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Preferred Vision of the Professoriate Task Force

In March 2008, AACN members voted to endorse a position statement on The Preferred Vision of the Professoriate in Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Based on the assumption that the terminal degree in nursing is the doctorate (research or practice-focused), this document outlined the desired education level and responsibilities for full- and part-time faculty, clinical instructors, and preceptors teaching in AACN member institutions. Given evolving role expectations for faculty, the rapid rise in the pool of DNP-prepared educators, and the recommendations contained in the Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing report, the preferred vision of the professoriate should be critically reassessed to ensure its adequacy in providing guidance to AACN member schools on developing future faculty at all levels. 

The Task Force will:

1. Evaluate and update the 2008 Position Statement on the Preferred Vision of the Professoriate in Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs.

2. Consider recommendations from the Manatt study around integrating faculty in clinical practice.  

3. Evaluate the opportunities possible with academic and practice partnerships and the implications for the professoriate. 

4. Assess how current leadership development initiatives support faculty’s lifelong learning needs. 

5. Include recommendations for resources to support the faculty role.

6. Include recommendations for incorporation of interprofessional education.

Please address your comments to either the chair or AACN staff liaison noted.

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Loucine M. Huckabay, PhD, Chair
Director and Professor
School of Nursing
California State University-Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4582
lucy.huckabay@csulb.edu

Audrey Berman, PhD
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing
Samuel Merritt University
3100 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 869-6611
aberman@samuelmerritt.edu

Joan Cranford, EdD
Interim Director of Nursing
Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302
(404) 413-1195
jcranford2@gsu.edu

Linda Eastham, PhD
Assistant Professor 
School of Nursing
University of Virginia
225 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 924-0102
lae3g@virginia.edu

Jan Lee, PhD
Chair and Professor
Department of Nursing and Health
Clarke University
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 588-6339
jan.lee@clarke.edu

Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD
Dean and Professor
College of Nursing
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
805 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 424-3089
nealboyl@uwosh.edu

Sarah A. Thompson, PhD
Dean and Professor
College of Nursing
University of Colorado
13120 East 19th Av C288-1
Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 724-1679
sarah.thompson@ucdenver.edu

 Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, DNPBoard Liaison 
Dean and Professor
College of Nursing
Oklahoma Baptist University
500 West University
Shawnee, OK 74804
(405) 585-4450
Lepaine.mchenry@okbu.edu

Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, AACN Staff Liaison
Chief Policy Officer
(202) 463-6930 ext. 247
smiyamoto@aacnnursing.org