Christine Pacini


Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: CHP
Phone: 313-993-3359


  • Ph.D. in Nursing and Neuroscience, University of Michigan
  • MSN, Wayne State University
  • BSN, Mercy College of Detroit
  • BA, University of Detroit


Pacini served as the dean of the College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing from 2010-2017. Prior to that she served as director of Professional Development, Research, and Innovation for Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia and has worked in a similar capacity at the University of Michigan Health System, Indiana University Health System, and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

She began her academic career at Mercy College of Detroit as an instructor in 1979. Pacini progressed to the role of tenured associate professor and received her Ph.D. in Nursing and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan; her M.S.N. from Wayne State University in Detroit; B.S.N. from Mercy College of Detroit; and B.A. from University of Detroit. Upon completing her Ph.D., she returned to University of Detroit Mercy and progressed from a tenured faculty position to that of associate dean.

Prior to becoming a nurse, Pacini was a certified secondary teacher of history and political science. She has consulted and presented in the areas of educational redesign, clinical advancement, accreditation, and shared governance. Her publications address issues and practice in the areas of professional development, leadership development, educational redesign, clinical transformation, and the utilization and application of conceptual models as frameworks for practice and curricular redesign. She holds leadership positions for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and serves on several professional and hospital boards.