Nursing Science and the Research-Focused Doctorate (PhD) Pre-Conference

Sustainable Innovations in Doctoral Education: Advancing the Discipline and Practice of Nursing

January 18, 2023

This event provides a great learning opportunity and a networking platform for deans and associate deans who offer research-focused doctoral nursing programs or those planning a new program. Issues germane to PhD education and the challenges commonly encountered are represented by leaders in doctoral education.

Who Should Attend:

Deans/directors/chairs and/or associate deans who offer research-focused doctoral nursing programs or for those planning a new program.

How to Attend:

The PhD Pre-Conference is offered as an in-person event prior to the Doctoral Education Conference. 

Conference venue:

Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118


Wednesday, January 18

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 a.m.
Join us for an enthusiastic kick-off welcoming you to the tenth annual Nursing Science and the Research-Focused Doctorate (PhD) Pre-Conference. Hear about the history of this event, the highlights from the 2022 pre-conference, and logistics for the day’s events.
Speaker: Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, The Ruth M. Anderson Endowed Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

9:15-10:15 a.m.
The Path to Excellence: Innovation and Impact
This opening keynote presentation will focus on trends in PhD programs and identify viable strategies that can be implemented to effectively address recommendations put forward in AACN’s position statement, Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the need for PhD programs to advance nursing science and practice.
Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAACN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:15-10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Innovations to Attract and Retain PhD Students and Faculty
This session will provide an opportunity for participants to gain insights on sustainable and evidence informed innovations to attract and retain diverse PhD students and PhD-prepared faculty. Panelists will discuss innovative models to support students through creating inclusive learning environments and effective mentoring strategies, as well as learn about evidence-based strategies that can helps schools/colleges of nursing attract and retain PhD-prepared faculty.
Speakers: Nancy Hodgson
, PhD, RN, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, University of Pennsylvania; Wrenetha Julion, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing, College of Nursing, Rush University
: Mikyoung Lee, Doswell Endowed Chair of Informatics and Healthcare Transformation, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:30-2:45 p.m.
Doctoral Research Training Partnerships: Sustainable Solutions for PhD Education
This session will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about a sustainable model that has promotes collaborative doctoral research training, Nursing Education Exchange (NEXUS), and its impact on doctoral research training over the last two decades. In addition, panelists will take a forward-looking perspective on new conceptual frameworks for standing up new partnership models for training PhD students.
Speakers: Beth Mastel-Smith, RN, MS, PhD, FNGNA, Professor, The University of Texas at Tyler; Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN, FloAnn Sours Easton Endowed Professor of Child and Adolescent Health, Professor and Director, PhD, and MS in Nursing Science Programs, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University
Moderator: Brenda Morris, Clinical Professor of Nursing, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

2:45-3:00 p.m.
Networking Break

3:00-4:30 p.m.
Pathway to Excellence: Where to Start and How to Get There
This session will provide practical strategies for academic leaders to critically appraise change priorities to address the recommendations put forth in AACN’s Pathways to Excellence and offer practical solutions for promoting institutional and program level change.
Speaker: Antonia Villaruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
: Jane Georges, PhD, Dean, University of San Diego, San Diego, California

4:30-5:00 p.m.
Summary & Wrap-Up
This final session will highlight key conclusions and issues that were raised during the workshop, as well as the path forward. Important takeaways will be summarized and analyzed.
Speaker: Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, The Ruth M. Anderson Endowed Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Registration Fees

PhD Pre-ConferenceJanuary 18, 2023
  StandardEnds Dec. 19 LateStarts Dec. 20
AACN Member $299 $399
AACN Non-Member $399 $499

Register Here

Health & Safety

Last updated December 20, 2022

AACN has revised its policies for entry to in-person conferences: verification of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will no longer be required. It is however recommended that attendees have received the COVID-19 vaccination and take an antigen test before traveling to the event. AACN strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for all meeting participants. By attending an in-person AACN event, all participants must agree to comply with preventative health and safety measures.

The health and safety measures for AACN in-person events are subject to change.

CE Credit

Seal of the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Attendees may earn up to 6.0 CE hours for the Nursing Science and Research Focused PhD Pre-Conference. An email with a link to the evaluation will be sent to all attendees upon completion of the meeting. Evaluations may also be accessed via the AACN App.

AACN is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Eligible attendees may receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) for participating in AACN conferences.



AACN Conference Team
Phone: 202-463-6930