Tara Spalla King

Tara Spalla King
First Name
Tara Spalla
Last Name
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
Director of Assessment and Evaluation
343 Newton Hall
Address (Line 2)
1585 Neil Avenue
Zip Code

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 is a team leader.  She secretary of the Epsilon Chapter of STTI, a member of 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.

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June 20, 2020

A team of researchers from Ohio State University’s College of Nursing recently received a $1.6 million federal grant to try to reduce the chances of young, Black adults getting heart disease.

June 18, 2020

Researchers from Vanderbilt University and The Ohio State University are teaming up to develop next-generation robotic technology that can help older adults living with forms of dementia through a grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).