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Dr. Julie Gee Appointed as Assistant Dean for MS and DNP Programs

Dr. Julie Peila Gee, PhD, MSNED, RN has been appointed as Assistant Dean for MS and DNP Programs at the University of Utah College of Nursing — effective July 1, 2024. Dr. Gee will help lead the college in increasing internal and external partnerships, ensuring success of the MS and DNP programs, and enhancing educational outcomes.

Dr. Gee


Passionate about education, Dr. Gee has instructed in many nursing levels at multiple universities and colleges across California, Idaho, Montana, and Utah. Her leadership extends to spearheading the development of programs and curricula, including BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs in two states. From over 30 years as a nursing professional, Dr. Gee imparts knowledge in baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral courses, with a focus on evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and clinical/practice scholarship.

“Dr. Gee brings a wealth of high-level leadership experience and skills to this position. Her involvement in both industry and academia brings valuable insights to the college’s important work in implementing the new American Association of Critical-Care Nursing (AACN) Essentials.” says Dr. Gwen Latendresse, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, Associate Dean of Academic Programs for the College of Nursing. “She demonstrates a collaborative spirit that we truly appreciate and need in this leadership position. With her experience in both MS and DNP programs, Julie will be an asset to the college, especially as we engage in the important work of preparing for the next Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation in 2025-2026.”

“The College of Nursing has cultivated a strong network of partnerships,” said Dr. Gee. “I look forward to enhancing strategic relationships both internally and externally to advance the nursing profession and health care.” Regarding leadership, Dr. Gee holds a comprehensive perspective: “I believe that every nurse is a leader, whether it's at the point of care or any position that impacts the health and healthcare of patients, families, communities (locally and globally). At the college, we prepare future nurses and those who already are nurses to be leaders in various settings and at every level of practice, and our industry partners confirm that success."

Dr. Gee earned her BSN from Montana State University, an MSN in nursing leadership and education from Regis University (Colorado) and finally a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University with an emphasis on vulnerable populations.