The 2010 Institute of Medicine report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health calls for health organizations, including nursing organizations and nursing schools, “to provide nurses greater opportunities to gain leadership skills and put them into practice.” In an effort to advance excellence in nursing education, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)/Chamberlain College of Nursing Center for Excellence in Nursing Education is launching an Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (Academy).
The Academy is a 12-month leadership development experience designed to meet the following program goals:
Further academic career development and success.
Promote personal and professional leadership development.
Develop and begin to implement a personal leadership progression plan.
Expand the influence of the Leadership Scholar within his or her sponsoring academic institution, the community, and the profession in the context of teaching, scholarship, or service.
Advance nursing education through leadership development projects implemented by Leadership Scholars during the program.
Promote experienced nurse faculty retention in academe.
Using a triad model, Leadership Scholars, Mentors, and Faculty work collaboratively to accomplish program goals and to facilitate the Leadership Scholar’s achievement of his or her personal leadership progression plan.
The Academy is designed for experienced faculty (Leadership Scholars) with at least seven years of full-time employment in a faculty role who wish to increase their leadership acumen and develop or increase the skill sets essential to success in a faculty leadership role. Preference will be given to active members of STTI.
The Academy may include a variety of strategies, including online learning activities, online discussion forums, personal reflection assessments, and face-to-face workshops to develop leadership knowledge and competence. In addition, Leadership Scholars, in conjunction with their chosen Mentors, will develop an individualized leadership progression plan. Academy Faculty will work with the Leadership Scholar and Mentor to facilitate the process (Leadership Triad). Leadership Scholars will plan and implement a leadership project, and their outcomes will be disseminated by podium and panel presentations at STTI’s 43rd Biennial Convention (7-11 November 2015). In addition, Leadership Scholars are encouraged to disseminate their results via articles, abstract postings in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository, etc. (Published results are not exclusive to STTI.)
Leadership Scholars in the Academy are chosen through a competitive selection process. It is anticipated that program participation will be limited to no more than 10 dyads for the 2014-2015 cohort.