Jawanza R. Bundy

Jawanza R. Bundy, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC, RN

  • Assistant Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Family Research and Nursing Education (2016)
    Hampton University (VA)
  • Post Master's Certificate, Midwifery (1999)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • MSN, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (1996)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • BS, Nursing (1992)
    Hampton University (VA)

About Me

Teaching and learning is an interactive process and an inherent contract between teachers and students. Both teachers and students must take responsibility for their roles in that process. Teachers must challenge students to do their best academically, keep the students engaged, and hold students accountable when they fall short. Students, on the other hand, must actively engage in learning and inform the teacher when they are having difficulty in the learning process. Those that are active participants in the process tend to benefit more.

Teaching strategies should be adaptable. Teachers must be aware that not all students learn the same. Therefore, it is imperative to implement various teaching strategies that cater to multiple learning styles. Students should never be made to feel that they are not capable of learning but rather they must work closely with teachers to find solutions to assist them in their learning.

I absolutely love learning. I truly believe that a day without learning is a day without living. I hope to instill this in my students.

Research Interests

My research focuses on mentoring and parental involvement in the college-going process of African American students pursuing nursing education. Specifically it focuses on how these strategies facilitate the recruitment and retention of minority students in nursing education programs. In addition my research interest includes reducing health care disparities and inequalities by diversifying the nursing workforce and improving healthcare outcomes among this population.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau International, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., National League for Nursing


  • NLN Jonas Scholar
  • Golden Key Honour Society



  • Nursing Faculty Graduates from AACN Diversity Leadership Institute

    Assistant Professor of Nursing Jawanza Bundy has been recognized in the graduating cohort from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Diversity Leadership Institute, a program which empowers academic nursing leaders with strategies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the field of nursing and nursing education.  

    Each graduate of the 2023 cohort learned high-impact DEI strategies that can be implemented in their own classrooms, and completed a capstone presentation. Bundy’s capstone, titled “Color Blocking: Creating a Colorful Canvas of Culture Across the Campus,” takes into account Widener’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging when looking at existing research and creating a plan of action to be implemented in the School of Nursing. 

    Share link: https://www.widener.edu/news/noteworthy/nursing-faculty-graduates-aacn-diversity-leadership-institute

  • Nursing faculty DeLisa Cofer, assistant dean, Jawanza Bundy, assistant professor, and nursing alumna Erika Nicholls '19 published an article in American Nurse, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. Titled "Black Americans in Nursing Education," the article discusses the racial disparities among nursing students and faculty and ways to promote diversity within the field including efforts to recruit and support Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in faculty and student roles. 

    Share link: https://www.widener.edu/node/18971/