Office of the President Janis Bellack

President and John Hilton Knowles Professor

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Janis (Jan) P. Bellack is President and John Hilton Knowles Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a specialized graduate school located in Boston.

Previously, she served as 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.

Jan served as consultant and core faculty member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows leadership development program from 1998-2010. She currently serves on the governing boards of Partners HealthCare International and the Boston Center for Medical Simulation. She also held a role as a senior fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for the Health Professions from 1996-2012.

Jan is recognized for her work in curriculum development, program evaluation, interprofessional education, quality improvement, specialized and institutional accreditation, workforce development, and academic leadership. She has received more than $9 million in external funding to support health professions education and research, and has directed or co-directed a variety of federal and foundation grants.

Jan has co-authored two editions of a nursing textbook, and 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.

Jan earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida, and PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Kentucky. She 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.

For more about Dr. Bellack, please see her directory profile which includes her CV, and check out her monthly column President's Perspective.

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