Di Fang Receives Nursing Outlook Excellence Award

Published October 30, 2019

At the American Academy of Nursing’s annual Policy Conference, authors Di Fang, AACN Director of Institutional Research and Data Services, and Karen Kesten received the Nursing Outlook 2019 Excellence in Nursing Education Award for their recent article titled "Retirements and Succession of Nursing Faculty 2016-2025".  Highlights of the article include these findings: 

  • The percentage of full-time nursing faculty aged 60 and older increased from 17.9% in 2006 to 30.7% in 2015.
  • The mean age at retirement increased from 62.2 to 65.1 years.
  • The projected faculty retirements for the next 10 years equal roughly one-third of total faculty in 2015.
  • The retiring faculty are likely to come from faculty aged 60 or older in 2015, and faculty aged 50–59 in the same year are likely to be the replacements for the retiring faculty.
  • The impact of the retiring faculty on the faculty workforce will be huge given their overrepresentation in doctoral attainment, senior rank, and ability for graduate-level teaching.
  • Younger faculty who are likely to replace the retiring faculty possess fewer doctoral degrees, lower senior faculty ranks, and more limited in ability for graduate-level teaching.

​Photo: (Left to right) Nursing Outlook Associate Editor Barbara Smith, Karen Kesten, Di Fang, and Nursing Outlook Editor Marion Broome.