Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, C.R.N.A., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N., is dean and professor in the Marquette University College of Nursing. She joined Marquette in 2008 after serving as both professor and chair of adult health nursing and program director for the nurse anesthesia program at the Rush University College of Nursing.
Since arriving at Marquette, Callahan has led the College of Nursing through a successful reaccreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, completed an aggressive strategic planning process that led to a comprehensive revision of the pre-licensure curriculum, expanded the college’s freshmen class size by 25 percent and implemented the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Callahan’s commitment to developing the scientific foundations of nursing practice has resulted in an increase of 100 percent in scholarly publications by faculty members, as well as the College of Nursing’s graduate programs earning rankings in the top 10 percent in the country. Under Callahan’s leadership, the College of Nursing has become the most competitive undergraduate college for admission on Marquette’s campus and graduates nurses with a 92 percent pass rate on the NCLEX — the R.N. licensure examination. Callahan was also instrumental in the College of Nursing’s recent fundraising campaign to build the new $4 million, 10,000-square-foot Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation at Marquette University.Callahan completed the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Ignatian Colleagues Program and is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society of nursing. She is an elected fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, National Academies of Practice and Institute of Medicine Chicago. Callahan is published extensively in the areas of pain management, palliative/end-of-life care and health policy.