Director, School of Nursing
The WCU School of Nursing (SON) is a growing, dynamic unit housed in both the HHS building in Cullowhee and at Biltmore Park in Asheville. WCU Nursing serves over 500 degree-seeking students and provides courses for 400 additional students in pre-nursing programs. The SON is the academic home for 45 faculty (fixed-term and tenure track)/staff members who provide instruction within 10 undergraduate and graduate programs. SON programs are accredited/approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the North Carolina Board of Nursing, and the Council on Accreditation Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of the SON and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. The position demands an energetic leader who is passionate about teaching/learning, scholarship, students, and all aspects of Nursing practice. Candidates interested in an academic career with a focus on leadership, teaching, service, and scholarly pursuit are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills including the ability to listen well and communicate priorities, as well as the ability to be flexible and exercise collaborative decision making.
Western Carolina University (WCU) is a dynamic, regional comprehensive, fast-growing member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system. Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, WCU is situated in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 52 miles west of Asheville and adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The county and surrounding areas provide residents a high quality of life with its close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and diverse outdoor adventures, a thriving arts community, and mild year-round temperatures. Cullowhee and nearby Sylva offer real small-town charm while big cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville, and Greenville are just a few hours away. From its 600-acre Cullowhee locations, through programs in nearby Biltmore Park and Cherokee, at various community colleges across the state, and via online and distance education delivery, the University serves more than 12,000 students and has approximately 500 full-time faculty members. WCU is SACSCOC accredited.
The College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) is comprised of five academic Departments and/or Schools including the School of Nursing, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Physical Therapy, the Department of Social Work, and the School of Health Sciences. The CHHS mission is to serve students and communities through an active learning environment that uses inter-professional collaboration and scholarship to develop healthcare professionals skilled in patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, innovative technology, and community engagement. The CHHS embraces the “Boyer Model” of scholarship and encourages the scholarship of teaching and learning. CHHS is housed on the Cullowhee campus in the 46,000 square foot Health and Human Sciences (HHS) building. CHHS has a significant presence in Asheville at Biltmore Park.
- Interested candidates must possess a doctoral degree (with a minimum of one graduate degree in Nursing), administrative experience, and a scholarly record that merits appointment as an associate/full professor with eligibility for tenure.
- Applicants must be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of North Carolina.
- Evidence of exemplary leadership in supporting and facilitating teaching and scholarship; excellent management, supervisory, and budgetary skills; superior communication skills and an ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies internal and external to WCU.
- Experience in obtaining and managing funding is desirable.
WCU is a regionally comprehensive, dynamic and growing member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system. Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, WCU is situated in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville and adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cullowhee and nearby Sylva offer real small-town charm while bigger cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville and Greenville are within a few hours away. From its 600-acre Cullowhee locations, and through programs in nearby Biltmore Park, Cherokee, as well as various community colleges across the state, and via online and distance education delivery, the University serves more than 12,000 students and has approximately 600 full-time faculty members. WCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship
Please apply online at https://jobs.wcu.edu/. Please submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts and a list of three references, please include all contact information for each reference. For additional information contact Ericka Zimmerman, PhD, Chair SON Director Search Committee, 3971 Little Savannah Rd, Health and Human Sciences Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723. Phone (828) 227-3523. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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