Donna Hartweg, PhD, RN

Professor Emerita, School of Nursing


Donna Hartweg received her B.S.N. from the University of Iowa in 1965. She earned a master's degree in education from Illinois State University in 1973, a master's in nursing sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1982, and a Ph.D. in nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1991.


Dr. Hartweg joined Illinois Wesleyan's faculty in 1978, and served as director of the School of Nursing from 1990-2009. She was named the Caroline F. Rupert Professor of Nursing in 1998. She has been appointed a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the University of Texas in San Antonio and an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois College of Nursing in Chicago.

Dr. Hartweg has served as a manuscript reviewer for several nursing journals, and has published and presented extensively on topics including nursing theory and perceptions of health and physical activity of Latinas in the Midwest and the Mexican border.

She was appointed by the governor in 2006 to the Illinois Center for Nursing Advisory Council, which is addressing a growing shortage of nurses in Illinois. Dr. Hartweg has chaired the BroMenn Healthcare Hospitals Board of Directors, Community Health Care Clinic Board of Directors, the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing, and served on other organizations, such as the Illinois Nurses’ Association and the BroMenn  Healthcare System Board of Directors. She currently serves on the John M. Scott Healthcare Commission that provides healthcare services to the underserved of Bloomington/Normal.

Honors & Memberships

Dr. Hartweg is founder and member of the International Orem Society for Nursing Science and Scholarship, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Midwest Nursing Research Society and the American Nurses Association. She received the Robah Kellogg Alumni Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007 and the Outstanding Nurse Educator Award from the Illinois Nurses’ Association in 2009.

As Professor Emerita, Dr. Hartweg served as co-chair of the 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee.