Gallek Named Interim School of Nursing Director

June 10, 2022 - Dr. Matthew Gallek, associate director for academic programs and associate professor in the School of Nursing, has been appointed to serve as the interim director for the School of Nursing for the 2022-23 academic year, beginning July 1, 2022.

Matt Gallek“Dr. Gallek is poised to lead the School of Nursing through this transition,” CHHS Interim Dean Justine Reel said, “As a current associate school director, he is dedicated to maintaining the positive momentum while keeping the success of students, staff, and faculty front and center of all decision making.”

Gallek currently oversees six academic programs within the School of Nursing including four nursing programs and two clinical research programs. Since joining UNCW, he has helped develop the BSN to DNP program, which began admitting students in the fall of 2020. From 2008 to 2017, Gallek was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing.

Gallek holds a BS in Psychology from Allegheny College, a BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the Summer Genetics Institute offered by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2008. In 2012, Dr. Gallek was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. His research focuses on the influences of genetics/genomics on functional outcomes following neurological injury and disease. In 2021, Gallek was selected for the National League for Nursing’s LEAD Program, designed for nurses in leadership positions within education and in practice. The LEAD program examines organizational systems and leadership processes, strategic planning, building high-performing teams, budgeting, and developing personal career plans to advance organizational leadership.

As interim school director, Gallek’s leadership will ensure the efficient and effective operations of all academic, research and service programs within the school by facilitating strategic and fiscal planning, making decisions and recommendations to the dean’s office to inform and shape school policy, and overseeing the day-to-day personnel management functions.