Sharron Crowder, Ph.D., M.N., R.N. test

Clinical Associate Professor - Indiana University

Fellowship Year


Fellowship Placement

  • House Committee on Education and Labor (Majority)

Sponsoring Institution

Indiana University School of Nursing

Dr. Sharron Crowder is a Clinical Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON). She has held nursing positions in a variety of clinical and academic settings in the United States and abroad. Her teaching expertise is in health policy and advocacy as well as leadership. Committed to national efforts to increase nurses in leadership, Dr. Crowder uses her expertise to engage students in learning and empower nurses for leadership in policy and advocacy. She is known for her development of seven innovative models to empower nursing students, faculty, and health care providers in clinical practice for health policy and advocacy roles. She uses her previous clinical and research roles in asthma care coordination, child and adolescent health, and chronic disease management as a foundation for many of her advocacy endeavors.
Dr. Crowder also serves as the Special Assistant to the Dean for Health Policy Initiatives. In that role, she collaborates with Indiana University (IU) Government Relations’ state directors and stakeholders on state legislation related to IUSON and the nursing profession. She also engages with IU’s Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations on federal legislation and funding.
In 2019, Dr. Crowder was one of six fellows competitively selected for the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship. From 2019-2020 Dr. Crowder participated in the one-year residential program in Washington D.C. Her fellowship placement was with the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor, Congressman Bobby Scott, Chair. She was assigned to the health policy team and focused on maternal health, telehealth, and COVID-19.
Dr. Crowder obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Campus, Master’s in Nursing from Emory University and PhD from Indiana University. She serves on national committees for several professional organizations. As a result of her expertise in health policy and advocacy, she is frequently an invited speaker for conferences and consultant for academic institutions. She has been recognized with numerous honors and awards including Indiana University President’s Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her distinguished contributions to nursing and health policy at state and national levels.