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Special Announcement

Greetings form the College of Nursing!

I wanted to inform you of several critical appointments to administrative positions within the College of Nursing. Additionally, I would like to update you on the search for Dean Rita Frantz’s replacement. These comments are from the Co-Chair Ann Marie McCarthy:

“The search committee met with the Interim Provost Sue Curry May 24 and provided her with the faculty, staff, students and our individual impressions of each of the candidates. She also has all of your review comments and information from others that met with the candidates. Provost Curry thanked the committee and will now take over the process of hiring a new Dean. The hope is that we will have a new Dean identified by the end of June.

"We all thank the wonderful search committee. Don Letendre, Dean from the College of Pharmacy, provided us with his experience and wisdom. And all of our committee members were incredibly committed to making this a successful search process.”

My best to you all!

Liz Swanson (B.S.N. '69, M.A. '75, Ph.D. '85)  
Associate Professor and Director, External Relations

Kitty Buckwalter

Prof. Emeritus Kitty Buckwalter Named Interim Dean

Professor Emeritus Kitty Buckwalter has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College Nursing, following Interim Dean Thad Wilson’s impending departure to become president of the Research College of Nursing in Kansas City. Dr. Buckwalter’s appointment will be effective June 3. She is currently professor emeritus in the college and co-director of the National Health Law and Policy Resource Center in UI’s College of Law. Prior to assuming emeritus status in 2011, Dr. Buckwalter was the Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Gerontological Nursing, director of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and co-director of UI’s Center on Aging. Her past leadership experience also includes service as UI associate provost for health sciences. She is a prolific researcher and internationally recognized expert on geriatric mental health, whose work has focused on improving mental health services and providing community-based care for chronically ill older people.

>> Click here to read more about the college’s new interim dean

Anita Stineman

Stineman Appointed Interim Executive Associate Dean

Dr. Anita Stineman has accepted the role of Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs—effective May 1, 2017. Dr. Stineman’s background includes extensive experience with both teaching and administration in a variety of nursing education programs. Prior to joining the College of Nursing, she was a part of the Health Occupations Education Program in the College of Education. Part of her responsibilities in this position included working with the Iowa Department of Education as a consultant to Iowa’s community college nursing and allied health programs and their non-credit health programs in the continuing education divisions. Dr. Stineman teaches graduate courses in the focal area of nursing education. She also participates in faculty practice initiatives and serves as director of the Certification Center.

>> To read more about Associate Professor Stineman, click here

April Prunty

Prunty Tapped to Lead Simulation, Interprofessional Education

Faculty member April Prunty, MSN, RN, was recently appointed Director of Simulation and Interprofessional Education at UI’s College of Nursing. Prunty has been involved with health care simulation for nearly 10 years and has always enjoyed it as a learning modality for health science students.

>> Click here to read more about Prunty’s new role

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