Julie Austin Head Zaharis
Assistant Professor
Ida Moffett School of Nursing
Office: CHS Building 1 1516
Email: jahead1@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-4490
Julie Austin Head Zaharis had no idea how much her life would change when she came to Samford University in 2007. "My husband was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer in June 2010 and subsequently passed away in November 2011, leaving me with two small children. What a plan the Lord had for me to be at Samford, knowing the trials I would go through. I cannot imagine being anywhere else and having the kind of support I have had and continue to have from coworkers and students." Since joining the faculty, Zaharis has taken the missions course from an in-class elective to an immersion experience on a foreign mission field. In her free time, she loves being outdoors. "Hiking and kayaking are two of my favorite things to do."

Degrees and Certifications

  • M.S.N., pediatric primary care, University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • B.S.N., University of Alabama, Birmingham

Expertise

  • Pediatrics, critical care (burns and trauma), gastroenterology and nutrition, missions nursing and teaching, submersion experiences for the nursing student, global child health care, developmental disabilities, and focus on the institutionalized child

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Primary Care
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Strong Kids Campaign, YMCA, Believing in Kids

Involvement

  • YMCA Camp Cosby, head nurse
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Alabama State Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National League for Nursing
  • AGEF, vice president/fundraising chair
  • Mountain Brook Gymnastics, parent volunteer
  • Edgewood Elemementary School: Grandpals Day committee, Birthday Table committee, Spring Fling committee, and member of Parent Teacher Organization
  • Alabama Hunter Jumper Association
  • Parent Volunteer
  • Member of Cathedral Church of the Advent
  • Alabama Cursillo