Meet the Dean

Dean Pamela Jeffries

I am honored to lead The George Washington University School of Nursing during this transformational time for nursing, higher education and health care. I came to GW Nursing for the opportunities presented by a young, growing school. 

My predecessor, Founding Dean Jean Johnson, built a strong foundation on which faculty, students and staff continue to develop a top-ranked school of nursing. 

We employ the most effective teaching techniques and technology to prepare students for careers as nursing leaders.

In the coming years, we will expand our research portfolio by recruiting top-tier research faculty whose work will effect meaningful changes in health policy.

Together, we will transform health care to improve health outcomes in our communities and globally. By improving health care policy, educating exceptional practitioners and contributing to the nursing profession’s body of research we produce leaders that advance nursing and health care around the globe.

— Dean Pamela Jeffries


Dr. Jeffries is a nationally recognized innovator with a strong background in research and extraordinary expertise in the application of technology to teaching and learning.

Dr. Steven Knapp

Former GW President

About Dean Jeffries

Dean Pamela Jeffries

Dr. Pamela R. Jeffries joined the George Washington University School of Nursing in 2015 as the young school’s second dean. Dr. Jeffries brings a wealth of experience in academic and practice settings developing innovative educational programs.

Known throughout the nursing profession for her work in health care simulation, including as the author of the NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory, Dr. Jeffries’ work reflects the power of experiential learning.

Before joining GW Nursing, Dr. Jeffries had a distinguished career at Johns Hopkins University, where she was the inaugural vice provost of digital initiatives. She pioneered the university’s online education initiative, launching more than 40 online courses and two online master’s programs.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Jeffries served as associate dean of undergraduate programs at the Indiana University School of Nursing, where she implemented a faculty-student mentor program and helped design a state-of-the-art medical simulation center.

Dr. Jeffries has received several awards and honors in recognition of her innovative work in higher education, research and practice. In 2013, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing awarded her the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Jeffries has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Researchers Hall of Fame, and her research in online learning and clinical simulations has been replicated across the United States and in 14 countries.

Dr. Jeffries received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ball State University in 1976. She also earned a Master of Science in Nursing in 1982 and a Doctorate of Nursing in 1996 from Indiana University.


"Nurses make up the largest group of health care providers in the nation, so there is no reason we should not be at the table as decision-makers. At GW, enacting and influencing health care policy and reform is our passion."

Dean Pamela Jeffries