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Janelle Sokolowich

Janelle Sokolowich

Former Academic Vice President, Dean, Leavitt School of Health | Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Janelle Sokolowich served as the Academic Vice President and Dean of the Leavitt School of Health until November 2023.


Capella University: Ph.D., Education

University of Phoenix: M.S., Nursing

University of Phoenix: B.S., Nursing


Janelle Sokolowich was the Academic Vice President and Dean of the Leavitt School of Health. She has been an academic leader for over a decade, having held various roles, including dean of academic operations, interim dean, and faculty. Her research includes the successful orientation of nursing faculty and intentional, focused academic support of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Dr. Sokolowich has presented nationally and internationally, highlighting the use of technology in the classroom, non-academic support strategies for high-risk students, and cultural inclusivity in the classroom.



American Educational Research Association (AERA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Statistical Association (ASA)

Association of Test Publishers (ATP)

IT Certification Council (ITCC) 

Selected media appearances and articles



Taking the Temperature of Distance Learners: Does University Climate Influence Perceptions of Belonging in a Distance Education Environment?

Nursing Education Perspectives, May 2022

This study aimed to gain an understanding of how students’ perceptions of belonging are impacted by their observations of the cultural/racial climate and diversity and inclusion in a distance education environment.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty Toolkit

American Association of College Nursing, Aug. 2021

Janelle Sokolowich contributed to the development of this toolkit.