Meet the Nursing Dean: Dr. Juliann G. Sebastian

Dr. SebastianJuliann G. Sebastian, RN, PhD, FAAN, became dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing on Oct. 15, 2011, after a nationwide search.

“Dr. Sebastian is a nationally known nursing leader with important academic credentials and a compelling record of leadership,” said Harold M. Maurer, M.D., chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Sebastian was formerly dean and professor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Nursing, a post she held since 2006. Before that, she served as assistant dean for advanced practice nursing and professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.   Her areas of expertise are organization of care delivery systems, care for underserved populations, academic nursing practice, nurse-managed health centers, and doctor of nursing practice program curricula.

Dr. Sebastian earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and a doctorate in business administration from UK’s College of Business and Economics.  

She is currently on the executive committee of the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She previously held other AACN leadership roles. She served as associate editor for leadership for the Journal of Professional Nursing from 2007 to 2009 and was a member of the editorial board (2010-12).  

She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and has a prodigious record of publication — including numerous papers, book chapters, abstracts and three books related to community nursing.

In 1999, Dr. Sebastian was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She served as vice president of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, from 1995-97 and as board chair of its foundation from 1997-2001. She was one of the first fellows selected (1998-2001) in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s prestigious Executive Nurse Fellowship program.