Deborah Ann Witt Sherman has been named associate dean of academics at Florida International University’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She’ll provide academic leadership for the college’s disciplines: nursing, athletic training, health services administration, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language therapy. The programs combined enroll almost 3,000 students.
At the University of Maryland School of Nursing, she had served as assistant dean for research, among other positions. Before, she had been at New York University, where she led development of a Ph.D in nursing curriculum. She also brought a palliative-care curriculum to Tenshi College in Sapporo, Japan, where she still serves as a visiting professor.
Her academic experience includes receiving a Ph.D in theory and research development in nursing science from New York University; a master’s of science in nursing from Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y.; a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. Other achievements: She is a three-time recipient of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for her books on palliative care. She has also been honored with a lifetime achievement award in palliative care from MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The best advice I ever got: ‘We create our own reality; if you are not happy, have the courage to make change.’