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Darrell Spurlock, Associate Professor

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Darrell Spurlock Jr. PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF

Associate Professor and Scholarship Director

  • PhD, Psychology (Research) (2008)

    Capella University (MN)

  • MSN, Nursing (2003)

    Marshall University (WV)

  • BSN, Nursing (2000)

    West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WV)

  • NURS 899 Independent Study, Instrument Development

  • NURS 750 Measurement and Evaluation Methods

Much of my scholarship over the last 5 years can be situated within the emerging field of implementation science, broadly defined as the study of methods, techniques, barriers, and facilitators to implementing research findings into health care and educational practice and policy. I have published and presented widely on measurement, test policy, and quality improvement-related topics in nursing and nursing education. I have had investigator, co-investigator, or consulting roles on over 50 research/EBP/QI projects conducted in clinical, community, and educational settings. I have several active instrument development and transdisciplinary clinical-educational studies in progress, including work to further develop and test an objective measure of EBP knowledge for nurses, described further at and a large, national study of FNP Clinical Education described further at

Selected Awards

  • Christine A. Tanner Award for Scholarly Writing, Journal of Nursing Education (2016)

  • Nancy Langston Research Award (Research Grant) (2016)

  • Fellow, Academy of Nursing Education (2015)

Selected Publications

  • Wonder, A. & Spurlock, D.R. (in press). Using the Evidence-based Practice Knowledge Assessment in Nursing (EKAN) instrument to evaluate exposure effects in baccalaureate nursing students. Nursing Education Perspectives.

  • Spurlock, D. & Wonder, A. (2015). Validity and reliability of a new objective measure: The Evidence-Based Practice Knowledge Assessment in Nursing (EKAN). Journal of Nursing Education, 54(11), 605-613.

  • Ironside, P.M., & Spurlock, D. (2014). Getting serious about building nursing education science. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(12), 665-667.

American Educational Research Association (AERA), Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), National League for Nursing (NLN)