ResU Announces New Dean for the College of Nursing

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Rebecca Zukowski, PhD, RN

Rebecca Zukowski, PhD, RN brings a 34-year nursing career focused on nursing education, non-profit management, and service. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Zukowski was the Associate Academic Dean and Chairperson for the Division of Nursing at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania where she was responsible for oversight of curricular and faculty development, accreditation compliance, academic assessment, a state-of-the-art simulation center, and overall student learning.

In addition to her extensive teaching and administration experience, Dr. Zukowski has served as a Senior Research Associate for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH). The NCDMPH was established in 2008 by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), which calls for the Center to be an academic center of excellence in the development of core curricula, training, and research related to disaster medicine and public health. In her time with the Center, Dr. Zukowski was integral in establishing the Center’s mission, strategic planning, and field research work. Based upon her work in the field and her own research, she was named associate editor for the scholarly journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

Dr. Zukowski is a veteran of the United States Navy. She holds an active license as a registered nurse and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Her bibliography lists numerous publications and scholarly activities. She has presented on a variety of clinical, managerial and educational subjects throughout the United States.

Active in community organizations, Dr. Zukowski has served on numerous non-profit community boards of directors and has held board leadership roles throughout her career. In addition, she is involved in a number of professional organizations, including the American Nurses Association (ANA), Project Management Institute, and the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Zukowski received her Bachelor of Science from Carlow College with a dual major in Nursing and English, a Master of Science in Nursing from Marquette University with a specialty focus as an adult practitioner/ teacher, and a PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Zukowski is excited about joining the talented team of faculty and staff who are continuing to prepare nurses for increasingly complex environments using innovative and evidence-based strategies to support student learning and success at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels.  Dr. Zukowski will be on campus beginning July 6th.