Kobie Leiper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Nursing, RN to BSN Program Director
WPU professor, Kobie Leiper.

Dr. Leiper was born and raised in South Africa. She worked as a registered nurse in South Africa, Britain and the United States of America. Dr. Leiper settled into an academic career in 2005 when she joined the faculty at UNC Greensboro. She joined the William Peace family in 2018 to launch the RN to BSN program. Leiper has completed the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program, a mark of distinction for nursing faculty from the National League of Nursing.

For relaxation Dr. Leiper loves to hike the local trails and spend time on the sunny beaches of North Carolina and Florida.


  • PhD Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MSN Nursing Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • B. Cur (BSN), University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Activities & Honors


  • Sigma Theta Tau 2012 Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Alpha Chapter Small Research Grant Award
  • 2013 UNCG Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2017 UNCG Teaching Excellence Award nominee

Research & Publications


  • Leiper, J. (2015). The Context, Content, and Consequences of Disruptive Behavior among Nurses through Participant Observation and Interviews. ProQuest, Dissertations.
  • Leiper, J. (2005). Nurse against nurse: How to stop horizontal violence.
    Nursing, 35(3), 44-45.
  • Leiper, J., Van Horn, E. R., Hu, J., Upadhyaya, R., & Douglas, S. (2008). Promoting cultural awareness and knowledge among faculty and students. Nursing Education Perspectives, 29(3), 161-164.