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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.

Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated and compliant as a condition of employment. Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.

In addition to the above COVID-19 statement, all employees, who do not already have an approved exemption, are also required to receive a booster dose no more than 7 days after you become eligible.

Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The School of Nursing holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. Faculty and staff are active participants in our work to enhance diversity, equity, & inclusion, including representation on the Faculty Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity Leadership and Inclusion Council.

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):


  • 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.


  • 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 has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

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


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