College of Nursing Welcomes Dean Zerwic
Julie Zerwic, who comes to the UI from the University of Illinois at Chicago, started work Aug. 14
By Lynn Anderson Davy | Iowa Now | 8/29/2017
Two weeks into her new job as dean of the University of Iowa College of Nursing, Julie Zerwic is already tackling priority projects, including the creation of new cross-campus relationships and the start of a highly anticipated $11.8 million renovation of the College of Nursing Building.
“This is an initiative that was underway before my arrival, so it’s fun to come in when it’s actually time to start moving forward,” says Zerwic, who took over leadership of the college on Aug. 14. Armed with previous experience managing a renovation project, Zerwic says she’s eager to tear down walls, revamp classrooms, and upgrade student areas.
“Physically, it’s going to be very different,” she says. “This renovation is incredibly important for the college.”
Zerwic comes to the UI from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she served most recently as executive associate dean at that institution’s College of Nursing. She says she’s eager to build new and innovative cross-campus partnerships, including possible opportunities with medicine, dentistry, business, engineering, and the sciences.
“I’m looking to see where our research intersects with research in other disciplines,” says Zerwic. “I think it’s vital to collaborate in research—but also in educating our students. I’m looking for ways to create new nursing minors, new electives, and new practice opportunities.”
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