Joanne Langan

Joanne Langan, Ph.D. ‘75
langanJoanne Langan began her professional career as a third grade teacher upon her graduation from Quincy College in 1975.  Later that year, she married a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with whom she embarked on a twenty-five-year journey across the continental United States.
She continued her education in the years to follow, ultimately earning a bachelor's degree in nursing as well as a master's and Ph.D. in nursing administration.  In addition, she is a Certified Nurse Educator.

Langan is currently the Assistant Dean of Community and Clinical Affairs at Saint Louis University.  In that role, she negotiates the attainment of affiliation agreements and the placement of approximately 550 undergraduate nursing students each semester.  She recently completed a two-year term as Faculty Senate President.  She also served as a weekend staff nurse within the SSM Heathcare system.

As a nurse researcher, Langan has conducted a number of qualitative and quantitative studies and has been invited to speak both in the U.S. and internationally.  She cites her study of disaster preparedness in Isreal and her authorship of “Preparing Nurses for Disaster Management” as her most rewarding experiences.

Langan currently resides in St. Louis with her husband, John.  Together, they have four grown children and four grandchildren.

(Originally published in August 2011 QUniverse)