To all faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and friends of the MUSC College of Nursing,
I am writing to say hello and introduce myself as your new dean of the MUSC College of Nursing – a role I began just one month ago. During my first few weeks on campus, I was struck by the profound sense of community here at MUSC – among the faculty, staff, and students. My singular focus for the next few months will be learning how I can support and enhance the priorities, strengths, and work in all areas of the college. As I am new to the Charleston area, I bring to my role in the College of Nursing and my work with you, new ideas and perspectives viewed through a different lens, from which to build upon and set the direction for the future. The MUSC College of Nursing has such a long history and rich tradition of prominence and excellence, led by outstanding faculty and staff and talented, diverse, and high performing students. I believe together we can collectively and collaboratively build upon the many past successes in order to shape our vision and achieve our mission for the future of the college and that supports the discipline.
I was born and raised in Michigan, where I completed my nursing education, began a clinical practice, taught for 20 years, and developed a research program in health promotion and risk reduction working with urban at-risk populations.
In 2008, I moved to Maryland after I accepted a position at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) as a health scientist administrator. It was here that I developed and implemented research opportunities focused on health promotion and wellness grant- and contract-supported research activities designed to meet the nation’s health needs and NINR science priorities in the areas of women, infant, child, and family health.
Three years later, I was appointed the chief of the Office of Extramural Programs (OEP), of NINR’s Division of Extramural Activities. In this role, I managed NINR’s extramural scientific portfolio and served as the primary point of contact for the OEP and the extramural community – including networking and mentoring leading nurse scientists and investigators who were advancing nursing science.
In 2014, I moved to Florida and accepted the position of professor and Schmidt Family Foundation Distinguished Professor and associate dean of nursing research and scholarship and Ph.D. studies in the College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. In this role, my priority was devoted to faculty and doctoral student mentorship and in enhancing a culture of research and research productivity to support the research mission of the college and university.
Over the years, I have mentored many students from undergraduate honors students to post-doctorates and faculty from very young to seasoned researchers, and together we published in a variety of interdisciplinary journals. My publications and professional research presentations have included studies of risky behavior in youth and young adults, eHealth applications to promote health among older adults, and environmental risks associated with air pollution. I am an advocate of interdisciplinary research collaborations and partnerships to promote team science and translational research.
I received my BSN and MSN degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and my Ph.D. in nursing (health promotion/risk reduction/prevention) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My research has focused on health promotion in ethnically diverse urban populations and included collaborations with international researchers, with the findings relevant for clinicians and researchers alike.
My husband, Larry, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has extensive experience in internal controls/auditing. He continues to work in Florida for the Miami-Dade County Office of The Inspector General. He previously held positions at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the Internal Revenue Service, General Motors Corporation, The Detroit Edison Company, and Chrysler Corporation. We have two adult children. Our son, David, is a radiologist, who lives in Illinois, and our daughter, Michelle, is a tax analyst, who recently moved to Mt. Pleasant from Florida. In addition to my professional interests, I enjoy gardening and cooking. My family is the center of my universe, they are my heart and soul, and they keep me grounded as well as motivate me to be true to myself and have always supported me in pursuing my professional goals.
As a new dean, I know that I have a steep learning curve and I will need your assistance. I will look to the faculty and staff to help me navigate this amazing new journey – a journey we will travel together. I also look forward to connecting with the college’s alumni community and making personal connections. I encourage all graduates to reach out. I welcome your thoughts, reflections, and ideas as we move forward to achieve a shared vision for the future of South Carolina’s premier nursing college. Once again, I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next dean of the College of Nursing, and I look forward to becoming part of the MUSC family.
Linda Weglicki, PhD, RN
Dean, MUSC College of Nursing