Liane Connelly, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Professor

Assistant Dean, Northern Division


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Northern Division
801 E. Benjamin Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701

Phone: 402-844-7895



  • 1985, BSN, Mercy College of Detroit, Michigan
  • 1993, MSN, Clarkson College, Omaha, NE
  • 1997, PhD, Kansas State University


Dr. Connelly is interested in access to nursing education for persons who come from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, including persons with diverse life experiences. Additionally, Dr. Connelly is interested in the well-being of students as they pursue education as professional nurses.


Research Interests

  • Workforce development
  • Educationally disadvantaged students
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity

Grant Support (Previous 5 years)

Partnering for Behavioral Health in Rural Northeast and North-Central Nebraska, $879,159, Bailey, J (P.I.)

HRSA Workforce Development Grant LINK TO LEARN. HRSA, $665,000, Connelly, L (P.I.)


Connelly, L., Kathol, L., Miller, J. & Stover, A. (2017). Achieving Outstanding Outcomes in Recruitment of High Schoolers to a High School Summer Camp: Structure and Process Considerations. Journal of Nursing & Patient Care, 2(1) 1-4.

Connelly, L., Burbach, B., Kennedy, C., & Walters, L. (2018). Escape Room Event: Description and Lessons Learned. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(3) 184-187. Doi: 10.3928/01484834-201802221-'1

Connelly, L., Kathol, L., Peterson-Truksa, V., Miller, J., Stover, A. & Otto, E. (2019). The Academic Coach: A Program for Nursing Student Success Journal of Nursing Education. 58 (11) pp661-664 doi:10.3929/01484834-20191021-09


AACN Climate and Intergroup Relations toolbox development member(2021)

Big 10 Academic Alliance of Diversity Officers, Co-Lead. Newly formed Alliance spring 2021.

AACN Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to further revise competencies for use in BSN through DNP programs, Committee Member(2020).

AACN Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference Planning Committee member(2019-current).