Dr. Judith Ruland is the Dean of the Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services at Saginaw Valley State University. She came to SVSU from the University of Central Florida where she was coordinator of UCF’s Master of Science in Nursing program. Dr. Ruland has a long history of consultation and is known for her expertise in the areas of teaching for critical thinking, assessment, and curriculum innovation. In Florida ten years ago, she established an innovative partnership model for seamless articulation from Associate to Baccalaureate degree nursing education called the Concurrent Model for Nursing Education which is now being widely used nationally. Dr. Ruland serves on a number of national organizations including the National League for Nursing’s Task for Curriculum Innovation and is an accreditation site visitor for the College Commission of Nursing Education. Dr. Ruland’s area of research is the scholarship of teaching and learning especially the impact of curriculum on student outcomes, community based learning, and interprofessional education. She has authored numerous publications and is a frequent presenter on a national and international basis.

Dr. Ruland completed a Ph.D. at SUNY-Albany, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. and is NLN certified as a Nurse Educator.