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Ann Hershberger

DEPARTMENT: Nursing Dept

POSITION: Professor

DEPARTMENT: Humanitarian Action Leadership

POSITION: Director


POSITION: Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 232A

PHONE: (540) 432-4192

EMAIL: hershbea@emu.edu

Ann Graber Hershberger has worked in family health, community health, international health, and nursing education since 1976. Ann and her husband Jim, director of Church World Service Harrisonburg Refugee Resettlement Program, have spent 10 years in church sponsored service in Central America. She earned her PhD from the University of Virginia; completing a dissertation entitled “A case study of relationships between Nicaraguan non-governmental health organizations, communities served, donor agencies, and the Ministry of Health.” She spent the 1999-2000 academic year in Nicaragua researching the project. Other research includes the experiences of families in Guatemala and West Bank, Palestine who have hosted EMU Cross Cultural students over the last decades. She has been a consultant for a Nursing School in Nicaragua, and has been on various boards of MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) since 1997, and is currently the chair of MCC U.S. Mother of three adult children, grandmother of three, she enjoys speaking Spanish, reading, gardening, and sitting on her porch.


PhD, University of Virginia 2001
M.S.N., University of Virginia 1983
Certificate Spanish Language Institute, Costa Rica 1977
B.S.N., Eastern Mennonite University 1976


Hershberger, A. (2011). Open our eyes, Open our ears. In R. Stiffney & E. Stoesz, (eds.), Spirituality in the Boardroom , Kitchener, ON: Pandora Press.

Hershberger, A.(2005). A Living Faith Response to Abortion. Connections. Virginia Mennonite Conference. Harrisonburg.

Hershberger, A. (2005). Godless medicine. [Review of the book Godless Medicine]. _Family and Community Health_,28(1).96.

Hershberger, A. (2005). Delivering health care in America: A systems approach.[Review of the book Delivering health care in America: A systems approach]. Family and Community Health,28(1).97-8.

Hershberger, A., (2004). Missionary Nursing: Dispelling the Myths. _Journal of Christian Nursing_(21)1, 4-9.

Hershberger, A. (2004). The Leaving. _College Faith 2: 150 Christian Leaders and Educators Share Faith Stories from Their Student Days._ 16. Andrews University Press.

Hershberger, A. (2004). Carrying Tortillas into the Ivory Tower and Theories into Mud Houses; Connecting Competing Realities Along the Path of Service. In Development to a Different Drummer. 85-96. Good Books.

Hershberger, A. (2004) Enhancing our Mentoring Culture: A position statement and strategic plan for Student Advising and Mentoring at Eastern Mennonite University. Written for the Lilly Project Mentoring workshops.

Hershberger, A., (2003). Mennonite Nurses in WWII: Maintaining the Thread of Pacifism in Nursing. _Nursing History Review_(11)147-166.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Leading at the edge of chaos: Lessons from Nehemiah Workshop (with Jim Smucker) at MDS annual meeting. Hartville, Ohio. February, 2015.

We do more harm than good. The paradoxes of global health mission or education trips. Fall Pi Mu Nursing Honor Society meeting. Harrisonburg, VA.October, 2014.

_Health promoters as practitioners: Lessons from Guatemala._Co-submitter with MSN student. (peer reviewed) American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. November, 2013.

_Practical Peacemaking: Restorative justice approaches for families in community._Presentation at the International Institute for Islamic Studies in Qom, Iran. February, 2014.

Difficult Conversations Involving Major Trust Barriers An all day workshop for the Ethics Consultation Core Curriculum Practical Session at Bon Secours Health Care System in Richmond, Virgina, September 18, 2012.

More with less: Using a developing case study to teach informatics and epidemiology Peer review podium presentation at American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master’s Conference. March 1-3, 2012. San Antonio, TX.

_Scarcity results in strength: Degree collaboration and interprofessionality._Peer review podium presentation at American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master’s Conference. March 1-3, 2012. San Antonio, TX.

Nursing students’ partnership with Eritrean refugees Peer reviewed. Academic Community Partnerships roundtable presentation. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. October 29 – November 2, 2011. Washington, DC.

Desert Sands to Mountain Snow: Nursing Students’ Partnership with Eritrean Refugees Presentation at Pi Mu Regional Scholarship Day, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, April 12,2011.

Cross Cultural Attachment: Elements Affecting the Student/Host Family Bond Breakout session presented with Don Clymer at the EMU Attachment Conference. April 1, 2011.

Water Availability and Access in Palestine: Public Health at Risk. Presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA November, 2009

Do No Harm: Development and Mutual Learning in Cross Cultural Exchanges in Central America. (with Emma Mitchell). UVA School of Nursing International Forum. October, 2009

The Last Taboo: Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the Church. (With Jan Butcher and Pearl Hoover.) School for Leadership Training. Eastern Mennonite Seminary. January 2008.

Primary Health Care: Revival of the Alma Ata Declaration. Presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Washington , DC. November, 2007

Collaboration between National NGOs and International Donors: Possibilities and Pitfalls. International Rural Development conference. Messiah College. February, 2007

Voices from the Field: Guided interview with Matt Gnagey in Banda Acheh, Indonesia. International Rural Development conference. Messiah College. February, 2007

Integrating Study Abroad into the General Education Curriculum.Council for International Education Exchange. Seville, Spain. November, 2005

_Partnership Challenges: Relationships among Health Organizations, Communities, and Donor Agencies_. Global Heath Council Annual Conference (peer reviewed). Washington, DC.June 3. 2005,

_Challenges in Education: Developing a Nursing Conceptual Framework Consistent with the Mission of a Christian University_. Co-presented with Arlene Wiens. Doctoral Alumni Scholarship Day, University of Virginia.March, 2005.

Four session series on Medical Ethics.Beldor Mennonite Church, Elkton, VA. July and August, 2005.

Planned and led Workshop for EMU Global Village Shared Curriculum Teaching Teams. August 2005.

A Sacred Covenant: Nursing in the context of Micah 6:8. Co-presented with Don Tyson. Mennonite Health Assembly, San Francisco, 2004.

Sharing the Journey: Faith based University/Community partnerships as a strategy to improve health.. Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Society Scholarship conference. James Madison University. April 2004.