NFLA Faculty

Lead Faculty

E. PetersElizabeth Peter, RN, PhD

Elizabeth Peter is an associate professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada. She is also a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics and the chair of the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board at the University of Toronto. She has written widely in the field of healthcare ethics with over 75 peer-reviewed publications, locating her work primarily in feminist ethics and also serves on the editorial board of Nursing Ethics and Nursing Inquiry.


L. DzurecLaura Dzurec, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN, FAAN 

Laura Dzurec is dean of the School of Nursing at Widener University in Chester, Pa., USA. In addition to serving as Faculty Advisor with STTI's Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy, Dr. Dzurec serves on numerous advisory boards, panels, and committees within and beyond the university. These include her service as an abstract and award reviewer for the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association; and as a recent member of the local Advisory Council of the Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future Project (expanding the number of non-traditional nurse educators through online education).

T. ForresterTony Forrester, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Tony Forrester is professor in the Division of Nursing Science at Rutgers University School of Nursing (RUSN) and is clinical professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). Dr. Forrester is a widely known scholar and has published extensively in nursing and other disciplines’ literature. He is a fellow in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing. He just published his latest book, Nursing’s Greatest Leaders: A History of Activism (Springer Publishing, 2016).

barb_friesthBarbara Friesth, PhD, RN

Dr. Friesth is currently the assistant dean of learning resources at Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON), where she is responsible for providing leadership and vision for integration of instructional technologies into curricula of the IUSON programs, including online, distance learning, and simulation. She has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and is an expert in the use of numerous instructional technologies. Dr. Friesth has served as a co-investigator and consultant on several HRSA grants related to distance accessible graduate nursing programs, and has provided numerous consultations related to the design of simulated learning environments.

B. PattersonBarbara Patterson, RN, PhD, ANEF 

Barbara Patterson is professor and director of the PhD program and associate dean for scholarship and inquiry at Widener University. She received her PhD from the University of Rhode Island. Her teaching experience is in adult health, gerontology, and research in pre-licensure nursing students and doctoral level qualitative research, nursing science/theory, and leadership. Her current research is on evidence-based teaching and leadership. Dr. Patterson is a faculty for STTI’s Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy working with novice educators’ leadership development. She is the past chair of the NLN Research Review Panel and the Research Briefs Editor for Nursing Education Perspectives.

G. SherwoodGwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN

Gwen Sherwood is professor and associate dean for strategic and global initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her work focuses on transforming healthcare environments by improving quality and safety through expanding relational capacity of heathcare providers. She was co-investigator for the award winning Robert Wood Johnson funding Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project to prepare nurses for working in and leading quality and safety in redesigned healthcare. Two of her books were AJN books of the year, most recently Reflective Organizations: On the Front Lines of Implementing QAEN and Reflective Practice.

S. SportsmanSusan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Dr. Sportsman is the director of consultation and services at Elsevier Education, providing consultation and faculty development to nursing faculty across the country. Prior to joining Elsevier, she was dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at Midwestern State University in Texas. She has held numerous professional leadership roles, including president of the Texas Nurses Association.

C. WintersCarol Winters, PhD, RN, CNE

Carol Winters is a professor of nursing and director of the Nursing Education Concentration in the MSN program at East Carolina University College of Nursing in Greenville, North Carolina. She has taught nursing in a university or college setting since 1978; was dean of the School of Nursing at Hawaii Pacific University for 16 years and has taught, traveled, and learned in Greensboro, North Carolina; Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Rochester, New York; Japan; Norway; Spain; Canada; New Zealand; England; Scotland; Wales; France; Germany; Austria; and Nepal, as well as cyberspace.

Leadership Consultant

D. CleeterDeborah Cleeter Bailey, MSN, EdD

With over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Bailey has achieved success in practice, administration, academia, and consultancy. She has held positions as a clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing, university faculty member, administrator, consultant, and currently is CEO of Sawgrass Leadership Institute. Her extensive knowledge and executive experience provide the foundation for her work as an executive coach, master facilitator, and consultant in the areas of strategic planning, futuring and innovation, guided decision making, executive leadership development, executive team building, and complex organizational consultation.

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Sigma Theta Tau International is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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