Juliann Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN, c. 2016



Juliann Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN, c. 2016




Juliann G. Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN, was appointed dean and professor of the UNMC College of Nursing on October 15, 2011. She previously served as dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2006. Before that, she served as assistant dean for Advanced Practice Nursing and professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Dr. Sebastian earned her bachelor's and master's of science in nursing from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and her doctorate in Business Administration from the College of Business and Economics there.

As dean, Dr. Sebastian supported growth in the College of Nursing’s programs across the state. Most notably, she oversaw major building projects on both the Lincoln and Kearney campuses. In 2015, The College of Nursing Kearney Division moved into the Health Science Education Complex, a state-of-the-art facility shared with the College of Allied Health. In 2018, the Lincoln Division moved into a new cutting-edge facility that is shared with the University Health Center at UNL.

Dr. Sebastian’s areas of expertise are organization of care delivery systems (with special focus on underserved populations), academic nursing practice and nurse-managed centers, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program curricula. She has presented widely at national and international conferences on these topics and has had numerous papers, book chapters, abstracts, and three books related to community nursing published. She was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellowship program (1998-2001) and focused her fellowship work on academic nursing practice and system change.

Dr. Sebastian has been active in numerous national and international professional organizations. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) in 1999. She co-chaired the Fellows Selection Committee for the AAN for two years (2006-07) and is a member of the AAN Quality Expert Panel. She also served as the Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau International from 1995-97 and Chair of the Board of the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation from 1997-2001.

She served on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Practice Doctoral Programs Task Force (2004-06) and as the Board of Directors liaison to the MSN Essentials Task Force (2008-11). Prior to that, she was a member of the AACN Task Force on the Clinical Doctorate (2002-04) that developed recommendations for practice doctoral preparation for advanced nursing practice in the future. Dr. Sebastian served as a AACN Board Member-At-Large (2008-2010) and as Secretary on the AACN Board of Directors (2010-2014). Dr. Sebastian served as Chair-Elect of AACN (2014-2016) and served as Chair of the AACN Board of Directors (2016-18).

Dr. Sebastian's awards include recognition as one of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing's fifty outstanding alumni in 2010 and induction into their Hall of Fame in 2011.


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