Ottawa University Announces Hiring of Dr. Diann DeWitt


Ottawa, Kan. – Ottawa University is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Diann DeWitt as a full-time nursing faculty member.

DeWitt comes to OU with a vast amount of professional nursing experience. She previously held a faculty position at Colorado Christian University in Northglenn, Colo., where she had served as a professor and the director of their RN-BSN program since 2008. DeWitt has more than 20 years of experience in medical-surgical nursing, critical-care nursing, administration, nursing research, and nursing education.
“I am honored to welcome Dr. Diann DeWitt to our growing nursing program,” said Kathy Kump, Director of Nursing. “Dr. DeWitt brings exceptional clinical and instructional experience in nursing to Ottawa University and we are privileged to have her wealth of knowledge added to our outstanding program as we continue to offer a rigorous and high-quality educational program. She will be instrumental to the University as we consider expanding additional offerings within the nursing program so as to continue to meet and exceed the professional standards and vital needs of our communities of interest, especially during the challenging times we face now in this volatile health care environment nationwide.”

She is also active in the Nurses Christian Fellowship, the Arizona Nurses Association where she serves as a Peer Reviewer of Continuing Education, the Arizona League for Nursing as the Conference Planning Chairperson, the Arizona Organization of Nurse Executives as an education committee member, Sigma Theta Tau International, and has co-authored a book chapter in Teaching in Nursing
“I am so excited and blessed to be at Ottawa,” said DeWitt. “What a privilege to work with such dedicated and highly qualified administrators, faculty and staff who display authentic caring. I am honored to come along side Kathy Kump to further build the nursing program to include programs that are in high demand within the healthcare industry today. I am eager to see what the next years will bring as we aspire to continued excellence in nursing education here at Ottawa University.”
DeWitt holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Indiana University – Purdue at Indianapolis, Ind., a Master of Science in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University. In addition, she holds certification as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).
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