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Jan L. Lee
National Association of Professional Women

University of Tennessee
Associate Dean Academic Affairs


PhD, University of Southern California Higher Education

MN, UCLA Medical-Surgical Nursing

BSN, University of Iowa Nursing


nursing education


watching sports, reading, taking long road trips

My name is Jan Lee - officially Jan L. Lee, R.N., Ph.D., CNE (Certified Nurse Educator). I am currently Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing. I previously held faculty appointments at the University of Southern California, UCLA, and the University of Michigan. I credit the University of Iowa College of Nursing with giving me a strong foundation upon which to build my nursing career. Graduate degrees from UCLA and USC afforded me the credentials to move into advanced practice, nursing education, health care research, and ultimately academic administration. 

I have been funded by numerous intramural and extramural agencies (including NIH) to pursue her research interests in self-management of chronic illness and quality of nursing care. I also served as a consultant to the RAND Health Program and to the Veterans Health Administration. In addition, I've had the very good fortune to be a visiting scholar to Kitasato University in Japan and, as a member of the Visiting Team from UCLA School of Nursing, helped to found the Erebouni School of Nursing, the first baccalaureate nursing program in the Republic of Armenia. I have received numerous honors in nursing and healthcare, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Excellence in Research Award in the area of clinical research for the article, “Does What Nurses Do Affect Clinical Outcomes for Hospitalized Patients? A Review of the Literature”, published in Health Services Research (1999). I am a member of the Tennesse Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, the internaional honor society of nursing. I also serve as a site evaluator for the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education. 

My hobbies and interests include watching sports, reading, and taking long road trips. I am drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations such as Bread for the World, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti. I have endowed a scholarship for a nursing student at my alma mater, the University of Iowa.