UW-Milwaukee is designated as one of only 115 universities in the country as an R-1 doctoral research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The College of Nursing has been widely recognized for its innovation, leadership in the profession of nursing, and extensive collaboration with diverse community agencies. The College supports the University’s urban mission by responding to the health needs of individuals, families, groups, and populations in urban communities. As largest College of Nursing in Wisconsin, the College is home to the Harriet H. Werley Center for Nursing Research and Evaluation, the Institute for Urban Health Partnerships and two long standing academic nurse-managed health centers, the UWM Center for Global Health Equity, the Nursing Learning Resource Center and the Center for Nursing History & Gallery. The College is proud of our world class faculty, more than 1/3 of whom have been inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. The College of Nursing faculty research portfolio includes funding for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) P20NR015339 Research Center in Self-Management Science.

Additionally, junior faculty within the College value the close relationship by senior faculty mentors which make UW-Milwaukee attractive for faculty of all levels. The College’s commitment to career progression allows junior faculty to focus and establish research through research support, start-up funds, and direct mentoring relationships of established and internationally-acclaimed faculty.

Want to learn more?  Take a look at the College of Nursing’s Fact Sheet.


College of Nursing Dean
The Dean of the College of Nursing reports directly to the Provost of the University, and will provide visionary leadership for the College of Nursing while serving as the chief administrative and academic officer. Areas of responsibility include: leadership in research, programmatic development and leadership at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and community outreach.

The Dean

  • Provides leadership for the College and exercises responsibility for its academic and administrative operations, including personnel, budget, programs, physical facilities, research, professional practice, and educational programs;
  • Develops extramural funding by fundraising and through alumni relations;
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with external constituents; works well with partners across campus, the nursing workforce, and the broader community; and effectively represents the College within the University and the University within local, state, national, and global networks.

UWM College of Nursing Strategic Plan

Supported Nursing Research Chair

Joint Research Chair in the Nursing of Children
Appointment is available for full-time, twelve-month, tenured, Associate/Full Professor. This research chair will be housed at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Both institutions have nurse scientists conducting programs of research in the care of children and families. The Department of Nursing Research at Children’s Hospital is led by a nationally known nurse scientist. In addition Children’s Hospital has nurses participating in evidence based inquiry, a fully integrated electronic medical records system, access to clinical collaborations and rich resources for clinical research.

Teaching and Research Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor
Appointments are available for full-time, nine-month, tenure track/tenure, Assistant/Associate Professors (research and teaching) in a variety of specialty areas to teach courses and carry out scholarly activities and community service in accordance with the mission of the College and University.
Job Summary:  Develop and engage in an active program of research; teach courses and support university education; and engage in professional, community and university service consistent with area of expertise.

Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor
Appointments are available for full-time, nine-month, probationary track, Clinical Assistant/Associate Professors (teaching) in a variety of specialty areas to teach courses and carry out scholarly activities and community service in accordance with the mission of the College and University.
Job Summary: Teach courses in the College of Nursing and carry out scholarly activities and community service in accordance with the mission of the College of Nursing and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. These positions emphasize teaching, leadership, service and scholarship within the College of Nursing.

Preceptor Opportunities

Interested in being a clinical preceptor? The UWM College of Nursing looks to the community within the greater Milwaukee area and other parts of the state for BSN prepared nurses to precept RNs returning to school and for MSN prepared CNS and NPs for students preparing for Advanced Practice positions as Clinical Nurse Specialists and Family Nurse Practitioners. Precepting is a great way to mentor new providers and counts towards recertification as well.

If interested, please send your CV/resume to our preceptor coordinator, Kristin Swanson MSN, PNP.