Atlantis Bahamas | June 3-6, 2020

Conference Purpose

The purpose of the annual scientific conference is to discuss strategies to promote research, teaching, professional development, and community service through mentoring and support of African American faculty to survive and thrive in nursing academia.

Conference Speakers

Voncella McCleary-Jones, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF

Voncella McCleary-Jones, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF

Voncella McCleary-Jones, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF


Dr. McCleary-Jones is a native of Fayetteville, NC, and currently serves as the Associate Dean, College of Health Professions and Chairperson, School of Nursing at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.  Prior to joining Wichita State University, McCleary-Jones was a tenured Associate Professor at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK, where she also served as the Director of the Master’s Nurse Education Program and as Interim Assistant Dean for Educational Excellence.  McCleary-Jones holds a PhD in Adult and Higher Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma and Master of Science in Nursing Education. McCleary-Jones' research and scholarship focuses is health literacy, minority health, and nursing education.  McCleary-Jones' clinical specialty areas include adult Intensive Care and Post-Anesthesia Care.  McCleary-Jones is a Harvard Macy Scholar, holds certification from the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), and is a Fellow of the NLN’s Academy of Nursing Education, a national distinction that recognizes her sustained and significant contributions to nursing education.

John Lowe, PhD, RN, FAAN

Voncella McCleary-Jones, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF

Voncella McCleary-Jones, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF


Dr. John Lowe is the McKenzie Professor for Health Disparities Research and the founding and current Director of the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE) at Florida State University. Lowe is a Cherokee tribal member with Cherokee, Creek, and Lenape heritage and one of 23 Native American doctoral prepared nurses in the U.S. Lowe is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and an alumnus of the American Nurses Association Ethnic Minority Fellowship predoctoral program and has served as the Chair of the National Advisory Committee.  Lowe was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Nursing Research and elected as a member of the Fellow Selection Committee of the American Academy of Nursing. Lowe has represented Native American and Indigenous health care professionals in many national and international forums. Lowe developed an evidenced-based intervention that utilizes the traditional Talking Circle format to reduce substance use and risk behaviors among Native American and Indigenous youth. Lowe is currently the Principal Investigator of several National Institutes of Health funded research projects. Lowe also co-authored the Native American Nursing Conceptual Framework which is being used to guide nursing curriculum.

Tentative: Conference At-A-glance

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

3:30 – 4:30 - Conference Registration

4:30 – 6:00 - Board of Director’s Meeting

6:30 – 8:00 - Welcome Reception

Thursday, June 4, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 - Conference Registration

8:15 – 9:30 - Opening Session

9:45 – 11:45 - Education Sessions

12:00 – 1:15 - Lunch / Poster presentations

1:30 – 3:30 - Education Sessions


Friday, June 5, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 - Conference Registration

8:15 – 9:30 - Education Sessions

9:45 – 10:45 - Leadership Institute

10:15 – 11:45 - Education Sessions

12:30 – 2:30 -  Awards & Recognition Banquet

Saturday, June 6, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 - Conference Registration

8:15 – 10:45 - Education Sessions

11:15 – 12:30 - General Membership & Committee Meetings