New Faculty Profile: Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing

The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing recently hired several new faculty members. Please join Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) in welcoming these impressive nurses.

Penny Cooper, DNP
Associate Professor of Nursing

Hometown: Lincoln, Illinois

D.N.P., University of Colorado – Denver
M.S. in Nursing & Post-Graduate Certificate, Duke University, Durham, NC
B.S. in Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

Expertise: Nursing education, diabetes care and community and family health

Why did you decide to join TTUHSC El Paso?
TTUHSC El Paso is an exciting place with opportunities to develop graduate nursing programs. It has an academic environment that embraces excellence, innovation, interdisciplinary education and practice, and a culture of value for underserved populations.

What’s your research focus?
As a DNP, I value working with my Ph.D.-prepared colleagues to formulate research questions and design and participate in studies that can be applied in clinical settings to improve the health outcomes of patients and communities and the quality of care we provide.

What’s been your greatest accomplishment to date?
I participated in a sustainable health initiative with faculty and students in the U.S. and communities in rural Honduras.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy the company of my dogs, walking and hiking, gardening and the textile arts.


Rosemary Walulu, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Hometown: Bungoma, Kenya

Ph.D., University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio
M.S.N., B.S.N., TTUHSC Lubbock
D.P.L., College of Health Professionals, Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise: Pediatrics

Why did you decide to join TTUHSC El Paso?
I joined the TTUHSC El Paso faculty because of a move to El Paso to join my husband here. Also, working for Texas Tech is like going home for me.

What’s your research focus?
My area of research is HIV/AIDS, with a particular focus on the transition of care for HIV-infected pediatric patients to adult primary care. My previous work looked at the experience of mothers living with HIV.  

What’s been your greatest accomplishment to date?
For me, my greatest accomplishment thus far has been the privilege of working with vulnerable HIV-infected adolescents and their families.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I like to read and garden, which I now realize is going to be hard to do in El Paso.