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In 2018, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing joined together two existing academic departments to harmonize a range of business processes and functions. In line with this transition, the Office for Science and Innovation (OSI) now manages the activities of the Faculty Interest Groups (FIGs). Support from OSI includes strategic planning, coordination of events, and documentation of outcomes.

Faculty Interest Groups in the School of Nursing create an informal forum for learning and dialogue related to topics proposed by School of Nursing faculty; please see table below for current topics. Groups are faculty driven and open to all instructors, full or part-time, as well as staff with a particular interest in the topic.

Group FocusFaculty Leader
Breast Feeding in the WorkplaceGinger Hanson
Cardio Metabolic HealthDiana Baptiste and Yvonne Commodore Mensah
Gender Based ViolenceBushra Sabri
Health EquityKamila Alexander and Janiece Taylor
Health LiteracyHae-Ra Han
HIVJennifer Stewart
InformaticsKrysia Hudson
Modifiable Health RisksMichael Sanchez
PediatricsDeborah Busch
Respiratory ConditionsVinciya Pandian

Faculty Interest Groups provide participants with occasions for networking and forming cross-disciplinary connections related to a topic(s) of mutual interest. These groups also offer an opportunity for a collaborative approach to improving teaching as well as producing research, scholarship, and creative activity necessary for promotion and tenure.

Ideally, the work of each Faculty Interest Group will result in some sort of product, e.g., conference attendance, abstract submission, workshop creation, advancement of a research project, a publication, or a similar scholarly product. Groups should also be tied strongly to the mission and goals of the School of Nursing, as well as complimenting existing Areas of Excellence. Outcomes are determined by each respective group and the kinds of questions they are tackling. Within each group, there is some measure to evaluate productivity and thus accountability. At any point during the academic year, a SON faculty member can propose a FIG related to a teaching, scholarship, or career development interest.

Faculty interested in joining an existing group should contact the group leaders below.

  • Breast Feeding in the Workplace

    Faculty Leaders: Ginger Hanson

    Members: Ginger Hanson, Joanne Silbert-Flagg, Debbie Busch, Vicki Hughes, Barbara Fowler, Edward Bartlet

    Goals:

    • Encourage collaboration
    • Contribute to excellence through the use of new data that hasn't been utilized with respect to the study area in the past
    • Disseminate current support practices available through Human Resources
  • Cardiometabolic Health

    Faculty Leaders: Diana Baptiste and Yvonne Commodore Mensah

    Members: Diana Baptiste, Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Rexford Ahima, Caitlin Nass, Ruth-Alma Turkson, Erin Spaulding, Josemartin Ilao, Kelly Gleason, Lucine Francis, Martha Abshire, Lola Coke

    Goals:

    • Generate questions for further study
    • Improve critical literature appraisal skills
    • Identify opportunities to collaborate on research projects and publications
    • Provide opportunities for critical feedback on abstracts and scholarly projects
  • Gender Based Violence

    Faculty Leader: Bushra Sabri

    Members: Bushra Sabri, Jacquelyn Campbell, Ginger Hanson, Andrea Cimino, Robert Selke, Sarah Murray

    Goals:

    • To conduct a systematic review on interventions for addressing gender-based violence via changing gender norms in limited resource settings (Tentative topic-to be finalized after discussion with the members)
    • Generate research aims for a global health grant application
    • Build partnerships with NGOs for gender-based violence intervention efforts locally and globally
    • Engage in other activities (e.g., manuscripts, presentations) to examine gender-based violence and related health issues
  • Health Equity

    Faculty Leaders: Kamila Alexander and Janiece Taylor

    Members: Kamila Alexander, Janiece Taylor, Rebecca Wright, Kelly Bower, Nicole Warren, Laura Samuel, Bryan Hansen, Teresa Brockie, Lauren Parker, Phyllis Sharps, Sarah Szanton, Patty Wilson, Paula Nersesian, Yvonne Commodore-Mensah

    Mission: To decrease health disparities experienced by local and global communities by promoting social justice and health equity through nursing practice, research, education, and service.

    Activities to support our mission:

    • Build sustainable collaborations across faculty content expertise
    • Promote advocacy for marginalized populations through individual and community based research approaches
    • Design studies and programmatic initiatives that foster health equity, enhance safety, and empower communities
    • Publish cutting-edge research findings in accessible forums

    Learn More about Health Equity

  • Health Literacy

    Faculty Leaders: Hae-Ra Han

    Members: Hae-Ra Han, Phyllis Sharps, Jason Farley, Joycelyn Cudjoe, Sabianca Delva

    Goals:

    • To promote high-quality, patient-centered care through health literacy related discussions using new literature and dialogue with cutting-edge health literacy scientists, presentations, and publications.
  • HIV

    Faculty Leaders: Jennifer Stewart

    Members: Jennifer Stewart, Haera Han, Susan Renda, Michael Sanchez, Athena Ford, Hyejeong Hong

    Goals:

    • Primarily writing of group manuscripts
    • Journal club
    • Abstract submission
    • Invited speakers
  • Informatics

    Faculty Leaders: Krysia Hudson

    Members: Krysia Hudson, Colette Miller, Diane Skojec, Yaffa Elefant, VI Nguyentran, Rut Mulero, Marion Ball

    Goals:

    • To foster patient and family engagement in healthcare. Allowing for patient engagement and connectivity can enable patient and family involvement in their healthcare decision-making process.

    Learn More about Informatics

  • Modifiable Health Risks

    Faculty Leaders: Michael Sanchez

    Members: Michael Sanchez, Bryan Hansen, Deb Finnell, Jenna Bragar, Tamar Rodney, Tammy Slater, Jovan Gonzalez, Meredith Kerr

    Goals:

    • Facilitate consultations to faculty and students who are interested in promoting scholarship including educational initiatives with related topics.
  • Pediatrics

    Faculty Leaders: Deborah Busch

    Members: Deborah Busch, Kristen Brown, Kathy Kushto Reece, Kimberly McIltrot, Shawna Mudd, Alison Pirie, JoAnne Silbert-Flagg, Beth Sloand, Brigit VanGraafeiland

    Goals:

    • Source of collegial fellowship among pediatric-focused faculty
    • Collaboration building on scholarly interests such as: simulations, publications, poster and podium presentations
    • Networking and sharing among members to provide professional support and resources towards member activates
    • Achieve group publications
  • Respiratory Conditions

    Faculty Leaders: Vinciya Pandian

    Members: Vinciya Pandian, Nancy Sullivan, Therese Cole, Katie Mattare, Amanda Owen, Carol Maragos, Dennis Jones, Bruce Schoneboom, Panagis Galiatsatos

    Goals:

    • To provide a professional forum for members to develop their current knowledge and research skills, and a network to share experience regarding respiratory conditions
    • To promote scholarship efforts of faculty specialized in caring for patients with acute and chronic respiratory (airway and pulmonary) issues