UNCP Home Spotlights Barbara Synowiez, PhD, MSN, RN
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Barbara Synowiez, PhD, MSN, RN


Faculty Title

Professor and Department Chair

Faculty Department


Degrees Earned

PhD in Education; University of Pennsylvania

Master of Science in Nursing; Duke University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Priority as Chair

Leading faculty toward a shared vision of excellence in nursing educational programs and in scholarship, service, and community engagement. 

Scholarship Activities

Focused on issues related mostly to nursing education and practice:  Competencies of ADN graduates; cognitive predictors of program success and completion of RN licensure exam of BSN students; professional behaviors, characteristics and attitudes among nurses; change in nursing practice; student engagement; and ability of the TEAS to predict student success in nursing school. She has disseminated the results of her scholarship via conference presentations at local, regional, and national venues.

Dr. Synowiez has also co-authored a number of grant proposals for projects serving to improve the quality and accessibility of the nursing program such as clinical site development and student engagement. 


Chair's Council of the UNCP College of Arts and Sciences

Bookstore Exploration Committee

Co-chair CCNE Accreditation Ad-Hoc Committee

UNCP Department of Nursing Testing Committee

Professional Activities

North Carolina Deans Council (previously serving as secretary and co-chair nominating committee)
American Nurses Association
North Carolina Nurses Association and the local district nurses association
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Alpha Alpha Chapter