Biennial Conference: Connecting Globally for Doctoral Education in Nursing

(A pre-conference to Sigma's International Nursing Research Congress)

24-25 July 2019

University of Calgary Downtown Center
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

INDEN’s mission: To advance quality doctoral nursing education globally

Core values: respect, diversity, integrity, and solidarity

Conference Objectives:

  • Describe innovative models of doctoral nursing education that connect faculty and student scholarship globally.
  • Identify and evaluate challenges, opportunities, and future directions for doctoral nursing education globally.
  • Explore the range of global opportunities and collaborative and innovative approaches for progressing INDEN’s mission and vision.

Interact with doctoral nursing educators and doctoral students from around the world to advance and promote doctoral education in nursing.

Registration Costs:
US $250 — Regular admission
US $125 — Student admission

Keynote Speaker

Patricia Davidson

Dr. Patricia Davidson
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


Wednesday, 24 July 2019

7:30-8:00 a.m. (0730‑0800)
Coffee and Registration
8:00-8:20 a.m. (0800-0820)
Linda Lewandowski and Kathryn King-Shier, Co-Chairs
Sandra Davidson, Dean, University of Calgary, Canada
Sonja McllFatrick, President, INDEN
8:20-9:20 a.m. (0820-0920)
Keynote: “Linking Doctoral Education to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Roadmap for Nursing and Midwifery”
Patricia Davidson, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, USA
9:20-9:50 a.m. (0920-0950)
Oral Poster Sharing Session
  • Virginia Victor, University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Manka Nkimbeng, John Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA
9:50-10:20 a.m. (0950-1020)
Break—Poster Session 1
10:20-11:30 a.m. (1020-1130)
Panel 1: International, Interprofessional Models for Doctoral Education in Nursing
  • Kathryn King-Shier, University Calgary, Canada
  • Stephen Cavanagh, University of California, Davis, USA
  • John Clochesy, University of Miami, USA; WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (1130‑1230)
Awards Luncheon – Global Leadership Award, INDEN/Sigma Research Awards
12:30-1:30 p.m. (1230-1330)
Panel 2:  Assessing and Assuring Quality in Doctoral Education Programs Globally
  • Hugh McKenna, Ulster University, United Kingdom
  • Sonja McIlfatrick, Ulster University, United Kingdom
  • Marilyn Hravnak, University of Pittsburgh, USA
1:30-2:45 p.m. (1330-1445)
Participant Discussion Groups
2:45-3:15 p.m. (1445-1515)
Taking the Next Steps – Report back by discussion groups and suggested action plan 
5:00-6:00 p.m. (1700-1800)
INDEN Reception

Thursday, 25 July 2019

7:30-8:00 a.m. (0730‑0800)
Coffee and Registration
8:00-8:15 a.m. (0800-0815)
Welcome – Conference Co-Chairs
Welcome Address - Beth Baldwin Tigges, Sigma President
8:15-8:45 a.m. (0815-0845)
Sigma/INDEN Fellowship Program: Making a Difference Across the Globe
  • Tamar Rodney, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA
  • Andrea Bostrom, Grand Valley State University, USA
8:45-9:45 a.m. (0845-0945)
Panel 3: Future of Research-Focused and Practice-focused Doctoral Programs Globally
  • Cynthia Jacelon, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
  • Linda Lewandowski, University of Toledo, USA
  • Kim McIltrot, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing DNP Program with Saudi Arabia

9:45-10:05 a.m. (0945-1005)

10:05-10:45 a.m. (1005-1045)
Panel 4: Connecting Globally: Global Classroom Innovations for Collaborative Education and Research
Joanne Reid, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom
10:45-11:20 a.m. (1045-1120)
Closing Keynote - “Doctoral Education for a New Era: Challenges, Opportunities and Synergies”
Sandra Davidson, University of Calgary, Canada
11:20-11:30 a.m. (1120-1130)
Closing remarks - Sonja McllFatrick, INDEN President