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Robin Newhouse named dean of the IU School of Nursing



INDIANAPOLIS — Robin P. Newhouse, a University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty member known nationally for her research of innovative methods to improve the quality of care delivered to patients, has been named dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing, effective July 1.

The appointment of Newhouse, a professor and chair of the Maryland nursing school’s Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been approved by the IU Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Robin Newhouse is a nationally recognized research and nursing leader, serving as a committee chair for the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute,” said Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. “She is an experienced administrator and is a champion for nursing’s role in providing higher quality, more effective and efficient health care. We are very pleased she will be leading the IU School of Nursing into its second century.”

Michael Weaver, professor and director of statistical services at the IU School of Nursing Center for Research and Scholarship has served as interim dean of the nursing school since August 2014.

“Dr. Weaver has served IU and IUPUI extremely well throughout his tenure with the School of Nursing, and especially through his recent appointment as interim dean,” said Nasser Paydar, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.

Newhouse is a leading expert in evidence-based practice for direct care nurses and implementation research. As a health services researcher, she studies health care processes and related patient outcomes. Her two funded studies test nursing interventions to improve patient outcomes in acute care hospitals.

“Dr. Newhouse’s expertise, leadership and international recognition in research will be critically important as our campus and university advance our strategic goals for catalyzing research and accelerating innovation and discovery,” Paydar said.

In 2014, Newhouse was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Created in 2010, the Hall of Fame is one of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s International Awards for Nursing Excellence. The award recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national or international recognition for their work, and whose research has had an impact on the profession and the people it serves.  

“I am extremely honored to be selected as the dean of Indiana University School of Nursing,” Newhouse said. “It is a privilege to join the stellar IUSON faculty, staff, interprofessional colleagues, university leaders and our community partners in the advancement of excellence in nursing practice, education, service and research with the goal to advance the health of the people we serve.”

 Newhouse received an associate’s degree from Anne Arundel Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a Master’s in Government Administration from the University of Maryland University College, a Master of Science from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.