Marsha Howell Adams

Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Dean and Professor

Office: NUR 413 
Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
  • MSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
  • BSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) (2007-2012) (2012-2017) Certification Agency: National League For Nursing’s Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (1983-2017)

Clinical Expertise

  • Rural Health
  • Medical/Surgical/Emergency Department
  • Obstetrics/Pediatrics

Research Interests

  • Healthcare disparities of rural children.
  • A multi-faceted approach to enhance student success.
  • Enhancing clinical judgment using targeted debriefing.
  • Student Characteristics and Perceptions of Learning and Confidence Acquisition Associated With Simulation.
  • Baseline health assessment of Tuscaloosa Pre-K children.
  • The effects of selected risk factors on development of type 2 diabetes mellitus in rural children.
  • Longitudinal study of the Rural Alabama Child Caring Initiative. (on-going research- focus: insurance status, unmet health needs, obesity)
  • Social support and health promotion lifestyles of rural women.
  • Critical thinking abilities of nursing students using the Watson-Glaser and the California critical thinking test.