and cultural/global health competence for individuals participating in an overseas medical mission.  Dr. Brown contributed expertise in effective online course design to support the project's completion.  After helping co-author the project website ( and the resulting journal article, Dr. Brown was able to experience the impact of the site as a user by utilizing the content before serving on the team's annual mission trip to Barahona, Dominican Republic on January 18-26, 2019.