Dr. Marsha Adams

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Dr. Marsha Adams has been a transformative leader in nursing education in Alabama. She is Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Before assuming the nursing deanship at UAH, Dr. Adams held leadership positions at The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing. She is highly respected throughout the state for her contributions to nursing and nursing education.

Her scientific papers, books, book chapters, monographs, presentations, and consulting activities attest to her national and international reputation as a researcher, scholar, and educator. Two of her early works, the National League for Nursing’s Excellence in Nursing Model and Hallmarks of Nursing Education, are foundational to nursing education. Her textbook, Achieving Excellence in Nursing Education, is used by graduate nursing education programs in the United States and abroad.

A prolific grant writer, Dr. Adams has received funding from agencies and organizations including the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Diabetes Trust Fund, and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation. In Alabama, she developed KidCheck, an innovative partnership that links nursing programs and community partners to improve the health of our state’s children.

Her honors and awards include being inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing, receiving the Alabama League of Nursing’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Alabama State Nurses Association’s Outstanding Nurse Educator/Academe Award.

Respected for her innovation, creativity, and commitment to the highest standards of nursing education and practice, Marsha Adams has been a leader in elevating nursing education and practice throughout the state, the country, and the world.