Commissioner – Dr. Kathleen Zajic

Dr. Kathleen ZajicKathleen Zajic EdD, MSN, RN

Dr. Kathleen Zajic is currently the Chair of the Division of Health Professions and will assume the position of Associate Dean for the Division of Health Professions at the College of Saint Mary (CSM) in Omaha, Nebraska in July, 2016.  Dr. Zajic provides supervision and leadership for the BSN, RN-BSN, MSN and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) programs which include 27  faculty and approximately 600 students.  In her 25 years at CSM, Dr. Zajic has served in many roles including nursing professor, Director of Undergraduate Nursing, Chair of Health Professions, and has assumed a variety of appointed and elected roles on program, division, and college-wide committees; including Chair of Faculty Assembly Council.

Dr. Zajic earned her EdD (with an emphasis in Health Professions) from the College of Saint Mary, her MSN (emphasis Community Health Nursing and Nursing Leadership and Management) from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and her BSN from Creighton University.  Dr. Zajic has expertise in curriculum design, program evaluation, leadership, and public health and has served as a consultant within and outside of nursing on curriculum development, design, implementation, program assessment, and other public health initiatives.

Dr. Zajic has served as an ACEN site visitor since 2013 and is currently a member of the ACEN Nurse Residency Task Force.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International; Gamma Pi Chapter, Nebraska Deans and Directors, and the National Association of Local Boards of Health.  Dr. Zajic provides extensive community service, chairing the Pottawattamie County Board of Health, Saint Albert School system Wellness Initiative Committee, and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Nurse-Family Advisory Board.