Kathleen Strunk Endowed Chair and Chair, Department of Nursing

Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 16, 2020
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Kathleen Strunk Endowed Chair and Chair, Department of Nursing

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, a division of the University of Virginia, invites applications for the Kathleen Strunk Endowed Chair in Nursing/Chair of the Department of Nursing.


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVA Wise) is a public, four-year residential liberal arts college located in the lush mountains of Southwest Virginia. As a COPLAC member institution, UVA Wise is nationally-accredited and has been nationally-ranked among top public liberal art colleges in the U.S. UVA Wise offers 31 majors, 37 minors, and 17 teaching licensures, and it is home to Virginia’s only undergraduate degree program in software engineering. Established in 1954 as a division of the University of Virginia, it is guided by the values of citizenship and altruism. Proud of its Appalachian heritage, the College continues to honor its commitment of service to Southwest Virginia, the nation, and the world. The College is guided by a legacy of teaching and scholarly excellence and by a dedication to quality in both the arts and sciences and professional programs. Under the leadership of Chancellor Donna P. Henry and her dedicated staff and dynamic faculty, the College enters an exciting new era that includes substantial investments and achievements in undergraduate research, nationally recognized faculty scholarship, and landmark legislation affording in-state tuition to students across the entire Appalachian Regional Commission. Above all, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a diverse community of people who believe that information can be transformed into knowledge and that teaching and learning create a foundation for wisdom.


Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing offers a program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). This program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The nursing major has two tracks: Pre-Licensure and RN to BSN. Upon completion of the Liberal Arts Core courses and the required nursing courses, the student will have accrued a total of 126 hours (Pre-Licensure) or 120-122 hours (RN to BSN) for graduation. The Pre-Licensure Program is for students who wish to earn a BSN and take the registered nurse licensure examination, the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Once admitted to the nursing major, students in the Pre-Licensure Program must enroll full-time.


The RN to BSN Program is a program for registered nurses who have either a diploma or an associate degree in nursing. The RN to BSN Program has been specifically designed for the working registered nurse student. The courses in the RN-BSN major are all online. The optional minor in Leadership Studies will provide the registered nurse with the skills and knowledge necessary for coordinating and managing patient care in complex health situations in health care facilities and in the community. The curriculum is also intended to prepare the registered nurse for graduate studies for advanced practice nursing.


Key Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Chair of the Department of Nursing is an integral member of the Council of Chairs. The Chair is responsible for the budget, curriculum, faculty and student scholarship, and teaching excellence for the Department of Nursing.


Successful candidates should have a vision for program growth and for nursing and health care in a rural area. As a member of the Council of Chairs, the Chair serves as a key consultant to the Provost on all academic matters at the institution and collaborates with other chairs on campus to shape the academic culture of the campus. The chair will contribute to the teaching mission of the institution through classroom-based and clinical supervision. The typical load for a chair is 2-3 courses per semester or the equivalent in clinical supervision. UVA Wise is currently considering the expansion of nursing curriculum at the graduate level to support local needs. Additionally, planning is underway for the renovation of Wyllie Hall, which will accommodate an expanded nursing program. The Chair and nursing faculty collaborate with area health care agencies for enhanced learning and health care quality.



It is required applicants hold a doctorate in a nursing discipline and RN licensure or eligibility in Virginia. In addition, it is preferred that applicants possess:

  • Experience in academic administration;
  • Understanding and knowledge surrounding the mentoring of new faculty;
  • Extensive teaching experience in a College/University nursing setting;
  • An in-depth understanding of the CCNE accreditation process;
  • A willingness to interact with key hospitals and health partners outside of UVA Wise;
  • Background in curriculum development and assessment;
  • A track record of grant writing;
  • Strong skills surrounding student recruitment; and
  • Financial and budgetary management skills.


Application Procedure

The Chair Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, resume/CV, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to December 14, 2020. For additional information, please contact:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President

Jacob Anderson, Principal

Parker Executive Search

Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900 | Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: 770-804-1996 x109 or x111

pwilliams@parkersearch.com || janderson@parkersearch.com


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women, minorities, veteran, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. UVA Wise is committed to helping the campus community provide for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report containing information on campus security and personal safety, including alerts, fire safety, crime prevention tips, and crime statistics is available at www.uvawise.edu/ASR.


Employee fulfills duties as a “responsible employee” under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. A Responsible employee includes any employee: who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.