Cynthia Clark


Dr. Cynthia Clark is an award-wining tenured professor, Strategic Nursing Advisor for ATI Nursing Education, Professor Emeritus, and the Founder of Civility Matters®. She serves as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education, and co-chaired the American Nurses Association Professional Panel on Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence. Her groundbreaking work on fostering civility has brought national and international attention to the controversial issues of incivility in academic and practice environments. Her theory-driven interventions, empirical measurements, theoretical models, and reflective assessments provide best practices to foster civility and healthy work environments. She is the recipient of numerous teaching, research, and service awards; including the prestigious Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education, awarded by Sigma Theta Tau International.

Opening Plenary Session

Friday, April 20 2018 | 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Empirical Analysis of Faculty-to-Faculty Incivility: Implementing Best Practices to Foster Civility and Healthy Academic Work Environments

Faculty-to-faculty incivility can devastate individuals, teams, and organizations; cause physical, psychological, and emotional harm; and negatively impact the teaching-learning environment. Dr. Clark presents findings from empirical studies regarding faculty-to-faculty incivility and offers best practices to foster and sustain civility, collegiality, and healthy academic work environments.

Nancy Sharts-Hopko


Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko has been a member of the faculty of the Villanova University College of Nursing for over 25 years and is currently the Director of the PhD Program in Nursing. With a background in women’s and infant’s health, she has taught at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate programs, most recently developing and directing the PhD program since 2003. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Sharts-Hopko practiced in the neonatal intensive care unit at New York Hospital – Cornell University College of Medicine, and she taught in the City University of New York at Lehman College and the University of Delaware. In 1983, she served as a short-term WHO consultant in Bangladesh, working with the University of Dacca and with nursing service education directors at the medical centers in Chittagong and Mymensingh on community-based primary care outreach. From 1984 to1986, she taught as an Overseas Associate of the Presbyterian Church (USA) teaching at St. Luke’s College of Nursing in Tokyo. From 1987 to 1995, she was an officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserves.

Plenary Session II

Saturday, 21 April 2018 | 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Scholarly Evidence and Best Practices for Healthy Academic Work Environments: Deployment by Degree

Using the National League for Nursing’s conceptualization of healthy work environments as a foundation, implications of research examining faculty productivity by type of doctoral educational preparation will be proposed.

Closing Plenary Session

Saturday, 21 April 2017 | 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Next Steps: Advancing the Science of Nursing Education

This session will discuss global issues related to nursing education research. The global need and impact of the work done by innovative nurse researchers from diverse ethnic, geographic, and clinical backgrounds will be discussed. The association presidents will also discuss the need for collaboration across diverse nurse ethnic, geographic, and clinical backgrounds to advance nursing science and nursing's impact on global health and discuss future opportunities for building partnerships and collaboration to advance nursing education research.

G. Rumay Alexander


G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, is Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her nursing career spans over 21 years in the areas of public policy, advocacy, teaching, and health careers development with an emphasis on cultural diversity issues. At a national level, she has served on the AHA’s Workforce Commission, the board of The American Organization of Nurse Executives, The National Quality Forum Nursing Care Performance Measures’ Steering Committee, Chairperson of the AONE Diversity Council, and a member of the AHA’s Leadership Circle of Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. She frequently speaks to groups across the country on the issues of the healthcare workforce, diversity, and strategic planning. She is the current NLN President.

Beth Baldwin Tigges


Dr. Tigges is an Associate Professor and Regents’ Professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing in the US, where she teaches quantitative research methods in the PhD program. She has been funded as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple US National Institutes of Health initiatives, including the US National Children’s Study; and Director of Evaluation and member of the Executive Leadership Committee for the University of New Mexico Clinical and Translational Science Center. She is Co-Chair of the Program Evaluators’ Group and Co-Chair of the Developing Measures of Collaboration Workgroup for the US National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Consortium. Dr. Tigges earned her BSN from Pennsylvania State University, her MSN as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Yale University, and a PhD in Public Health and Social Psychology from Columbia University in the US. She is the current STTI President.