Agnes DiStasi, DNP, RN, CNE
Agnes DiStasi DNP, RN, CNE is Dean of Faculty for the School of Nursing at University of Phoenix. She has more than 20 years of experience in nursing education, having taught at the LPN-RN, Diploma, ADN, BSN, RN-BSN and MSN levels. She has developed curricula for BSN, MSN, and DNP programs, most recently leading an interprofessional team in the development of a concept-based BSN program of study. She has been involved in several accreditation visits, and the preparations for those visits, and has been an active participant in program assessment and evaluation activities. Dr. DiStasi developed and served as the Director of a new RN-BSN Program utilizing a problem-based learning format. She created numerous hybrid courses according to best practices in online course development for this program in partnership with a major instructional design firm. She has been an advocate of active learning strategies, and has been an integral part of the shift to active learning in nursing education through presentations at national, state, and local conferences and meetings. Dr. DiStasi’s primary interests in nursing education include the socialization of adjunct clinical instructors to the nurse faculty role, concept-based curriculum development, active learning, and overall faculty development regarding the relationship between teaching and learning, program assessment, program evaluation, and accreditation. Dr. DiStasi is a Certified Nurse Educator. She earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Cincinnati, and her DNP from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.