Lisa Woodley, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHPN

Clinical Associate Professor, Global Education Coordinator

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Campus Box #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Dr. Lisa Woodley, with over three decades of experience in nursing education and over 35 years as a practicing nurse in both pediatric and adult health care settings, is deeply committed to nurturing the next generation of nurses and nurse educators. Her passion for inclusive nursing education is evident in her mentorship of junior faculty and students, as well as her extensive scholarly contributions. She has a rich history of presenting and publishing on topics such as the experiences of underrepresented nursing students, inclusive teaching methodologies in classroom and clinical settings, and the impact of global learning opportunities on students.

As the pioneering Global Education Coordinator for the SON in a pilot project for the current academic year, Dr. Woodley aims to broaden opportunities for global education within nursing. She is deeply involved with designing, implementing, and evaluating collaborative online international learning (COIL) as well as study abroad experiences and mentors others in the same. She collaborates extensively with various stakeholders, including university offices and international partners, with her long-term goal of ensuring that every graduate from Carolina’s nursing programs emerges with the skills needed to navigate global healthcare challenges.

Dr. Woodley has received numerous teaching awards at both school and campus levels, and is nationally and internationally recognized for her contributions to inclusive global nursing education.

In addition to being a dedicated nurse educator, Dr. Woodley maintains an active clinical practice. She serves as a Certified Hospice and Palliative per diem weekend staff nurse at Transitions LifeCare Hospice home in Raleigh, NC, where she provides compassionate nursing care for dying patients and their families.


1988: BSN, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
1994: MSN-Ed, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
2019: PhD in Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro