Teresa Shellenbarger, professor in the
Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as IUP’s
2017–18 Distinguished University Professor. Shellenbarger
has been at IUP since 1994 and has served in various education and leadership
roles, with a focus on excellence in teaching, scholarship,
and service. Currently, she is the coordinator of the PhD program in
“The Distinguished University Professor
distinction is one of the highest recognitions offered by the university to our
faculty; the recipients are faculty who exemplify excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said.
“Dr. Shellenbarger has led efforts in the nursing field
to use new technologies to promote active student learning in the classroom,
online, and in clinical learning environments. She is considered a national
leader and innovator in this area. It is most appropriate that she join
the ranks of our Distinguished University Professors who remain active scholars
Although the Distinguished University Professor
award is presented annually, recipients retain the title for life. The
Distinguished University Professor presents remarks at a number of university
events during his or her tenure, including Freshman Convocation.
“I am truly grateful to be recognized by the
university as Distinguished University Professor,” Shellenbarger said. “I am fortunate to be at a university that
provides an environment that allows me to participate in scholarly activities
and to teach such motivated, hard working, and dedicated students. I get to share
my passion and experience as a nurse and professor and use that to enable
students, graduates, and colleagues to explore new opportunities in the
changing field of healthcare and nursing education. This award validates the
importance of my scholarly work championing nursing education excellence, and it
supports my passion and long-standing dedication to helping others succeed in
nursing and nursing education.”
Shellenbarger is the coauthor of the
leading book on clinical teaching in nursing. Now in its fourth edition, this book
is used in graduate programs throughout the United States and internationally
and has received many awards. She has also published nine book chapters and
more than 50 scholarly journal articles in leading peer-reviewed journals in
has been successful in securing grants totaling more than $370,000 for her
research. In recognition of her research and scholarly contributions, she was
inducted as an inaugural Fellow in the National League for Nursing Academy of
Nursing Education. She has been the
recipient of other awards that provide recognition of her impact in the field,
including the Nurse Educator Award from the Pennsylvania League for Nursing.
IUP, she has been recognized with the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Innovation
in Teaching Award and the Teacher/Scholar Award for Reflective Practice, as
well as other research awards and mentoring recognition.
Shellenbarger has served as a board member and was recently elected to serve as
secretary of the National League for
Nursing, the oldest nursing organization in the country.
her tenure as Distinguished University Professor, Shellenbarger plans to work
on two books related to the nursing profession. The first book, Clinical Nurse
Educator Competencies: Creating an Evidence-based Practice for Nurse Educators,
would explain the recently developed clinical nurse-educator
competencies. The emerging competencies have not been previously articulated by
any nursing organization, leaving a significant gap in the literature.
book will review the existing evidence-based literature related to the clinical
nurse educator role and provide essential resources for nursing faculty to
assist them in understanding the critical knowledge, professional values,
skills, and attitudes needed for their practice.
Shellenbarger plans to update her co-authored book Clinical Teaching
Strategies in Nursing (fifth edition). The book provides a practical
discussion of the strategies used for clinical teaching and is supplemented
with examples and exhibits drawn from Shellenbarger’s vast personal experience
in nursing education and teaching.