Victoria Folse

School of Nursing’s Folse Receives Fellowship

December 17, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Associate Professor of Nursing Victoria Folse has been awarded a State of Illinois Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Center for Nursing (ICN). The purpose of the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program is to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher learning that award degrees in nursing. Folse will receive $10,000 to be used for faculty development.

Earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Illinois Wesleyan in 1986, Folse received her master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989, and her doctorate from Saint Louis University in 2002. She came to Illinois Wesleyan in 2002, after teaching at Bradley University and coordinating programs for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, both in Peoria.

A member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the International Orem Society, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Folse has been honored as a Leadership for Academic Nursing Program 2008 Fellow from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She is also a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

An active researcher, Folse has published studies in Archives of Psychiatric Nursing and the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Service. She has contributed chapters in recent editions of textbooks, including Fundamentals of Nursing (2008), Leading and Managing in Nursing (2007) and Basic Nursing Essentials for Practice (2007). In 2006, Folse has presented at international conferences in Germany, South Africa and Canada.

Folse, who is one of 15 recipients of fellowships from applications across the state of Illinois, plans to use the Fellowship funds to advance her program of research on eating disorders and suicide risk, and to develop innovative strategies to increase curricular integration and student interest in nursing theory, psychiatric nursing and nursing leadership.

This is the third consecutive year a member of the Illinois Wesleyan nursing faculty has been awarded the fellowship. Since its inception three years ago, the fellowship has been presented to Professor of Nursing Sharie Metcalfe, Professor of Nursing Connie Dennis, and now to Folse.

Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960