Fall 2010: Dr. Barbara Penn

Dr. Barbara Penn has over thirty years of experience in health care, with particular emphasis on education and training of health care professionals.She served in the U.S. Army for over 25 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel from the Office of the Army Surgeon General where she served as both Nursing Education Consultant to the Surgeon General, and Chief, Health Education and Training Division, with oversight of education of Army health care professionals across disciplines.

Dr. Penn has been at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Washington, DC for almost ten years.In her position as Director of Member Education, she is responsible for planning and implementing ten national conferences each year, as well as several national faculty development initiatives for deans and faculty.

A native Texan, Dr. Penn earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University; a Master of Science in nursing from Texas Woman's University, and a PhD in education from the University of Texas at Austin. Her expertise in adult education is evident in her history of presentations, publications, awards, consultant experience, and faculty appointments.

Dr. Penn has taught, administered, and consulted in a variety of educational settings, including hospital staff development, hospital and university continuing education, technical nursing programs, undergraduate and graduate education, state and national professional associations, and national level education policy development. Her particular interest is faculty development -- teaching educators to better teach adult learners. She has developed and taught several graduate courses in adult learning, instructional design, and program evaluation. She also is an invited speaker on faculty role transition, adult learning, and test development.In addition to numerous published articles, she is the editor of a 2008 book titled, Mastering the Teaching Role: A Guide for Nurse Educators, which won an AJN Book-of-the-Year Award.