Dr. Bevil received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; her master's degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; and her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York. Her clinical background is in geriatrics/gerontology and she has extensive background in curriculum, teaching, and evaluation, particularly program evaluation. Dr. Bevil has held faculty and administrative positions in New York and Philadelphia and from 1993-1997, she was Chair, Department of Nursing Temple University in Philadelphia.
Dr. Bevil joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 1998. She serves as the College's Director of Continuing Nursing Education and Evaluation. In addition, she teaches a course for master’s and doctoral students (Designing and Evaluating Learner-Centered Curricula), which employs a variety of innovative learning technologies as course delivery strategies. As Director of Evaluation, Dr. Bevil oversees implementation of the College’s Evaluation Plan to assure continuous quality improvement. She has chaired two accreditation evaluations at the College, in 1999 and 2009, both conducted by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. She has co-authored an article Information Technology as a Tool to Facilitate the Academic Accreditation Process that describes how the College used technology to facilitate the success of their 2009 accreditation review. This article was published in Nurse Educator in September, 2011. In 2011, she was selected as an on-site evaluator by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. She has also served as project evaluator on numerous education grants funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and is currently project evaluator on three grants, all intended to expand graduate nursing education to rural areas through the use of innovative distance technology.
As Director of Continuing Nursing Education, Dr. Bevil manages a staff of six, who together provide approximately 200 accredited continuing education programs annually. Since 2009, she and her staff have been involved in the development and implementation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation PIN project to provide continuing education to gerontological nurses working in long term care.