Darrell Spurlock Jr.

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

  • Professor and Scholarship Director
  • Director of Leadership Center for Nursing Education Research
Media Expertise:
  • Nursing

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Psychology (Research) (2008)
    Capella University (MN)
  • MSN, Nursing (2003)
    Marshall University (WV)
  • BSN, Nursing (2000)
    West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WV)

About Me

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."

Research Interests

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.


  • 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 Education54(11), 605-613.
  • Ironside, P.M., & Spurlock, D. (2014). Getting serious about building nursing education science. Journal of Nursing Education53(12), 665-667.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

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


  • 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)