Dr. Jessica Devido Selected as One of Five Macy Faculty Scholars

Associate Nursing Professor Dr. Jessica Devido is one of just five educators from across the country—and Duquesne's first nursing faculty member—to be selected as a Macy Faculty Scholar. This prestigious fellowship will facilitate her development as a national leader and education innovator.

Devido and her fellow Macy Faculty Scholars cohort members were chosen from a national applicant pool of 82 medical and nursing educators. They were selected because of their accomplishments and future promise as educational leaders and innovators.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jessica Devido to our newest class of Macy Faculty Scholars," said Dr. Holly J. Humphrey, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. "Her work in helping undergraduate pre-licensure nursing students promote maternal-child health equity is critical to preparing the future health care workforce to understand and address systemic inequities."

Macy Faculty Scholars receive salary support up to $100,000 per year over two years to implement an educational change project in their institution and to participate in a program of career development activities. In addition, the scholars receive mentoring and career advice from the Foundation's National Advisory Committee.

"The faculty and I are extremely proud of Dr. Devido, who joins a select group of innovators and leaders in medicine and nursing," said Nursing Dean Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow. "I know she will benefit from superb networking opportunities and training that the Josiah Macy Scholars Program will provide."

Devido, who spent months planning her project as part of the Macy Faculty Scholars application process, said being among such a small number educators selected has left her feeling truly humbled.

"I feel so honored and blessed to be able to have this opportunity," Devido said. "I feel blessed to be at a University with a true mission to serve others, and I have felt that in every capacity here. Our University and our faculty and staff-we serve not only God, but we serve our students, we serve the community and we serve each other."

Devido, who first joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2014, has been greatly impacted and motivated by her experience as a bedside labor-and-delivery nurse.

Scholar applicants were asked to share details of a new educational innovation project that they were proposing to develop and implement at their institution. Devido will develop the Maternal-Child Health (MCH) Equity Fellowship, a program designed for undergraduate pre-licensure nursing students to promote equity, cross-cultural sensitivity, and collaboration with community stakeholders.

"With this fellowship, we really want to be innovative and teach our nursing students how to build authentic relationships with the community, to learn from its leaders and all stakeholders how to work for safe motherhood and collective change," Devido explained. "We want our students to develop critical understanding of the maternal-child health inequities, learn how to listen to mothers of color in new and different ways, as they are the first point of contact. Our nursing students bring passion to their studies. They are important change agents for the future."

A committed professional and teacher-scholar, Devido's curiosity and drive foster her research and creativity, and have made her classroom a valuable learning environment for her students.

"I love being a nurse. I love the positive impact that nurses have on the lives of others, and that extends to my students," Devido said. "And I am committed to immersing my students in the imperative nature of working alongside communities and training them to be impassioned to deliver viable clinical solutions that are going to get at serving vulnerable populations and-in this case-solutions specifically for maternal child health equity."

"I'm very excited for the possibilities of how we might be able to impact some of the disparities that are occurring related to maternal child health here in the Pittsburgh area, hopefully changing the experience and the viewpoints of our students to better serve their patients," said Devido.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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