Voncella McCleary-Jones, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, directs academic affairs in the college of Health Professions at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, and is immediate past chair of its School of Nursing. Her academic leadership experience includes roles as Director of the Masters in Nursing Education Program and interim Assistant Dean for Educational Excellence in the College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a nationally recognized leader with a passion for positively impacting the health and education of diverse populations. Dr. McCleary-Jones’s is an expert in curriculum design. Her funded research and scholarship includes health literacy, minority health, and nursing education foci; significantly impacting the scientific body of knowledge related to the concept of health literacy and contributing to health literacy knowledge base and understanding of students, nurses, and faculty. Her work has informed research of national and international colleagues in nursing and other disciplines.
Dr. McCleary-Jones is a Harvard Macy Scholar and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the NLN’s Academy of Nursing Education. Her professional service includes vice president of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, NLN ANEF Reviewer, AACN Professional Development Conference Planning Subcommittee, Advisory Council member of Chamberlain University’s inaugural Nurse Faculty Residency Program, and NLN Nominations Committee. Other recognitions include the Excellence in Healthcare Award and Woman Who Leads in Healthcare Award from the Wichita Business Journal, Outstanding Educator Award – Higher Education by the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma, and the Excellence in Academic Leadership Award and Excellence in Innovation in Teaching Award from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty.
Dr. McCleary-Jones holds a PhD in Adult & Higher Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma, a M.S. in Nursing Education from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, BSN from North Carolina Central University, and ADN from Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC.