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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.