Tara Spalla, PhD, RN is the Interim Academic Dean at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. In this role she leads academic programs and student affairs; mentors associate deans and faculty; assesses quality of instruction; evaluates effectiveness of academic and student-focused programs, and enhances current programs; develops new initiatives for academic programming; provides professional development of faculty and student services staff; and collaborates with enrollment management, institutional advancement and college development.In an effort to improve patient outcomes, Tara collaborates within a national healthcare system to increase the percentage of registered nurses educated at the baccalaureate level, and with community colleges to develop articulation agreements that offer seamless academic progression. Both of those initiatives are in alignment with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Institute of Medicine 80/20 recommendation.Tara is active as an on-site evaluator in the accreditation of nursing programs through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Her scholarship also includes work as a peer-reviewer for Quality Matters™, a leading national benchmark for quality assurance in online education.She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Wright State University, Master of Science degree in community health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in higher education policy and leadership from The Ohio State University. Her research examines how the use of trans-Atlantic web-conferencing impacts cultural competence of nursing students. She has presented this work nationally and internationally.