Office of the Academic Deans

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Office of the Academic Deans
Suite 404

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The Office of the Academic Deans supports the academic mission of the school.

We collaborate with UMSON and UMB departments, providing a critical support structure for enriching the overall student experience.

Our programs include:

The academic affairs managed by the office include:

  • Curriculum development and implementation
  • Coordination of admissions processes and support
  • Ensuring the integrity of each student's academic experience to include monitoring student progress
  • Fostering accreditation and certification elements related to student success
  • Initiatives pursuant to and in compliance with the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), University System of Maryland (USM), the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and the Maryland Board Of Nursing (MBON) reporting requirements
  • Data collection and response to national ranking, peer assessment, and workforce surveys

Consistent with strategic goals, the associate deans provide interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary leadership and report to the dean.

The Office of the Academic Deans interfaces with the Office Student and Academic Services, including the Office of Admissions and Student Scholarships, the Office of the Registrar and Student Placements, and the Office of Academic and Career Success. For the PhD program, the office works closely with the UMB Graduate School in issues of student admission, progression, advisement, and graduation.

View the full staff listing.

Associate Deans, Program Directors, and Specialty Directors

Program Associate Dean
Associate Dean for the Baccalaureate Program Katie McElroy, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Dean, Master of Science in Nursing Program

Lori A. Edwards, DrPH, BSN, RN, CNS-PCH, BC, FAAN
Associate Dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Shannon K. Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN
Associate Dean for the Doctor of Philosophy Program

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Program Title Specialty Director

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hannah Murphy Buc, PhD, RN, CNE
RN-to-BSN/MSN Program Director, RN-to-BSN Celeste M. Seger, PhD, RN
Master of Science in Nursing Specialty Director, MSN: Community/Public Health Nursing Michelle R. Spencer, DNP, RN
Specialty Director, MSN: Health Services Leadership and Management Nancy B. Lerner, DNP, RN, CDONA
Specialty Director, MSN: Nursing Informatics Cheryl Fisher, EdD, MSN, RN
Program Director, MSN: Master’s-Level Entry-Into-Nursing Program Janet Armstead Wulf, DNP, RN, CNL, CHPN, CNE

Doctor of Nursing Practice



Senior Director, DNP Program Veronica "Ronnie" Quattrini, DNP, FNP-BC
Specialty Director, DNP: Post-Master's Option Renee Franquiz, DNP, RN, CNE

Specialty Director, DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner / Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Ameera Chakravarthy, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC
Specialty Director, DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Janet Selway, DNSc, AGNP-C, CPNP-PC, FAANP, FAAN
Specialty Director, DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP-BC
Specialty Director, DNP: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Fitzgerald, DNP, NNP-BC

Specialty Director, DNP: Nurse Anesthesia

Veronica Y. Amos, PhD, CRNA, PHCNS-BC, FAANA
Specialty Director, DNP: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Ann Marie Felauer, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

Interim Specialty Director, DNP: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Kristin Bussell, PhD, CRNP-PMH
Graduate Certificates Program Director, Environmental Health Certificate Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN
Interim Program Director, Global Health Certificate Charlotte Nwogwugwu, DrPH, BSN, RN, HIV PCP, CPH-BC
Program Director, Nursing Informatics Certificate Cheryl Fisher, EdD, MSN, RN
Program Director, Substance Use and Addictions Nursing Certificate Victoria L. Selby, PhD, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

Program Director, Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate

Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl, FAAN