Valparaiso University Professor Theresa Kessler has been named a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing. She is an endowed chair for the advancement of nursing science. 

Kessler has advanced credentialing science through her leadership at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more than 15 years, she served ANCC in a variety of roles, including two terms as chair of the commission on certification. Kessler directed the transformation of renewal requirements for certified nurses, led the fundamental shift in using outcome-based credit rather than time-based credit for demonstrating continuing competence, expanded options for certified nurses to meet renewal requirements and advanced credentialing policy nationally and internationally.

She received the Valparaiso University Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work in 2017. In 2015, Kessler was inducted as the Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science and in 2014 was the recipient of the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Kessler has a doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.



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