Francesca Armmer

Associate Professor of Nursing

Burgess Hall 209
(309) 677-2541

PhD, Educational Administration, Indiana State University
MS, Nursing, The University of Evansville
BS, Nursing, Ball State University


Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Nursing, Professor Armmer taught for 16 years at Vincennes University.  Throughout her career, she has collaborated with nursing colleagues in Illinois on state-funded research projects exploring health care for underserved populations, as well as parish nursing and perceptions of health among minority populations.  She also has served as president of the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing and president of Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.


Dr. Armmer believes that her teaching style should facilitate student learning styles, the nature of content, and environmental settings.  Her classes, therefore, engage in role-playing activities or group critical-inquiry activities or visit appropriate sites.  She also makes sure to nurture various facets of her life that influence her teaching style—so don’t be surprised if you see her in a local bookstore, enjoying a café mocha and a book; on stage singing with a local musical group, the Heritage Ensemble; or enjoying a leisurely walk. Dr. Armmer is also one of the lead teachers in the Graduate Nursing Programs. 


Dr. Armmer has collaborated with nursing and non-nursing colleagues in the publishing of articles, research papers, presentations, and book chapters.  Research interests include:  Leadership and healthcare to minority and underserved populations.


Dr. Armmer continues to serve the community through participation in health fairs, mentor programs, and Christian Education projects.  Locally, she is the Dean of the Central District Congress of Christian Education.  Nationally, she is supervisor for the Department of Church Growth and Discipleship in the National Congress of Christian Education of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.