Carol Lavender, RN DNP, DNP

Linda Dunham School of Nursing
  • Professor of Nursing
  • Dean, School of Nursing and Allied Health


  • DNP, Executive Administration, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
  • MSN, Leadership, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • MBA, Houston Christian University, Houston, TX
  • BSN, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
  • Registered Nurse, TX
  • Respiratory Therapist

Courses Taught

  • Leadership, Quality, & Safety
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Community Health
  • Art & Science (Fundamentals)
  • Perspectives in Nursing
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Nursing Theory
  • Nursing Research

Research Interests

Doctoral emphasis: nursing graduate transition to practice, healthcare administration and nursing leadership. Developed web-based productivity software and authored frontline healthcare manager staffing budget continuing education courses.

Additional Information

First United Methodist Church Healing and Caring Ministry, Houston West Emmaus Community Christian Lay Retreat Leader, Grandchildren, and Crystal Beach, TX

Committee Service/Offices Held:

  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) (2007-2016)
  • ACHE Community Service Committee (2008-2009)
  • American Nurses Association (…-2016)
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives (2000-2016)
  • Association for Nursing Professional Development (2013-2015)
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing Student Nurse Association Advisor (2014-2016)
  • Education Workgroup of Gulf Coast Health Services Steering Committee (2010-2012)
  • Greater Houston Partnership (2000-2009)
  • Houston Area Simulation Consortium (2013-2016)
  • Houston Christian University School of Nursing Advisory Council (2016-2017)
  • Houston Christian University Alumni Association Board of Directors (2006-2009)
  • Houston Christian University Report writer and reviewer for compliance with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Colleges [SACS COC] (2011-2012)
  • Houston Christian University Nursing Student Association Advisor (2010-2013)
  • Houston Christian University SACS COS Quality Enhancement Program (2011-2012)
  • Houston Christian University NSA Peer- to- Peer Mentoring Advisor (2010-2013)
  • Houston Christian University School of Nursing Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee (2010-2013)
  • Houston Christian University Provost Search Committee (2010-2011)
  • Memorial Hermann/University of Chester/Houston Christian University, Global Nursing Conference Steering Committee (2011-2013)
  • Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest, Research Council Community Member (2012-2013)
  • National League of Nurses (2011-2013)
  • National Student Nurses Association (2011-2013, 2015-2016)
  • Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs (2012-2013)
  • Texas Nurses Association (…-2016)
  • Texas Student Nurses Association (2011-2013, 2015-2016)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society – Alpha Delta and Eta Phi Chapters (2011-2016)

Previous/Current Professional Positions:

  • Interim Dean Linda Dunham School of Nursing, Houston Christian University
  • Associate Professor in Nursing, Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • Associate Professor in Nursing, Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • Director RN Fellowship Program, Memorial Hermann
  • Managing Partner, Insight Advantage Healthcare Management Consulting
  • Administrative Director, Cardiovascular Services, HCA
  • Director of Cardiology, Hospital Operations Manager, Hospital Educator, ICU Nurse, and Respiratory Supervisor, Baptist Hospital of SE TX


  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Meritorious Alumna, Houston Christian University
  • Teach Award, Chamberlain College of Nursing