Carlson Appointed College of Nursing Interim Dean

March 16, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico Executive Vice President for Health Sciences Paul Roth, M.D., announced today that Karen L. Carlson, Ph.D., R.N. has been named interim dean for the UNM College of Nursing (UNM CoN). Carlson replaces Sandra Ferketich, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, who recently was named the vice president of interdisciplinary education for the UNM Health Sciences Center.

"Dr. Carlson is enthusiastic about partnering with faculty, students, and staff regarding challenges facing the college," Roth said. "Her academic and clinical experience not only at this institution but elsewhere made her a great choice to take the helm of the college during this transition period."

"I am also excited that Dr. Ferketich, after nearly 10 years as dean of the College of Nursing, is now going to devote her full attention to her new position. Putting a greater focus on interdisciplinary education will benefit the entire Health Sciences Center," Roth added.

Carlson first arrived as a faculty member at the UNM CoN in 1983 where she was a lecturer until 1991. From there she went on to serve as an assistant and associate professor from 1991-1995 at the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark.

In 1996, Carlson returned to the UNM CoN to work as an associate professor and an assistant to the dean in educational outreach. Since July 2000, she has been working at the UNM CoN as a professor and the associate dean for academic affairs.

Carlson’s nursing career started in 1975 as a staff nurse for pediatric infectious disease at the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis. From 1975-1991 she continued nursing in several different positions at the University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH), primarily in pediatrics, administration, and education.

A native of Wisconsin, Carlson received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She earned her master’s degree in maternal/child nursing and nursing education from UNM and received her doctorate in parent and child nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. Carlson also has a post-graduate certificate in budgeting and finance in public administration from UNM. Carlson serves as a Director on the Board of Directors for Sigma Theta Tau, Int., the International Honor Society for Nursing.

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