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Donald M. Peace, Jr.
Dean, College of Health Professions, Chair, School of Allied Health
Academic Background
Ph.D. in Human Services with a Concentration in Health Services Administration, Capella University
Master of Science in Administration with a Concentration in Health Care Administration, Central Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences and Technology, Thomas A. Edison State University
Associate in Science in Respiratory Therapy, Columbus State University
Phone Number:
(864) 231-5513
Dr. Don Peace

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Human Services and Health Care Administration

What year did you start teaching at AU

I began teaching at Anderson University as an Adjunct Professor in 2009 through 2012. Then came full time in 2015 as Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Human Services. I became the Dean for the College of Health Professions in 2016.

Why teach at AU?

What an incredible opportunity to be connected to an awesome team of professionals. Being at Anderson University provided me an opportunity to working at a Christian university. This gives me an incredible opportunity to work in an environment where the basics and fundamentals of God's command is focused (Col. 3:17). The ability to teach allows me the opportunity to provide my Christian faith into the helping profession of health and human services. Jesus is the ultimate teacher and healer and I want to follow his example. Working at Anderson University provides me the perfect opportunity to serve Jesus, students and our faculty.

Hobbies

My family (incredible wife, four children and six grandchildren). I am a huge bluegrass music fan. I am an avid reader (love John Grisham novels and have read them all). My wife and I love to travel (spending our children’s inheritance now). I enjoy conducting research especially focused on hospital acquired infections.

Notable achievements outside of discipline

I am a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. I served as President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives until 2018. I now serve the Board of Directors as immediate past president until 2020. I also serve on the Anderson County United Way Board of Directors. My term began in 2017.

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I have served with medical missions to Nepal, Thailand, and the Republic of Moldova. I've had the opportunity to see Mt. Everest in my travels to Nepal.

Places you've lived

Georgia and South Carolina

What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?

Working with faculty, staff and students. They are awesome! Students are very respectful and have a tremendous desire to learn. I find there is some very special about an Anderson University student.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

The importance of good communications skills are a must. Working with people in need requires patience, skills and the ability to have insight to their unspoken needs as much as their spoken needs. All health and human services programs share this same measure of concern.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

Focused on the insight of the human condition and how we can move people to the next level of self-sufficiency and independent. Our desire is that persons become less reliant on the social infrastructure. Our health care administration classes are focused on teaching persons to have excellence as future leaders in healthcare.

Publications

Bulzoni, V., Cefali, K., Krishnamoorthy, S., Napier, R., Peace, D., Rose, J., Stechschulte, P.,Witt, D. (2014). A review of select Medicaid optout states. South University.

Bulzoni, V., Doughty, C., Krishnamoorthy, S., Napier, R., Pardo, P., Peace, D. Rose, J. (2012). A review of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. South University.

Peace, D. (2011). Central line associated blood stream infections in South Carolina: A correlational study of bed capacity, surveillance techniques, and therapeutic processes. Doctoral Dissertation. 

Peace, D. (2010). Ethical dilemmas associated with vaccination: a public health perspective. Rutland Institute for Ethics Issues and Perspectives, 2(1), 1-2. 

Porter, D. & Peace, D. (2009). Regional mass fatalities exercises: Lessons learned. International Association of Emergency Managers Bulletin, 26(11, 17-18.

Peace, D. (2002, Autumn). Big Smiles for Little Scholars. The National AHEC Bulletin, 19(1). 

Peace, D. (1995, February). RCPs Stop Hospital's Nosocomial Infections, Advances for  Respiratory Care. 

Peace, D. (1992, April). Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifiers in Patients with Artificial Airways. Advances in Respiratory Care.

 

What led you to pursue a career in Christian higher education and what makes you passionate about it today?

Working at an Christian university provides an incredible opportunity to work in an environment where the basics and fundamentals of God's command is focused (Col. 3:17). The ability to teach allows me the opportunity to provide my Christian faith into the helping profession of health and human services. Jesus is the ultimate teacher and healer and I want to follow him. Working at Anderson University provides me the perfect opportunity to serve Jesus, our students and our faculty.