Dr. Brian Holland Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Brian Holland, PhD, RNBrian Holland, Ph.D., R.N., was appointed as the University of Florida College of Nursing’s associate dean for academic affairs, effective May 29, by Dean Anna M. McDaniel, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN.

Holland came to the UF College of Nursing from the Texas A&M College of Nursing, where he served as assistant dean for undergraduate studies. Holland’s scholarly interests are in the use of innovative pedagogy in nursing simulation, and the use of advanced technologies to improve student learning outcomes. His clinical specialty is in critical care; he was a certified critical care and emergency nurse, and is a former licensed paramedic.

Holland earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Columbus State University in 2005, his Master of Science in Nursing from Lubbock Christian University in 2008, and most recently his Doctor of Nursing Philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014.

Dr. Brian Holland File | Associate Dean, Academic Affairs


Dr. Holland’s scholarly interests are in the use of innovative pedagogy in nursing simulation and the use of advance technologies to improve student learning outcomes in nursing simulation.


  • Doctor of Nursing Philosophy, University of Texas at Arlington, 2014
  • Master of Science, Nursing, Lubbock Christian University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Columbus State University, 1995

Select Publications

  • Holland, B., Mountain, A., & Gosselin, K. (2017). The effect of autogenic training on self-efficacy, anxiety, and performance on nursing student simulation. Nursing Education Perspectives, 38(2).
  • Gosselin, K. P., Holland, B., Mulcahy, A., Williamson, S., & Widacki, A. (2016). Music for anxiety reduction and performance enhancement in nursing simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing,12(1)
  • Holland, B., Landry, K., Mountain, A., Middlebrooks, M.A., Heim, D., & Missildine, K. (2013). Weaving the tapestry of learning: Simulation, standardized patients, and virtual communities. Nurse Educator, 38 (6), 269-272. doi:10.1097/01.NNE.0000435265.5361.06
  • Holland, B. E., Gray, J., & Pierce, T. G. (2011). The client experience model: Synthesis and application to African Americans with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Theory Construction & Testing, 15(2), 36-40. Retrieved from:
  • Holland, B.E. (2010). Appraisal exercise. In Understanding Nursing Research: Building an evidence-based practice (5th ed.) (Chapter 12). Available from https://evolve.elsevier.com/