Dr. Jeffrey K. Carmack is an associate professor of Nursing and Simulation Director in the Department of Nursing at UA Little Rock. He is certified in healthcare simulation education and believes in student-centered course design.
Working in the UA Little Rock Simulation Center, Carmack enjoys using simulation as pedagogy, not limited to a podium or PowerPoint. He uses students’ incorrect answers in class as opportunities to address knowledge gaps. He is enthusiastic about these moments, using them as chances to make connections with students. He strongly believes in the importance of hands-on experience.
Carmack developed an elective course, Standardized Participants in Simulation, as part of the nursing curriculum. It is the only course of its kind and gives students simulation experience both as actors and behind the scenes. Carmack also trains faculty and others on how to give a valuable simulation experience.
He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) in 2018. He has also earned the Graduation and Retention Advocate Award from UA Little Rock and the Anthony Battaglia Pocket Nurse Scholarship from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). He is a member of INASCL, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and Sigma Theta Tau International. Carmack has participated in the UA Little Rock Flu Vaccine Campaign since 2014 and served on committees for the Arkansas State Board of Nursing’s Simulation ad hoc rules.
Carmack holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Gardner-Webb University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Arkansas. He is also a UA Little Rock alumnus with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an Associate of Science in Nursing.