Application Tips: Johnson & Johnson-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship

Aired on February 27, 2017

Join us for a Webinar which will focus on applying to the Johnson & Johnson-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship. The presenters, two former recipients of the scholarship, will discuss tips for competitive applications, comprehensive letters of recommendation, use of funds, and role of the mentor in the program. In addition, they will also share tips related to surviving and thriving in a graduate nursing program.

This Webinar is hosted by the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA). For more information on the GNSA, visit


Webinar Speakers

Shevellanie Lott, PhD, RN
Hampton University School of Nursing

Shevellanie Lott, PhD, RN, CNE, is dean of the Hampton University School of Nursing. Prior to becoming dean, she served as chairperson of the Department of Undergraduate Nursing Education for eight years in the School of Nursing, College of Virginia Beach. Dr. Lott began her career at Hampton University as a clinical adjunct faculty member in 2006 and assumed a myriad of faculty roles that led to her appointment as chair of the Department of Undergraduate Nursing Education.

Dr. Lott has spent the majority of her nursing career as an intensive care nurse in the areas of trauma, medical and cardiovascular, and post-anesthesia care nursing. Her goal has always been to align nursing education with the teaching-learning process in the healthcare environment to promote excellent health care outcomes. This passion for excellence led to her desire to guide nursing students and junior faculty.

Dr. Lott has been recognized for her contributions to Hampton University as the recipient of the coveted Edward L. Hamm Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award bestowed by the Hampton University president. Dr. Lott has received other distinguished faculty teaching awards from premier nursing organizations, such as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, identified as a Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar. She is a National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator and most recently, a National League for Nursing (NLN) 2016-2017 Jonas Scholar. A Jonas Scholar, selected by the NLN Foundation and Jonas Center, facilitates the NLNís dedication to faculty development and promotes opportunities for leadership and career advancement of nurse educators.

Dr. Lott is a member of local, state, and international nursing organizations. She is a member of the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA); American Nurses Association (ANA); National League for Nurses (NLN); Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); and Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Lott received her B.S.N. degree from Howard University, M.S.N. from the University of Phoenix (online), and Ph.D. in Nursing Education from Hampton University.

Danita Potter, PhD, RN
Director, Associate Professor, RN-BSN Program
College of Nursing
Northwestern State University

Dr. Danita Potter has been in nursing education with a career sparing over 16 years in higher education where she has held positions of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Sigma Theta Tau-Lambda Mu Chapter Faculty Advisor and Treasurer, Associate Dean, and presently, Director of Non-Traditional (RN to BSN) Nursing Programs at Northwestern State University College of Nursing in Shreveport, Louisiana. In the RN to BSN program, Dr. Potter teaches Leadership to Registered Nurses in their plight to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2008, She was one of five to be named a Johnson and Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar, a national award by AACN.

With expertise in nursing accreditation, Dr. Potter has successfully led undergraduate and graduate nursing programs to and through national accreditation site visits and earned continuing accreditation with ACEN formerly NLNAC. Nominated by her peers, Dr. Potter was named as the recipient of the Sister Twohig Endowed Nursing Professorship at the University of Louisiana Monroe. During her time at ULM, she was the first African American Nursing Faculty to graduate from the Academy of Teaching Excellence. She was the first alumnus of Grambling State University to serve as the Chief Nursing Administrator (Associate Dean). During her spare time, she serves on editorial boards, review boards for peer review nursing journals, serves as a Board of Trustee at a local hospital, contributes as a volunteer nurse advocate at a local hospital, mentors and coaches junior faculty and doctoral students, and serves as an Advisory Board member with a local technical health-education program. Recently, Dr. Potter was invited to serve as Editor-In-Chief to the Symbiosis Open Access Journal of Nursing and HealthCare.

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