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College of Nursing

The Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Development Program

Program Curriculum and Dates

Cockcroft Schedule for the 2018 - 2019 Class

(The arrangement of content may vary depending on faculty).

Session I: March 21-23, 2018

Faculty: Jeanne Cavanaugh MN, RN, NEA-BC
  • Introduction and Orientation to the Amy V. Cockcroft Fellowship
  • Expectations of the program
Faculty: Betty Parker, CPLP
  • Introduction to the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Assessment Tools and directions
  • (DISC, 360, etc.)
Faculty: Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  • Transformational leadership and innovation in healthcare
  • Professional and personal qualities of a leader, what does it take?
  • Developing self-awareness as a leader
  • Making the best use of the fellowship program
Annual Leadership Summit: Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Introduction of 2018-2019 Fellows

Session II: June 13-15, 2018

Faculty: Melinda (Noonan) Earle DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE 
  • Project Management for a Service or Academic Setting
Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS
  • Effective Presentations
Faculty: Betty Parker, CPLP Solutions
  • Successful Leadership through Greater Self-Awareness

 Session III: September 19-21, 2018

Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS 
  • Preparing and delivering presentations for impact and success
  • Delivering a compelling opening, transition, and conclusion
  • How to handle challenging questions
  • Adapting to different audiences and purposes of presentation
  • Practicing presentations with feedback provided
  • Planning for options for delivery of project on a larger scale 
Faculty: Janet Wessel Krejci, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  • Leadership Model and Differences Between Levels of Self Awareness
  • Historical Implications of Nursing as a Predominantly Female Profession and Oppressed Group Behaviors
  • Circle of Influence vs Circle of Concern
  • Systems Thinking Basics
  • Differentiation of Levels of Observation and Levels of Intervention
  • Consequences of Lack of Clarity of Goal
  • I Position Concept (Miller-Winstead Fry)
  • Case Studies and Reflection

Session IV: January 9-11, 2019  

Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS
  • TBA
Faculty: Betty Parker, CPLP Solutions
  • Conflict Management

Session V: March 27-29, 2019

Faculty: Janet Wessel Krejci, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  • Bringing it all together
  • Mental models how they influence the frame of systems analysis
  • Achieving higher leverage with leadership
  • Strategies for dealing with conflict within teams, committees, etc.
  • Building successful collaborative interdisciplinary teams
Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS
  • Final planning for Fellows' Presentations
Annual Leadership Summit: Friday, March 29, 2019


  • Details forthcoming