Dr. Tonya L. Willingham

Assistant Director of Nursing
Catherine W. Woods School of Nursing
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Assistant Professor
Clinical Research
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Office Location:
Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Sciences
Room 118E
Mailing Address:
4150 US 421 South Smith Hall
Lillington, NC, NC 27546


Tonya Willingham joined Campbell as a full-time nursing instructor and course director in January 2016. After developing and directing 4 courses in the new program, she transitioned to the assistant director position with the school of nursing. She continues to teach within the program, is the SON experiential director, and coordinates the pre-licensure BSN curriculum. Tonya also offers her healthcare expertise as an adjunct professor for the Masters of Clinical Research Program.

Her nursing experience includes orthopedics, post-anesthesia, ambulatory, and long-term care.

Her nursing education experience is focused on pre-licensure teaching, tests & curriculum development. Tonya is an emerging leader in nursing education as she was selected to participate in the 2021-2022 cohort of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing Program. She is serving as the President-Elect for the North Carolina League for Nursing.

Her research interest is in nursing student success and clinical evaluation of nursing students. She also has interests in conceptual teaching, active and team-based learning in the classroom, and supporting student success for NCLEX-RN.

Tonya has also offered her nursing expertise to local nonprofits such as World Relief Durham and the Samaritan Health Clinic. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National League of Nursing, the North Carolina League of Nursing, and the InterVarsity Nurses Christian Fellowship.

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