Dr. Tonya L. Willingham

Assistant Director
Catherine W. Woods School of Nursing
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Office Location:
Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Sciences
Room 118E
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1090
Buies Creek, NC 27506


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 and RN-BSN curricula. Tonya also offers her healthcare expertise as an adjunct professor for the Master’s of Clinical Research program

Her nursing experience is in orthopedics, post-anesthesia care, and long-term care. She currently practices as an ambulatory RN for the Duke Health System.

Her nursing education experience is focused on pre-licensure teaching along with 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.

Her research interest is in nursing student success as well as 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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