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About Emily W. Nowak PhD, RN, CNE

Professor Nowak is the Program Director for the Nurse Educator concentration and a Professor in the School of Nursing. She joined the St. Catherine University community in 2009 after completing a PhD at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. As an undergraduate alum of the baccalaureate nursing program, Professor Nowak fully embraces the St. Catherine mission and values. Her work at St. Catherine has largely focused on developing and implementing nursing curriculum to reflect the rapidly changing landscapes of healthcare and education. Professor Nowak is passionate about nurturing nurse educators to learn the art of integrating new and dynamic approaches to undergraduate nursing education while holding close the St. Catherine traditions of clinical and educational excellence, leadership, social justice, and community-based learning. Since joining St. Catherine's faculty in 2009, she has taught courses in community and obstetric nursing, inclusivity, foundational teaching strategies, evidence based practice, leadership, curricular design and evaluation, and quality and safety in advanced practice nursing.


Present Director Nurse Educator Concentration and Associate Professor, Nursing, St. Catherine University Nursing Department

Curriculum Vitae



2017 - Present Nurse Faculty Loan Program
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2022 - Present Representative alternate to the ANA Membership Assembly, MNORN
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Honors and Awards

  • 2015-16 Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, AACN


  • NURS 6063: Evidence Based Practice
  • NURS 6142: Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators
  • NURS 7463: Quality and Safety for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NURS 7653: Leadership in Designing Systems in Nursing Education
  • NURS 7662: Nurse as Leader


2009 Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee , Milwaukee, Wisconsin ‐ Nursing
2003 BA, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota ‐ Nursing


Presentations (4)

Publications (5)