Illinois Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Nursing Amanda Hopkins has been
awarded the 2015 Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
Hopkins is one of 22 recipients statewide to be awarded the fellowship, which aims
to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher
An experienced nurse educator, Hopkins earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees
in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan in 2013, Hopkins taught several
undergraduate and graduate nursing courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Nursing, Urbana Regional Program. Her expertise lies in the study of providing
culturally competent, family-centered care.
Hopkins’ research has focused on mothers’ perceptions of the management of their children’s
chronic condition, specifically sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis, within the
context of the school setting. She has published multiple manuscripts and chapter
case studies, and has presented numerous professional presentations.
She is a member of nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau International, Midwest Nursing
Research Society, and the International Family Nursing Association.