Kim Litwack named dean of the College of Nursing

Kim Litwack has been named dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, effective June 1.

A professor of nursing, Litwack joined UWM in 2004. She has been serving as the interim dean of the college since July 2016, and has served as associate dean for academic affairs.

Prior to coming to UWM, she taught at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the University of New Mexico and Rush University in Chicago. Litwack earned her PhD in educational administration from Kent State University.

Litwack’s nursing background has been in the areas of critical care, perianesthesia care and more recently, ambulatory care and pain management. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she has written on nursing education, pain management in military trauma and chronic pain.

Litwack was instrumental in creating the community paramedics program with Milwaukee Fire Department Capt. Michael Wright. The program is coordinated by the College of Nursing, Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services.

“I look forward to working closely with the College faculty to grow and strengthen our excellence in nursing education across all academic programs,” Litwack said. “It is my expectation that we can also enhance our research and scholarship among students and faculty scholars, and continue to deepen and expand our community partnerships.”

Litwack succeeds Sally Lundeen, who served as dean of the College of Nursing from 2003 to 2016.