Faculty Development Conference

The Faculty Development Conference is an informative and engaging program that supports those new to the faculty role but also seeks to provide educational opportunities for those that are more seasoned educators. Seasoned academic nurse leaders share with you their expertise and key principles for innovative and engaging course design while also addressing aspects of the faculty role related to creating an active learning environment, clinical teaching, and student evaluation.

Who Should Attend:

Individuals new to the faculty role looking to gain confidence in teaching and experienced faculty seeking to expand their skillset.

How to Attend: 

The Faculty Development Conference will be offered as an in-person event prior to Transform 2021.


The safety of attendees and staff is our top priority – we will follow all relevant protocols and CDC guidelines and will work closely with the Hyatt Regency to promote the recommended practices at the time of the event. 

December 1, 2021
Meeting the Moment: Exploring the New AACN Essentials  

8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. 
Coffee & Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:15 a.m.                                              
Welcome and Opening Plenary                                 
Competency-Based Education and Assessment Model: Teaching, Learning, Assessment, and Feedback

AACN’s new Essentials provides nurse educators with a comprehensive framework for educating students for entry-level and advanced nursing practice.  The 10 domains and the articulated competencies for each domain create a scaffold for curriculum development.  This session focuses on creating learning and assessment experiences for students that go beyond the usual psychomotor skill building and results in deep learning and effective patient-centered practice.
Speaker: Margaret Rauschenberger, MSN, RN, Professor, Dean of Nursing Emerita, and Associate Dean, School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI
Welcome: Robyn Nelson, PhD, RN, Chair, Faculty Development Conference Planning Subcommittee

10:15-10:30 a.m.
Stretch Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Operationalizing Content to Assess Competence and Increase Learner Confidence 

Your program crosswalk between domains and coursework is complete, now what? How do you measure the sub-competencies? The presenter will discuss how to structure a simulation, when fidelity matters and how to sequence learner-centered experiences throughout a nursing program. Participants will be introduced to an exemplar, which measures multiple domains and sub-competencies and adheres to best practice standards.  Participants will collaborate to create and map a simulation during this workshop.
Speaker: Lori Lioce, DNP, FNP-BC, Clinical Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville, College of Nursing, Huntsville, AL

11:30-11:45 a.m.
Stretch Break

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Designing and Implementing a University-Based Nurse Managed Clinic to Deliver Care in Underserved Communities 

Determinants of Health include a variety of sociopolitical and environmental factors that affect healthcare outcomes, including socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, social support networks, and access to health care. Nurse faculty can educate and empower the next generation of nursing professionals to meet the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations in the communities where they live, work, play, and worship. Moving beyond simply promoting lifestyle change, nurses must take the lead in designing innovative strategies to improve those environmental conditions that impact health outcomes of vulnerable populations, using a person-centered care approach. This session will offer insights on how a South LA program met the needs of ethnically diverse communities, with the use of telehealth technologies and a nurse-led clinic model of care. Exemplars from the program are provided to assist faculty with integrating the new Essentials.
Speaker: Gloria McNeal, PhD, ACNS-BC, Associate Vice President for Community Affairs in Health, National University, La Jolla, CA

12:45-2:00 p.m.

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Tackling Domain 8 – Preparing Confident and Informed Faculty to Integrate Informatics and Information Technology into Student Learning

The American Nurses Association (ANA) describes informatics as the integration of nursing science with multiple information and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage, and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing practice. In nursing practice today, this process occurs not on paper but using a variety of information technologies.  This session will introduce nurse faculty, not formally trained in the specialty of informatics, with the rationale and evidence behind the competencies and sub competencies of Domain 8 at both levels of nurses’ education.  
Speaker: Marisa Wilson, DNSc, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Alabama Birmingham, AL; Katherine Dudding, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL; and Benjamin Galatzan, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

3:00-3:15 p.m.
Stretch Break

3:15-4:15 p.m. 
Centering Patient Care by Tailoring the Preparation of their Provider 
The AACN Essentials call for preparing nurses to provide person-centered care focused on the individual within multiple complicated contexts, including family and/or important others. Person-centered care is holistic, individualized, just, respectful, compassionate, coordinated, evidence-based, and developmentally appropriate. Educational strategies that are client-centered and solution-based will help to ensure optimal health outcomes.  This session will summarize the social determinants of health and illustrate how faculty can lead strategic curricular innovation to better prepare graduates to alleviate disparities and provide patient-centered care. 
Speaker: Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 

4:15-4:30 p.m.

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary
Health, Wellness, and Resilience: Rooting out Racism to Transform Academic Nursing

COVID-19 has deepened the psychological burdens associated with healthcare disparities, exposed the far-reaching tentacles of structural racism, and proved that it takes more than resilience to navigate through and recover from the pandemic. The AACN Essentials explicitly call for academic nursing to “…address structural racism, systemic inequity, and discrimination in how nurses are prepared.” These hefty topics have sparked a sense of urgency that has left some struggling to catch their breath while attempting to recognize, recover, and emerge from a past rooted in injustice. Attendees will explore solutions through critical discourse that confronts how structural racism has interrupted efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and achieve health equity. The speaker will use nursing’s ethical principles of justice and respect to unify diverse voices and co-create a cohesive milieu that seeds the transformation of academic nursing.
Speaker: Kenya Beard, EdD, AGACNP, Associate Vice Provost, Social Mission & Academic Excellence, Chamberlain University, Chicago, IL 

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

6:45 – 7:30 p.m.
World AIDS Day
Viewing of J&J 5B Documentary

Conference Venue:

Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207


Contact the AACN Conference Team at conferences@aacnnursing.org or call 202-463-6930.

Registration Fees




Ends November 3


Starts November 3


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