faculty profile

Becky Keck   DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs


Dr. Keck is an experienced, transformational, senior nurse executive with extensive background in providing administrative leadership in defining operational standards and leading teams to achieve short and long-range organizational goals aligned with strategic plans. Becky has extensive leadership experience in the area of nursing administration in a multitude of clinical settings inclusive of inpatient and outpatient environments.

She is currently serving as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. In this capacity, she is responsible for the administrative operations related to VUSN faculty affairs. In addition, she serves as a member of the Deans Executive Team and as a liaison to resources, in the office of the VU Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, related to recruitment, appointment and reappointment for faculty. This position includes providing oversite for the VUSN Faculty Affairs Office, faculty leaves as defined in the VU Faculty Manual, Faculty Conflict of Interest & Commitment reporting and approval etc.

Prior to her role at VUSN, Dr. Keck worked as the Associate Hospital Director: Nursing Finance and Operations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Divisional Director of Nursing Support Services at Albert. B. Chandler Hospital, University of Kentucky Healthcare and Director of Medical Surgical Central Baptist Hospital.


  • DNP, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MSN, University of Kentucky (Nursing Administration)
  • BSN, Western Kentucky University
  • ADN, Western Kentucky University

Academic Interests

Dr. Keck is a Professor of Nursing with teaching experience in various core nursing and management courses at the MSN and doctoral graduate level with a focus in health care economics, finance, leadership, strategic planning and evidence-based practice. She currently teaches in the Nursing and Health Care Leadership specialty and Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing.

Scholarly Interests

  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Faculty governance
  • Professional Practice Models

Professional Organizations

  • Tennessee Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Organization Nurse Leaders
  • American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS)- past national secretary
  • American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Policy Academy
  • Sigma Theta Tau International- past Delta Psi Archivist 19 and Iota Chapter Nominations Chair


  • Distinguished Board of Directors service Vanderbilt Credit Union
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing's: 70 Visionary Leaders
  • Business of Vanderbilt University Program
  • Distinguished Board Member Service Award National Women's Survivors Alliance
  • DNP Outstanding Poster Presentation: 2014 University Alabama Birmingham
  • DNP 'Most Informational' Poster Presentation 2014 University of Alabama Birmingham
  •  AACN Student Policy Summit-sponsored by The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
  •  Finalist March of Dimes Music City Division Nurse Educator of the Year Award
  • Music City Achievers: Music City People, Nashville Business Journal
  • Manchester Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Nursing
  • English Society Institute (ESI) Best Preceptor Award -32th Nurses Study Tour
  • Vanderbilt University Affirmative Action and Diversity Initiatives Awards
  • Order of the Pathfinder, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Distinguished Service Award Sigma Theta Tau International 34th Biennial Convention
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Extern