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UHV associate professor chosen for nursing leadership program

Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.

Denise Neill, UHV associate professor

Denise Neill, an associate professor in the University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing, was selected as a 2013-14 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program fellow.

"This program is designed to help educators learn about their own personality type," Neill said. "A key part of leadership training is identifying our strengths and weaknesses."

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has presented the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program for the past 12 years. The UHV School of Nursing is a member of the association. Fellows are chosen from colleges that are part of the association.

The leadership program is designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool of leaders for nursing programs. The program's professional development experience encompasses an assessment and evaluation of leadership skills, opportunities for strategic networking and case study development, consultation to achieve long-term goals and identification of key partnerships.

Fellows engage in professional development activities, including an assessment of current leadership style and skills, and mentoring opportunities with an experienced leader. Neill will be mentored by Susan Ruppert, director of the adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Neill said she's interested in assuming more of a leadership role in nursing education.

"Whether it's a dean or associate dean, I'm not sure yet, but I enjoy the administrative side of my job," Neill said.

A South Arkansas native, Neill earned an associate degree at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. She moved on to the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees. She later completed her doctoral studies at Texas Woman's University in Denton.

Neill has been a faculty member at UHV for seven years. She also is the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing coordinator and served as president of the UHV Faculty Senate during the 2012-13 school year.

In 2012, Neill relocated to the Lone Star College University Center at Montgomery to oversee the expansion of UHV's RN to BSN program in The Woodlands.

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