Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN


Dr. Cynthia Clark is an award-winning tenured nursing professor and Professor Emeritus with more than 30 years’ experience in nursing education and practice, a nurse consultant for ATI Nursing Education, and the Founder of Civility Matters®. Her ground-breaking work on fostering civility has brought national and international attention to the controversial issues of incivility in academic and work environments. Her theory-driven interventions, empirical measurements, theoretical models, and reflective assessments provide “best practices” to prevent, measure, and address uncivil behavior and to create healthy workplaces.

Dr. Clark served as a co-chair for the American Nurses Association Professional Panel for Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence and serves as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education. She is the recipient of numerous teaching, research, and service awards including the 2011 NLN Excellence in Educational Research Award and the 2013 Journal of Nursing Education (JNE) Christine A. Tanner Scholary Writing Award. Her book, Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education,” received the 2013 AJN Book of the Year award for Professional Issues in Nursing. Dr. Clark has been a professional blogger for Sigma Theta Tau International, Reflections on Nursing Leadership since 2010

Dr. Clark’s extensive body of research includes the development of several empirical instruments, which have been translated into numerous languages and used to conduct studies in several countries across the world. Dr. Clark is also well known for her expertise in the area of scholarly teaching, learner-centered pedagogies, and active learning. Her study published in 2014 on the use of live actors as a teaching strategy to address incivility in the practice setting has been downloaded 740 times by readers from countries including the US, Turkey, Taiwan, China, Australia, and the UK. In her role as a Teaching Scholar for Faculty Learning Communities, Dr. Clark facilitated the development of several early career faculty members in their growth as scholarly educators and learner-centered teachers.

Dr. Cynthia Clark’s CV