Resources for Deans

Welcome to this web resource designed specifically for Deans at AACN member institutions.


AACN Dean Mentoring Program

Geared toward new, early career, and transitioning deans, matches made each year between experienced deans and early career deans to provide guidance, insight, and experience informed tips and tactics for leading academic nursing.

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Leadership Development

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Meeting Highlights


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Dean Directory

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Member News



Latest AACN Announcements & Initiatives for Members

Call for Nominations for the 2025 Election

May 2, 2024

The AACN Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the following positions on the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.  

  • Treasurer
  • Board Member-at-Large (4 vacancies)
  • Practice Board Member-at-Large (1 vacancy)
  • Nominating Committee (3 vacancies)

AACN Reaffirms Support for Full Implementation of The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education

April 30, 2024

AACN is committed to achieving the preferred future for nursing education outlined in the 2021 Essentials and to communicating the fundamental "WHY" behind the importance of fully embracing this call for transformation. This framework for nursing education was developed in response to the need for nurses who are well-equipped to navigate today's complex and rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. Developed with input from practice and academic leaders over a consensus-building, two-year period, the Essentials received overwhelming support through a vote from AACN's national network of more than 875 member schools of nursing.

AACN Launches New Web Resource Focusing on Preparing Nurses with Essential Well-Being and Leadership Competencies

April 25, 2024

AACN has launched the Developing Nursing Well-Being and Leadership Tool Kit for faculty working to prepare new nurses with key skills needed to succeed in the healthcare system, specifically in the areas of well-being, self-care, resilience, and leadership. Funding for this resource was provided by the Johnson & Johnson Foundation with the goal of accelerating the transition to competency-based education in nursing and meeting the expectations outlined by AACN in The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education.

Dr. Jean Giddens from Virginia Commonwealth University Appointed Chair of the AACN Board of Directors

March 25, 2024

AACN is pleased to announce that Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, dean and professor of nursing at the Virginia Commonwealth University, has been appointed Chair of the AACN Board of Directors. Dr. Giddens officially began her two-year term as Board Chair at noon today following AACN’s Spring 2024 Business Meeting in Washington, DC.

AACN Announces 2024 Election Results for its Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

February 12, 2024

AACN announces the results of its 2024 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. With votes cast by half of all member deans from the nation’s nursing schools with baccalaureate and higher degree programs, those selected to serve as AACN’s top leaders include Board members Julie Sanford (Chair-elect) from The University of Alabama; Victoria Niederhauser (Secretary) from the University of Tennessee Knoxville; Stephen Cavanagh from the University of California-Davis; Rhoberta Haley from Pacific Lutheran University; Kimberly Hunter from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and Rita Trofino from Saint Francis University. New members of AACN’s Nominating Committee include Julie Anne Hoff from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Tony Umadhay from Barry University.

AACN Launches New Culture and Climate Survey to Assess Inclusive Learning Environments in Schools of Nursing

February 1, 2024

AACN has launched a new survey instrument to assist nurse educators in their work to create inclusive learning environments where all students have a strong sense of belonging and purpose. 



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Award Winners in Excellence in Academic Nursing

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Read the Latest Rounds with Leadership

AACN Chair Jean Giddens and AACN CEO/President Deborah Trautman

A forum for AACN’s Board Chair and President/CEO to offer commentary on issues and trends impacting academic nursing.

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