Dr. Lin Zhan serves as the 8th dean of the UCLA School of Nursing after serving as dean of the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing (2010-2021) and dean of school of nursing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2008-2010).
Zhan was the chief academic officer for the Loewenberg college’s programs on two campuses in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee. Prior to her appointment at the University of Memphis in 2010, Zhan served as the chief academic officer of the School of Nursing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, leading the school’s programs on three campuses in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire.
Zhan served as professor and director of the PhD program in nursing and health promotion at the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Health and Environment (2003-2008), and before that spent 10 years on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and four years as clinical faculty at the head trauma center of West China Medical University.
Dr. Zhan authored/edited three books on “Asian American Voices” and her scholarly work and funded research have focused on health equity by developing better measures for health-related behaviors among ethnic minority populations, higher education diversity and workforce development. She has published more than 100 articles and edited six books and is frequently invited to give keynote speeches and professional presentations.
Dr. Zhan serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Nursing Report, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, and Journal of Aging and Geriatric Medicine. In 2001, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for her outstanding, sustainable, and impactful contribution to the nursing profession. Zhan is an honorary professor at 10 universities in China, and has been been elected for 4th terms on the board of American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the national organization serves as the catalyst for excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, and practice.
In 2020, Zhan was named as one of the “Visionaries in Geriatric Nursing: A Legacy for the Future” in the Journal of Geriatric Nursing, and in 2012 as one of the top 100 nursing professors in the United States by BSNtoMSN.org. Zhan is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the National League for Nursing Outstanding Leadership Award in Nursing and Education in 2010.
Zhan received her bachelor’s degree (BS) from West China Medical University, her masters of science in nursing (MSN) from Boston University, and doctorate of philosophy (PhD) from Boston College.