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Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith

Dean of the School of Nursing

Sheila Smith, Dean of Nursing at PLU
  • Professional
  • Personal

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Professor of Nursing


  • Ph.D., Nursing, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, 1996
  • M.S.N., Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1985
  • B.S.N., Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1981

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Adult Health


Dr. Smith came to PLU from the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University, where she was the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and a Professor of Nursing. Previously, she served as a department chair and assistant dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she led the department’s pre-licensure programs, evaluation efforts and strategic initiatives.

Her national contributions to the nursing profession include service on the Accreditation Review Committee for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, with previous service on the CCNE Standards Committee. She has worked as a CCNE accreditation site visitor and team leader since 2002 and has conducted accreditation visits across the country and internationally.

Sheila received her Ph.D. in Nursing with a minor in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. In addition to her credentials as a registered nurse, adult nurse practitioner and advanced practice nurse prescriber, she also holds a certification in senior emergency management and a senior patrol certification with the National Ski Patrol.

Needless to say, when she’s not at work, she loves to be in the outdoors, preferably on skis or hiking.
“The outdoors is my personal place,” she said. “It’s a place of peace and recovery for me.”