Leslie McKeon, PhD, RN, CNL, NEA-BC,
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor
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Dr. McKeon joined the Loewenberg School of Nursing in August 2013 as Associate Professor
and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Dr. McKeon has extensive experience in nursing
administration, education, and research, with specialization in quality improvement,
patient safety, and interprofessional education.
Dr. McKeon is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, with primary responsibility
for student recruitment, retention, and success. Dr. McKeon has several years of
experience in this role in addition to more than 25 years of administrative experience
in homecare, hospice, acute rehabilitation, and long term care.
Dr. McKeon is a tenured Associate Professor. She has taught nursing leadership and
improvement science at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. She has worked
locally and nationally to advance interprofessional education in healthcare improvement.
Dr. McKeon is currently a member of the MSN Nurse Executive program faculty.
Dr. McKeon serves on the AACN NursingCAS Advisory Board, providing strategies to systematically
improve nursing program application processes at the national level. Dr. McKeon also
serves as a Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Exam item writer and reviews articles
for the Journal of Nursing Education. Dr. McKeon is a member of ANA, TNA, and Academy
of Healthcare Improvement.
Dr. McKeon was awarded a 3-year grant in 2009 from the Health Resources and Services
Administration to develop and evaluate the Master’s Entry Clinical Nurse Leader Program
(CNL). In 2007, she was awarded a 15-month grant from the Quality and Safety Education
for Nurses (QSEN) to develop practice-based improvement simulations for web-based
learning. She has chaired several PhD dissertation committees focused on nursing quality.
Dr. McKeon attended West Chester State College where she received her baccalaureate
degree in nursing. In 1981, she received a master's degree in community health nursing
administration from the University of Arizona; and in 2004, she earned a PhD in Nursing
Science from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Dr. McKeon enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband Tad and daughter Victoria.
She also likes to read, swim, bicycle, and walk with her dog Remi at Shelby Farms.