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Message from the Dean

Dean Rosenburg

Detroit Mercy announces the appointment of Neal Rosenburg, Ph.D., M.S., RN, as the new dean of the College of Health Professions (CHP) and McAuley School of Nursing (MSON). Rosenburg began his career at Detroit Mercy October 9, 2017.
Pamela Zarkowski, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Detroit Mercy, noted that Rosenburg is the right person to lead the CHP and MSON following many years of sustained achievement and success.
“Rosenburg brings a great deal of expertise, experience and success to Detroit Mercy, and we look forward to his efforts building on the exceptional quality and student success his predecessor achieved during her career as dean,” she said.
Rosenburg was the dean of the College of Nursing at the Nevada State College (NSC). During his tenure as dean at NSC, a role he has held since May 2014, Rosenburg implemented a strategic plan that addressed the needs of Southern Nevada’s severe nurse shortage by tripling the size of the School of Nursing while maintaining an average NCLEX pass rate of 98 percent. Additionally, he helped stabilize the School of Nursing finances by tapping into new funding sources, which received unanimous approval from the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents in December 2014. During his tenure at NSC, he led the curricular revisions of the on-line BSN completion nursing track. He has served on the TIOPA Santuario de Luz in Autlan Board of Directors of Mexico, as well as the advisory board of the Desert Meadows Area Health Education Committee in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rosenburg has also served on the AACN baccalaureate conference planning committee since 2016, and he is a CCNE site reviewer as well. 
During his career, he served as associate dean of Program and Faculty Development in the School of Nursing at Linfield College in Portland, Oregon, from 2011-2014. His research focuses on factors that contribute to safe and effective infant feeding practices among West African women with HIV, to reduce maternal-child post-natal HIV infection.
“I am excited to join University of Detroit Mercy,” he said. “I admire the accomplishments of the College of Health Professions and the McAuley School of Nursing. The faculty members are leaders in health care in Michigan and across the nation, and it’s a true pleasure to have been selected to lead such a committed group of students, faculty and staff. I look forward to sharing and learning with this team as we build upon the successes of the past, while looking ahead to a future of creating stronger, caring experiences of health care delivery during this increasingly complex and continuously shifting health care landscape across our nation.”
Rosenburg replaces Christine Pacini, Ph.D., RN, who has led the CHP for nearly eight years. Pacini '70, '74 has enjoyed a long relationship with the institution during her career and is a highly regarded, caring colleague at Detroit Mercy. She spent more than three years as a student at University of Detroit; three years as a student at Mercy College of Detroit; nine years as a faculty member at Mercy College of Detroit; six years as a faculty member, assistant dean and associate dean before becoming dean.
During her exemplary career, she has earned many honors and recognitions, including the Achievement Award for Leadership of the Professional Development Framework from the University of Michigan Health System and the Team Performance Award, People Excellence from Clarian Health Partners. She is also a member of numerous professional associations, including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and her scholarly work has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals and books. Because of her work, the CHP’s Nursing program was ranked as one of the top 100 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Colleges” Edition. In addition, the Nurse Anesthesia program earned a ranking as 10th best program in the country. Pacini returns from a sabbatical leave in August to resume full-time teaching at the University. 
The successful appointment of the new dean was lead by the CHP Dean Search Committee, which included Detroit Mercy faculty and staff Janet Baiardi, Gregory Bozimowski, Amy Dereczyk, Thomas Fockler, Renee Kettering, Darrell Kleinke, Molly McClelland, Therese Mianecki and Becky Nauta; senior administrative support was provided by Delanda Dixon and Mark Denham, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education, who led the search committee. 

Guiding Principles

These are our underlying values which exemplify living our mission and moving toward our vision: 

  • Passion for Excellence and Lifelong Learning
  • Valuing the unique contributions of each  member of the CHP
  • Integrity and Ethics
  • Social Justice and Needs of the Underserved
  • Accountability to the Community
  • Responsiveness to the State of Practice, and the Foundational  Sciences


The College of Health Professions, in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, prepares professionals to lead individuals, families, and communities to optimal health and well being.


The College of Health Professions is an Urban Center of academic excellence that prepares graduates to lead and serve the complex health care needs of our local and global communities and will be recognized for leadership and innovation in higher education.

Community Outreach

Clinics Provide Primary Care Services

Detroit Mercy’s McAuley Health Center clinics on both the eastside and northwest side of Detroit provided primary care and community outreach services to nearly 2,800 indigent and underserved individuals in 2011.

PAs Initiate Hand-washing Program

Through a grant from the Ford Community Corps Partnership, PA student David Dumais and Professor Amy Dereczyk implemented a hand-washing initiative in a local school.

Faculty, Students and Alumni Volunteer Services

Faculty, students and alumni have continued to provide service and volunteerism to community–based organizations throughout the city, inclusive of health screening and physical exams, and outreach activities to underserved populations. In addition, faculty and administrators performed research this past year to address areas related to the community, underserved populations, access to care and critical health indicators. Research areas included health literacy, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, women’s health and financial outcomes.
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