Faculty Development Conference

Aimed at those who would like to enhance their knowledge and skills for teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree programs.

The annual Faculty Development Conference was implemented in 2007 and is aimed at faculty who would like to enhance their knowledge and skills for teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree programs. Sessions address aspects of the faculty role such as creating an active learning environment, clinical teaching and student evaluation. This event is offered as a 1.5 day informative program prior to the Baccalaureate Education Conference.

Join AACN in Atlanta, GA for this conference and gain useful skills to increase your effectiveness as a nursing faculty member.

Hotel Information

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-521-0000


  • The room rate is $194 single/double.
  • The cutoff date for reservations at the group rate is October 23, 2017.
  • For reservations, call 1-800-228-9290 and request the group rate for AACN/ Baccalaureate Education Conference. You may also place your reservation online.
  • The room block may fill before the deadline, so please make your reservation early. If/when the room block fills, AACN will post a list of alternative hotel on its website.

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is sold out for the night of November 14th.

The following hotels are within walking distance of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and may have availability over the conference dates:

Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown (approximately 4 minutes)
330 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-577-1980

Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta Downtown (approximately 8 minutes)
160 Ted Turner Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-688-8600

Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Downtown (approximately 8 minutes)
161 Ted Turner Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-589-1111


The Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel is located approximately 12 miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Taxi fare is approximately $35 from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For additional ground transportation options, please visit www.atlanta-airport.com/Passenger/GroundTransportation.

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis offers valet and off-site parking: the valet parking fee is $35 a day; the off-site parking is $4 hourly and $20 daily.

Above rates are subject to change

Continuing Education Credit

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing nursing education (CNE) hours will be awarded to those who attest to attendance at entire sessions and complete the electronic evaluation process after the conference. The CNE certificate will be provided online only after completion of evaluation.

Dietary and Special Needs

If you have any dietary restrictions (e.g., vegetarian, kosher, or gluten-free) or special needs, please email us prior to the event at conferences@aacnnursing.org.

Contact Information

AACN Conference Team
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-463-6930
Email: conferences@aacnnursing.org

Wednesday, November 15
Thursday, November 16

7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk and Networking Lounge Open

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Learning Center Open
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9:00-10:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Plenary Session
Cultivating a Culture of Collaboration and Collegiality to Sustain Curricular Change and Innovation

Organizational Culture is key to effecting change in any organization and incivility can undermine best efforts to collaborate. Setting the stage for curricular modifications based on outcome data, Dr. Clark provides guidance on how to establish a culture of collegiality to effect sustainable change. An international expert in civility, and the founder of Civility Matters®, Dr. Clark speaks to best practices to support collaboration and collegiality.
Speaker: Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, Strategic Nursing Advisor for ATI Nursing Education, Leawood, KS

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee and Tea Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Plenary Session
Into the Abyss: A Tale of Curriculum Evaluation to Improve Standardized Test Scores

There are numerous strategies to build outcome data from courses, concentrations and programs. This data must then be analyzed, and sent to faculty governance committees to effect curricular change. Dean Glasgow shares successful techniques she has used to significantly impact standardized exams with key outcome data working with faculty teams.
Speaker: Mary Ellen Glasgow, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

12:00-2:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own) 

2:00-3:15 p.m.
Plenary Session
Test Item Development and Analysis: Part I

One of the most difficult things to do in academia is to develop a good examination. Dr. White speaks to data based methods for exam design, testing, and analysis of each item on a multiple-choice exam. An in-depth look at the statistical tests used to assess the quality of test items will be presented.
Speaker: Krista White, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

3:15-3:45 p.m.
Networking Break
Complimentary cold drinks and healthy snacks are available in the Learning Center.

3:45-5:00 p.m.
Plenary Session
Evaluating an Examination and Next Steps in the Change Process: Part II

After you obtain the statistical analysis from an examination, what to do next? How do you edit the exam using the data you have obtained? This interactive session allows for a hands-on approach to the application of findings from an analysis, how to craft future exams and changes needed in the classroom.
Speaker: Krista White, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

5:00-6:45 p.m.    
“Welcome to Atlanta” Networking Reception and Poster Presentations
Our reception provides a great forum to network, mingle with friends and colleagues, talk with poster presenters and visit our exhibits. An enjoyable way to close out the first conference day!

7:00 pm
Networking Dinners
A great opportunity for you to connect with other participants while enjoying the local cuisine! Simply choose from our pre-selected restaurants posted near the registration desk and sign-up – it’s just that easy. Participants are responsible for their own tabs and share transportations costs (if any).


8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration Desk, Networking Lounge and Learning Center Open

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast and Poster Viewing

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Plenary Session
Integrating the QSEN Competencies in Nursing Curricula: Strategies that Impact Student Learning

The National Faculty Study has recently been completed and the data demonstrates what strategies and resources are necessary to integrate QSEN into the nursing curricula. How we use outcome data to direct teaching learning strategies is critical and a variety of examples for practical application are offered for integration during curricular revision.
Speaker: Gerry Altmiller, EdD, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, NJ

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee and Tea Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Closing Plenary Session
Overcoming Resistance to Change: Strategies to Maximize Team Potential and Optimal Performance

Now armed with approaches to change the curriculum based on data, Dr. Clark offers closing comments and comes full circle toward implementation and overcoming resistance to change. Building consensus, respect for alternative paradigms and new ideas, listening well, and a spirit of inclusion and openness, participants will take away these principles and others which can be used to move the agenda forward.
Speaker: Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, Strategic Nursing Advisor for ATI Nursing Education, Leawood, KS


Registration Fees


  Early Bird
By October 17, 2017
After October 17, 2017
AACN Members $449 $549
Additional Registration(s) from same institution
*Applies to AACN Members only.
$419 $519
AACN Non-Members $599 $699
Full-Time Students* $225 $275

* Full-time graduate students carrying 9 or more credit hours this semester may request a 50% discount. Submit your request together with verification of your full-time student status to conferences@aacnnursing.org.

Package pricing

Starting June 1, packaging pricing available.

Registration for Faculty Development Conference and Baccalaureate Education Conference.

  Early Bird
By October 17, 2017
After October 17, 2017
AACN Members $848 $1048


Applies to AACN Members only: If you plan on attending both the Faculty Development Conference and the Baccalaureate Education Conference, a conference package may be purchased (This reflects a $50 discount). Packages must be purchased separately and are not offered during the special discount offer period ending May 31, 2017.

For payment related questions, please contact us at conferences@aacnnursing.org.

Substitution, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

If you subsequently cannot attend this event, the following options are available:

1. You may substitute your registration to another individual within your organization. This must be done by contacting the AACN Conference Department via email at conferences@aacnnursing.org.

2. If a substitution is not possible, your cancellation request must be received in writing and confirmed by AACN; otherwise, it cannot be honored. The following refund arrangements will then apply:

  • Cancellation requests received by November 1, 2017 will be refunded minus a $150 non-refundable administrative fee.

  • Cancellation requests received after November 1, 2017 will not be granted any refunds.

  • Refunds will not be given for no-shows.

  • No-show registrations with an open balance will be charged a $150 non-refundable administrative fee after the event.

AACN reserves the right to cancel this conference and any group activity that does not meet minimal group requirements. AACN assumes no responsibility for non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rental, or other travel costs.

Location Information

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

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