Tara Spalla King PhD, RN

Director of Assessment and Evaluation; Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
king.2541@osu.edu
614-292-4889


343 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tara Spalla King has 20 years of experience in acute care nursing practice and 13 years of experience as a nurse educator, the past seven in an administrative capacity.  Most recently she was the Academic Dean at a private Catholic nursing college where she assembled a team to build online programming and mentored nurse educators in online pedagogy.  Tara is an experienced onsite evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and recently completed team leader training.  She is a member of STTI, the MNRS Communications & Engagement Committee, and is a board member and professional coach of the Physician Leadership Academy of the Columbus Medical Association Foundation.  In her current role at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Tara is responsible for directing assessment and evaluation activity in the College.

The focus of Dr. King’s prior research activity utilized web-conferencing technology to connect disparate and geographically separated/transcontinental groups of college students to discover the impact on cultural competence.  For this work she received the Loadman Dissertation Award for Outstanding Dissertation, OSU Higher Education and Student Affairs, 2013.

 

Recent Research Presentations

Spalla, T. & O’Mathuna, D. (2014, March). Comparison of international qualitative data to improve cultural competence of undergraduate students in nursing and health sciences. Poster presentation at the 2014 Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society [MNRS] Conference. St. Louis, MO.

Spalla, T. (2013, November). Intercultural web-conferencing to increase cultural competence of nursing students. Paper Presentation at the STTI 42nd Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

O’Mathuna, D. & Spalla, T. (2013, July). Using Technology to Build Bridges & Break Boundaries in Religion Education. Paper presentation at the 2013 Changing Boundaries: Mindfulness, Spirituality and Education Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.

Spalla, T. (2013, March). Intercultural Experiential Learning for Nursing Students Enabled by the Technology of Web Conferencing  Paper presentation at the 2013 Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society [MNRS] Conference. Chicago, IL.

 

Recent Paper Presentations

Waterman, A., Snively, T. & Spalla, T. (2015, November). A transformative MODEL of caring and quality in online nursing education. Paper presentation at the STTI 43th Biennial Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

O’Mathuna, D. & Spalla, T. (2015, January). Web-based teaching to build bridges and break boundaries. Oral presentation at the Teaching & Learning Spring School 2015 Dublin City University. Dublin, Ireland.

Spalla, T. (2014, September). Executive academic leadership challenge: Leading online programs. Oral presentation at the STTI Leadership Connection 2014 conference, Indianapolis, IN.

 

Recent Poster Presentations

Marzalik, P. & Spalla, T. (2015, November). Teaching care of veterans and their families in an online nursing program. Poster presentation at the STTI 43th Biennial Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Spalla, T., Spurlock, D., Marzalik, P., Snively, T., Dolan, S. & Yeo, S. (2015, March). Selecting a new LMS: Rapid evaluation strategy for best fit. Poster presentation at the 2015 Ohio League for Nursing [OLN] Education Summit, Dublin, OH.

Marzalik, P. & Spalla, T. (2015, March). "Joining Forces":  Incorporating veteran-centric content into an online RN-BSN curriculum. Poster presentation at the 2015 Ohio League for Nursing [OLN] Education Summit, Dublin, OH.

Waterman, A., Snively, T. & Spalla, T. (2015, March). A model of caring and quality in online nursing education. Poster presentation at the 2015 Ohio League for Nursing [OLN] Education Summit, Dublin, OH.

 

Education

PhD – The Ohio State University: Higher Education Policy & Leadership

MA – The Ohio State University: Higher Education Policy & Leadership

MSN – University of Pennsylvania: Community Health Nursing; Philadelphia, PA

BSN – Wright State University; Dayton, OH