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STTI and Elsevier announce 2012-13 NFLA roster
18-month program promotes nurse faculty retention and leadership
The 16 scholars, 16 mentors and eight faculty members who comprise the 2012-13 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA) kicked off their 18-month leadership experience recently by visiting Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, for a three-day workshop. This program, sponsored by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and made possible with a grant from The Elsevier Foundation, is designed to help alleviate 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 report published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) titled 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.”
2012-13 NFLA scholars and mentors
Participants in the 2012-13 NFLA cohort represent 29 universities, 15 states and provinces, and four countries: Australia, Canada, Thailand and the United States. Following are scholar/mentor pairs for 2012-13 (scholar listed first, mentor second).
Jennifer J. Donwerth, instructor
Tarleton State University
Jacqueline Michael, clinical assistant professor
The University of Texas at Arlington
Lori Lynn Fewster-Thuente, visiting instructor
DePaul University
Gwen Sherwood, professor and associate dean
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Jodie Gary, assistant professor
Texas A&M Health Science Center
Cynthia O’Neal, department chair
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Michelle Gehring, assistant clinical professor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Anne Krouse, associate professor
Widener University
Carolyn Hart, assistant professor
Southwest Baptist University
Diane Billings, Chancellor’s Professor of Nursing, emeritus
Indiana University
Kerada Krainuwat, instructor
Mahidol University
Patricia Davidson, professor
Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care
University of Technology Sydney
Lenora Marcellus, assistant professor
University of Victoria
Maura MacPhee, assistant professor
University of British Columbia
Kym Montgomery, assistant clinical professor
Drexel University
Rosalie Mainous, dean and professor
Wright State University-Miami Valley
Steven Palazzo, assistant clinical professor
Seattle University
Pamela Mitchell, professor of nursing
University of Washington
Bobbie Posmontier, assistant professor
Drexel University       
June Horowitz, professor
Boston College
Asma Taha, assistant professor
California State University, San Bernardino
Ellen D’Errico, associate professor
Loma Linda University
Jen Taylor, assistant teaching professor
University of Missouri
Geralyn Frandsen, professor of nursing
Maryville University
Allyson Torstveit, nurse faculty
Rasmussen College
Barbara Matthees, professor and chair
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Camille Wendekier, nursing instructor
Saint Francis University
Janice Holmes, associate professor
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Wright, nursing instructor
Augusta State University
RuthAnne Kuiper, associate professor and department chair
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Meg Zomorodi, clinical associate professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Judith Halstead, professor and executive associate dean for academic affairs
Indiana University
2012-13 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 and 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 and chair, Graduation Division
East Carolina University
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,” says 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 health care quality.”
About the STTI NFLA model
Research shows that nurse educators who have worked with a mentor have higher job satisfaction and more promotion opportunities than those who have not. They are more productive in obtaining competitive grants, leading professional organizations and getting published in scholarly books and journals. STTI’s mentored leadership academy curriculum is based on leadership principles created by James Kouzes and Barry Posner (2007) and includes: 
  • Two face-to-face workshops using experiential methods of teaching and learning
  • Online discussion forums and virtual site visits
  • Individualized leadership progression plans
  • Mentor/scholar collaboration on an innovative and sustainable educational project and sharing of results through articles, presentations at STTI’s biennial convention and inclusion in the honor society’s world-renowned Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library.
  • A simulation component, which gives students nearly real-world experience in a controlled environment, resulting in fewer errors and increased patient safety and providing school administrators the option to adjust faculty-student ratios.  
A nurse faculty mentoring toolkit is also being designed to help participating schools utilize nurse faculty mentored leadership methodologies within their institutions, thereby increasing the academy’s overall impact on nursing education and nurse faculty retention. RNL
Kouzes, J.M., & Posner, B.A. (2007). The leadership challenge (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
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