Lin Zhan, PhD, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Wharton Executive Fellow

Phone:  901-678-2020
Fax:  901-678-4906
Office:  2502J Community Health Building
  Twitter: @uofmnursingdean
 Dean Lin Zhan


Dr. Zhan is the Dean and a tenured Professor of the Loewenberg College of Nursing at the U of M. Dean Zhan is a Wharton Executive Fellow and a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Dean Zhan's program of research focuses on Quality of Life of older adults and ethnic minorities. Her scholarly work is evident by funded research projects such as Health promotion for ethnic elderly women; family care giving for Alzheimer's Disease; Self-consistency and self-care among African American older adults; Medication practices in community-dwelling Chinese American elders; promotion of hydration for community dwelling elderly; and Senior health service needs in Boston's Chinatown. Dean Zhan was a Research Fellow at Institute for Asian American Studies at UMass Boston and a Research Fellow at Boston's Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged where she studied family care giving for persons with Alzheimer's disease under the NIH K24 Grant. Dean Zhan has served as consultant for UMass Boston and Lowell funded HRSA grants for Nursing Workforce Diversity. Dean Zhan's scholarly work extends to serving as a reviewer for refereed journals of Nursing Education, Nursing Research, Advanced Nursing Sciences, Nursing Reports (Online journal in United Kingdom), and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. Currently, Dean Zhan is the principle investigator who conducts a funded research to understand how dementia patients and their families using internet and to assess if computer games help dementia patients and their families.

Dean Zhan has published > 100 articles and edited five books. She developed two instruments (1) to measure self-consistency (Zhan & Shen, 1994) and (2) to measure medication practice in the community-dwelling older adults (Zhan, 2004). These instruments that measure psycho-behavioral constructs were published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing or Journal of Gerontological Nursing, respectively. She developed a conceptual model on Quality of Life, which was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing (1992). The NIH K24 funded research on family caregivers of Alzheimer's' diseases was published in the Journal of Gerontologist (2005). She continues her scholarly work in gerontology and higher education diversity and leadership.

Dean Zhan has taught nursing from the BSN to the PhD level courses. At the PhD level, she taught Philosophy of Science, Epistemology of Nursing, Theoretical Foundation in Health Promotion and Nursing, Intervention Research in Health Promotion and Nursing, Measurement in Health and Behavioral Research, Research Apprenticeship, Evaluation Research and served as Chair or Member on over 14 PhD dissertation committees. At the MSN level, she taught Human Diversity and Health Care, Gerontological Nursing, and Health Care Management; at the BSN level, she taught Leadership & Management Scholarly Inquiry, Essential Concepts in Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Health Promotion and Teaching & online course Asian Cultures and Health Practices.

Dean Zhan has served as consultant for Partner Harvard Medical International for the project to establish the first National Institute of Health Sciences in Islamabad, Pakistan, 2008-2011; For HRSA funded projects ($1.3Million) "Nurse Scholars Program" and "Bring the Best to Nursing" ($770k) which involves recruitment, Retention and enhance minority students to Nursing (PI: Dr. Linda Dumas, U. Mass Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 2007-2010; 2003-2006). Internationally, she serves as a senior Consultant for the Leadership Development for Knowledge-Based Health Practice, Lu Hau Hospital, Guangzhou, P.R. China; for the 2nd Military Medical University, College of Nursing to develop a MSN program and later a PhD program in nursing, 1998-2000; 2002-2003. Currently. She serves as a senior consultant for Jining Medical University and San Da University in China.

Dean Zhan provides an outstanding and extensive professional services to higher education, nursing profession and healthcare community locally, regionally, and globally.

Nationally, Dean Zhan serves on the American Academy of Nursing Fellow Selection Committee (2016-2020); the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Aging and Global Health (2001-present); the AACN Nomination Committee (2015), AACN Diversity Advisory Group (2015-present), AACN Faculty Development Conference Chair (2014-2016), & AACN Executive Development Series Chair (2016-2018); Previously, Dean Zhan served as an Associate in the Institute for Nursing Healthcare Leadership, Boston, a Clinical Scientist at Phyllis F. Cantor Center Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Association of Older Americans, Boston, Massachusetts. Dean Zhan also served as the Board of Governors for National League for Nursing in New York (1998-2003).

Regionally, Dean Zhan chairs the Tennessee Association of Nursing Deans and directors, and serves on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Action coalition in advancing agendas for Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Dean Zhan has served on the Southern Region Educational Board for Nursing Program Committee (2015-present). Locally, Dean Zhan serves on Memphis Assisi Foundation Community Advisory Board. At the U of M, Dean Zhan serves on Deans Council, Institutional Effectiveness Council, and Strategic Resource Investment Advisory Committee.

Internationally, Dr. Zhan is a visiting/honorary professor in ten (12) Chinese universities such as the 2nd Military Medical University in Shanghai, the 3rd Military Medical University in Chong Qing, Macau Kiang Wu College of Nursing, Sichuan University, Jining Medical College, Bei Hua University, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Su Zhou Medical University, and San Da University in Shanghai, and serves as a senior consultant for Lu Hua Qiao Hospital in GuangZhou, and San Da University in Shanghai, P.R. China. In 2007 she was invited by the US People to People Ambassador Program and led the US Health Care Education and Leadership Delegation to P.R. China. She served as a consultant for Partner Harvard Medical International (Boston, MA) in an effort to establish a College of Nursing and Midwifery and Institute of Health Sciences in Islamabad, Pakistan. She also consults for the Square College of Nursing in Bangladesh. Currently, she serves as senior consultant for Shanghai San Da University and Jining Medial University in China to advance nursing.