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Frances H. Cornelius


Assistant Dean, Teaching, Learning and Engagement and Clinical Professor

Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role MSN Department

Fran Cornelius, PhD, is a board-certified nurse educator and has taught at Drexel’s College and University level since 1990. She is a Fellow to the NLN Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF) which recognizes excellence in nursing education and contributions to nursing education in sustained and significant ways. She has an extensive clinical background in medical surgical, psychiatric, oncology and community health nursing. In addition, Cornelius has substantial experience in the development and delivery of online, hybrid and traditional course content. For the past 22 years, she has developed and taught courses online in CNHP's distance learning program and has served as the faculty mentor in the design, development and delivery of online course material and integration of learning technologies into the classroom. She is currently working with international partners to expand e-Learning capacity in under-resourced areas in Africa.

As the assistant dean for Teaching, Learning and Engagement, Cornelius is working collaboratively with thought leaders to drive the quality assurance process to directly impact the quality of courses and programs, providing the leadership, mentoring and coaching, with a focus on continuous improvement that inspires and assures innovative curricula and pedagogy, high-levels of faculty-student engagement, a high-quality learning environment and a faculty culture devoted to student learning and success.

Academic Distinctions

  • Online Learning Council Fellow (2012-2019)
  • Master Quality Matters™ peer reviewer
  • Master Teachers Guild
  • 2010 Outstanding Online Instructor Award Drexel University

Faculty Fellowships

  • National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Fellow
  • Healthcare Forum Cardiovascular Fellow
  • NLN Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF)

Professional Society

1992 – current Sigma Theta Tau International Member
2003 – current American Nursing Informatics Association
2006 – current ANA Member
2007 – current PSNA Member; CE Reviewer
2009 – current Greater Delaware Valley ANIA Chapter – Executive Board Member

Selected Publications

Gefen, D., Miller, J., Ben-Assuli, O. Shlomo, N. Robertson, N., Cornelius, F., & Klempfner, R. (2018). Applying text analysis to identify possible adverse drug interactions: The case of adalat (Nifedipine), International Journal of Medical Informatics. Ref: IJMI_2018_1055

Gefen, D., Millwe, J., Armstrong, J., Cornelius, F., Robertson, N., Smith-McLallen, A., & Taylor, J. (2017). Identifying Patterns in Medical Records with Latent Semantic Analysis. Communications of Association for Computing Machine.

Harman, L. B. & Cornelius, F. H. (2016). Ethical Health Informatics: Challenges and Opportunities. Jones and Bartlett Publishing. ISBN-13: 9781284053708

Wittman-Price, R. & Cornelius, F. (2013). Leadership and Management in Nursing Test Success: An Unfolding Case Study Review. Springer Publishing, Inc: New York. (ISBN: 9780826110381) [Doody Award Recipient]

Cornelius, F. & Gallagher Gordon, M. (2006). PDA connections: Mobile technology for health professions. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia.

Grant participation:

PI: Microsoft Best Practice Grant
Support in the development of an innovative, interactive Podcasting solution for educational purposes

PI: WebSurveyor Academic Grant
WebSurveyor© for educational and research purposes Primary Recipient

PI: Family Strengthening Grant
Philadelphia Foundation for community outreach activities that strengthen at risk families Primary Recipient

PI: Service-Learning Sub-Grant
Philadelphia Higher Education Neighborhood Development to support summer computer camp for underprivileged children in North Philadelphia

PI: Environmental Education Grant
Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection for train-the-trainer sessions targeting K-6 teachers for environmental education in the classroom

Editorial review board membership:

Pedagogy in Health Promotion, Sage Publishing

Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, Elsevier

Research Interests

Cornelius' area of research involves student learning, development of clinical decision-making skills and clinical competency utilizing mobile devices to access information for decision support at the point-of-care/point-of-need. Other research interests include faculty development in integration and application of instructional technology for classroom innovations; virtual learning environments for distance learning and web-enhanced courses; and information seeking behaviors among students and professionals in health care.


Her area of research involves online teaching and learning, student learning, development of clinical decision-making skills and clinical competency utilizing handheld mobile devices.

Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology, 2005
Drexel University School of Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dissertation Title: Handheld Technology and Nursing Education: Utilization of
Handheld Technology in Development of Clinical Decision-making in
Undergraduate Nursing Students

Master of Science in Nursing, Community Health Nursing, 1990
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1983
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

Registered Nurse, 1979 Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing
Detroit, Michigan