Mentoring Editors Awardees – 2015

We are very proud to announce the Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Awardees for 2015! This is the second year of this initiative for INANE and the Mentoring Editors Awards Committee was extremely gratified by the response to our call for applications. Funds to support these awards come from the Suzanne Smith Development Fund. Each awardee has received a complimentary registration to INANE 2015. In addition, to enhance their experience at the conference, we have paired each awardee with an editor-mentor. Thank you to the mentors for agreeing to serve in this role and congratulations to the award winners. If anyone would like to add a personal message of congratulations to the award winners, please do so in the comments!

mentoring editors awardees, inane 2015, (in alphabetical order)

Susan Alexander, DNP, BC-ADM, BC-ANP, CNS

Susan Alexander

Susan Alexander

Susan is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). She received her BSN, MSN, and DNP from UAH, as well as a post-Master’s Adult Nurse Practitioner certificate. Susan is board certified in advanced diabetes management and is an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist. In her application for the award, Susan’s nominator, Dr. Karen Frith wrote:

Susan serves on review boards for journals and aspires to be a journal editor. I can say with confidence, Dr. Alexander is the type of person Suzanne Smith would have chosen to develop.

Serving as Susan’s mentor will be Janet S. Fulton PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice. 

Cynthia A Connolly, PhD, RN, PNP, FAAN

Cynthia Connolly

Cynthia Connolly

Dr. Connolly is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded a PhD in 1999 and a Bachelors degree in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and received a Masters degree in Primary Care and School Health from the University of Rochester in 1987. She is newly appointed as the Associate Editor for Nursing History Review and has a goal to assume a future leadership role with the journal. Cynthia wrote in her application:

Although I am a senior scholar, I have no editing experience. My attendance at the past two INANE conferences has revealed how much I have to learn. I seek the structured mentoring afforded by the program, guidance that can occur above and beyond attending INANE.

Nursing History Review is published annually by Springer, in a format similar to the Annual Review of Nursing Research which was founded and edited by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN. It was for this reason we asked Joyce to serve as mentor for Cynthia, and she is delighted to do so.

Teddie Potter, PhD, RN

Teddie Potter

Teddie Potter

Teddie Potter is Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Inclusivity and Diversity, and Specialty Coordinator Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership at the University of Minnesota. She received a BSN from St. Olaf College; MS in Nursing Higher Education from the University of Minnesota, and PhD in Humanities (Transformative Studies) from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In 2014, Teddie was co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, an open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal co-sponsored by the U of M School of Nursing, the U of M Libraries, and the Center for Partnership Studies. Teddie wrote in her application:

I have a passion for high-quality dissemination of nursing knowledge. I serve as Executive Editor of our newly founded journal, but I have much to learn. I would greatly benefit from experienced mentorship and networking opportunities with nursing editors and leaders.

Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Nursing Administration, will be serving as Teddie’s mentor. Karen was a protégé of Suzanne Smith (founding editor of JONA) and is delighted to have this opportunity to serve as a mentor in this program.


Julee Waldrop

Julee Waldrop

Julee Waldrop has a BA in Education from the University of North Carolina, a BSN from Texas Woman’s University, a MSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Duke University. She was appointed Associate Editor for The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in August 2014. In her application, Julee wrote:

While, I have been a published author, reviewed for numerous professional journals, written editorials and blog for years for a non-peer reviewed journal, this did not prepare me enough for this position. I have found that being on the other side and working with multiple stakeholders has been quite the learning curve. I was excited to learn that I might be eligible for more mentoring and benefit from the wealth of experience in INANE.

Vallire D. Hooper PhD, RN, CPAN, FAAN, Co-Editor of The Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing will be serving as Julee’s mentor. After missing INANE last year, Vallire is delighted to have the opportunity to return to the conference and take on this role.

Once again, on behalf of the Mentoring Editors Awards selection committee and the members of INANE, congratulations to the 2015 Mentoring Editors Awardees and their mentors!

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