During her years at UWM, Sally Lundeen made significant, enduring and institution-wide contributions to the growth, development and mission of the university.
When she joined the UWM faculty, one of her goals was to use her background in community mental health to improve health care delivery to the underserved population of Milwaukee. The model of care she developed, which embedded care into the communities where individuals “work, play and pray,” became known as the “Lundeen Model.” Two of the community nursing centers she helped establish continue to serve the community and provide education and service opportunities for students.
Lundeen became interim dean in 1999, then dean in 2001, a position she held until her retirement in 2016. As a senior dean on campus, she mentored new deans and built collaborations with other deans. She also built collaborations with numerous community partners such as the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, the House of Peace, Aurora Health Care and the Jewish Home, among others.
Her collaboration with nursing leaders from around the state led to the creation of the Wisconsin Center for Nursing, a powerful data center responsible for nursing workforce data used by state legislators today.
Under her leadership, the College of Nursing started one of the first online nursing doctoral programs in the country. In addition, the college was the first in the UW System to add a practice-focused doctorate in nursing practice. Nursing was also one of the first colleges in the system to support the flex option for degree completion.
The Ernest Spaights Plaza is named in honor of the late Professor Ernest Spaights and is dedicated to individuals who have made significant, enduring and campus-wide contributions to the growth and development of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.