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Cheryl Portwood

Cheryl Portwood


Assistant Clinical Professor

Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role M.S.N. Department

267.359.5696 P
Three Parkway Building, Room 910-7

Cheryl Portwood is Clinical Assistant Professor at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia, PA. She teaches primarily online in the Master of Science in Nursing Advanced Role division and serves as Director for the Nursing Leadership in Health Services Management track. 

Prior to joining the Drexel faculty, Professor Portwood served in nursing and hospital executive leadership positions in the Delaware Valley for 25 years as Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. She is board certified in the nursing executive advanced role and as a nurse educator. As part of her faculty role, Professor Portwood previously served as Coordinator of Quality for Distance Learning Programs in Nursing. She has extensive experience teaching in the virtual environment, mentoring faculty, and has presented on topics of online quality and secure testing both nationally and internationally. 

Professor Portwood is active in international outreach. She participates in the faculty rotation to Eternal University in Baru Sahib, India, teaching the leadership module for senior BSN students. She served as advisor to a project jointly funded by USAID and the Ukrainian Federation of America to develop a model for deployment of a hospital based electronic medical record system in Ukraine. Working with the UFA, she has also directly lobbied the Ukrainian government in regard to improving healthcare availability for children. She is also serving as project advisor for the Foundation for International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Institute which develops emerging leaders in healthcare in developing countries. She served as a consultant for the development of a gerontology curriculum for St Francis School of Health Science in Buea, Cameroon, West Africa.


She specializes in Distance Learning, Leadership, Management, and Health Policy.

Research Interests:

Professor Portwood's particular area of interest is the use of influence as a means of achieving organizational goals.

Academic Distinctions:

Professor Portwood was honored by Drexel University in 2008 as Online Teacher of the Year for the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Professional Society:

Professor Portwood is a Wharton-Johnson & Johnson Fellow in Management for Nurses and a past executive board member of the Southeastern PA Organization of Nurse Leaders.