IUP Nursing Professor Shellenbarger Selected for National Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy

Posted on 4/12/2016 2:58:19 PM

Teresa Shellenbarger, professor in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, has been selected by Sigma Theta Tau International, the international honor society of nursing, and the Elsevier Foundation, for the 2016–17 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy.

Teresa ShellenbargerThe Academy is a highly selective, 20-month mentored leadership academy designed to foster academic career success; promote nurse faculty retention and satisfaction; encourage personal leadership development; and cultivate high-performing, supportive work environments in academe. It is funded by the Elsevier Foundation.

As a member of the Academy, Shellenbarger will be working with a nurse faculty scholar from another institution, with the goal of better preparing nurse educators for leadership. 

“It is an honor to be selected in this highly competitive program and to be working with other great nursing leaders,” Shellenbarger said.

The Academy pairs aspiring full-time, nontenured faculty leaders, called scholars, with experienced leadership mentors like Shellenbarger. The academy curriculum includes a variety of educational strategies for developing leadership knowledge, competence, and outcomes.

Shellenbarger has been consistently recognized by international and national professional organizations for her expertise and leadership, including selection for the executive committee of the National League for Nursing Board of Governors. In this role, she provides leadership in setting policies related to nursing education, guides the direction and shapes the vision of nursing education initiatives, and engages in strategic planning for the organization, which has more than 40,000 individual members and 1,200 institutional members. As a board member, she also works to advance the mission and goals of the organization which strives to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our national and the global community.     

She is the recipient of many awards and recognitions; most recently at IUP, she received the 2015 John Woolcock Teacher/Scholar for Reflective Practice Award from the Center for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes faculty and their thoughtful consideration of classroom events with the purpose of improving instruction and solving problems as they arise.

She has presented nationally and internationally at more than 100 conferences, workshops and scientific sessions, including her recent research on using mobile technology in the classroom and digital technology. She has authored or co-authored hundreds of articles and publications and has been an invited reviewer for manuscripts, articles, and grant proposals. An active researcher, she has been successful in securing funding for more than 25 different projects.

In 2009, she was one of five nursing educators in the nation selected for a competitive mentorship program, the Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program of the National League for Nursing and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

Shellenbarger came to IUP in 1994. As a professor in nursing she teaches courses primarily in the graduate programs focusing on the nurse educator role. She also serves as the director of the Health and Human Services Office for Research and Scholarly Excellence, providing support and mentorship for faculty as they pursue research and scholarly activities, including delivery of faculty development sessions and facilitating networking opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and writing activities. She served as the department’s doctoral program coordinator from 2008 to 2014. She has served as the dissertation chair or committee member for 12 doctoral students.

She is active in university committees and task forces and provides ongoing consultation to Excelsior College (formerly Regents College) on research examination reviews.

She received her PhD from Widener University, her master’s degree in nursing from Southern Connecticut State University, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education and is a certified nurse educator.

IUP students continue to excel on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). IUP has an overall annual passing average of 92 percent, compared to the national average of 84 percent and Pennsylvania average of 87 percent for first-time test takers during the testing period from October 2014 to September 2015.

The Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at IUP includes undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. Allied Health Professions programs include respiratory care, clinical laboratory service, nuclear medicine technology, and a gerontology certification program. There are two different tracks in the master’s degree programs in nursing and seven bachelor’s degree programs in Nursing and Allied Health (including all tracks).

IUP’s Nursing and Allied Health Professions has approximately 850 students in undergraduate programs and almost 80 students in its graduate programs.