Marie Nolan Named Interim Dean of Hopkins School of Nursing

April 5, 2021

Berman Institute faculty member Marie T. Nolan, professor and executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, has been appointed interim dean of the school. She succeeds Patricia Davidson, who was named the vice-chancellor of the University of Wollongong in Australia, where she starts in May.

Nolan previously served as associate dean for academic affairs, chair of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, and director of the Nursing PhD program. Nolan was the Johns Hopkins director of the China PhD Program Collaboration between Peking Union Medical College and the School of Nursing funded by the China Medical Board. She is the former president of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing.

She is also an internationally renowned researcher who has made significant contributions to the understanding of the decision-making processes of patients navigating critical illness. In 2019, she received the Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association in recognition of her major contributions to research, theory, and education in nursing and interdisciplinary palliative care.

Nolan earned a BS in nursing from Niagara University, an MS in nursing from Boston College, and a PhD in nursing from the Catholic University of America. She also holds an MS in education from Johns Hopkins University, and a MPH from George Washington University. She holds a joint faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and served on advisory panels of the National Institutes of Health regarding end-of-life and palliative care research.

She will assume the role upon Davidson’s departure April 15. A national search, under the guidance of a search committee, is in progress to identify a permanent dean.