The University of Florida College of Nursing is pleased to welcome Erik Black, PhD, MPH, as the associate dean for student affairs. In this role, Black will be responsible for overseeing recruitment, admissions, progression and graduation processes for all undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.
Black joins the college from the UF College of Medicine where he was a professor with the Department of Pediatrics. He also served as the associate director of interprofessional education since 2013, and will continue with that role, providing learning opportunities for interprofessional students within the UF Health colleges.
Black has extensive experience working with the faculty and students of the College of Nursing dating back to 2005 when he was a UF PhD student in curriculum and instruction working on a grant on autism and parental training. More recently, he collaborated on a Health Resources and Services Administration grant with the college’s nurse-led practice, Archer Family Health Care.
He said he is excited to join the College of Nursing and learn from the profession that is at the heart of health care.
“This role provides me the opportunity to shape tomorrow’s nurse leaders,” Black said. “Much of my research focuses on aspects of collaboration, and nurses are at the center of the collaborative care delivery team in many settings. I am interested in impact, and working within the College of Nursing offers the opportunity to aid in addressing the critical nurse workforce challenges in the state and across the country.”
Anna M. McDaniel, PhD, RN, FAAN, the College of Nursing’s dean and the Linda Harman Aiken Chair, said Black brings expertise in interprofessional collaboration and education that expands beyond the nursing profession.
“I am excited to welcome Dr. Black to the College of Nursing’s administrative team,” McDaniel said. “His existing knowledge of the UF Health system and shaping educational experiences for interprofessional health students will enhance student success and promote excellent service within the college’s Office of Student Services. With Dr. Black’s leadership, our Gator Nursing students will continue to care, lead and inspire, both personally and professionally.