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 Fellowship Program will focus 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 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 agencies, communities, and students.
The Faculty Fellowship is an intensive two-session 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, teaching, and evidence-based practice, presented by state and nationally recognized fellowship faculty. Additionally, fellows receive individual and group faculty instruction while completing projects in 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.