The College of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Martha (Marti) Kubik has been appointed as Professor and the new Director of the School of Nursing. Kubik brings a wealth of teaching and extramurally-funded research expertise in addition to her work with underrepresented populations and community-based clinical care. She was most recently a professor of nursing, and former chair of the Department of Nursing, at Temple University's College of Public Health. Kubik’s research has focused on youth and families and low-income and minority populations; examining the role of school-based nurses for delivering obesity interventions; and reducing violence among urban youth. While at Temple she opened a nurse-managed, community-based primary care clinic in North Philadelphia to improve access to care in an underserved community, while serving as its executive director. Kubik’s notable academic contributions included leading the curriculum redesign of the doctor of nursing practice program, and the design and implementation of a five-semester community-based public health clinical for undergraduate nursing students.
At Mason, Kubik will oversee the growth of nursing degree programs including the PhD program, foster interprofessional and integrated curricula, and the development of a virtual reality simulation lab for all students in the College.
Kubik earned her doctoral degree in behavioral epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, a MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and a BSN nursing from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.
Kubik will help achieve the College’s mission of making health visible for all through research of consequence, workforce development, and community-based practice.
The College is grateful to Dr. Cheryl Oetjen, who served as the interim director throughout the search process. During Oetjen’s time as interim director, the School has launched its fully online MSN program with Wiley, improved preparation for licensure exams, expanded the MAP Clinic network to serve our most vulnerable community members all while serving on the front-lines in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Virginia.