College of Nursing and College of Health Professionals students attend clinicals

Academic Leadership

Leading Faculty in the College of Nursing and Health Professions

Our college faculty are university leaders, program directors, and assistant deans who are dedicated to student success. Learn more about our academic leadership below.

Health Care Leadership and Health Science and Master of Health Administration

Phrosini Samis-Smith, Program Director for Health Care Leadership & Health Science

Phrosini Samis-Smith, DHEd Health Science and Master of Health Administration Program Director phrosini.samissmith@valpo.edu 219.464.5289

Undergraduate Nursing

Lynette Layman, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Nursing

Lynette Rayman, DNP, RN, CNE, CCRN Assistant Dean – Undergraduate Nursing lynette.rayman@valpo.edu 219.464.5289

Graduate Nursing

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Christina Cavinder, DNP, Rn, CPNP-PC Assistant Dean – Graduate Nursing christina.cavinder@valpo.edu 219.464.5289

Physician Assistant

Joseph Zaweksi, Assistant Dean and Program Director for Physician Assistant Program

Joseph Zaweski, MPAS-PA-C Physician Assistant – Assistant Dean and Program Director joseph.zaweski@valpo.edu 219.464.5289

Public Health

Zheng Li, Ph.D., MPH, CPH Public Health and Master of Public Health Program Director zheng.li@valpo.edu 219.464.5289