Leadership

The world-class faculty and distinguished leadership of the school provide a foundation for successful learning at all stages in your career. The work we do in our community and far beyond our borders is reflected in our forward-thinking approach to healthcare education.


Margaret Wooding Baker, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP)

Dean Margaret Wooding Baker

Dean Margaret Wooding Baker is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. Her clinical experience ranges from critical care to ambulatory care to home health. She has been an administrator in settings ranging from home health care company start-ups to academic administration in schools of nursing, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Her policy experience runs from her work as a senior health policy analyst for the Washington State Health Care Authority to her current commitment as a board member for the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and co-chair of the Public Policy Committee. She earned a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in Nursing from Otterbein College, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Russell Sage College.

Dr. Baker’s scholarly focus is on elder abuse and neglect. She has published peer-reviewed data based articles and focused her policy and professional and community service work on the topic.

Dr. Baker recently completed a three-year fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program, where she benefited from world-class leadership development. She is passionate about leadership, organizational effectiveness and climate, and managing change, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also recently completed a five-year term on the executive team for the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State, including a one-year term as president of the organization.


Scott Ziehm, DNP, RN

Associate Dean for Pre-Licensure Programs and Accreditation; Professor

Scott ZiehmNew to USF Dr. Scott R. Ziehm has been appointed as Associate Dean for Pre-Licensure Programs and Accreditation & Professor at the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Prior to joining USF for the last three years Dr. Ziehm served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. He was a consultant at the University of Hawaii starting in 2006 and was appointed Visiting Professor in 2008. For 22 years he also served as Assistant Dean & Director and Clinical Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. As an academic administrator he supported the development and implementation of the UCSF MEPN program and has been a consultant assisting in the development or revision of accelerated graduate-entry and accelerated BSN programs across the USA. He also has worked with a diverse, impoverished, chronic and severely mentally ill client population in acute and rehabilitation settings which was the focus of his teaching. Dr. Ziehm served a recent two (2)  year term as president-elect for the California Association of the Colleges of Nursing. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and was given the Award for Excellence by the Nursing and Alumni Association at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. In 2012 he was selected for a fellowship in the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing’s Leadership in Academic Programs and in 2014 he was selected for the WASC Academic Leadership Academy.