Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Education, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • M.S.N., Adult Health/Education, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • B.S.N., Deaconess College of Nursing, St. Louis
  • Diploma Nursing, Deaconess College of Nursing, St. Louis

I am a servant leader and as such consider meeting the needs of others foundational to each of my roles.  I believe that nursing education must be delivered in such a manner as to contribute the development of a more just and compassionate world through caring nursing practices that place the highest priority on the needs of others. As an educator, I believe that if we care for the whole person and provide appropriate opportunities for learning and growth, students can change the world. I further believe strongly that we must not only be open to change, but we must manifest the change, and become innovators who ask not only why, but why not, and work hard to make positive change happen. Further, I believe that applying theory to practice and studying what we do to generate new knowledge that can be applied to bring about best practice is the hallmark of a profession and represents the character of its members.


Clinical Certifications and Expertise

  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
  • Adult med-surg ICU
  • Education Doctorate (ED)
  • Med-Surg
  • Maternal-Newborn, Adult Med-Surg, Leadership, Management, Education

Professional Memberships

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Region 5
  • Sigma Theta Tau-Nu Chi, Nu Chi Chapter, Past President and Leadership Succession Chair (2014-2016)


Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

Online Nursing Clinical Simulation
Online Learning
International Pre-Licensure Nursing

Recent Publications

Claywell, L., Pennington, K. & Spade, C. (2014). An Exploration of the Influence of Ignatian Values on Faculty Role Expectations. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, 3(1), p. 1-8.

Claywell, L., Houser, J., & Wimett, L. (2014). MMY Review of PrinTest Forms A-C. In The Nineteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook (pp. 96 & 135). Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press.

Claywell, L. (2014). LPN to RN Transitions (3rd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.

Carlon, S., Bennett-Woods, D., Berg, B., Claywell, L., LeDuc, K., Marcisz, N., Mulhall, M., Noteboom, T., Snedden, T., Whalen, K., Zenoni, L. (2012). The community of inquiry instrument: Validation and results in online health care disciplines. Computers & Education, 59(2), 215–221.

Recent Presentations

Claywell, L. McGraw-Hill Higher Education Conference, Milwaukee, WI, Podium Presenter: Tips for Successfully Teaching Online: Learner Engagement, April 13, 2012.

Claywell, L. and Noteboom, T. Student Perceptions of Cognitive, Social and Teaching Presence. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Annual Conference on Distance Learning. Madison, Wisconsin. August 2010.

Community Involvement and Service

Thesis Advisor-MS Nursing students, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City (HCM), 2012-present

Visiting Professor of Nursing- MS Nursing students, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City (HCM), 2009-present