Marcia J. Derby-Davis

Marcia J. Derby-Davis
Adjunct Professor

Dr. Marcia J. Derby-Davis has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years of nursing experience both in the clinical area and in academia.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing 2010
    Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida
  • Master of Science Nursing Degree 2005
    University of Phoenix, Sunrise, Florida
  • Baccalaureate Nursing Degree, 2000
    Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Associate Nursing Degree, 1987
    Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tennessee

Dr. Derby-Davis has taught in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at various universities. She has presented at national and international nursing conferences on various clinical and nursing educational topics. She has been the Keynote speaker at Drexel University Nursing Education Institute. She has also presented at QSEN and at NLN.

Dr. Derby-Davis research are of interest include nursing faculty job satisfaction and retention, student retention, cultural diversity in healthcare, nursing education research, and mindfulness. Her preferred research design is quantitative research. She has published several articles. She has chaired DNP projects and Ph.D. student dissertations.

Dr. Derby-Davis developed the Nurse Educator Intent to Stay in Academe Scale in 2009. The scale was used to measure nursing faculty’s intent to stay in academe. A high reliability estimate was obtained from use of this scale with the study sample of full-time nursing faculty working in academe in Florida (Cronbach’s alpha = .898.) This instrument is widely used by nursing students and faculty.

Dr. Derby-Davis is also a nurse entrepreneur and the Founder of ZahariYAH Body Mind Spirit which is focused on holistic wellness. Holistic wellness and mindfulness are also areas of research interest.