Sarah Clark

Sarah Clark

Assistant Professor in Residence

    Westlake Hall 339
    (309) 677-3674


Illinois State University PhD- Coursework completed: In dissertation phase
Bradley University MSN in Nursing Education
Bradley University BSN


About (tells a story of your professional journey): I started my RN career as a bedside nurse on the Neuroscience Critical Care unit at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. I then moved to the Clinical Research Department to coordinate clinical trials for the Neuroscience team. Once earning my MSN, I taught for 2 years at OSF Saint Francis College of Nursing before returning to my Alma Mater, Bradley University.


I am my best self when outdoors. I find joy and peace in nature. My hobbies include gardening, biking, and backpacking. Our family goal is to visit every major United States National Park.


I believe in a holistic teaching approach. If the physical and emotional aspect of the student is not cared for and developed, I do not believe there can be thorough knowledge attainment. I have taught research, pharmacology, medical/surgical nursing, and simulation.


My research interests align with my teaching philosophy. I am interested in ways to improve knowledge attainment in nursing education and the barriers that can inhibit learning. My dissertation is related to the faculty incivility and subsequent shame behaviors in students. I have had publications in the areas of team-based learning approaches in nursing education and outcomes related to simulation in nursing education.


I serve as a level coordinator and chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee within the Department of Nursing. I have also served on the Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention committee for the Education and Health Sciences College. In the community, I serve as a nurse consultant.

Licensures and Certifications

  • RN
  • CCRC (Certified Clinical Research Coordinator)