TIGER Scholars Workgroup

TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Scholars Workgroup launched in fall 2017 with the goal of providing an informatics educator-focused network to inform and enhance current educational practices. The workgroup seeks to achieve this goal by providing a forum for sharing knowledge and learning about state of the art approaches and best practices within the academic informatics community.  As part of the overarching global TIGER community, the TIGER Scholars Workgroup developed the following mission and vision:


Be a trusted resource for health informatics educators.


Enhance health informatics education through an interprofessional community in which educators share theory, knowledge & experience and collaboratively identify best practices for teaching, learning and assessment.

Target Audience

Informatics educators come to their roles with a variety of professional backgrounds; some are trained in informatics and others are not. All are charged with effectively preparing the current and future healthcare workforce related to the application of informatics concepts and competencies. Resources and tools that will be offered through the TIGER Scholars Workgroup are intended for all informatics educators, with targeted focus on those who may not have previous informatics specialization.


The TIGER Scholars Workgroup models proactive collaboration and engagement with other professional organizations that support health informatics educators. Workgroup members are spreading the word about the critical value of aligning and synchronizing collective efforts to improve the informatics educator and student experience through presentations at conferences and workshops.  

Current Scholars Workgroup Leadership & Members:

Stephen Burrows, DPM, MBA, CPHIMSS, FHIMSS
Chair & Program Director, Healthcare Informatics, Sacred Heart University (CT)
Ruth Schleyer, MSN, RN-BC, COI
Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Legacy Health (OR)
Beth Breeden, DPh, MS, CPHIMS
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Graduate Studies in Health Care Informatics
Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Roberta Christopher, EdD, MSN, ARNP, NE-BC, CHTS-CP
Department Chair of Health Informatics/Assistant Professor
Keigwin School of Nursing, QSEN Institute Regional Center at Jacksonville University
Ryan Gibbard, PharmD, RPh
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Pacific University Oregon School of Pharmacy
Ruthann Johnson, MSN, RN
Adjunct Nursing Professor
Rowan University
Saif Khairat, PhD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
David Marc, PhD, CHDA
Assistant Professor & Health Informatics Graduate Program Director
The College of St. Scholastica
Gabriela Mustata Wilson, PhD, MSc, FHIMSS
Chair of Health Informatics and Information Management
Associate Professor of Health Informatics
College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Indiana
Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAAN
Associate Professor & Specialty Coordinator, Nursing Informatics
Adjunct Faculty at the Informatics Institute
University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Nursing and School of Medicine

Toria Shaw, MSW, Senior Manager, Professional Development, serves as the HIMSS TIGER Staff Liaison

In addition to the TIGER Scholars Workgroup, the community comprises:

TIGER International Task Force

TIGER VLE Workgroup

TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

EU*US eHealth Work Project

Want to learn more about the TIGER Initiative? Please visit our main landing page.

TIGER Initiative