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Julie J. Adams
The Honor Society of Nursing,
Sigma Theta Tau International    
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Sigma Theta Tau International and The Elsevier Foundation announce
2014-2015 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Participants
Eighteen-month mentored experience promotes nurse faculty retention and leadership
INDIANAPOLIS — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and The Elsevier Foundation today announced the participants and faculty comprising the 2014-2015 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA). STTI’s International Leadership Institute administers the academy mentoring program thanks to a generous grant from The Elsevier Foundation.
The NFLA is a highly selective 18-month mentored leadership academy designed to:
• Foster academic career success.
• Promote nurse faculty retention and satisfaction.
• Encourage personal leadership development.
• Cultivate high-performing, supportive work environments in academe.
The NFLA supports the recommendations of the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” that 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 NFLA pairs aspiring full-time, non-tenured faculty leaders, called scholars, with experienced leadership mentors, who are then supported by NFLA faculty members. The academy curriculum includes a variety of educational strategies for developing leadership knowledge, competence, and outcomes.
“This new group of mentors and mentees represents a great addition to the community of nurse leaders that has evolved over the years as a result of this program,” said David Ruth, executive director of The Elsevier Foundation. “We are proud to sponsor this program for a third time, especially because it continues to build a learning and sharing network that improves nursing education and health care.”
“Scholars in the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy will learn from outstanding nurse leaders and leverage their experience to transform their colleges and universities,” said STTI President Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA. “I congratulate all 28 participants and applaud their role as leaders who will train future generations of nurses worldwide.”
For 90 years, STTI has honored the best and brightest women and men in nursing. The honor society provides nurses with programs, resources, and opportunities such as those offered through the International Leadership Institute, including the NFLA. For more information about the NFLA, visit
2014-2015 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Participants
Bim Akintade, PhD, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC        
University of Maryland                                        
Leadership Mentor
Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
Johns Hopkins University
Amita Avadhani, DNP, DCC, ACNP, ANP, APN, CCRN                                                      
Rutgers University 
Leadership Mentor
RuthAnne Kuiper, PhD, RN, ANEF, CNE
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Karma Cassidy, PhD, RN
Eastern Kentucky University
Leadership Mentor
Carolyn Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Kentucky
Alison H. Edie, DNP, FNP-BC
Duke University
Leadership Mentor
Elaine S. Marshall, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Terry Lynn Eggenberger, PhD, RN, CNE, CNL
Florida Atlantic University
Leadership Mentor
Pamela Holsclaw Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
University of Washington
Jeni Embree, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CCNS
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Leadership Mentor
Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN
Villanova University

Wyona M. Freysteinson, PhD, MN
Texas Woman's University

Leadership Mentor
Karen Morin, DSN, RN, ANEF, FAAN
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Elaine Clarista Hardy, PhD, RN
Illinois State University
Leadership Mentor
Norma E. Martinez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Leann Horsley, PhD, RN
Loyola University Chicago
Leadership Mentor
Suzie Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE
Boise State University
Erin E. Killingsworth, PhD, RN
Samford University
Leadership Mentor
Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Duke University
Nancy N. Manister, DNS, FNP-BC
Fairfield University
Leadership Mentor
Keville C. Frederickson, EdD, RN, FAAN
City University of New York
Sharon R. Rainer, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C
Thomas Jefferson University
Leadership Mentor
Janice Agazio, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN
The Catholic University of America
Larry Z. Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CCRN
New York University
Leadership Mentor
Ellen B. Buckner, PhD, RN, CNE
University of South Alabama
Jennifer Titzer, DNP, RN, RT(R)
University of Southern Indiana 
Leadership Mentor
Rose Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Florida Atlantic University
NFLA Faculty Advisors
Laura Dzurec, PhD, RN
Kent State University
D. Anthony Forrester, PhD, RN, ANEF
Rutgers School of Nursing
Barbara M. Friesth, PhD, RN
Indiana University
Ainslie Nibert, PhD, RN, FAAN
Elsevier, Inc.
Barbara Patterson, PhD, RN, ANEF
Widener University  
Elizabeth Peter, PhD, RN
University of Toronto
Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Carol Winters, PhD, RN, CNE
East Carolina University
NFLA Leadership Consultant
Deborah Cleeter, EdD, MSN
Sawgrass Leadership Institute

About the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at
STTI’s International Leadership Institute offers leadership programs, mentoring opportunities, and career development resources designed to enhance STTI members’ leadership skills, individual abilities, and talents. The STTI International Leadership Institute administers academies and mentoring programs in maternal-child health, board leadership, geriatric nursing leadership, leadership development, and nurse faculty leadership.
About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).
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