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David A. Ruth
Donna J. Dean, Ph.D.
Barb Friesth, Ph.D.
Barb Friesth, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Community and Health Systems Department at Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON). She also serves as the Assistant Dean of Learning Resources at IUSON, where she is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the integration of instructional technologies into curricula of the IUSON programs, including online, distance learning, and simulation. Dr. Friesth received her BSN from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her PhD from Indiana University. She has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and is an expert in the use and implementation of numerous instructional technologies. Dr. Friesth currently serves as a co-investigator on a HRSA grant entitled, “Developing Clinical Nurse Experts and Leaders through a DNP” (Riner, PI), and has previously served as a co-investigator, evaluator, and consultant on prior HRSA grants related to distance accessible graduate nursing programs.
Tony Forrester, Ph.D.
Tony Forrester, Ph.D., R.N., ANEF, is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration in the School of Nursing at Rutgers University (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) and is Clinical Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is also Professor in Residence — Interdisciplinary Health Research Consultant at Morristown Medical Center.
Dr. Forrester graduated from the University of Texas System School of Nursing (1975; Fort Worth) with a B.S.N., and from the University of Texas at Arlington with an M.S.N. (1979; Arlington), and from New York University with a Ph.D. in research and theory development in nursing (1984; New York). Dr. Forrester is a widely known scholar, serves as a peer reviewer for a number of professional/scholarly nursing journals, and has published extensively on a wide range of topics, including: HIV/AIDS; critical care family needs; aggressiveness of nursing care at the end of life; gender-related health, including minority men’s and women’s health; falls risk assessment and prevention in the acute care setting; physical restraints management; and nursing history. He is a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. He is an active member of a number of professional and scholarly associations including the: American Nurses Association, New Jersey State Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Dr. Forrester is currently serving as a faculty advisor for the STTI Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA).
Laura Cox Dzurec, Ph.D.
Laura Cox Dzurec, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC, served as dean and professor at Kent State University’s College of Nursing from July 2006 until July 2013, returning to faculty to pursue teaching and research in workplace dynamics, especially workplace bullying phenomena. She served as Dean at the University of Connecticut from 2000 to 2006, and was associate dean and professor of the Oregon Health Science University School of Nursing between 1996 and 2000. She has held academic posts at several universities, including: The University of Maine, The Ohio State University, Kent State University, and Case Western Reserve University. She earned her BS at the University of Connecticut, her MS from The Ohio State University, and her PhD from Case Western Reserve University. Her research expertise is in qualitative methods and post-structuralist approaches.
In addition to serving as an adviser with Sigma Theta Tau’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, and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association; 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); Vice-President of the Board for the the Area Agency on Aging 10B and for the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association/Center for Health Affairs Steering Committee. She has served on numerous AACN subcommittees and as the president of the Ohio chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association between 2011 and 2013.
Ainslie Taylor Nibert, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, is a nationally-recognized expert in nursing testing and measurement who creates standardized exams, online remediation content, and licensure/certification exam preparation materials supported by peer-reviewed, published reports of evidence-based outcome achievement for academic nursing and allied health programs. She is the Senior Vice President and General Manager, Review and Testing, producing the HESI computerized testing program, within the Education division of Elsevier, Inc., the world’s leading provider of science and health information. Dr. Nibert, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and a PhD in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. A member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, she serves as a Faculty Advisor for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy and is a Virginia Henderson Fellow. Her previous employment includes: staff development coordinator, nurse manager, director of research, clinical adjunct professor, associate professor, and baccalaureate nursing program chair. Her articles appear in several journals, including CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, and Nurse Educator.
Barbara Patterson, RN, Ph.D.
Barbara Patterson, RN, Ph.D., ANEF, is a Professor and Director of the PhD Program in the School of Nursing at Widener University. She received a diploma in nursing from Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in nursing from D’Youville College, MSN from University of Southern Maine, and PhD from the University of Rhode Island. She has teaching experience with pre-licensure nursing students in advanced medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, and research and with doctoral students in qualitative research, nursing science and theory, leadership, as well as dissertation advisement. Dr. Patterson is Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Widener. Her research and publications are in the areas of social support and aging, nursing students who are male, evidence-based teaching, and leadership. Her current research is in the area of leadership competencies for leaders in nursing education. Dr. Patterson is Chair of the Research Review Panel for the National League for Nursing, which reviews research grants for nursing education. She is also the Research Briefs editor for Nursing Education Perspectives.
Carol Winters, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Carol Winters, Ph.D., RN, CNE, is a professor of nursing and Director of the Nursing Education Concentration in the MSN program at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. She was the former dean of the School of Nursing at Hawaii Pacific University for 16 years and has traveled and learned in Japan, Norway, Spain, Canada, New Zealand, England, France, Germany, Scotland, Austria and Nepal as well as cyberspace.