Darrell Spurlock Jr. PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF
Associate Professor and Scholarship Director
I teach because I believe sharing knowledge and stimulating thinking is a fundamental
task of any discipline. I believe that education is change, and change is a constant
human feature; education is, in this way, choosing to change. Though the focus of
my scholarship and teaching centers on research methods, measurement, evaluation,
and quality improvement, these knowledge areas form the bedrock of evidence-based
practice—the kind of practice all health care professionals aspire to deliver to patients,
families, and communities.
I entered the nursing profession with an ADN and soon thereafter completed my BSN. My area of clinical practice was high-acuity adult critical care and emergency nursing. Upon completion of my MSN, I assumed my first faculty role and taught clinical skills to beginning prelicensure students, along with courses in nursing research, statistics, and leadership. To further develop my skills in research, quantitative methods, and psychometrics, I obtained an MS and PhD in general research psychology. My teaching focus for the last decade has been in research, statistics/quantitative methods, and measurement-related courses across all levels of nursing education.
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 http://nursingmeasure.org and a large, national study of FNP Clinical Education described further at http://nationalnpstudy.org.
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)
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)