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Kristin Hocker, EdD

Kristin Hocker, EdD

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
  • Faculty Diversity Officer, Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


  • Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, 2015. University of Rochester, Warner School of Education. Rochester, NY
  • Masters in Instructional Design and Training, 2004. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY


Kristin Hocker is an associate professor of clinical nursing and a faculty diversity officer. Widely recognized as an influential voice in matters of diversity and inclusion, leadership, and professional development, Hocker has a progressive record of experience in teaching, consulting, and facilitating training and professional development within higher education, academic medicine, and health care.

Before joining the School of Nursing full-time in 2019, she spent the previous 13 years as an organizational development specialist in the University of Rochester Department of Human Resources, where she coordinated the UR Safe Space program and facilitated workshops on implicit bias and microaggressions, cultural humility, and other topics that address the concept of equity as practice. In addition, she taught part-time in the Leadership in Health Care Systems program, where she continues to teach. She has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at the Warner School of Education, The College at Brockport, and MCC.

Additionally, Hocker is part of the faculty team teaching leadership development to fellows in the UR LEND (Leadership Education for Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) program, and is a member of URMC's Restorative Justice team, advancing a restorative approach to building a sense of community and resolving conflict. She is also part of the University of San Diego's Center for Restorative Justice team of facilitators. Hocker earned her doctorate in higher education in 2015 from the Warner School and received her bachelor’s degree in food service management and master’s in training and instructional design from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing,
University of Rochester, School of Nursing (LHCS and RN/BS programs), Rochester, NY. 9/2023 - Current

Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing,
University of Rochester, School of Nursing (LHCS program), Rochester, NY, US. 1/2019 - 9/2023

Organizational Development Specialist,
University of Rochester, Human Resources, Rochester, NY. 8/2005 - 1/2019


Mary Dombeck Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award
School of Nursing, 2021

Presidential Diversity Award
University of Rochester, 2015


Creating a Collaborative Community of Assessment Practice in Nursing: A Rubric Development Experience.
Greene, R., Hocker, K., Rosario-McCabe, M., & Sharpe, L.S.
Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education Conference (AALHE), 2022

Equity-Minded Pedagogy in Nursing Education
Wharton, Mitchell
AACN Diversity Symposium (Virtual), American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2022

Antiracist & Inclusive Pedagogies
Faculty Professional Development Institute, faculty workshop, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, 2022

What would antiracist curriculum look like in First Year Seminar?
Khuram Hussein
Student and Faculty Forums, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, 2021

Mattering and Marginalization
Real World Geneseo, SUNY Geneseo, 2021

Cultural Humility
Workshop for MidLakes School Board, MidLakes Central School District, 2021

The Paradigm and Praxis of Equity-Minded Pedagogy
Department of Psychiatry’s Diversity & Equity Speaker series, URMC, 2021

Restorative Practices for Historical Harms: Infusing Appreciative Inquiry into Restorative Practices
Restorative Justice Facilitator Retreat, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing, 2021

Antiracism is an Inside Job
Department of Psychiatry 8th Annual Summer Brown Bag Series, University of Rochester, 2020
Rochester, New York

Cultural Humility
Graduate Student workshop, University of Texas, San Antonio, 2020

When Your Existence is an Ongoing Act of Rebellion
Cultural Harmony Day, SUNY Geneseo, 2019
Geneseo, New York

Historical Trauma: An Overview
Department of Psychiatry 5th Annual Summer Brown Bag Series, University of Rochester, 2017
Rochester, New York

Approaching Difficult Conversations with Cultural Humility
Community Conversations, The College at Brockport, 2016
Brockport, New York

Leadership in Action: A Phenomenological Study of Professional Staffs' Conceptions of Leadership in Higher Education
American Educational Research Association Annual conference-Division J Vice President's Invited session: In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower, AERA, 2015
Chicago, Illinois

Living HR: Experiencing Policy through Case Studies
Anne Maynard
Eastern Regional College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA HR) conference, CUPA HR, 2015
Uncasville, Connecticut


  • Tam, L.M., Hocker, K., David, T., & Williams, E.M. (2024). The Influence of Social Dynamics on Biological Aging and Health of Historically Marginalized Populations: A Biopsychosocial Model for Health Disparities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 21 (5), 20. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph21050554

  • Hocker, K (2019). Review of A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, Post-PULSE, Ed. Virginia Stead. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 49, 118-122.

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