Cynthia Teel, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Executive Nurse Fellows Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Ph.D., Clinical Nursing Research, University of Arizona
MS, Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno
BS, Nursing, California State University, Hayward


  • KU faculty since 1993
  • Membership: Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Chapter; American Nurses Association; Kansas State Nurses Association Women in Medicine and Science, KUMC Chapter, Kansas Association of Colleges of Nursing; Midwest Nursing Research Society; Sigma Xi
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nursing Education
  • National Advisory Committee member, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education
  • Co-Lead of the Kansas Action Coalition
  • Coordinator, Kansas Advanced Practice Collaborative

Academic Program Affiliations

  • MS
  • DNP
  • PhD

Current Areas of Teaching

  • NRSG 898, Research Project
  • NRSG 980, Doctoral Capstone Project
  • NRSG 999, Doctoral Dissertation

Select Publications 

  • Peltzer, J., Shen, Q., Ford, D., Fischgrund, A., Teel, C. Jameson, M. (2015). Exploring leadership roles, goals, and barriers among Kansas registered nurses: A descriptive cross-sectional study. Nursing Outlook, 63(2): 117-23. PMID: 25771189
  • Peltzer, J., Domain, E., & Teel, C. (2015, March/April). Living in the everydayness of HIV infection: Experiences of young African American women. MEDSURG Nursing.
  • Teel, C. (2014). Creating curricular opportunities for knowledge synthesis. Journal of Nursing Education, 53, 431-432. Invited guest editorial. PMID: 25072673
  • Peltzer, J. Domian, E. & Teel, C. (2014). Infected Lives: Lived Experiences of Young African American HIV-Positive Women. Western Journal of Nursing Research. PMID: 25239137
  • Gajewski, BJ, Jiang, Y, Yeh, HW, Engelman, K, Teel, C, Choi, WS, Greiner, KA, Daley, CM (2014). Teaching confirmatory factor analysis to non-statisticians: A case study for estimating reliability of psychometric instruments. Case Studies in Business, Industry, and Government Statistics, 5(2), 88-101. PMID: 24772373

Select Presentations

  • Peltzer, J., Teel, C., Shen, Q., Ford, D., Fishgrund, A., & Pierce, J., (2014). Kansas nurse leaders: Roles, goals, and barriers. Poster presentation, American Academy of Nursing 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, Washington, DC, October 24, 2014. Poster also presented at the Annual Nursing Science Symposium, KU Hospital, KC, KS. September 24, 2014. Poster won "Best Research Poster Presentation" at the Annual Nursing Science Symposium conference.
  • Cline, J., Cromwell, G., Gleason, L,, Peltzer, J., & Teel, C. (2014). Impressions of baccalaureate nursing education among public health and school nurses in rural Kansas. Poster presentation, Annual Nursing Science Symposium, KU Hospital, Kansas City, KS. September 24, 2014.
  • Peltzer, J., Domian, E., & Teel, C. (2014). The complexity of everyday lives of young African-American HIV-positive women. Paper presentation, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2014 State of the science congress on nursing research, Washington, DC, September 18-20, 2014.
  • Singh, R., Kluding, P., Teel, C., & McGinnis, P. (2014). Fatigue in People with Type 2 Diabetes: A Mixed Methods Study. Poster presentation, American Diabetes Association's 74th Scientific Sessions, June 13-17, San Francisco, CA. Poster also selected by Planning Committee to be showcased in a Guided Audio Poster Tour (1-hour tour where moderators lead attendees and highlight novel or recent developments in question and answer sessions with Poster Presenters). Poster assigned to Novel Approaches and Considerations in Behavioral Science and Practice tour on June 16.
  • Teel, C. & Fuller, D. (2014). Building intra-professional learning opportunities for doctoral students through NEXus. Poster presentation, MNRS, St. Louis, MO, February 26-27, 2014.


  • 2015-2106, Creating a culture of health in Kansas: Advocating for diversity and equity in nursing, PI
  • REACH Foundation, $50,000
  • 2015-2017, Creating a culture of health in Kansas: Advancing nursing education and leadership, PI
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $150,000
  • 2014-2015, Continued advancement of the Kansas Action Coalition, Director/PI
  • Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, $45,000
  • 2014-2016, Supporting one PhD and one DNP student, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Director
  • Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, on behalf of the Jonas Center, $20,000
  • 2013-3014, Continued advancement of the Kansas Action Coalition, Director/PI
  • Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, $45,000

Awards & Honors

  • 2015, AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners) Advocate State Award for Excellence
  • 2014, Honorary Nursing Alumna Award, KUMC Alumni Association
  • 2012, Daisy Faculty Award, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Daisy Foundation, KU School of Nursing
  • 2011, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2011, Nurse of the Year Award, Education, Kansas State Nurses Association
Last modified: Aug 01, 2016


Cynthia Teel, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

P: (913) 588-1697