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Transforming Health Professions Education Conference

2018 Transformation Conference

The 2018 Pursuing Radical Transformation Health Professions Education- the Science of Learning conference, sponsored by the Duke University School of Nursing’s Institute for Education Excellence, will be on March 22 & 23, 2018.

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. James Lang, Professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. The keynote address will be Small Teaching, based on his book by the same name beginning on March 22nd at 1pm followed by multiple innovative and thought-provoking sessions by educators from across the country Thursday afternoon and all day on Friday. This year, we will also offer a pre-conference workshop on Thursday morning, March 22nd on Academic Dishonesty; facilitated by Dr. Lang.

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As an outgrowth of the Institute’s activities, the Duke University School of Nursing established an annual conference in 2010 that would address the overarching theme of Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education. The conference was designed to challenge nurse educators to think differently about how we design and do the work of educating the next generation of nurses and leaders. It has been an opportunity for those teaching in all types of nursing education programs – practical nurse, associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral – to learn, grow and innovate.

In 2018, the conference broadened its reach to all Health Professions Educators, with the hopes of stimulating deep discussions and innovative ideas across and between the professions. This annual conference features internationally-known experts in education, as well as educators from disciplines other than nursing, and it provides extended opportunities for dialogue about emerging issues and innovations in education. The 2018 Pursuing Radical Transformation in Health Professions Education Conference promises to be unique and thought-provoking!

Past Conference Highlights

Year Focus Keynote Speaker


Promoting Deeper Learning

Thomas Angelo, EdD is a clinical professor of Educational Innovation and Research in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and director of Educator Development in the Academy for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Angelo presented "Promoting Deeper Learning for Students and Faculty: Seven Practical, Research-based Strategies for Radical Transformation Worth Pursuing." Participants learned about promoting students' deeper learning; overcoming barriers to or challenges encountered when attempting to promote deeper learning; cues nurse educators can use to determine if learners are learning deeply, not merely superficially; and overarching principles that nurse educators use to help transform nursing education.


Active Learning and Engaging Teaching

Dr. Richard Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. He regularly presents workshops on effective college teaching around the world, is widely published and has received awards for teaching and pedagogical scholarship


Cultivating Meaningful Collaborations

Dr. Lee Shulman, immediate past-president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and an internationally-known award-winning education scholar


Becoming a Student-Centered Teacher

Dr. Maryellen Weimer, noted educational scholar, editor of "Faculty Focus" and author of "Learner-Centered Teaching"


Preparing Faculty for the Challenge of Critically Reflective Teaching

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, an internationally-known education scholar and author of 15 books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory


What the Best College Teachers Do

Dr. Ken Bain, an internationally-known education scholar and author of the award-winning book "What the Best College Teachers Do"


Fostering Our Pedagogical Imagination

Dr. Pam Ironside, nursing education leader and scholar who is at the forefront of pedagogical research and development of the science of nursing education