Leadership Mentor Program
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Leadership Faculty Mentor Program




In 2014 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) developed a program for senior nurse practitioner faculty who have assumed leadership roles in their academic institutions as program directors and/or administrators. This leadership program was established to provide career and leadership development opportunities for academic NP educators. Five cohorts have completed the program, a total of 46 faculty leaders.

The NONPF Leadership Mentor program partners participants 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. The next call for applications for the 2020 cohort will be released in the Fall of 2019.


  • Promote personal and professional leadership development through individualized assessments
  • Apply methods of leading NP education programs such as strategic management skills, curriculum guidelines implementation, budget and data management for continuous quality improvement.
  • Compare different leadership styles and the situations in which they apply
  • Discover strategies to lead systems and innovation.
  • Evaluate your leadership style in different situations.

For more information visit the Leadership Mentoring Program Application page.




“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, 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

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