Dr. Sherwood returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing (M.S.N. 1970) in 2005 for a leadership role overseeing academic programs including baccalaureate, Master’s and Ph.D.  Her responsibilities include contract negotiation with more than 500 clinical agencies for student clinical placements. She has developed and expanded global health initiatives, including the Visiting International Scholar program and student and faculty global health experiences with support from a stipend program.  

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor
    • Global Health Initiatives Administrator
    • QSEN, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, Co-Investigator
    • Capacity Kenya Project, Funzo Kenya, Intrahealth, Nurse Faculty Team Leader
    • Adjunct Faculty, University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School

She retired from the University of North Carolina the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, assuming the title she currently holds as Professor Emeritus.

With more than two decades of distinguished service at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing Houston, Texas, Sherwood progressed from part-time Instructor to Executive Associate Dean and Tenured Professor holding multiple administrative and leadership positions. She led the school’s faculty practice plan, negotiating $500,000 USD annually in faculty practice contracts; and directed multiple innovative outreach programs in underserved regions.

  • Professor and Executive Associate Dean
  • Associate Dean for Practice and Outreach
  • Director, Rio Grande Valley Master’s Outreach Program
  • Director, Rio Grande Valley Continuing Education Project
  • Director of Continuing Education


  • The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, 1998-2004. Co-Director, Center for Professional Excellence (CPE):  Professional resource center leading academic affiliations, research, education, global consulting, nursing foundation, special events, and nursing development.
  • Staff Nurse positions in Douglas, GA, Durham, NC and Bryan, TX spanning 1966-1975


  • UT Houston McGovern Center for Health, Humanities and the Human Spirit
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas
  • The Institute for Religion and Health, Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas
  • Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, Department of Nursing, Tampico, Mexico
  • Soochow University, Suzhou, China, Department of Nursing
  • Peking Union Medical College, Department of Nursing, Beijing, China
  • Xi’An Medical University, Honorary Dean Department of Nursing, China, 1993