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Dennis Sherrod

Position: Professor and Forsyth Medical Center Endowed Chair of Recruitment and Retention Department: Nursing

Contact Info

Office: Room 232 FL Atkins Phone: 336-750-2575 Fax: 336-750-2599


Dr. Dennis Sherrod serves as the inaugural Forsyth Medical Center Endowed Chair of Recruitment & Retention and Professor in the Division of Nursing. His Endowed Chair position was established to research recruitment and retention issues relating to students, nursing faculty, staff nurses, and nurse managers and is the first of its kind in the nation. Dr. Sherrod joined Winston-Salem State University in 2001 and during his time here he has served as the Director of Graduate Programs, where he provided oversight for the Advanced Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner graduate programs and as the Advanced Nurse Educator coordinator. In each of his roles, a primary focus has been classroom and clinical teaching.

Currently Dr. Sherrod teaches theory, research, informatics, and scholarly projects in the Division of Nursing. In the past he has also taught education theory, curriculum and instruction, and education practicum and residency courses in the Advanced Nurse Educator curriculum. He provides guest lectures related to nursing and health law in the Department of Healthcare Management and has taught health systems courses in the Department of Physical Therapy. In 2013, Dr. Sherrod was selected to receive the UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Sherrod has more than thirty years of nursing and nurse educator experience and over a decade of recruitment and retention expertise. Prior to joining Winston-Salem State University, he served as Associate Director of the North Carolina Center for Nursing where he directed the North Carolina Institute for Nursing Excellence, the North Carolina Recruitment and Retention Grant Program and the statewide "Nursing: The Power to Make a Difference" campaign designed to encourage youth and minorities to consider nursing and health careers.

On the national level, Dr. Sherrod has served as President of the Center for American Nurses where he directed development of resources, strategies, and tools to help nurses manage evolving workforce issues and succeed in their careers. In 2003 Dr. Sherrod was selected as one of twenty nurses in the nation as a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow and he served as President of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Alumni Association. On the state level, Dennis served as a President of the North Carolina Nurses Association and on numerous statewide nursing practice, education, and policy committees.

In 2003, he coauthored his first book titled Surviving the Shortage: Creative Recruitment and Retention Strategies and in 2005 he coauthored a second book titled A Practical Guide to Recruitment and Retention which in 2007 was updated for therapy managers and titled The Essential Guide to Recruitment and Retention: Skills for Therapy Managers. He has authored numerous journal articles related to nursing education and nurse recruitment and retention and serves on the editorial advisory board of the Nursing Management journal.

Dr. Sherrod speaks, writes, and teaches nationally and internationally and brings a common sense approach to nursing education as well as nurse recruitment and retention issues.

Educational Background

  • EdD Higher Education Administration, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • MSN Nursing Education, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • BS in Nursing, Barton College, Wilson, NC

Research and Project Interests

  • Interdisciplinary education and collaboration
  • Nursing and clinical education
  • Nursing workforce development
  • Nurse recruitment and retention
  • Healthcare policy development