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NLN Award for Excellence in Teaching

Julie A. Meek, PhD, RN

Prior to joining the Indiana University School of Nursing faculty in 2008, Julie A. Meek, PhD, RN was founder and CEO of the Haelan™ Group, a predictive modeling and health coaching company she established in 1995. Under her direction, Haelan achieved best-in-class health care cost control for their employer clients and significantly impacted the health management industry by developing high-risk predictive modeling (US Patent, 2009) and health coaching methods. Haelan, a key start-up for Indiana's emerging life sciences industry, was the first entrant and success of the Indiana University Emerging Technology Center, bringing 60 new jobs to central Indiana and winning 11 awards for growth, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Once Dr. Meek arrived at IUSON, she rapidly became part of the core team that developed and earned approval and grant support for the school's start-up and accreditation of the DNP program. Among its key features is the e-portfolio scaffold program she designed to map teaching/learning outcomes. Dr. Meek has now been asked to replicate the program for the entire university. She also continues to co-direct the DNP program as evaluation and health systems liaison. Dr. Meek was awarded the IU Trustee Teaching Award in 2012. Her research interests include predictive modeling and pedagogical reform, including e-Portfolio, online quality standards, and the impact of service learning and reflection on student learning.

In nominating her for the NLN Award, IUSON dean Dr. Marion Broome cited, among other things, Dr. Meek's application of "authentic instruction" pedagogy to implement an observational pilot study that measured student satisfaction with a new course in IUSON's DNP program. The study elicited student response indicating a very high level of satisfaction, and moreover, credited Dr. Meek herself with the course's success. Dr. Broome further noted that Dr. Meek's long entrepreneurial experience makes her a more effective nurse educator, writing that she "…encourages students' independent self-direction and active involvement…and incorporates authentic learning opportunities via real-world exposure…."

Dr. Meek earned her BSN from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1975, after which she became a staff nurse/charge nurse in the Emergency Department of Community Hospital-East in Indianapolis. She later returned to school to earn advanced degrees, completing her MSN and PhD at Indiana University School of Nursing, credentials that led to her entry into nursing education, a thriving consulting practice, and scholarly research and publications.