Lin Zhan, PhD, FAAN

Dean and Professor, Wharton Executive Fellow

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Lin Zhan

About Loewenberg College of Nursing Dean Lin Zhan

Dr. Zhan is the nursing dean and a tenured professor of the Loewenberg College of Nursing at the UofM. Dean Zhan is a Wharton Executive Fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Dean Zhan provides outstanding and extensive professional services to higher education, the nursing profession and the healthcare community on local, regional, and global levels.

Dean Zhan has taught BSN to PhD nursing 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 more than 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 and an online course, Asian Cultures and Health Practices.

Research and Scholarly Activities

Dean Zhan's areas of research focus on the Quality of Life of older adults and ethnic minorities. Her scholarly work is evident by funded research projects on topics 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 the Institute for Asian American Studies at University of Massachusetts (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 funded research to understand how dementia patients and their families are using the Internet and to assess if computer games help dementia patients and their families.

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 and for Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) funded projects such as the "Nurse Scholars Program" ($1.3Million) and the "Bring the Best to Nursing" ($770k) which involves recruitment and retention of 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 an 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 has published more than 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 and 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.

Professional Service/Committees


Dean Zhan serves on the Memphis Assisi Foundation Community Advisory Board. At the UofM, Dean Zhan serves on the Deans Council, the Institutional Effectiveness Council, and the Strategic Resource Investment Advisory Committee.


Dean Zhan serves on Le Bonheur National Leadership Council Board and in this capacity, she works collectively for wellness and health of children, their families, and the community.


Dean Zhan has provided service for the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) including as an elected member on the Fellow Selection Committee member (2016-2020); Member of the Expert Panel on Aging (2002-present) and Global Health (2015-present); serving on AAN’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee (2018-2020). Dean Zhan has provided extensive service to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), including serving on the AACN Diversity Advisory Group (2015-2017), AACN Board of Directors (2017-2019), AACN Board Treasurer (2019-2021), chairing AACN Finance Committee, and as AACN’s Board Liaison to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2017-2020), and Essentials Revision leadership team (2019-present).



Dr. Zhan is a visiting/honorary professor in 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 in Guangzhou, Su Zhou Medical University, and San Da University in Shanghai. She 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 United States People to People Ambassador Program to lead the U.S. Health Care Education and Leadership Delegation to P.R. China. She served as a consultant for Partner Harvard Medical International (Boston) 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.