Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF

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President Emerita

Janis (Jan) P. Bellack served as President and John Hilton Knowles Professor from 2007-2017, and was named President Emerita by the Board of Trustees upon her retirement in 2017.

Previously, she held positions Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost and Professor of Nursing and Health Sciences at MCPHS University, Boston, and prior to that as Associate Provost for Education and Professor of Nursing, Health Professions, and Graduate Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

During her tenure as President and John Hilton Knowles Professor, she served on the governing boards of Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM), Partners HealthCare International, and the Boston Center for Medical Simulation, and as a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Leadership Effectiveness. Jan served as consultant and core faculty member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows leadership development program from 1998-2010, and as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education program. She also held a role as a senior fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for the Health Professions from 1996-2017.

Jan is recognized for her work in curriculum development, program evaluation, interprofessional education, quality improvement, specialized and institutional accreditation, workforce development, and academic leadership. Over the course of her career, she was awarded more than $9 million in external funding to support health professions education and research, and directed or co-directed a variety of federal and foundation grant-funded projects.

Jan is senior author and editor of two editions of a nursing textbook, and has published numerous articles and book chapters in the professional literature. She has consulted internationally in the Philippines, China, South Africa, and Ireland. In 2012, Jan was appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nursing Education, the top ranked peer-reviewed nursing education journal, having served previously as the Journal’s associate editor for 14 years. She retired from the editorship in 2018 and now holds the title of Editor Emerita.

Jan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. She has been honored as Distinguished Alumna of the Year by the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Florida College of Nursing, and inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky. She was recently appointed to a 3-year term (2019-2022) on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

Research Interests

  • Leadership development
  • Academic accreditation, program evaluation, and institutional effectiveness
  • Interprofessional education
  • Nursing education scholarship


Bellack, J.P. (2016). Advice for new (and seasoned) faculty: Reprise. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(9), 483-485.

 Bellack, J.P. and Thibault, George E. (2016). Creating a continuously learning health system through technology: A call to action. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(1), 3-5.

Bellack, J.P. (2015). Chaos, change, and disruption in higher education: Are we ready to respond? Journal of Nursing Education, 54(1), 3-4.

Bellack, J.P. (2015). Unconscious bias: An obstacle to cultural competence. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(9, Supplement), S63-S64.

VanDriel, M.K., Bellack, J.P., and O'Neil, E.H. (2012). Nurses in the C-suite: Leadership beyond chief nurse. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 36(1), 5-11.

Bellack, J.P., and Morjikian, R.L. (2005). The RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows Program, part 2: Mentoring for leadership success. Journal of Nursing Administration, 35(12), 533-540.

Morjikian, R.L., and Bellack,J.P. ( 2005). The RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows Program, part 1: Leading change.  Journal of Nursing Administration, 35(10), 431-438.         


BSN, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
MN, Pediatric Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville
PhD, Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington

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