Azita Emami, dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University, has been chosen to lead the University of Washington’s School of Nursing, which has been rocked by internal strife in recent years.
Former UW nursing dean Marla Salmon left the UW in February, three months earlier than planned. Last summer, a consultant’s report found the nursing school was beset by low morale, internal strife and a lack of shared purpose among its faculty and staff members, and suffered from a lack of trust between faculty and Salmon.
Emami’s appointment was made Monday by UW President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce. It is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.
Emami has been dean at Seattle University since 2008. She’s also worked at the Karolinska Institutet of Stockholm, Sweden, where she still holds positions as a senior researcher and doctoral-candidate supervisor.
According to the UW, Emami implemented a five-year strategic plan at Seattle University. She reorganized the school to emphasize excellence in integrating teaching, research and clinical practice, as well as an expansive global-engagement program.
During her tenure, Seattle University expanded its offerings and began a nurse midwifery specialty and a doctoral degree in nursing practice. Recently, the college began offering online hybrid programs.
Emami holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Karolinska Institutet, a master’s degree in international health care from Karolinska and the Red Cross College of Nursing, a nursing education degree with a teaching certification and a doctorate in medical sciences from Karolinska.
Her annual salary will be $320,000.