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.
- Degree Certifications
- 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
- 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]
- 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, Ir
- 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.
- 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.
- King, T.S. (2018, November). Leveraging formative course evaluations to enhance curriculum and improve student engagement. Poster presentation at the 2018 AACN Faculty Development Conference, New Orleans, LA.
- 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.
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.
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).