The University of Akron
Marlene Huff, PhD, MSN, BSN, began her nursing career as a candy striper at Aultman Hospital. She then entered the diploma program at Massillon City Hospital School of Nursing. Following graduation, she worked on a medical-surgical unit and later in the post-partum unit at Massillon City Hospital. In a few years, it was apparent that nurses should complete a baccalaureate degree in nursing, so she headed off to school at The University of Akron. While attending college, Dr. Huff worked as a “house supervisor” at Massillon and began her teaching career at Massillon City Hospital School of Nursing. The requirement for educators was to have earned a master’s degree in nursing so Marlene continued her education at The University of Akron where she began teaching shortly thereafter. Marlene continued her graduate studies earning a PhD at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Marlene continued to work at Massillon (Affinity) Hospital until just a few years ago, teaching part time in the LPN and associate degree programs, where she continues to serve on both programs’ advisory boards. Dr. Huff’s research has focused on better patient outcomes for vulnerable populations and more recently, promotion of good oral health for young children through an interprofessional demonstration grant. Dr. Huff currently serves as Associate Dean for the College of Health and Human Sciences and is the former Director of the School of Nursing at The University of Akron.