faculty profile


Senior Associate Dean for Academics


Dr. Mavis Schorn is a Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Academics and a nurse-midwife in the faculty practice at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Dr. Schorn is responsible for curricular and faculty oversight and evaluation, identifying and implementing academic strategic direction, and serving as the academic representative to the university and to external stakeholders. She serves as a leader in interprofessional education through participation in activities such as the Vanderbilt University Medical Center interprofessional student-run clinic, Vanderbilt Program for Interprofessional Learning, and the Vanderbilt-Meharry Alliance Interprofessional Education Collaboration. She manages both small funded projects and over $5M in federal Health Resources and Service Administration grants.

Her research interests include the third stage of labor, teaching methods, and advanced practice nursing policy. She is fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives, American Academy of Nursing, and the National Academies of Practice.


  • PhD, University of Kentucky

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Third stage of labor
  • Interprofessional education
  • Education for advanced nursing practice

Representative Publications


Gentry, C. K., Espiritu, E., Schorn, M. N., Hallmark, B., Bryan, M., Prather, P., Villalta-Gill, V., Offodile, R., Wilkins, C. H. (2021). Engaging the community through a longitudinal, interprofessional, inter institutional experiential learning collaboration. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 13(2):169-176.

Johnson, R., Steed, J., Parker, S., Schorn, M. N. (2020). A summer professional immersion in nursing program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. Journal of Nursing Education. 29(11):631-636.

Schorn, M. N. (2020). Management terminology during the third stage of labor (Commentary). Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. 65(3):301-305. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13098


Jessee, M. A., Kennedy, B., Dietrich, M., Schorn, M. N. (2020). Development and pilot testing of a multidimensional learning environment survey. Nurse Educator. Published ahead of print. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000824

Lauderdale, J. L, Fogel, S. C, Schorn, M. N., Dietrich, M. S. (2020). Perceptions of sexual and gender minority content in graduate nursing curricula. Nursing Education Perspectives. 41(6):334-339. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000663

Kennedy, B. B., Russell, R. G., Martinez, W., Gigante, I., Penrod, C., Ehrenfeld, J. M., Vinson, K. N., Swan, R. R., Brady, D. W., Schorn M. N., Miller, B. M. (2019). Development of an Inter-Professional Clinical Learning Environment Report Card. Journal of Professional Nursing. 35(4):314-319.

Minnick, A., Schorn, M. N., Dietrich, M. S., Donaghey, B. (2018) Providers' reports of environmental conditions and resources at births in the United States. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 41(6):854-871. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945918796629.

Schorn, M. N., Dietrich, M. S., Donaghey, B., Minnick, A. (2018). Variables that influence US midwife and physician care during the third stage of labor. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. 63: 446-454. DOI:10.1111/jmwh.12728

Stubbs, C., Schorn, M. N., Leavell, J. P., Espiritu, E. W., Davis, G., Gentry, C. K., Friedman, E., Patton, T., Graham, A., Crowder, R., Wilkins, C. H. (2017). Implementing and evaluating a community based, inter-institutional, interprofessional education pilot program. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 31(5), 652-655. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2017.1343808

Schorn, M. N., Dietrich, M. S., Donaghey, B., Minnick, A. (2017). US physician and midwife adherence to active management of the third stage of labor international recommendations. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 62, 58-67. doi:10.1111/jmwh.12586. PMID: 28132428 (One of four finalists for 2018 Best Research Article Award for the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health)

Thornton, P., McFarlin, B., Park, C., Rankin, K., Schorn, M., Stapleton, S., Finnegan, L. (2017). Cesarean outcomes in U.S. birth centers and collaborating hospitals: A cohort comparison. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 62, 40-48. PMID: 27926797

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • American Nurses Association
  • Fellowship of the American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Chapter