Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program
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Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program




The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) 6th cohort of the Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program twill 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. 


In 2014, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) launched a program for nurse practitioner (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. 




To address the need for replenishing the pipeline of NP leaders who are qualified to assume leadership roles in academic nursing settings. Program activities further develop and refine essential knowledge, skills, and abilities for successfully leading NP program faculty to prepare NP graduates for the reality of practice.  



  • 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. 

Application submission for the 2020-2021 cohort has closed.  To learn more about the next Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program Application




“As a novice faculty, it was an invaluable experience to be in the first cohort of the NP Faculty Leadership Mentor Program. Under the program leadership of Dr. Debra Barksdale, and mentorship of Dr. Mary Beth Bigley, I learned how to navigate academia and leadership from a novice and young faculty member’s perspective. Since completing the program, I have served two consecutive terms as Board Member at Large on the Board of Directors at NONPF. I also transitioned into an administrative role by becoming the Academic Director of the FNP Program at Vanderbilt University. More importantly, I formed a sisterhood with other women of color from various universities across the nation who continue to support and motivate me in my career.”

-    Courtney J. Pitts, Vanderbilt University


“The most beneficial parts of the (NONPF) Leadership Program was being able to network with other leaders and share the status of their role. We were all at different levels of leadership. I also enjoyed the seminars, where we had high-level leaders share their pearls of leadership. I still have the notes I took during those days and they serve as reminders when I am challenged with decisions. It helped to know that the eminent leaders were, at one time, just like me. It inspired me to grow and aspire to lead.”

-    Rosario Medina, University of Colorado College of Nursing


“I gained the benefit of advice, experience, and knowledge of one of the best and most qualified NP educators and NP program directors in the nation. Visiting Dr. Montoya and her team at the University of New Mexico offered me an exceptional opportunity to develop a clearer vision for the future of our NP program and the future of my professional development.”

-    Heidi He, California State University, Bakersfield


Thank You


NONPF extends its sincere appreciation to Dr. Debra Barksdale who “founded” the Mentored-Leadership Program as an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow.  Through support from the RWJF, Dr. Barksdale partnered with NONPF to implement the program. NONPF continues to build upon the excellent work that Dr. Barksdale began in 2014.

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