Lewis has joined the McAuley School of Nursing as its new associate
dean. Lewis comes to the School from the University of Akron College
of Nursing, where she was director of nursing education.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Lewis decided at an early age to follow
in her mother’s footsteps and pursue a career in nursing.
She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing
from Ohio State University, and a doctorate in educational administration
from the University of Cincinnati.
She’s held numerous teaching and administrative posts at
several institutions, including the University of Alabama, the University
of Wisconsin Eau Claire, St. Louis University and Marquette University.
The decision to join the McAuley School of Nursing was an easy
one, according to Lewis.
“It was a good fit,” she explains. “I was looking
for an associate dean’s role, had enjoyed my experiences working
in Jesuit institutions, and I was impressed with the Mercy approach
to nursing education. I liked their focus on students, community,
partnerships and service learning.”
Lewis expects her first year in Detroit to be a busy one. Her agenda
includes the School’s plans to boost enrollment, expand the
Second Degree Option program, and increase student involvement in
governance – in addition to relocating to the McNichols campus
and an upcoming accreditation visit. Faculty development will be
“Our faculty and staff are involved in some very exciting
things,” Lewis says. “We need to support their development.”