Published on April 11, 2014 by Katie Stripling  
Erin Killingsworth

Dr. Erin Killingworth, Assistant Professor in Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, has been selected as a scholar in the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA). The intense international leadership development experience is designed to enhance the personal leadership development of new nurse faculty in order to promote faculty retention and cultivate high performing, supportive work environments in academe.

Killingsworth, a member of the Samford faculty since 2009, is the first NFLA Scholar from Samford University. Since 2009, 31 scholars, their mentors and 10 Expert Faculty—representing 29 universities, 15 states and provinces as well as several countries and the United States—have found success through the NFLA.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen for the NFLA and to have the opportunity to be mentored by internationally known nursing educational leaders,” commented Dr. Killingsworth.

Throughout the next 21 months, Killingsworth will work alongside her Leadership Mentor, Dr. Marilyn Oermann, Professor and the Director of Evaluation and Educational Research at Duke University School of Nursing, on a Leadership Project to design a template for use in nursing educational programs to map assessment activities throughout undergraduate nursing curriculum to desired student outcomes.

According to nursing school dean, Dr. Nena Sanders, scholars in the academy are chosen through a highly selective process. “Dr. Killingsworth is a gifted leader and her selection as a scholar in the NFLA is a testament to her dynamic approach to nursing education and scholarship,” said Sanders. “Dr. Killingsworth’s participation in the academy will enhance her ability to continue to advance nursing education through her work as a teacher and scholar.”

The NFLA is designed for aspiring leaders in nursing education who have at least two years, but no more than seven years of experience, as full time non-tenured faculty in a school of nursing.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.