Melondie R Carter
Ralph W. Beeson Dean and Professor
Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
1528 CHS Building 1

Dean Melondie Carter has been recognized at the state, university, and college level for her outstanding commitment to teaching. During her 36 years as a nurse educator, she developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses. She served as the assistant dean of undergraduate programs at The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing for seven years. She was chosen to participate in the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Program, Leadership UA, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Faculty Policy Intensive Inaugural Class. 

Dr. Carter implemented a wellness program in an industry and co-developed the WellBAMA health promotion and screening program for faculty and staff. The two wellness programs provided additional clinical opportunities for undergraduate nursing students. Her scholarly work focuses on worksite health promotion and strategies to improve nursing students’ success. She and her husband have four children and eight grandchildren.

Melondie feels blessed to have the opportunity to fulfill her passion for nursing education and leadership in a Christian university. Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”. She believes there is no better representation of this scripture than nurses embracing happiness during difficult challenges to bring joy and hope to the patients we serve.

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Nursing Service Administration and Community Mental Health, UAB
  • MSN, Adult Health and Nursing Education, UAB
  • BSN, Troy University

Awards and Honors

  • SEC Leadership Fellow, 2014-2016
  • AACN: Faculty Policy Intensive Fellow, 2013
  • Sam May Commitment to Service Award, 2011
  • Outstanding Committing to Teaching Award, University of Alabama Alumni Association, 2000
  • Alabama State Nursing Association Nurse Educator Award, 2000

Involvement/Professional Societies

  • Health Enhancement Research Organization, HERO Think Tank
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Past-President and Counselor
  • American Nurses Association, Member
  • XXXI University of Alabama Women’s Leadership Honorarium, Counselor


  • Population Health,
  • Adult Health
  • Mental Health

Recent Publications

  • Welch, T. & Carter, M. (2020). Expertise among critical care nurses: A grounded theory study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 57.
  • Welch, T. D. (2018). Deliberate practice and skill acquisition in nursing practice. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, (49), 6, 269-273.
  • Carter, H., Sackett, K. & Carter, M. (2016). Application of concept mapping as a visual thinking strategy in an asynchronous online graduate informatics course. Computers Informatics, Nursing: CIN. 34(8), 331-335.
  • Johnson, P., Turner, L., Carter, M. & Kelly, R. (2015). Metabolic syndrome prevalence and correlated in a worksite wellness program. Workplace Health and Safety, 63(6), 245-252. Doi:10.1177/2165079915576920. Epub, May 22
  • Carter, M. & Kelly, R. (2014). Generational differences in self-perceived health status, BMI, and healthy lifestyle behaviors between baby boomer and Generation X employees at a southeastern university setting. Workplace Health & Safety, 61(9), 409-419.

Recent Presentations

  • Carter, M. (2021). Social media use in nursing. The University of Alabama
  • Carter, M. & Strickland, H. (2020). Admission of a third cohort of nursing students: Opportunities and challenges. Alabama Nurses Association.

Research Areas

  • Health promotion and wellness in occupational settings
  • Predictors of nursing student’s success