Linda Pugh, Interim Director

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Coordinator Named Interim Director for the School of Nursing

Linda C. Pugh, PhD, RNC, FAAN was recently named Interim Director of the School of Nursing. 

Pugh first joined the UNCW community in 2016 as a tenured Professor of Nursing and coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program in the College of Health and Human Services.

Prior to this appointment, Pugh held numerous leadership positions at York College of Pennsylvania (YCP), John Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHU SON), and Penn State Geisinger Health System. At YCP, she served as the director of graduate programs and Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. At JHU SON, she served in several leadership capacities including Director of Professional Education Programs, Acting Director of the Doctor of Nursing Science Program, and the Director of the Baccalaureate Program. Lastly, Pugh served two years as the director of the Center of Nursing Research at Penn State Geisinger Health System.

Pugh has over 45 years nursing education experience, teaching at all levels including Prelicensure, RN-BSN, Masters, DNP, and PhD. Pugh’s pedagogical work spans internationally through various consultations in countries such as Spain, Korea, China, and Kenya. In 2003, she joined the John Hopkins team in Istanbul, Turkey to develop a baccalaureate program at Koç University and returned five years later to evaluate the success of that program.

Pugh has extensive research experience, having been the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI in several NIH funded studies - the largest involving a community-based team of public health nurses and peer counselors. She has over 85 publications, which include journal articles, books, and book chapters. Her research has been published in nursing, medical, and psychology journals such as Nursing & Healthcare International Journal, The Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and American Journal of Community Psychology.

Recently, most of Pugh’s scholarship has revolved around implementing best practices in health care. She is the co-developer of the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-based Nursing Model, for which she was awarded the 2004 Research Utilization Award at Sigma Theta Tau International.

Pugh has been a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing since 2003. In 2004, she won the prestigious Nightingale Award Program for Excellence in Nursing Practice through Research in the state of Pennsylvania. That same year she also was a recipient of the award for Significant Contributions in Nursing Research from Eta Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and she earned the AJN Book of the Year award for her contribution to the text Instruments for Clinical Research in Healthcare (2nd ed.).

Pugh is married with two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren. In her downtime, she enjoys reading, playing duplicate bridge, and spending time with her golden retriever, Charlie. As evident in her global work experience, Pugh has a passion for travel.