Doctoral education is meant to be a mentored experience. The College of Nursing has DNP faculty with a wide breadth of nursing experience. Explore the complete faculty directory and review the research interests of doctorally prepared faculty.

Our DNP coordinator is Dr. Darlene Showalter:

Darlene Showalter

Darlene Showalter, DNP, RN, CNS
Clinical Associate Professor

Office: NUR 216 
Curriculum Vitae


  • DNP: Joint programs UAH, UAB, UA
  • MSN: University of South Carolina
  • BSN: Southern Adventist University
  • ADN: Southern Adventist University

Professional Certifications

  • CNS

Clinical Expertise

  • Obstetrics
  • Lactation
  • Maternal-Infant

Research Interests

  • Intrapartum Nursing
  • High-risk Obstetrics
  • Clinical Simulations
  • Breastfeeding: Skin-to-skin contact
  • Nursing student retention
  • Vulnerable populations, Disparities
  • Issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion