Meet the Dean

Dr. Diane Kunyk — current Vice Dean at the Faculty of Nursing — is a leader within the Faculty, and offers a wealth of administrative, research, and teaching expertise. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, she joined the Faculty of Nursing in 2012 and became a full professor in 2020. Dr. Kunyk is also a long-serving member of the nursing community with expertise in relational ethics, population health, and community health nursing. 

Previously, Dr. Kunyk served two years as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies with the Faculty of Nursing prior to taking on the Vice Dean position. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the University of Alberta President’s Doctoral Award of Distinction and Graduate Teaching Award along with CIHR and SSHRC research funding. She is also the first member of her family to earn a doctorate degree.

On July 1st, 2021, Dr. Kunyk stepped up to lead one of the top nursing faculties in the world as Acting Dean of Nursing for a two-year term. Under her guidance — and as she notes, with the support of the strong leadership team — the Faculty of Nursing will continue to advance world-class research and teaching; reaffirm the importance of equity, diversity, inclusion, and indigeneity strategies; and draw attention to everyday ethical practices and interactions.