SON Associate Director Selected Into 2021 NLN Leadership Institute

1/21 – Dr. Matthew Gallek, associate director for academic programs and associate professor within the School of Nursing, has been selected into the 2021 National League for Nursing Leadership Institute.

Gallek.jpgA total of 22 nurse educators were selected to follow the LEAD track, a program designed for nurses in education and practice who have recently been challenged with rapid transition into leadership positions, those in leadership positions who desire a formal leadership program, and those emerging and aspiring to lead.

Participants spend a year engaged in activities to identify personal and professional goals; learn about what makes an effective leader; and strategize how to retool skill sets and experiences to achieve individual and institutional benchmarks.

“The chance to participate in the NLN 2021 Leadership Institute means that I will have the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills and learn more about myself as a leader,” Gallek said.

Gallek received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Allegheny College. After spending a few years counseling children in a community setting, he returned to school to earn his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and later worked full time in a neurovascular ICU in Pittsburg with a focus on patients with large strokes, cranial hemorrhages and brain tumors. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. In 2012 Gallek was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar.

“The National League for Nursing Leadership Institute provides an excellent opportunity for nursing educators to grow their leadership skills,” School of Nursing Director Linda Haddad said. “We are very proud of Dr. Gallek, who recently transitioned into the role of associate director for academic programs.”

Founded in 1893 as the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses, the National League for Nursing offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.