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Frank Barber

Assistant Dean of Technology, Learning and Innovation

The Office of Technology, Learning and Innovation includes SoN Information Technology, the SoN Simulation Center, UW Continuing Nursing Education and SoN Learning Technologies. These teams provide a foundation for the productivity of their SoN colleagues, the education of Nurse leaders, and the development of innovation throughout our academic organization.

As an important partner in the leadership of the UW School of Nursing, the Assistant Dean of Technology, Learning, and Innovation is responsible for establishing strategic vision in multiple critical areas while ensuring the success of projects and services necessary for daily organizational productivity. This role requires considerable knowledge of IT infrastructure and learning technologies, but also an understanding of the trends shaping higher education, simulation education and continuing education for nursing professionals, in order to collaboratively develop the quality and relevance of the SoN’s curricular support and technology services. In this role, Frank manages a diverse range of technical systems, services, and professionals, while maintaining positive collaborations across the SON.

Frank is currently serving on the UW Service Management Advisory Board and the UW Graduate School Technology Advisory Committee. He served as Chair of the UW Computing Directors group from 2017-2019. Frank was also a founding partner of the Health Sciences IT Partners group.


SoN Learning Technologies – Director: Ashley Bond

UW Continuing Nursing Education – Director (interim): Pascale Kellens

the SoN Simulation Center – Associate Director: Nicola Contreras

SoN Information Technology – Director: Brad Coston


Ed.S. Educational Technology and Instructional Media – University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
M.Ed. Instruction and Curriculum – University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
B.A. English – University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

“The School of Nursing has an important mission at the intersection of Education and Health Care. It’s a great pleasure to work collaboratively across the School to support the teaching and research of our Faculty, the achievement of our staff, and the success of our students.”



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