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Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and The Elsevier Foundation announce Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Participants | NEWS-Line for Nurses

Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and The Elsevier Foundation announce Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Participants


The Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy’s (NFLA) 16 scholars, their mentors and faculty visited Indianapolis, Indiana recently for a three-day workshop, which was the kickoff for their 18-month leadership experience. This Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) program, made possible with a grant from The Elsevier Foundation, is a strategy directed at alleviating the nursing faculty shortage by focusing on retaining and transitioning new nurse educators to the faculty role.

This mentored leadership academy supports recommendations contained in the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The IOM report specifically calls for “health organizations, including nursing organizations and nursing schools, to provide nurses greater opportunities to gain leadership skills and put them into practice.”

The 2012-13 NFLA cohort includes 16 Scholars, 16 Mentors and eight Faculty, who represent 29 universities, 15 states and provinces, and four countries including Australia, Canada, Thailand and the United States.

Tony Forrester, PhD, RN, ANEF, NFLA’s lead faculty member, shares STTI’s commitment to individual leadership development. “I want nurse faculty to be successful—more than just satisfied with their career. I want faculty to lead the innovation and provide the leadership needed to truly transform nursing education for the future,” he said.

“The Elsevier Foundation is pleased to support this program that is helping to develop a new generation of nurse faculty leaders,” said David Ruth, Executive Director for the Elsevier Foundation. “We believe that when we invest in leadership and provide the opportunity for individuals to grow and influence others, we are also helping the broader community of colleagues and nursing students down the road, all of whom contribute to improving healthcare quality.”

2012-13 NFLA Participants

Scholar: Jennifer J. Donwerth, Instructor (Tarleton State University)
Mentor: Jacqueline Michael, Clinical Assistant Professor (The University of Texas at Arlington)

Scholar: Lori Lynn Fewster-Thuente, Visiting Instructor (DePaul University)
Mentor: Gwen Sherwood, Professor & Associate Dean (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)

Scholar: Jodie Gary, Assistant Professor (Texas A&M Health Science Center)
Mentor: Cynthia O'Neal, Department Chair (Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi)

Scholar: Michelle Gehring, Assistant Clinical Professor (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Mentor: Anne Krouse, Associate Professor (Widener University)

Scholar: Carolyn Hart, Assistant Professor (Southwest Baptist University)
Mentor: Diane Billings, Chancellor’s Professor of Nursing, Emeritus (Indiana University)

Scholar: Kerada Krainuwat, Instructor (Mahidol University)
Mentor: Patricia Davidson, Professor (Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, University of Technology Sydney)

Scholar: Lenora Marcellus , Assistant Professor (University of Victoria)
Mentor: Maura MacPhee, Assistant Professor (University of British Columbia)

Scholar: Kym Montgomery, Assistant Clinical Professor (Drexel University)
Mentor: Rosalie Mainous, Dean & Professor (Wright State University-Miami Valley)

Scholar: Steven Palazzo, Assistant Clinical Professor (Seattle University)
Mentor: Pamela Mitchell, Professor of Nursing (University of Washington)

Scholar: Bobbie Posmontier, Assistant Professor (Drexel University)
Mentor: June Horowitz, Professor (Boston College)

Scholar: Asma Taha, Assistant Professor (California State University San Bernardino)
Mentor: Ellen D'Errico, Associate Professor (Loma Linda University)

Scholar: Jen Taylor, Assistant Teaching Professor (University of Missouri)
Mentor: Geralyn Frandsen, Professor of Nursing (Maryville University)

Scholar: Allyson Torstveit, Nurse Faculty (Rasmussen College)
Mentor: Barbara Matthees, Professor & Chair (Minnesota State University Moorhead)

Scholar: Camille Wendekier, Nursing Instructor (Saint Francis University)
Mentor: Janice Holmes, Associate Professor (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Scholar: Stephanie Wright, Nursing Instructor (Augusta State University)
Mentor: RuthAnne Kuiper, Associate Professor & Department Chair (University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Scholar: Meg Zomorodi, Clinical Associate Professor (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Mentor: Judith Halstead, Professor & Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Indiana University)

NFLA Faculty

+ Laura Dzurec, Dean, College of Nursing (Kent State University)
+ Barbara M. Friesth, Director, Learning Resource Center (Indiana University)
+ Tony Forrester, Professor, Faculty President, School of Nursing (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey)
+ Ainslie Nibert, Vice President, HESI Review & Testing (Elsevier, Inc.)
+ Barbara Patterson, Director, Doctor of Philosophy Program (Widener University)
+ Elizabeth Peter, Faculty of Nursing (University of Toronto)
+ Frances Vlasses, Associate Professor (Loyola University Chicago)
+ Carol Winters, Professor & Chair, Graduation Division (East Carolina University)

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