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Associate Dean of Graduate Programs - School of Nursing

Apply now Job no: 492864
Work type: Full-time
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrators

Widener University is currently seeking an Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Nursing. Reporting to the Dean this role provides oversight of all graduate programs in the School of Nursing including nursing and nutrition. The School of Nursing offers Master’s, DNP, PhD, and post-master’s and post-doctoral certificates.

Working collaboratively with Program Directors, Faculty, and staff, the Associate Dean provides strategic leadership focused on student recruitment, retention, inclusion, and success for all graduate programs in the School of Nursing and faculty mentorship.  The incumbent will also provide strategic direction and support for curricular matters, particularly related to accreditation and certification.

The School of Nursing is seeking a visionary leader in graduate nursing education to collaborate with our Program Directors and faculty to create a dynamic learning environment that is innovative, agile, and responsive to the changing needs of learners and the nursing, nutrition, and healthcare environment.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

  • Provides oversight for operations for all graduate nursing and nutrition programs.
  • Participates in the development of strong campus and community partnerships and collaborations to advance the mission and values of the School of Nursing and Widener University.
  • Oversees management of graduate student issues, including but not limited to recruitment, admissions, progression, and graduation.
  • Supports the planning, delivery, and evaluation of teaching and learning experiences required for delivery of the curriculum
  • Primary responsibility for enhancing quality of academic programs through program evaluation and curricular improvement.
  • In collaboration with the Dean, is responsible for budget planning and assessment for graduate programs including credit projections.
  • Participates in securing grant funding to enhance academic opportunities and financial support for students and programs.
  • Primary responsibility for ensuring the updates of communication resources such as the website, graduate student handbooks and university catalogs.
  • In conjunction with the Graduate Programs committee, ensures that program evaluation data is collected, monitored, and reported in a timely fashion.
  • In collaboration with the Graduate Clinical Placement Manager, ensures that student clinical placement needs are met
  • Represents or acts for the Dean in the Dean’s absence, and as directed by the Dean serves on campus and SON committees and serves as an advisor to the Dean on matters related to personnel, governance, and organization of the SON and its component units and programs.
  • Collaborates the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and with faculty to develop, maintain, and evaluate faculty workload assignments.
  • Assures dissemination of scholarship funds in collaboration with the Program Directors and the Financial Aid office.
  • Supports the development of new and innovative programs in the SON including budget, resource utilization and staffing
  • Serve as liaison to the State Board of Nursing for all matters related to the Graduate programs.
  • Prepares data and reports related to graduate programs including but not limited to: accreditation, SBON, and others as requested.
  • Teaches courses as assigned
  • Participates in other duties as assigned.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Participates in the orientation of new faculty and staff.
  • Represents the SON Graduate Programs on the university Graduate Program Directors committee.
  • Represents the School of Nursing in professional meetings as needed.
  • Provides strategic oversight to the SON Community Nursing Clinics

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):

Required:

  • Earned doctorate in nursing or related field. Must be qualified for appointment at the Associate or Professor rank in either the Tenure or Clinical Track (Research Doctorate required for Tenure Track).
  • Licensure as a registered nurse and eligibility for licensure in Pennsylvania
  • Prior leadership roles in graduate programs
  • Five (5) years of full-time teaching experience with primary teaching responsibility in graduate Nursing in a College, School, or Department of Nursing
  • At least three (3) years of experience teaching or administering doctoral nursing programs.
  • Demonstrated track record of research and scholarly publications and presentations.
  • Analytical skills pertinent to budget planning and outcomes assessment
  • Proficiency with technology to support the academic programs including Outlook 365.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Preferred:
  • Current certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (FNP, Acute Care, PMH).
  • Demonstrated success with grant-writing.
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary schools or departments.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR UNUSUAL HOURS: 

  • Evening/weekend hours may be required as needed

Qualified candidates must submit resume, cover letter, and teaching philosophy for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener University is committed to fostering an inclusive community in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.  We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.

Widener University requires all prospective employees to provide proof of being fully vaccinated (including booster) against COVID-19 prior to employment or apply and be approved for a medical/religious exemption.  Offers may be rescinded if new employee does not provide proof of being fully vaccinated in a timely manner.

Some positions may be eligible for a hybrid or remote work arrangement that may include a partially or fully remote work location, consistent with Widener’s Flexible Work policy. 

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.

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