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Theresa M Valiga, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing
(919) 684-9433, (919) 684-3786
School of Nursing

Dr. Valiga, Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, is the director of the Institute for Educational Excellence. She also serves as Lead Faculty for the Nursing Education major in the MSN Program and as Chair of the Division of Systems and Analytics. Dr. Valiga received a Bachelor's degree in nursing at Trenton State College (NJ) and earned her MEd and EdD, both in in Nursing Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University (NY). Before coming to Duke in 2008, she served for nine years as the chief program officer of the National League for Nursing (NLN). At NLN, she was instrumental in developing the Centers of Excellence program, the Academy of Nursing Education, position statements, the Hallmarks of Excellence in Nursing Education, the Excellence in Nursing Education Model, the Nurse Educator Certification Program, and several publications. She also served on the Blue Ribbon Panel for Nursing Education Research.

Dr. Valiga is internationally renowned for her expertise in nursing curriculum development, program evaluation, innovations in teaching, and the faculty role. She has published widely on issues related to nursing education, including student cognitive/intellectual development, faculty development, leadership, and effective teaching strategies. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards for excellence in nursing education, including Sigma Theta Tau’s Elizabeth Russell Belford Founder's Award, the NLN's Isabel Stewart and Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education Awards, and induction into the American Academy of Nursing and the NLN Academy for Nursing Education.


  • EdD - Teachers College, Columbia University
  • MEd - Teachers College, Columbia University
  • BS - Trenton State College

Awards and Honors

  • 2014 || Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education, National League for Nursing
  • 2014 || Legacy Award, Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
  • 2012 || Luther Christman Lecturer on Nursing Education, Rush University College of Nursing
  • 2009 || AJN Book-of-the-Year Award in Leadership and Management for The New Leadership Challenge: Creating the Future of Nursing
  • 2009 || Fellow, Academy of Nursing Education, National League for Nursing
  • 2009 || Selected as Mentor, National League for Nursing/Johnson & Johnson Faculty Leadership and Mentoring Program
  • 2005 || Distinguished Alumni Award in Nursing Education, The College of New Jersey School of Nursing
  • 2002 || Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2002 || Mentor Award, Region 14, Sigma Theta Tau
  • 1999 || Inducted into Teachers College Nursing Hall of Fame, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • 1999 || Isabel Stewart Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Nursing, National League for Nursing
  • 1995 || Leadership Award, National League for Nursing Council of Constituent Leagues
  • 1994 || Alumni Achievement Award for Nursing Education, Nursing Education Alumni Association, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • 1994 || Theresa Christian Chapter Service Award, Alpha Nu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • 1992 || AJN Book-of-the-Year Award in Nursing Education for The Nurse Educator in Academe: Strategies for Success
  • 1992 || Award for Nursing Leadership, Alpha Nu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • 1987 || Inducted, Phi Kappa Phi
  • 1987 || Elizabeth Russell Belford Founder's Award for Excellence in Nursing Education, Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing
  • 1986 || Award for Excellence in Nursing Education, Alpha Nu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • 1982 || Award for Excellence in Research, Gamma Nu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • 1978 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International

Areas of Expertise

  • Nursing and Health Care Leadership
  • Nursing Education

Areas of Interest

Nursing Education Trends and Issues
Curriculum Development and Evaluation
Innovative Teaching Strategies
Faculty Development

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25826757 Valiga, T. M. Rethinking prerequisites. J Nurs Educ. April, 2015 54(4); 183-4
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24802228 Valiga, T. M. Attending to affective domain learning: essential to prepare the kind of graduates the public needs. J Nurs Educ. May, 2014 53(5); 247
  • 2014 -- Valiga, T. M. Function as a change agent and leader. In Certified nurse educator review book: The official NLN guide to the CNE exam edited by Caputi, L.. ; pp. 103-111. : Lippincott Willimas & Wilkins. 103-111
  • 2014 -- Valiga, T. M. and Gordon, H. A. and Phillips, B. C. Promoting and assessing critical thinking (Chapter 10) In Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators edited by DeYoung, S.. 2014; : Prentice Hall. 2014
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 23137596 Valiga, T. M. Nursing education trends: future implications and predictions. Nurs Clin North Am. December, 2012 47(4); 423-34
  • 2012 -- Grossman, S. C. and Valiga, T. M. The new leadership challenge: Creating the future of nursing. September, 2012 288
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22239477 Valiga, T. M. and Ironside, P. M. Crafting a national agenda for nursing education research. [Editorial] J Nurs Educ. 51(1); 3-6
  • 2011 -- Valiga, T. M. Philosophical foundations of the curriculum In Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty edited by Billings, D. M. & Halstead, J. A.. November 14, 2011; pp. 107-118. : Saunders Elsevier. November 14, 2011 107-118
  • 2011 -- Valiga, T. M. A day of disbelief, dust, and dignity. Phi Kappa Phi Forum. Fall, 2011 91(3); 20
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21667881 Wood, K. A. and Moskovitz, C. and Valiga, T. M. Audio feedback for student writing in online nursing courses: Exploring student and instructor reactions. J Nurs Educ. June, 2011 50(9); 1-4


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Significant Nursing Education Issue: Student Evaluations of Courses, Instructors

    National League for Nursing
    09/2013 to 12/2014
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to compile existing evidence regarding student evaluations of courses and instructors, particularly in relation to (a) issues surrounding such evaluations, (b) research related to student evaluations of course and instructor evaluation practices, and (c) recommendations for best practices regarding student evaluations of courses and instructors. The ultimate purpose of this study is to offer guidelines that will (a) increase response rates of student evaluations of courses and teachers and (b) ensure that such evaluations provide thoughtful feedback that serves to enhance the pedagogical expertise of instructors and design courses that best meet student learning needs and program outcomes.

  • 2010-11 Best Practices on Teaching Online Classes

    Duke University Center for Instructional Technology
    07/2010 to 07/2011
    Role: Nursing Fellow

    Project Goal: Define and develop “Best Practices” in both technology and pedagogy to be used for teaching online students and mentoring faculty about online education. Fellows will compile findings and publish an online teaching orientation guide.

  • Creating a National Model for Nurse Educator Preparation at the Master's Level

    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing Program
    07/2009 to 12/2012
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Re-design MSN Nursing Education specialty program to reflect nationally- endorsed nurse educator competencies and provide increased flexibility for students.

  • Enhancement of the Critical Care Area of the Learning Resource Center

    Helene Fuld Health Trust
    01/1997 to 12/1997
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Enhancement of the critical care area of the Fairfield University School of Nursing Learning Resource Center.

  • Community Outreach Health Promotion and Lead Screening

    Southern Connecticut Gas Company
    07/1996 to 06/1999
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Develop and implement a community-based health promotion center, staffed by School of Nursing faculty and students, to provide lead poisoning screening and education, along with other health screening and promotion activities.

  • Professional Nurse Traineeship

    USPHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing
    07/1996 to 06/1997
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Traineeship grant for Fairfield University School of Nursing.

  • Council for Research in Nursing Education Small Grant Award

    National League for Nursing
    01/1993 to 12/1993
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Support longitudinal research related to developmental instruction strategies with baccalaureate students.

  • Post-Doctoral Research Award

    Nursing Education Alumni Association, Teachers College, Columbia University
    01/1989 to 12/1989
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Support research related to curriculum concepts in baccalaureate nursing programs.

  • Sigma Theta Tau Research Grant

    Sigma Theta Tau International
    01/1980 to 12/1980
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Support dissertation research.

  • Research grant

    Georgetown University School of Nursing
    09/1978 to 08/1979
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Support research related to outcomes of innovative Senior practicum experiences developed collaboratively by faculty and clinical partner.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Terry Valiga published a reflective response entitled "Reflective Response [to Chapter 7, "The Role of the Educator" by R.A. Whittmann-Price, R. Waite, & D.L. Woda]." in the H.M. Dreher & M.E. Glasgow edition of DNP role development for doctoral advanced nursing practice.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Terry Valiga and Marilyn Oermann were selected to serve as mentors for the 2016-2017 Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (ENFLA) by Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Several DUSON faculty members including Dean Marion E. Broome, Terry Valiga and Marilyn Oermann attended the 2016 National League for Nursing Education Summit along with Duke University Health System (DUHS) leaders including Mary Ann Fuchs to support Jennie De Gagne and Valerie Sabol who were inducted as fellows.

DUHS was also designated and recognized as one of the NLN Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Terry Valiga continues as the co-author of the fifth edition of "The New Leadership Challenge: Creating the Future of Nursing" published by F.A. Davis Company. Co-author is Dr. Sheila Grossman.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Terry Valiga was recently accepted as a mentor for a Scholar in the 2016-2017 cohort of Sigma Theta Tau’s Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (ENFLA).

Valiga will mentor Dr. Susan Welch, associate professor and director of the EdD in Nursing Education program at the University of West Georgia.  The ENFLA is a 12-month leadership development experience designed to further the Scholar’s academic and personal leadership development, expand scholarly influence within the Scholar’s academic institution, and advance excellence in nursing education.   

Friday, July 8, 2016

Terry Valiga co-authored a guest editorial entitled "The National Nursing Education Research Network (NNERN) - Guest Editorial" in an issue of the Journal of Nursing Education. NNERN is an initiative designed to develop large, national, longitudinal, uniform data sets about faculty and students. Valiga is part of a team that, with start-up funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is developing NNERN.

Friday, November 20, 2015

DUSON and its faculty, staff, students and alumni were very visible throughout the 43rd Sigma Theta Tau International 43rd Biennial Convention in Las Vegas held earlier this month. Here are the highlights:

  • DUSON and Dean Broome were acknowledged during the opening plenary session by President Hester Klopper for helping to fund students from around the world to attend the STTI convention.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

For more than 40 years, Dr. Terry Valiga has been committed to transforming nursing education in the pursuit of excellence.

That dedication and years of service were recognized last month during the annual Nursing League for Nursing (NLN) Education Summit where Dr. Valiga was honored with the prestigious award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education.

“It is an honor and a meaningful illustration of the kind of impact one can have in a career and your commitment to the field. It is somewhat sobering and very meaningful,” said Dr. Valiga.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

At the 2014 national Education Summit sponsored by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and held in Phoenix, several members of the DUSON community were honored. Danielle (Dani) Rourke, an ABSN student who will complete the program in May 2015, was recognized as the winner of the Student Excellence Paper competition.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The National League for Nursing (NLN) has selected Dr. Terry Valiga to receive their prestigious Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education. This award is given to a member of the NLN who: