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MaryMcFarlandDr. McFarland is the Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Gonzaga University. As Dean, Dr. McFarland oversees degree programs in the areas of Health and Leadership. These include undergraduate through PhD programs in leadership and graduate and undergraduate programs in nursing and a large undergraduate program in Exercise Science. The areas of Summer Session, Distance Learning, and corporate and professional Continuing Education also reside in the School. Dr. McFarland represents Gonzaga at JesuitNet which is a partnership of twenty five Jesuit Universities committed to the design and delivery of distance learning. Dr. McFarland is co-founder of the Gonzaga University Renaissance Center for Leadership and serves as a consultant in the area of leadership development. As a full professor her teaching focus is on health care policy, nursing education and leadership in corporate and higher education settings. Dr. McFarland’s research focus is on effective leadership strategies during times of corporate organizational transformation. She serves on the Board of Directors for Regence BlueShield of Idaho and is a member of the Quality Care Committee of the Board of Directors of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Her career in nursing has included critical care, hospice, adult nurse practitioner, and nursing education. Dr. McFarland is a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow and recently completed a three year funded project in the Nurse Executive leadership program.


Doctorate of Philosophy Educational Leadership Gonzaga University, 1993

Master of Science University of Portland, 1984

Bachelor of Science in Nursing University of Iowa, 1978

Bachelor in Science Psychology/Nursing Science, 1975 University of Dubuque

Diploma in Nursing St. Anthony's School of Nursing, 1972


Gonzaga University Professional Studies - Dean & Professor 1998-present

Board of Directors: Regence Blueshield of Idaho 1998-present

RobertWood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow 2000-2003 Alumni: 2004-present

Quality Care Committee: St. Alphonsus Hospital, Boise, Idaho 2003-present

Lewis-Clark State College Chairperson & Professor Nursing 1994-1998


Leadership and Organizational Transformation, 1997 - present

Idaho Statewide Workforce Study - ICNNE, 1997-1998

Issues Affecting Women at Lewis-Clark State College, 1994.

The Process of Vision Development as described by Six College and University Presidents - 1993

An Ethnographic Study - The experience of attending an alternative school in Spokane, Washington (1991)

"Person" In the Roy Adaptation Model - Survey Research - 1986

Adaptation Zone: How Nurses Impact Adaptation (1987)

Student Nurse Response to ABG Expert System (1987)

Computers: Programming ABG's in M1 (1986-1987)


Gonzaga University Renaissance Center for Leadership, 1999 - present: CEO Institute

Agilent: Conflict Management, 1999

AVISTA: Leadership Development, 2002

Dioceses of Spokane: Leadership Development and Conflict Management for Principals and Pastors, 2002

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center - Theory to Practice - Implementation of Roy Adaptation Model, 1991 - 1994


Go the Distance. Gonzaga University, $15,000 per year, distance delivery grant. 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Organizational Health. Robert Wood Johnson Funded Project - $60,000. 2000 - 2003

Development and Implementation of on-line master’s degree program in Organizational Leadership. $120,000 JesuitNet Congressional Grant. – 2003-2004