Online applications for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy are currently closed. 

Application Process

A completed NFLA application includes:

  • Scholar application
  • Leadership Mentor application
  • Scholar Curriculum Vitae
  • Leadership Mentor Curriculum Vitae
  • Organization Letter of Support for the Scholar      
  • Organization Letter of Support for the Leadership Mentor 

Scholar applications will be reviewed and ranked on the following criteria:

  • Scholar is a nurse educator who has completed doctoral preparation
  • Scholar is full-time faculty, employed for at least two years, but no more than seven years of experience as full time, non-tenured faculty in a school of nursing
  • Scholar’s leadership potential based upon:
    • Previous leadership experience
    • Articulated assessment of leadership skills and developmental needs
    • Stated leadership goals
  • Scholar’s articulated commitment to:
    • A career in nursing education
    • The advancement of faculty leadership development
  • Scholar’s proposed team project:
    • Potential for team project’s impact on advancing nursing education  
    • Team project’s potential for sustainability within the Scholar’s academic institution

Leadership Mentors will be reviewed and ranked on the following criteria:

  • Is doctorally prepared
  • Has a minimum of seven years as nurse faculty
  • Is employed outside of the Scholar’s institution
  • Has no previous mentoring relationship with the Scholar
  • Is not connected to Scholar’s dissertation work - currently or in the past
  • Has substantial preparation and experience as a leader in nursing education
  • Demonstrates experience as an effective leadership mentor
  • Has ability to foster the Scholar’s leadership development
  • Has ability to commit significant time and resources to develop and sustain the mentoring relationship with the Scholar
  • Has access to networks of leaders and key organizations
  • Is willing to engage the Scholar within his/her network
  • Has the ability to provide guidance to the Scholar throughout the team project processes
  • Is committed to the NFLA triad relationships and expectations of the NFLA

Letters of support from organizations of the Scholar and Leadership Mentor will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Recommendation and rationale for Scholar’s or Leadership Mentor’s participation in NFLA
  • Resource commitment (time, financial, etc.) for Scholar’s or Leadership Mentor’s participation in NFLA
  • Support (time, resources, etc.) for the attainment of the identified team project goals (for Scholar's application only)
  • Indication that applicant has demonstrated potential and readiness for the NFLA (for Scholar's application only)
  • Commitment to sustain implemented team leadership project (for Scholar's application only)
  • Commitment from Scholar’s dean to participate in both site visits (for Scholar's application only)




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