Linda D. Norman   DSN, RN, FAAN

Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing / Dean Emerita of Vanderbilt School of Nursing


Linda Norman is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in nursing and health profession education. She was named dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in July 2013, and served until June 30, 2021. In May of that year, the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust recognized her for her outstanding leadership and contributions to the university by naming her Dean Emerita, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Dr. Norman joined VUSN in 1991, and served in a variety of capacities at the school for 30 years, including as Senior Associate Dean of Academics.

During her tenure, she had led innovative curriculum transformations, introduced several new academic programs and helped VUSN rise to become one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. In 2012, she was named the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing.

Dr. Norman started her career as a staff nurse on a neurosurgical unit in Virginia and expanded her role in nursing after graduate school to care of the chronically ill in Southwest Virginia. She found herself drawn to nursing education as a way to make a profound difference on the profession she loves. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Virginia, where she received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2014, and earned her DSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2004 in recognition of her impact on the nursing profession.


  • DSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • BSN & MSN, University of Virginia

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • The impact of COVID-19 on institutions of higher learning

Representative Publications


Minnick, A. F., Norman, L. D., & Donaghey, B. (2017). Promoting Faculty Scholarship: A Clinical Faculty Scholars Program. Journal of Nursing Administration, JNE-2017-343R1, Educational Innovation, In Press. 

Minnick, A. F., Norman, L. D., & Donaghey, B. (2016). Junior research track faculty in US schools of nursing: Resources and expectations. Nursing Outlook.

Armstrong, G. E., Dietrich, M., Norman, L., Barnsteiner, J., & Mion, L. (2016). Nurses' Perceived Skills and Attitudes About Updated Safety Concepts: Impact on Medication Administration Errors and Practices. Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

Armstrong, G. E., Dietrich, M., Norman, L., Barnsteiner, J., & Mion, L. (2016). Development and Psychometric Analysis of a Nurses' Attitudes and Skills Safety Scale: Initial Results. Journal of Nursing Care Quality.