Bettger, Titch Named DUSON Teaching Fellows for 2013-2014

Drs. Janet Prvu Bettger and Frank Titch have been selected as DUSON Teaching Fellows for 2013-2014. The Teaching Fellowship program at DUSON recognizes the importance of teaching, advances the pedagogical expertise of faculty, and provides opportunities for select faculty to continually develop that expertise in ways that will have a significant impact on the practice and science of nursing education.

Dr. Bettger’s Teaching Fellowship will focus on the use of experiential learning activities and the role of the teacher as a coach when working with graduate students. She aims to gain a deeper understanding of these approaches to facilitate student learning by completing a scholarly concept analysis on experiential learning. The synthesis will be supplemented by interviews of recognized scholars in graduate education to identify their perspectives and approaches to experiential learning. Finally, Dr. Bettger will develop a framework for experiential learning in graduate nursing education, identifying the role of the teacher in this process and the tools or components that help make this approach effective.

During his Teaching Fellowship year, Dr. Titch will build expertise related to team-based learning. He plans to develop a number of classes in one or more of his Nurse Anesthesia courses that fully integrate team-based learning and evaluate the effectiveness of this approach in relation to student learning, student engagement, and student/teacher relationships. He also intends to keep a journal of his experiences, documenting the journey to become a more student-centered teacher, and then use that to help other faculty effectively implement team-based learning.

The first Fellow – Dr. Terry Ward – completed her Fellowship successfully and has disseminated her work on affective domain learning both within and outside DUSON and continues to pursue that line of scholarly work. The current Fellows – Drs. Helen Gordon, Sharon Hawks and Kathy Trotter – are making excellent progress on their projects which focus, respectively, on how faculty make decisions about what to include and what not to include in a curriculum, e-portfolios, and engagement of students in an online environment. They will present their work at Teaching Conversations next year, share their projects with the broader nursing education community, and continue to advance their scholarship in these areas.

School of Nursing professors Lisa Day, Pam Edwards, Beth Phillips, Allison Vorderstrasse, Kathy Wood, and Terry Ward served on the review panel for Fellowship applications, providing a careful review of the applications and suggestions for how Fellows could enhance their proposed projects.

The call for applications for the 2014-2015 Teaching Fellowships will be issued in the fall. Questions about the program may be directed to any of the current Fellows, any member of the review panel, or Dr. Terry Valiga, director of the Institute for Educational Excellence.

ABOUT A diverse community of scholars and clinicians, Duke University School of Nursing is educating the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing. We advance nursing science in issues of global importance and foster the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The National Institutes of Health awarded $4.3 million in research funding to the Duke School of Nursing (Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012) making it one of the top 10 nursing schools engaged in NIH-funded research. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college. More than 840 students are enrolled in the Duke School of Nursing, one of the largest numbers in the School's 80-year history.

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