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Yingling named associate dean for practice, partnerships

Charles Yingling

Dean Terri E. Weaver today announced the permanent appointment of Charles T. Yingling, DNP ’12, MS ’05, FNP-BC, FAANP, as associate dean for practice and community partnerships at the UIC College of Nursing, effective August 16. A clinical associate professor in the Department of Population Health Nursing Science, Yingling has served in the position on an interim appointment since May 16.

“His extraordinary leadership enabled the work of clinical practices to continue seamlessly while developing and expanding clinical practice opportunities,” says Weaver. “I am exceedingly grateful that he will be leading our clinical enterprise.”

Before taking on the associate deanship, Yingling served for many years as director of the college’s family nurse practitioner program, leading a curriculum redesign that enhanced distance learning and incorporated a greater degree of simulation. Under his leadership, the program earned recognition as one of the top FNP programs in the nation; it was ranked No. 11 in the nation for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report. The FNP program now enjoys an average enrollment of nearly 200 students, making it the college’s largest advanced practice program.

Yingling has practiced in community health since 2005, focusing on primary care of people with serious mental illness and lifespan primary care in a federally qualified health center serving Chicago’s West Side and near west suburbs. His practice scholarship focuses on reducing health disparities, particularly improving care for sexual and gender minority people—work that has garnered him invitations to present nationally and internationally to nursing and medical audiences. He also has numerous publications in this area and is co-founder of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners’ Diversity Special Interest Group.

Yingling has received a host of recognitions for his leadership in practice, including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners NP Advocate Award, the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition’s 40 under 40 Award, a DAISY Faculty Award and induction into the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.