NLN Set to Induct 2023 Class of Fellows into the Academy of Nursing Education

NLN Set to Induct 2023 Class of Fellows into the Academy of Nursing Education

Induction Ceremony Planned for Honors Convocation Event during NLN Education Summit

Washington, DC — Twenty-three distinguished nurse educators, including a former National League for Nursing president, have been selected for induction as the 17th class of fellows in the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education. Dr. Elaine Tagliareni, who joins the Academy with this class, served as League president, as the chair’s position was then known, from 2007 to 2009. The Academy was launched in March 2007 while Dr. Tagliareni served as president-elect.

With the addition of the 17th class, academy membership totals 379 leading nurse educators who teach in a range of programs across the spectrum of higher education. They are affiliated with top-ranked teaching hospitals, academic institutions, and other organizations committed to advancing the quality of health care in the U.S. and globally.

Following tradition, the induction ceremony will take place at the Honors Convocation, prior to the closing Gala at this year’s NLN Education Summit on Saturday, September 30. The annual gathering, this year at National Harbor near Washington, D.C., will include a festive celebration of the Academy fellows, along with other recipients of honors, scholarship awards, and research grants. 

In a competitive application process, the Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel has a great deal to consider before recommending fellowship candidates to the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body for the Academy. Evaluations consider applicants’ contributions to innovative teaching and/or learning strategies; nursing education research; faculty development activities; academic leadership; promotion of public policy initiatives that advance nursing education; and/or collaborative educational, practice or community partnerships.

NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, assistant dean of undergraduate programs at Michigan State University in Lansing, congratulated the 2023 fellows on behalf of the Board, saying, “This cohort of Academy of Nursing Education fellows, like the classes before them, reflect the extraordinary leadership, fortitude, creativity and compassion required to tackle the enormous challenges facing today’s health care and higher educational environments. They have demonstrated important success in preparing and motivating students to increase access and inclusion in delivering outstanding, culturally humble health care.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “With threats to global health ever-present, not least the existential effects of climate change, and social determinants of health creating greater obstacles to health care equity, we applaud these leading nurse educator-scholars for their role in supporting and facilitating excellence in nursing education and serving as role models to their students and peers alike."

2023 Academy of Nursing Education Fellows

  • Lora Claywell, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
  • Jennifer Coleman, PhD, RN, CNE, COI
  • Kelley Connor, PhD, RN, CHSE
  • Audria Denker, DNP, RN, FAADN
  • Michael Joseph Dino, PhD, MAN, RN, LPT, FAAN, FFNMRCSI
  • Selena Gilles, DNP ANP-BC, CNEcl, FNYAM
  • Susan Hendricks, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
  • Desiree Hensel, PhD, RN, PCSN-BC, CNE, CHSE
  • Mary Ann Jessee, PhD, RN
  • Brandon "Kyle" Johnson, PhD, RN, CHSE
  • Megan Lippe, PhD, RN
  • Rachel Onello, PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE, CNL
  • Steven Palazzo, PhD, MN, RN, CNE
  • Elizabeth Richards, PhD, RN, CHES
  • Leland Rockstraw, PhD, RN, FNAP
  • Jennifer Ross, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Zepure Samawi, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN
  • Elizabeth Seldomridge, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Linda Silvestri, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Beth Ann Swan, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • M. Elaine Tagliareni, EdD, RN, CNE, FAAN
  • Beth Vottero, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Penni Watts, PhD, RN, CHSE-A, FSSH, FAAN
Application for admission to the Academy in 2024 opens this November. Eligibility criteria and other details may be found online at For more information about the 2023 NLN Education Summit, including online registration, visit


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July 12, 2023


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