Associate Professor Frank Donnelly

Associate Professor Frank Donnelly
 Position Interim Dean of Nursing
 Org Unit Nursing
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3639
 Location Floor/Room 3 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Associate Professor Frank Donnelly began his nursing career at the Royal Adelaide Hospital after graduation from the University of South Australia (Salisbury).  After a stint in neurosurgical nursing Frank moved to work in Intensive Care, where he spent the majority of his clinical life.  After completing post graduate qualifications in ICU a shift in direction saw him move into nursing education, particularly clinical education.  Further study and completion of a Master of Nursing, with a thesis examining the lived experience of a tracheostomy tube change, led Frank toward a PhD, a study which combined his primary interest in nursing knowledge and the role of clinical placement experiences. Frank is an Education Specialist, Chair of the Adelaide Education Academy and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

    In 2019 Frank was awarded The Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence, the University of Adelaide’s premier learning and teaching award. This award recognises the University’s highest achievers in teaching, support of teaching, and supervisory practices. 

    Frank is currently Interim Dean of Nursing (since Oct 2019)  

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  • Qualifications

    RN, BNurs, MNurs, Grad Cert Ed (Higher Ed) Grad Dip Intensive Care, Diploma of Management, PhD 

  • Awards & Achievements

    2019 - Stephen Cole the Elder Award - Excellence in Leadership, Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice

    2019 - Senior Fellow - Higher Education Academy (UK)

    2018 - Executive Deans Teaching Award - Level C and above

    2012 - High Commendation - For Excellence in University Teaching - Faculty of Health Sciences 

    2008 - Lecturer of the Year  - The University of Adelaide (as voted by students through UniJobs. com)

    2008 - Executive Deans Prize for Excellence in Learning and Teaching - Faculty of Health Sciences


  • Research Interests

    Clinical Education

    Clinical Placement


    Case Study Methodology/ QCA (see ppt file below)

    Complexity Theory

  • Research Funding

    2016 eLearning Grant 'Through the Looking Glass' use of VR in orientation to theatre environments $5000

    2016 Partnership Priority Grant iCAN - Interprofessional Learning $5000

    2008 - Project Leader  - Mental Health Curriculum Development in Pre-registration Nursing Degrees – Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging $20017 

    2008 – Implementation of an electronic audience response system to enhance student learning through direct formative and summative learning. $10000 - Team submission with David Foley (Project Leader)

     2007 - Making research skill development explicit in coursework: Four universities' adaptation of a model to numerous disciplines. Carrick (ALTC) Competitive grant $215,488 – Team submission with Dr John Willison (Project Leader)

    2001 – Provision of an integrated computer training and video skills program for the development of competency in advanced life support for post graduate nursing students. IT Matching Funds – The University of Adelaide  $19810 – Team submission with Mr John Field (Project Leader)

  • Publications

  • Professional Associations

    ICN Nursing Education Network

    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) Psi Eta Chapter


    Australian Association for Research in Education

  • Community Engagement

    Reviewer - Nurse Education Today

    Reviewer - International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare

    Reviewer - Nurse Researcher 

  • Files

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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020

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