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Kara Sealock


Associate Professor (Teaching)

Faculty of Nursing, Faculty

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.210.9272


Office: PF3236

For media enquiries, contact

Karen Cook, Director, Communications

Office: +1.403.220.4361
Twitter: @ucalgarynursing


Educational Background

Ed.D. Adult Learning , University of Calgary, 2019

M.Ed. Educational Contexts, University of Calgary, 2012

Bachelor of Nursing Nursing, University of Calgary, 2000


Dr. Kara Sealock is a tenured, associate professor (teaching) who joined the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary in 2009 as a sessional clinical educator. Dr. Sealock completed her Bachelor of Nursing ('00), Masters in Education ('12), and a Doctorate in Education ('19) with a focus in adult education. She has extensive experience teaching students from years 1 to 4 in both clinical and theory. Dr. Sealock is passionate about pathophysiology, assessment, and pharmacology content addressing populations across the lifespan, supporting students as they transition from student to practitioner, and student success on NCLEX-RN and Next Generation Nursing. She brings to the educator role strong clinical nursing experience in adult critical care (ICU/CCU), medical-surgical, gerontology, and clinical research (cardiovascular and endocrinology). She has presented at the local, provincial, national, and international level. Dr. Sealock is also one of the co-authors of Lilley’s Pharmacology for Canadian Health Care Practice.

Dr. Sealock’s research interests include adult learning with specific attention to cognitive levels of learning in clinical and theoretical environments, student success on NCLEX-RN and faculty development, clinical judgment, relational inquiry, and empathy.


Areas of Research

Adult Learning, Critical thinking/Clinical judgment/NGN, NCLEX-RN, Relational Inquiry, Empathy


CARDs for Undergraduate Nursing Students

WNRCASN Education Innovation Grant 

Clinical Nursing Educators' Understanding and Application of the Clinical Judgment Measurement Model

CASN- The Pat Griffin Research Grant 

Creating and Exploring the Impact of Case Studies Using Augmented Reality

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant, University of Calgary


  • Teaching Excellence Award (nomination), Students Union . 2020
  • Pursuit of Excellence Award- Committee’s Choice, Faculty of Nursing. 2019
  • 50 Faces of UCalgary Nursing, Faculty of Nursing. 2018
  • Teaching Excellence Award Recipient, Students Union. 2016
  • Teaching Excellence Award (nomination), Students Union . 2015