Kimberly Dunker

Contributing Faculty
College of Nursing
Ph.D. Nursing

Kimberly has been a nurse for over 18 years and has worked in a variety of Critical Care Nursing specializing in Adult, Surgical, Medical, Oncology, Thoracic, neurology and Cardiac Surgeries Early in her journey she found her love for teaching as a clinical adjunct faculty where she worked in several nursing schools teaching medical surgical clinical rotations in both the AS and BS nursing programs. Her doctoral research focused on Thesis “Empowerment of Nursing Faculty” and her capstone project implementation program was focused on transition and orientation programs for clinical nursing faculty. This project continues to be the highlight of Kimberly’s continued scholarship which includes working on the MASS Action Coalition on the Faculty team. The focus is to provide resources to faculty and understand the nursing faculty shortage. Kimberly’s passion is to help new clinical faculty and preceptors gain the knowledge and competency to bridge into academia from practice. Kimberly has provided many continuing education workshops for RN’s who want to learn the faculty role and help them by giving them tools to be successful in their transition. Following graduation Kimberly has continued to work in academia with pre-licensure nursing students teaching adult medical surgical nursing concepts in the classroom and clinical instruction as well as RN-BS students teaching Nursing Research, Nursing Leadership and Informatics.

Public Service

QSEN Academic Clinical Faculty Taskforce, Chair -


Dunker, K. (2019). Dunker, K. (2019). Faculty Knowledge and Skills Development: A Review for Clinical Nurse Educators (FKSD). Sigma Theta Tau Faculty Institute. .


Dunker, K. (2019). The Use of QSEN Simulations to Orient Nurse Educators to become Clinical Teachers . Case Western Reserve