Dr. Janet Philipp Named Chair of Nursing Department

Dr. Janet Philipp, EdD, RN, has been named Chair of Augustana's Nursing Department.

In her new role, Philipp provides executive leadership for the Department, which has a storied, 72-year history of producing top-caliber nurses known for their excellence in patient care, leadership in health care institutions and nursing education, and a commitment to advancing the art and science of nursing through research.

Dr. Philipp has more than three decades of experience in nursing education and higher education administration, including several recent appointments in executive positions. She has practiced and taught nursing throughout the United States and internationally and has worked extensively with vulnerable populations including the indigent in the U.S. and abroad, Native Americans and the homeless. Previously, she taught nursing at Morningside College and most recently was the Division Chair for Nursing, Occupational Therapy and the Doctoral Program in Health and Leadership Education at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb.

Dr. Philipp earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Dakota, her master’s of science in Nursing from Creighton University, her BSN from the University of Dubuque, and her diploma in Nursing from Capital City School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. Her areas of expertise and teaching include leadership and public health. Her most recent work is a chapter titled “Education for Learning and Democracy: Frameworks and Models” in the text “Education and Minorities” edited by C. Atkins.

“With more than 30 years of experience, both in the practice of nursing and in the education of nurses, Dr. Philipp is well-suited to provide the thoughtful and strategic vision and leadership Augustana will need as we navigate the changing landscape of health care and nursing education today,” said Dr. Susan Hasseler, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. “Dr. Philipp is considered a thought leader among today’s nursing leaders and we are thrilled to have her on our team.”

Dr. Philipp joins the Department at a key time. Earlier this fall, the College reported a 100 percent first-time pass rate for its 2012 nursing graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the examination for the licensing of registered nurses. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

Augustana is the region’s only four-year professional nursing program that is part of a comprehensive (liberal arts and professional) college.