Marti Doyle

Marti Doyle, MSW, PhD
Associate Professor, Social Science
(515) 643-6774

Office Location
ACE - 233

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239

Year Started at Mercy College: 2005

  • Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), Social Sciences


  • PhD, General Human Services, Capella University (2008) 
  • MSW, University of Iowa (2004) 
  • BA, Human Services and Sociology, Grand View College (2002)
  • AA, Iowa Central Community College (1979)  

Courses Regularly Taught

  • SOC 102 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 360 Death, Dying, & Bereavement  
  • SOC 415   A Social Justice Approach to Social Issues
  • PSY 101 General Psychology 
  • PSY 410 Social Psychology  

Clinical/Field Experience

  • Student Enrichment Coordinator  
  • Hospice Bereavement Counselor 
  • Parenting Educator 
  • Homeless Youth Specialist 
  • Protective Service Worker

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Application of Cummins Model to Retain Limited English Proficiency Learners. Co-presenter.  NCA Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference. (2013)
  • A Mixed-Method Study on the Meaning of Compassion as Perceived by Faculty and Students in a Small Health Sciences College. Group Poster Presentation: Mercy Hospital Advancing Evidence Based Practice Program  (2010)
  • Transformation of nursing students' attitudes, assumptions, and beliefs on death and dying: A mixed method study (2008) 

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of University Professors

Community Service Involvement

  • Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Advice to Students

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -- Aristotle


Personal History

My path to the educational field has been a non-traditional one. In 1979 I left college after receiving an Associate of Arts Degree in order to support and raise my two children. When my youngest child went to college I followed her and received my bachelors two years later. I thought that I would feel old returning to college in my 40’s but I discovered that I had never felt younger.

After receiving my Bachelors, I went on to earn a Masters. A few months later, I taught my first class as an adjunct professor at the same college where just four years earlier I had been a student sitting in my first college class in 21 years. It was then that I discovered my love of teaching. I was working in the hospice field at the time and the experience of working with dying and grieving individuals taught me to not put off my dreams. I took a leap of faith and began to teach full time.

I completed my doctorate in April of 2008 with my father, husband, children, son and daughter- in-law, and grandchildren all in attendance. My 4 year old grandson went to day care a few days later and proudly announced, “My grandma is a doctor!” 

I truly believe that education is my calling and I feel privileged every time I step in front of a classroom full of students. 

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