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Home : Leadership Institute : Nurse Faculty Leadership

Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA) 

Academy Purpose and Overview​

The Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA), presented in partnership with The Elsevier Foundation, is an intense international leadership development experience designed to:  

  • Foster academic career success
  • Promote nurse faculty retention and satisfaction
  • Encourage personal leadership development, and
  • ​Cultivate high performing, supportive work environments in academe.


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The NFLA is designed for aspiring leaders in nursing education who have at least two years, but no more than seven years of experience, as full time non-tenured faculty in a school of nursing. Scholars in the academy are chosen through a competitive selection process.
The academy curriculum includes a variety of educational strategies for developing leadership knowledge, competence, and outcomes. The 21-month mentored leadership development curriculum is built upon the foundation of three domains:
1.    Individual leadership development
2.    Advancing nursing education through leadership of team projects, and
3.    Scholars’ expanded scope of influence within their sponsoring academic institutions, the community, and the profession.

The NFLA Experience
Nurse faculty selected as Scholars in the NFLA will:
  • Attend and actively participate in two intensive three-day leadership development workshops with their chosen Leadership Mentor.
    • Workshop 1
      • 24-27 March 2014, Indianapolis, IN
    • Workshop 2
      • 23-27 March 2015, Indianapolis, IN
  • Conduct an in-depth self-assessment and design an individualized leadership development plan with guidance from their Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor (Triad).
  • Build relationships and communicate regularly with their Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor (Triad) in both dyad and triad forums via conference calling, Skype, or other live format.
  • Utilize the Triad relationships to meet the expectations of the NFLA in the three domains above
  • Plan, design and facilitate two site visits: one in-person and one virtual.
  • Create, implement, and lead a team leadership project that will contribute to the leadership development of junior nursing faculty that is evidence-based.
  • Participate in monthly learning activities which are led by Faculty Advisors.
  • Document the leadership development experience via personal journaling.
  • Attend NFLA celebration activities, including a poster presentation at STTI’s Biennial Convention.
  • The Scholar’s employing School of Nursing is charged to develop or improve their faculty leadership development program for junior nurse faculty.





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Sigma Theta Tau International is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the
American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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