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Faculty learning resources and events (guideline)

Purpose: This document provides an overview of College of Nursing educational resources and events available to faculty.


Helen K. Grace Deans’ Distinguished Lecture

Held annually in March or April on the main campus, the lectureship is open to faculty, staff, students, and the general public. A national nursing leader is invited to present the lecture and provide scholarly consultation to faculty and students. No registration is required.

Sigma Theta Tau Research Day

The annual day-long event is sponsored jointly by Phi (SDSU) and Zeta Zeta (Augustana University) chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The event takes place the day after the Deans’ Distinguished Lecture in March or April. The location alternates between Sioux Falls and Brookings. Faculty and students present their scholarly work as part of a competitive call for proposals. Registration is generally supported by the CON.

Nursing Education Deans and Directors (NEDDS) Annual Conference

The SD Nursing Education Deans and Directors (NEDDS) organization sponsors an annual conference each June that features a nationally recognized leader. Both faculty members and students present their scholarly work (usually posters) as part of a competitive call for proposals. The CON is a NEDDS member organization. Conference registration is generally covered by the CON for faculty attendees and student presenters.

Other In State Conferences

Faculty and staff registration for participation in select local and state conferences is generally supported and includes carpool travel and in state per diem. Examples of annual or biannual events include: the South Dakota Nurses Association (SDNA) Annual Conference (October), the Nurse Practitioner Association of South Dakota (NPASD) Annual Fall Conference, the SD Public Health Association Conference (summer), the Good and Healthy South Dakota Conference (summer), the Nursing Student Association of South Dakota (NSASD) Annual Conference (spring), the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) Annual Conference (fall); the Sanford USD Medical Center Research Evidence Based Practice Day, the Avera McKennan Evidence Based Practice Day, the South Dakota Center for Nursing Workforce professional development opportunities (varies), Avera/SDSU Research Day (fall), Sanford/SDSH Research Day, and Nurses Day at the Legislature.

Out of State Conferences and Meetings

Professional development often requires participating in, presenting, and networking with colleagues across the region and nation to support research, teaching, and service roles. Support for out of state conferences is based on alignment of individual professional development plans and College of Nursing strategic plan goals, timing of the activity and the request, previous travel and conference support, and availability of resources. Involvement in leadership roles in professional organizations is encouraged and support for travel and time away from work should be discussed with the supervisor in advance of making service commitments.


American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Webinars

The CON is an organizational member of AACN and all faculty, including adjunct personnel, have access to the quality professional development resources available at no additional cost, including: educational webinars, curriculum development toolkits, leadership networks, newsletters, grants, and award competitions.

NurseTim Incorporated, Online Faculty Development

The College of Nursing holds an annual subscription to the online faculty development resource, NurseTim Inc., which provides access to contemporary webinars and numerous self-paced teaching and learning sessions. These seminars provide faculty with information to increase expertise many areas, such as simulation, genomics, adjunct faculty mentorship, online course design, and others.

Revised & Approved by Bylaws/Handbook Committee:03/25/2019
Approved by Executive Committee: 03/25/2019
Reviewed: 03/25/2019