The Invest in Nursing Faculty Fellowship is a one-year program consisting of two on-site visits, two and a half days each in length, as well as, on-line workshops, resources, and an Innovative Project. The Faculty Fellowship focuses on Academic Faculty Qualifications established by the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE).
Contemporary nursing faculty and leaders received their nursing education in a variety of educational programs. Faculty preparation may or may not have been at the doctoral level, and may or may not have been in nursing. Well-qualified nurse faculty are crucial to transmitting knowledge and maintaining relationships among students, public health nursing leaders and staff, community partners, and stakeholders who work in collaboration with clinical and community agencies. Nursing students practicing in community settings are guided by nursing faculty to address health needs at the population level and, in doing so, often develop leadership skills while working on community projects. Without appropriate guidance, the student learning experience is jeopardized, as are community relationships and outcomes. Well-qualified faculty with sufficient educational and experiential preparation are likely to provide learning experiences which benefit students, agencies, and communities.
The Invest in Nursing Faculty Fellowship is an intensive experience spread over the course of a year. It is designed for early-mid career nursing faculty. Fellows will gain an opportunity to network with other nursing faculty and receive mentorship from expert health professions faculty. They will have access to state-of-the-art materials on professional development, building scholarship, developing cutting edge curricula, and building successful relationships with peers and the community. Additionally, Faculty Fellows will receive individual and group faculty instruction while completing an Innovative Project in topics that may range from curriculum planning, teaching assessment, career planning, and evidence-based practice. Program participants remain in their current faculty positions while spending two 2-day sessions throughout the year at the University of North Carolina campus in collaboration with the UNC-CH SON.