My major interests include applied sociology and program evaluation, viewed through a theoretical lens of intersecting inequalities. My work examines the relationships between the "organization of work" (broadly speaking) and participants’ health or well-being. I apply this focus to academic program evaluation and explore structures and conditions that inform the well-being of an organization and its diverse members.
I am responsible for coordinating and implementing ongoing evaluation of the SON's academic programs, in collaboration with School faculty leadership and administration. This evaluation takes the form of regularly scheduled qualitative and quantitative program evaluation activities, as well as numerous special projects (e.g., CCNE accreditation, BRN approval; data requests from Deans) and required institutional surveys (e.g., annual surveys for AACN, BRN, NLN, etc.). I develop, coordinate, and implement broad-based SON evaluation and institutional research programs and activities to address policy, planning, and administration of academic programs with the goal of continuous quality improvement.
In my role as volunteer faculty, my research studies have focused on barriers for documenting occupational injury and accessing health care, especially among low-wage workers. My current research examines the organization of work for personal care (homecare) workers (regarding both policy and daily work contexts) and risk for occupational injury. I am a Co-Chair of the School's Diversity in Action Committee (DIVA) that promotes a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of the School community.
My selected publications are:
- Ziehm SR, Uibel IC, Fontaine DK, Scherzer T. (2011). Success indicators for an accelerated masters entry nursing program: Staff RN performance. Journal of Nursing Education, 50(7), 395-403. PMID: 21534500
- Scherzer T, Barker JC, Pollick H, Weintraub JA. (2010). Water consumption beliefs and practices in a rural Latino community: Implications for flouridation. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 70(4), 337-343. PMID: 20735717
- Scherzer T, Wolfe N. (2008). Barriers to workers' compensation and medical care for injured Personal Assistance Services workers. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 27(1), 37-58. PMID: 18510198
- Scherzer T, Newcomer R. (2007). Barriers to documenting occupational injuries among personal assistance services workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 50(7), 536-544. PMID: 17477359
- Scherzer T, Rugulies R, Krause N. (2005). Work-related pain and injury and barriers to workers' compensation among Las Vegas hotel room cleaners. American Journal of Public Health, 95(3), 483-488. PMID: 15727981