Three finalists for dean of Elon College’s College of Well being Sciences go to, current on campus

Elon College is looking for its subsequent dean of the College of Well being Sciences, the place Stephen Folger is serving as interim dean.

Rebecca Neiduski, the previous dean, left Elon earlier this 12 months and started a brand new function in July as Wartburg Faculty’s first feminine president.

Ann Bullock, dean of the Dr. Jo Watts Williams College of Training since June 2016, is the chair of the search committee. Bullock stated these on this committee are “advocates for and have relationships with the College of Well being Sciences.” 

Bullock stated the place was marketed, together with qualities of a super candidate. Folks then utilized, sending info associated to the standards. An analysis spherical was held, adopted by semi-final interviews on Zoom after which three finalists have been dropped at campus. 

The search committee, Bullock stated, is searching for “someone who has a background in well being sciences, somebody who has management expertise and management skills. Somebody that helps DEI efforts and has expertise with that. Somebody who understands about well being fairness, as a result of that is among the issues that’s vital to the College of Well being Sciences right here at Elon.” 

Maha Lund

The primary of three ultimate candidates for Elon’s College of Well being Sciences Dean, Maha Lund, offered to the Elon neighborhood Nov. 28. 

Lund, doctorate of well being sciences from NOVA Southeastern College, offered on her expertise as the present program director for Emory College’s Doctor Assistant program. Lund stated one in every of her fundamental focuses can be on well being fairness and creating partnerships with native well being suppliers to make that occur. 

“I consider that if we work collectively and listen to all people’s voice then the result will all the time be higher than if one individual solely makes choices,” Lund stated. “Making the distinction of their neighborhood, nonetheless huge, nonetheless small that neighborhood is, nonetheless you select to outline your neighborhood, however making a distinction. I consider that with the privileges and training that we obtain, we now have obligations to the folks round us.”


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Maha B. Lund, a Program Director and Affiliate Professor on the Emory College College of Medication speaks inside Clohan Theater on Nov. 28. This was the primary presenter as Elon College’s College of Well being Sciences is looking for a brand new dean.

Lund stated primarily based on the Boldly Elon Strategic Plan and Elon’s 5 12 months strategic plan, she is happy for the opportunity of working at Elon and feels a give attention to range, fairness and inclusion is essential. In accordance with information from the World Well being Group, solely 20% of modifiable social determinants of well being are decided by scientific care. Lund stated with this information, it’s inconceivable to disregard the opposite 80% of social determinants and that racism must be addressed. 

“Racism is a structural and social determinant of well being,” Lund stated. “So if we put it in that context, we will not ignore it, and we now have to speak about it and we now have to show our college students about recognizing it and dealing towards it. I consider that range is a instrument to deal with social determinants of well being, and that’s range in lots of shapes or types.”

Lund additionally offered on information from the World Well being Group and talked about how as an educator, specializing in psychological well being is vital to her. She stated the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated points inside the medical area that weren’t as talked about. This consists of college students’ psychological well being and she or he stated a big psychological well being subject in response to the World Well being Group that college students face is burnout.

“Fifty to 80% of well being skilled college students, and people have been really primarily didactic 12 months college students are prone to burnout, which might result in melancholy substance use suicidal ideation, decreased empathy and affected person satisfaction, after which the elevated chance sub-optimal care and medical errors,” Lund stated. “So we have to defend our sufferers, which suggests we have to tackle this with our college students. We can’t, we can’t be silent. We have to discuss this and normalize psychological well being issues.”

Kristin Landis-Piwowar

The second candidate, Kristin Landis-Piwowar, is from Oakland College in Michigan and offered on campus Nov. 29. Landis-Piwowar, doctorate of philosophy in most cancers biology from Wayne State College College of Medication, is at the moment the interim affiliate provost for Accreditation and High quality at Oakland.  

Landis-Piwowar spoke about her experiences, values and the way she views excellence within the well being sciences. 

 “I contemplate excellence to be bringing my finest efforts to a scenario, to not be higher than, in any scenario, however that I’ll personally convey my finest effort and typically that finest effort will result in failure typically, it will not,” Landis-Piwowar stated. “However as long as I do know that I introduced my finest, then I do know that that is OK. And once I take into consideration well being, I take into consideration being open and listening to different folks and taking of their concepts.”


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Kristin Landis-Piwowar, who at the moment serves because the interim Affiliate Provost for Educational Affairs at Oakland College speaks inside Clohan Theater on Nov. 29. Landis-Piwowar is a candidate for the function of dean of Elon’s College of Well being Sciences.

Throughout her presentation, Landis-Piwowar stated she sees many alternatives for the College of Well being Sciences to increase, develop and collaborate with the opposite faculties throughout campus. One instance she offered was creating a selected graduate program for licensed registered nurse anesthetists, which she stated can be an accredited program.

“I see this as a very good pathway for Elon, as a result of there may be not a direct competitors between the doctor assistant program and the next stage nursing program,” Landis-Piwowar stated. “These can be professionals who’ve a really particular function in nurse anesthesia and an important function in affected person’s lives … and since doctor assistants can even work in anesthesia and ache administration and bodily therapists have a crucial function in ache administration … this brings all people collectively for interprofessional training and a possibility to collaborate, to study collectively and from one another by having such a program.” 

Landis-Piwowar spoke on Elon’s teacher-scholar mannequin and stated it aligned together with her values as a result of it was the identical path in her trajectory towards full professor, which she accomplished in 2020. She stated that this mannequin permits for collaboration and new alternatives. 

Landis-Piwowar referred to the second theme of Boldy Elon, Thrive, which incorporates“cultivating a tradition of well being and well-being on a vibrant residential campus,” in response to the college’s web site.  

“I get the sense that that is sort of scholar centered, that exact time period however I additionally suppose that it must be very a lot aligned with the school and workers within the College of Well being Sciences,” Landis-Piwowar stated. “You all have alternatives to thrive and constructing that actually robust neighborhood that is primarily based on transparency and belief will probably be actually vital parts for that neighborhood constructing.

Leigh Cellucci

The third and ultimate candidate, Leigh Cellucci was on campus Dec. 7. 

Cellucci, doctorate of sociology from the College of Virginia, serves as affiliate dean for Educational Affairs from East Carolina College in Greenville, North Carolina, spoke provisionally on “The Triple Purpose” and “The Quadruple Components.” 

“Leaders in educating future well being care professionals,” Cellucci stated. “We have to perceive not solely the coaching wants of our college students, however the exterior surroundings whereas selling and this is essential well being fairness and moral {and professional} values of our college students,.” ” Cellucci stated.


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Leigh Cellucci, the Affiliate Dean for Educational Affairs for the Faculty of Allied Well being Sciences at East Carolina College presents earlier than Elon College school and workers inside Clohan Theater on Dec. 7. Cellucci is one in every of three candidates Elon is for the function of dean of the College of Well being Sciences. 

Cellucci, like the opposite candidates, frolicked with the campus neighborhood main as much as the presentation in Clohan Theatre. She stated all through the day, she heard loads about range, fairness and inclusion efforts. 

“I consider we have to have well being care suppliers present for a various society,” Cellucci stated. “Very, quite simple assertion and we have been speaking about it for a few years.” 

Cellucci additionally nodded to Elon’s Anatomical Present Program and stated it’s one which “teaches humbleness and ethics and professionalism.”  

The expansion and strategies proposed by Cellucci should not ones she stated can occur instantly. 

“The College of Well being Sciences and executing the strategic plan should be nicely thought of, incremental and collaborative, basing program, balancing program wants and within the context of the bigger college mission,” Cellucci stated. “That’s my imaginative and prescient to your college.” 


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