Dena Evans, EdD, MSN, RN, CNL, CNE

School of Nursing
Director, School of Nursing
CHHS - 449






Clinical Nurse Leader

Certified Nurse Educator


Bachelor of Science in Nursing, School of Nursing, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC.; Master of Science in Public Health Nursing, Policy and Leadership, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.; Master of Science in Nursing, Health Systems. Concentration: Clinical Nurse Leader, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.; Doctor of Education, College of Education, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Personal Interests:

North Carolina Nurses’ Association, North Carolina Council of Deans and Directors, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader Association, Sigma Theta Tau - Alpha Alpha chapter, North Carolina Alliance for Health Professions Diversity, International Editorial Review Board of Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, NCNA Council on Nursing Informatics, NCNA Nurses on Boards 2020 Council, NCNA Speakers Bureau

Research Interest:

Student Retention, Workforce Diversity, Incivility

Teaching Specialty:

Nursing Leadership, Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice, Pharmacology, Advanced Concepts of Pharmacology, Leadership in Clinical Microsystems, Care Environment and Clinical Outcomes Management, Community Health Nursing, Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice, Curriculum Theory and Design in Nursing


Dr. Dena Evans is the Director for the School of Nursing and an Associate Professor in the College of Health and Human Services.  She is nationally certified as a Nurse Educator, and Clinical Nurse Leader.  Dr. Evans has been a nurse educator for 20-years and has been actively involved in curriculum design, implementation and evaluation, as well as enhancing teaching methodologies to improve student outcomes. Her special areas of interest are enhancing student retention, improving diversity in nursing, and examining the impact of incivility on organizational health and patient outcomes. Dr. Evans has served as Principal Investigator and Project Manager on grants related to enhancing nursing workforce diversity, as well as improving the health and well-being of disadvantaged students.