photograph of Judith Graziano

Judith A. Graziano, PhD, RN is serving as Interim Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, which currently houses the Department of Dental Hygiene and the Department of Nursing. These departments together offer three undergraduate programs (Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education [MANE-BSN], Registered Nursing to Bachelor of Science), and three graduate programs (Entry Level Master of Science, Advanced Dental Therapy, Doctor of Nursing Practice), additional health sciences programs are being planned. As Dean, Dr. Graziano is the strategic leader and manager responsible for providing leadership to the College faculty and staff in the administration of the College.

Dr. Graziano has been with Metropolitan State University since 2006. Her primary teaching interests are undergraduate and graduate research methodology, nursing theory, graduate level evidence-based practice, and Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarship courses. She has served in a number of administrative roles at the university including Department Chair, Director of Nursing Programs, and Acting Associate Dean, College of Health, Community and Professional Studies. She is experienced in program review and accreditation processes and was the primary author of the School of Nursing’s most recent self-study and continuous improvement report. Prior to joining the faculty at Metropolitan State University Dr. Graziano held a number of nursing clinical, leadership and research positions focusing on cardiovascular nursing and diabetes.

Dr. Graziano earned a Master of Science degree with a focus on Leadership and Management and a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. She is the recipient of grants from Novo Nordisk and the Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role Modeling theory. She has published in the areas of quality of life and chronic disease management, and is lead author on a manuscript entitled "Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE): A Unique Multi-institutional Approach to Preparing Nurses for the Future” recently submitted for publication in the journal Nursing Education Perspectives.