College of Nursing Dean

Juliann Sebastian, RN, PhD, FAANJuliann G. Sebastian, RN, PhD, FAAN, was appointed Dean and Professor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 2011. She previously had served as Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2006. Before that, she was 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 degrees in nursing from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and her doctorate in business administration from the College of Business and Economics there.

Dr. Sebastian’s areas of expertise are organization of care delivery systems, and in particular care for 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 and 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 was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1999. She has been active in numerous national and international professional organizations, including service as the vice president of Sigma Theta Tau International from 1995-1997 and chair of the board of the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation from 1997-2001. She co-chaired the Fellows Selection Committee for the American Academy of Nursing for two years (2006, 2007) and is a member of the AAN Quality Expert Panel.  

She served on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Practice Doctoral Programs Task Force (2004-2006) and as the Board of Directors liaison to the MSN Essentials Task Force (2008-2011). Prior to that, she was a member of the AACN Task Force on the Clinical Doctorate (2002-2004) 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 chair of the AACN Board of Directors (2016-2018).

Her awards include recognition as one of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing's 50 Outstanding Alumni in 2010 and induction into its Hall of Fame in 2011.