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AACN Announces New Faculty Scholars and Inaugural Novice Faculty Award Winners

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AACN Selects Five New Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars
and Announces Inaugural Novice Faculty Award Winners

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 28, 2011 – Today, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that five new Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars have been selected through a national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.

Joining the 43 scholars previously selected for this prestigious honor (and a similar program offered by AACN and The California Endowment) are the following students, all of whom  are enrolled in PhD nursing programs:

“AACN congratulates this year’s scholarship winners and looks forward to working with them as they develop into exceptional teachers, researchers, and leaders of the nursing profession,” said AACN President Kathleen Potempa. “We are grateful to the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for joining with AACN and taking decisive action to help diversify the nurse faculty population and support doctoral-level nursing education.”

The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future – AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program was launched in September 2007 to support full-time minority students with an interest in teaching. This program invites applications from students in doctoral and master’s programs who will serve as nurse faculty after completing their degree programs. Scholarship recipients were selected by a 10-member review committee, with awards in the amount of $18,000 each disbursed in the fall. All scholarship recipients are expected to attend AACN’s annual faculty development program and meet regularly with an identified mentor who will assist in preparing Scholars to assume leadership roles in academia.

For more information on issues related to diversity in nursing education and AACN’s efforts to address this critical issue, see

First AACN Novice Faculty Award Winners Announced

Launched earlier this year, the AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Award recognizes excellence and innovation in nursing education by early career faculty at AACN member schools. Two awards are presented each year: one for didactic teaching and the second for clinical teaching. Award winners are invited to attend one AACN conference during the academic year, with the registration fee waived. At that conference they will be presented with an award commemorating their achievement. The winners of the inaugural awards are:

Pictured from Left to Right: Lorretta Krauscheid, Niki Fogg, and Jennifer Wilson.






Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award

  • Lorretta Krautscheid, MS, RN
    University of Portland

Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award

  • Niki Fogg, MS, RN, CPN and Jennifer Wilson, MS, RN, CPN (joint recipients)
    Texas Woman’s University

"AACN created this new honor to recognize and inspire innovation among nurse educators new to their teaching roles,” said Dr. Potempa. “This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves early in their careers for their work around evidence-based nursing practice and simulation enhanced learning.”

Short biographical sketches and examples of the teaching innovations used by this year’s award winners are posted at For details on nominating faculty for a 2012 award, see


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 670 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.


Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231