Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions

Janet Brown has been Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions since 2000. Under her leadership, the College has maintained its position at the forefront of the nation’s finest nursing programs. Brown came to Valparaiso University in 1977 as a clinical assistant, after working as a nurse and then as a medical-surgical-unit director. She has taught several undergraduate courses and coordinated the R.N.-B.S.N. Completion Program for a number of years, in addition to teaching in the graduate program. Brown received the 1998-99 Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching, and was recognized in May 2006 as a finalist for The Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award in Teaching.

Brown’s research interests include health-behavior change, service-learning curricula, and critical thinking. She uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods and has articles published in Western Journal of Nursing Research, Journal of Nursing Education, Nurse Educator, Holistic Nursing Practice, Journal of Professional Nursing and Journal of Continuing Education. She is the co-editor of “Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses: Appraisal and Application of Research” (Jones & Bartlett). Brown serves on the boards of the Visiting Nurses Association of Porter County and Porter Hospital. She is a past member of the board of directors of Hilltop Neighborhood House, Hilltop Community Health Center, Visiting Nurses Association Foundation, and the Whispering Pines Health Care Center. Brown is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and NIONE; she serves as an on-site evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Her hobbies are biking, fishing, gardening, and reading. She likes to spend time outdoors and especially enjoys vacationing with her children and grandchildren.


Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.S.N. – St. Xavier University
B.S.N. – Indiana University

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