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Program Details and Application

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) 6th cohort of the Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program will extend from March 2020 to April 2021. The program provides a small cohort of nurse practitioner (NP) faculty members who are emerging leaders in their academic institutions with the opportunity for targeted career and leadership development. Senior NP faculty leaders establish one-on-one mentoring relationships with participants which afford further development of their knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to meet the growing and diverse challenges confronting new and emerging NP education leaders. The program is one of the three activities for faculty that supports NONPF's Faculty Institute. The application for the 2020-2021 cohort is closed.   


In 2014, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) launched a program for NP faculty who had assumed leadership roles as program directors and/or other administrators in their academic institutions. Today, NONPF continues its commitment to the program. Participants engage in focused self-development using a variety of group processes and testing in order to identify individual strengths and areas for improvement. Strategies for effective leadership of NP education programs are developed and applied in the academic setting. Participants engage in curricular innovations in their home academic settings to enhance the preparation of graduates for the reality of current and future NP practice. 


The NONPF Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program partners participants one-on-one with experienced leaders in the NP field who are willing to share their expertise and experience with those looking to promote their personal and career development.


  • Examine self-development utilizing various processes that will enhance understanding of individual strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Apply strategies for leading NP education programs specific to strategic management skills, curriculum guidelines implementation, budgets and finance, and data management for continuous quality improvement.
  • Compare different leadership styles and the theoretical foundation for potential uses based on various situations.
  • Explore strategies to lead systems and engage in innovation.
  • Evaluate own leadership style used in different situations.
  •  Critique one's leadership style used in managing different situations.

Project Description

For the 2020-2021 cohort, participants/mentees meet in-person for an orientation session April 22, 2020 prior to the NONPF Annual Conference. This year's conference will be held in the Downtown Marriott in Chicago, IL, April 22-26, 2020. Mentees will have been “paired” with a mentor selected from a cadre of highly-experienced NONPF faculty member leaders prior to April 2020. Following the annual conference, a series of asynchronous webinars and synchronous debriefing sessions along with monthly mentor/mentee virtual meetings will be conducted. Interactive in-person meetings with a variety of speakers will be held throughout the program: (1) April 22, 2020 in Chicago, (2) July 27-28, 2020 in DC; (3) December 2, 2020 at the NONPF Fall Special Topics Conference-Bethesda, MD. 


Participants will engage in a variety of activities that will promote further NP program leadership development.  At the completion of the program, participants will be better prepared to successfully fulfill current responsibilities and embrace new leadership opportunities such as: 


  • Serving on Boards
  • Writing for publications
  • Advocating for policy
  • Evaluating NP programs
  • Demonstrating Innovation and excellence
  • Leading with emotional intelligence
  • Coaching teams towards excellence
  • Assessing leadership

Beginning in March 2020, initial communication between the participant/mentee and mentor will occur.  In conjunction with the NONPF 2020 Annual Conference, the program leadership will meet with all mentees to provide an orientation to the program and build the cohort team.  Each of the mentors may/may not attend this initial meeting at the annual conference.


Additionally, the program will include a series of asynchronous webinars along with synchronous debriefings led by webinar presenters and the team.  Webinar themes will consist of topics essential to leadership and management with a specific emphasis toward NP leadership roles. Nationally-recognized leaders will provide content for the Webinars.  In addition, participants will meet virtually with their mentor on a monthly basis to engage in activities that further build on webinar topics.


Several in-person meetings are scheduled. The first is the NONPF 2020 Annual Conference April 22, 2020. The second meeting consists of a 2-day meeting in Washington, DC scheduled on July 27th and 28th 2020. The third meeting on December 2nd will be held in advance of the NONPF 2020 Fall Special Topic Conference. During these meetings, a variety of topics such as leadership and management principles, policy, communication, personal development, business development, and more will be discussed along with interactive activities to develop and refine attributes essential for effective leadership

Eligibility Criteria


Participant selection will be based on creating a cohort who possess a range of perspectives and backgrounds along with representation from small, large, urban, and rural NP programs.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Active, full-time appointment with a NP program
  • Current teaching in a NP program
  • 2-5 years of teaching experience in a NP program
  • Current NP certification
  • NONPF member
  • Doctoral preparation or progress toward completion of a doctoral degree
  • Current NP practice preferable 
  • Available to attend all in-person meetings as noted above


Participants (or their home institutions) will be responsible for hotel and transportation expenses for participation in the NONPF Fall Special Topics Conference, the 2-day program meeting in Washington, DC, and the NONPF Annual Conference. Based on previous participant expenses, it is estimated that the year-long program expenses will range between $3500 to $5000.


NONPF will provide complimentary meeting registration for participants to the NONPF 2020 Annual Conference and Fall 2020 Fall Special Topic Conference.


Administrative Program Team

Program Director:  Shelley Hawkins, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP, FAANP,;

Faculty Team:  Susan Chrostowski, DNP, AGNP-BC,;  Barbara Gray, PhD, PNP-BC, and Mary Beth Bigley, NONPF, CEO

Application Process -
 Form Below

Interested NP faculty members should submit an application with the following supporting documentation:


  1. 350-word statement of interest detailing personal and/or professional goals that applicant is inclined to address during the program and an explanation of potential benefit from the program. 
  2. Letter of support from the applicant’s home institution confirming a commitment to afford the faculty member full participation inclusive of attending the three in-person meetings and commitment to the resources needed to complete other program activities such as webinars and monthly mentoring sessions. A statement regarding who will assume financial responsibility for the applicant’s travel and other expenses must be included.  The letter of support should be written by the applicant’s Program Director or Dean/Director. 
  3. Current copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae.
  4. Statement of agreement to pay the $250 program fee, if accepted.




NONPF Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program Application 



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