Appointment of Professor Linda Johnston as Dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

PDAD&C#49, 2013-14

To:  Faculty, Students and Staff of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:    Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Date:  March 10, 2014
CC:  President Meric Gertler
The Bulletin
Re:  Appointment of Professor Linda Johnston as Dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing


I am delighted to announce that the Agenda Committee of the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Linda Johnston as the new Dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Professor Johnston’s appointment takes effect August 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019.

Professor Johnston joins us from Queen’s University Belfast, where she currently serves as Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Since her appointment in 2008, Professor Johnston has successfully transformed the School’s level of teaching, research productivity, and international engagement. She has been extremely effective at building partnerships within and outside of the School, as well as developing recruitment strategies to ensure the School is a preferred destination for undergraduate and graduate students.

Professor Johnston is internationally recognized for her contributions to the field of nursing and patient care. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne (Australia), Visiting Professor at Soochow University (China), and an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. She is also the Northern Ireland representative on the Executive of the Council of Deans of Health in the UK.

Her professional activities have been notable, particularly as founder and chair of the Australian Collaboration of Neonatal Nurse Researchers, with regard to her contributions as Fellow to the European Academy of Nursing Science, and as Editor of the Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing Journal.

Professor Johnston received her PhD and Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney. She completed her undergraduate nursing education in the United States and has worked in neonatal intensive care in the U.S., Australia and the Middle East.

Her research interests include pain management in the neonatal intensive care environment and long-term outcomes after neonatal care. Her policy interests include clinical academic career pathways and the advancement of nursing research in the discipline.

Professor Johnston brings to this position vision and passion, and she is an inspirational role model for nursing leadership. Please join me in welcoming her to the University of Toronto.