Cheryl J Leuning

Professor & Chair, Department of Nursing

In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Cheryl teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs. Her areas of expertise include transcultural nursing, community/ public health nursing, experiential teaching-learning pedagogy, and curriculum and program development. She has practiced as a community/public health nurse, a nursing supervisor of a visiting nurse association, a nursing education coordinator, and as an oncology and home hospice nurse. Prior to joining Augsburg College in September of 2002, Cheryl was a member of the faculty at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she taught in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and coordinated the Master of Arts in Nursing Program.

At Augsburg College, Cheryl is an advocate for culturally rich and diverse educational experiences that integrate transcultural nursing concepts and practice into the undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula. Together with her colleagues at Augsburg College, she leads practica and teaches courses in a variety of cultural contexts, including the Republic of Namibia and Pine Ridge, SD.

Cheryl’s research has explored health and illness care provisioning among pastoral cattle herding people in Namibia; women’s experiences of empowerment when they are able to access to safe child care; and the meanings and expressions of care and caring for elders in urban Namibian families. Her publications and presentations focus on advancing the science and art of nursing across care settings and within a global society.

Cheryl serves on the Board of Directors of the Hamm Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a consultant to the University of Namibia School of Nursing and a peer reviewer for the Journal of Transcultural Nursing and the Namibia Development Journal, a multipurpose, accredited, electronic journal issued by the University of Namibia. From 2007 through 2008, Cheryl served as the President of the International Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS), an organization that seeks to “enhance the quality of culturally congruent, competent, and equitable care that results in improved health and well being for people worldwide.”


  • B.A., Augustana College – Nursing
  • M.S., University of Minnesota – Public Health Nursing
  • Ph.D., University of Utah – Nursing


Leuning, C. & Hailonga, P. (2004). Transforming what is known about HIV/AIDS into culturally appropriate and protective practices in Tanzania and Namibia. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.

Leuning, C., Small, L. & van Dyk, A. (2002). Elder care in urban Namibian families: An ethnonursing study. In Leininger, M. & McFarland, M. (Eds.), Transcultural Nursing: Theory, Concepts, and Practice. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Leuning, C., Swiggum, P., Wiegert, H. M., McCullough-Zander, K. (2002). Proposed standards for transcultural nursing. Journal of transcultural nursing 13(1), 40-46.

Leuning, C. (2001). Advancing a global perspective: The world as classroom. Advances in nursing science 14(4), 298-303.

Leuning, C., Small, L. & van Dyk, A. (2000). Meanings and expressions of care and caring for elders in urban Namibian families: A transcultural nursing study based on Leininger’s culture care theory of nursing. Curationis 23(3), 71-80.

Brendtro, M. & Leuning, C. (2000). Nurses in churches: A population-focused clinical option.Journal of nursing education 36(6), 285-288.

Bunkers, S., Nelson, M., Leuning, C., Crane, J., & Josephson, D. (1998). The health action model: Academia’s partnership with the community. In Cohen, E. & DeBack, V. (Eds.), The Outcomes Mandate: Case Management in Health Care Today. New York: Mosby, Inc.

Current Research Interests

  • Transcultural meanings and expressions of care and caring
  • Community focused models of nursing practice
  • Global perspectives in health care delivery
  • Experiential teaching-learning pedagogies
  • Home-based care for persons struggling with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Curriculum development and implementation

Areas of Teaching Responsibility

  • Transcultural nursing knowledge development and application
  • Theoretical foundations for practice and research
  • Advancing a global perspective through experiential teaching-learning
  • Cultural immersion—pedagogies and practice
  • Program and curriculum design and development


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