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Kathleen Ann Long, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Professor, UF College of Nursing and Associate Provost, University of Florida

University of Florida
PO Box 100197
Gainesville, FL 32610-0197

Telephone: 352-273-6324
Fax: 352-273-6505


Dr. Kathleen Ann Long became Dean of the University of Florida College of Nursing in 1995. She also serves as Associate Provost at UF, a position she has held since 2007. She has been actively involved in baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education for over twenty years, serving as a faculty member, administrator and consultant at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Husson College and Montana State University. She served as Dean of the Montana State University College of Nursing prior to coming to the University of Florida.

At UF, Dr. Long periodically provides guest lectures, mentors honors students and serves on dissertation committees.


Dr. Long’s research and publications have focused on child and family mental health, rural health, and innovations in nursing education.


Dr. Long has served several terms on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and was AACN’s president from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Long was a member of the AACN Task Force that authored Nursing Education’s Agenda for the 21st Century. She also chaired AACN’s first Task Force on Education and Regulation for Professional Nursing, and played a major role in developing new educational initiatives for nursing, including the Clinical Nurse Leader and the Doctor of Nursing Practice. She recently served on the AACN Task Force on the Future of Research-Focused Doctorate in Nursing, and represented AACN on the American Association of Medical Colleges Interprofessional Competency Model Panel.  Dr. Long has been a member of the AACN-Department of Veterans Affairs Liaison Committee since 2009. This committee works to create strong academic practice connections among our nation’s VA health care system and the baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs represented in the AACN.  Also, Dr. Long is one of only two nurses selected in 2011 by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to serve on the VA’s National Academic Affiliations Council.

Dr. Long is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, as well as Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi and Delta Omega; and is a Life Fellow in the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

University Roles

Dean Long has been appointed to serve the University in several significant posts. She has been a member of the Shands Hospital Quality Committee and has chaired search committees for deans in the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dean long served for over a decade as a UF President appointee on the Oak Hammock Board of Directors and was the Oak Hammock Board President.

Area of expertise

Dr. Long is a clinical specialist in child and adolescent psychiatric/mental health nursing.


Dean Long received her BSN in Nursing at Catholic University of America. She received her MSN in Child Psychiatric/Nursing Education at Wayne State University and her PhD in Behavioral Sciences at John Hopkins University.

Selected Publications

  • Long, K.A. (2007). Nursing PhD Consortium: A Model for Maximizing Scarce Resources, Journal of Professional Nursing.
  • Long, K.A. (2004). Preparing Nurses for the 21st Century: Re-envisioning Nursing Education and Practice. Featured Article,Journal of Professional Nursing, 20,82-88.
  • Long, K.A. (2003). Policy highlight, IOM health professions education: A Bridge to Quality. Implications for Nursing Education. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, 4, 259-262.
  • Long, K.A. (2001). A reality-oriented approach to interdisciplinary work. Journal of Professional Nursing, 17, 278-282.