Evangeline “Angie” Fangonil-Gagalang, an assistant professor in the nursing department at Cal State San Bernardino, has been named to the newest group of fellows of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN), a select group of academic nursing faculty.

The year-long ELAN fellowship program is designed for aspiring deans and senior faculty in leadership roles. The program provides participants with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and exercises related to successful executive leadership and the opportunity to establish a peer network that fosters long-term partnerships and collegial support.

“The ELAN fellowship is more than extending an individual’s leadership skills to a higher level, it is establishing a network of colleagues who will support each other in their leadership journey,” Gagalang said. “My ELAN colleagues will be one of my sources of knowledge and strength as I lead others.”

Gagalang and the other 46 members of the ELAN cohort will be able to take advantage of a leadership immersion, which includes peer coaching, team building and advanced simulations. After an on-site event, participants will have access to an online community, two 4-hour e-learning workshops, and peer group discussions. Additional services that will support the fellowship may be added to the experience, such as coaching and mentoring, at an additional cost. 

So far, 170 nursing faculty leaders have now engaged in professional development activities, including an assessment of current leadership style and skills and work to accomplish identified goals. Representing a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skills, the AACN Fellows have developed the necessary tools to be leaders in the academic nursing world. 

Gagalang serves as the undergraduate nursing program director at CSUSB. Prior to that, she was a full-time lecturer at the university. She has more than 24 years of experience as a registered nurse, 19 of which are in nursing education. Her background is in medical-surgical and emergency nursing.

She received her Ph.D. in nursing at Azusa Pacific University. Her area of research and interest includes student readiness for practice, curriculum development and Precision Health.

Recently, Gagalang authored the Integration of Precision Health in a Baccalaureate Curriculum wherein she, along with a co-author, described the process of incorporating concepts of Precision Health in six identified courses.

Gagalang belongs to the Precision Health and Genomics workgroup convened by the American Nurses Association in their efforts to develop basic competencies for Precision Health and update the advanced competencies for Genomics Nursing. She was the co-primary investigator and awardee of the All of Us research grant from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, a collaborative effort with the National Institute of Health in their goal to achieve 1 million human samples to represent “all of us” in health research. She presented much of her work in Precision Health at multiple regional and national conferences.

Recently, Gagalang was the recipient of the Excellence in Professional Education award from the Association of California Nurse Leaders, recognizing her work and achievements in academic nursing.

For more information, visit the American Association of Critical-Care Nursing’s Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) program website.


Learn more at the CSUSB nursing department’s website.