Roberta P. Pawlak, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Position title: Clinical Professor


Phone: 608-263-6111

4253 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Roberta Pawlak

PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison in: Nursing; Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Population Health Sciences, 2011
MS, State University of New York at Buffalo in: Nursing Administration, 1987
BS, D’Youville College, Buffalo in: Nursing, 1981

Dr. Roberta Pawlak is a Clinical Professor at the UW-Madison School of Nursing. Roberta has been an educator for 22 years and held clinical and administrative positions in academic medical centers in New York, Kansas and Wisconsin. She teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and serves as the faculty lead for the DNP in Health systems Leadership and Innovation DNP, providing administrative leadership, curriculum development and advising.  Roberta is a UW-Madison Teaching Academy member and sits on Boards of the Association of Leadership Science in Nursing (ALSN) and Sigma (STTI). She holds the Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC) certification through ANCC.

Clinical Scholarship focus areas

Teaching and Learning

  • Developing and evaluating systems leadership & innovation curriculum and program 
  • Organizing content throughout the SLI and PH specialty tracks to be aligned with national standards 
  • Developing active learning instructional activities including case studies, practicum experiences and innovative use of Canvas and other technologies 

Professional Practice and Education

  • Participation in the Advanced Public Health Nurses (APHN) Learning Collaborative 
  • Peer-reviewed presentations at UW Health Poster Fair and ALSN International conference 
  • Abstract reviewer for professional conferences and various journals including WMJ 

Health Systems and Policy

  • Chair of the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) Public Policy Council 
  • Invited speaker at WNA’s Nurses Day at Capitol 

Community Outreach and Engagement

  • Participation with UW Health in the Academic Practice Partnership (APP) that supports scholarly projects and learning collaborations between academic (e.g. DNP student experiences) and clinical nursing. 

Community Outreach and Engagement   Health Systems and Policy   Professional Practice and Education   Teaching and Learning