WHO is the Johns Hopkins Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives?

Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, was appointed the first Johns Hopkins University Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives on November 1, 2013. In this role, she provides academic leadership to steward and coordinate the university’s efforts in the use of digital educational technology, in both online and classroom settings. Dr. Jeffries ensures the university’s digital efforts are aligned with and enhance the university’s core academic mission and work to support—from technological online course development, marketing, recruiting, and matriculation—the schools and divisions of the university in their own digital education endeavors. 

Dr. Pamela R. Jeffries is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (where she previously was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs) and is nationally known for her research and work in developing simulations and online teaching and learning. Throughout the academic community, she is well regarded for her expertise in experiential learning, innovative teaching strategies, new pedagogies, and the delivery of content using technology in nursing education. Dr. Jeffries has served as a principal investigator on grants with national organizations such as the National League for Nursing, provided research leadership and mentorship on national projects with the National Council State Board of Nursing, and consulted and provided expertise in clinical education, simulations, and other emerging technologies with corporations, healthcare organizations, and publishers.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, an American Nurse Educator Fellow, and most recently, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Global, Intraprofessional Education forum and currently serves as President of the interprofessional, international Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She has numerous publications, is sought after to deliver presentations nationally and internationally, and has just edited two books, “Simulations in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation (2nd edition) and “Developing Simulation Centers Using the Consortium Model.” Dr. Jeffries has received federal and state grant funding to support her research focus in nursing education and the science of innovation and learning. She was recently inducted to the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau Research Hall of Fame and is the recipient of several teaching and research awards from the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulations and Learning, the National League of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International, and most recently received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence award.