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Home : Media

20 March 2012

Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Tom Reller, Vice President
Global Corporate Relations

Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and The Elsevier Foundation announce Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Participants
18-month program promotes nurse faculty retention and leadership

Indianapolis – The Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy’s (NFLA) 16 Scholars, their Mentors and Faculty visited Indianapolis, Ind., USA, 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.

NFLAThis 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 health care quality.”

2012-13 NFLA Participants

Scholar Mentor
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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & Department Chair
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Meg Zomorodi, Clinical Associate Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

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 Kouzes and Posner 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 the sharing of results through articles, presentations at STTI’s biennial convention and inclusion in the 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 provides school administrators the option to adjust faculty-student ratios. 

A nurse faculty mentoring tool kit is also being designed to help participating schools utilize the nurse faculty mentored leadership methodologies within their institutions and, therefore, increase the academy's overall impact on nursing education and the nurse faculty retention.


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

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher 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 SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help 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 publisher and information provider, 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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