Chair of the School of Nursing

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 30, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Old Dominion University (ODU) invites applications for the position of Chair of the School of Nursing with a start date of June 10, 2021. The School of Nursing is the largest of five schools housed in the College of Health Sciences (, a growing multi-disciplinary environment including Schools of Community and Environmental Health, Dental Hygiene, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Medical Diagnostic & Translational Sciences. The College currently offers several doctoral programs including the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Doctor of Physical Therapy and PhD Programs in Health Services Research, Kinesiology and Rehabilitation and Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Regenerative Medicine.   


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Licensed Registered Nurse with a doctorate (PhD, EdD, DNSc, DNP) in a related field from an accredited university; graduate degree in nursing; a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate or full professor eligible for tenure; strong record of progressively responsible and relevant university leadership experience and a record of administrative experience are required. A minimum of 7 years teaching experience in higher education is expected.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Formal leadership in baccalaureate and/or graduate nursing programs; formal supervisory and personnel experience. Significant and successful experience with grant writing and extramural funding.  Record of successful outreach to the community. Evidence of the following:

  • Demonstrated competence in curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Experience and understanding of on-line course development and distance learning 
  • Knowledge of and experience with CCNE accreditation processes, current methods of outcomes-based instructional assessment, and student success strategies.
  • Experience in interprofessional program development and teaching
  • Record of current membership and active leadership roles in recognized organizations associated with academic leadership in nursing
  • Record of healthcare community collaborations

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:  Serve as the administrative head of the

School of Nursing. responsible for the planning, budget management, fundraising, and personnel aspects of the School. The Chair will also be expected to pursue an active program of scholarly research and promote the pursuit of external research funding. The Chair will develop and establish the future direction of the School of Nursing in collaboration with the Dean, the faculty and other community stake holders.

The School of Nursing Chair has the authority and the responsibility for leadership in developing and supporting collective school mission, vision, and philosophy; anticipating, planning, establishing, and assessing school goals and initiatives; establishing a positive and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students and between programs, units and schools; advocating on behalf of the school; supporting and encouraging curriculum development, scholarship, service, and career-long professional growth and development of all faculty and staff; faculty and staff recruitment, retention, promotion, and tenure, and for advocating for diversity in personnel actions; ensuring fair, complete, and procedurally sound personnel actions are conducted to ensure professional and accountable behaviors are occurring within the school. 

The School of Nursing Chair has the authority and the responsibility for management and oversight of teaching faculty and instructional staff, clinical agency coordinators, directors, pre-licensure academic success coordinator, and support staff; personnel actions including recruitment, annual performance evaluation, salary, reappointment, and promotion and tenure processes in coordination with the Dean, as appropriate; collaborating with directors in making teaching assignments and nursing program class schedules and reviewing course evaluations and instructor evaluations; assuring that clinical agreements, evaluations and student placements are consistent with undergraduate and graduate program guidelines and national accreditation recommendations; orientation of new faculty and staff, in collaboration with undergraduate program and graduate programs directors;  collaborating with directors, assistant and associate deans, regarding student issues; preparation and submission of reports as requested by the Dean and the Provost. 


The School of Nursing is committed to helping meet the needs of the multicultural urban and rural populations by providing high-quality local and distance nursing education programs. The School incorporates high academic and ethical standards and a caring, learning environment for students consistent with the mission and objectives of the College and University. The School is dedicated to graduating nursing professionals who are leaders capable of meeting the health care challenges of the 21st century.  The School of Nursing at ODU is nationally ranked in the top 25% for its online graduate nursing programs. Faculty have received grant funding totaling over $8.5 million in the past 5 years. 

Located at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia the school has an annual enrollment of approximately 700 students. There are three undergraduate nursing degree options: the BSN pre-licensure, BSN post-licensure, and BSN concurrent enrollment programs. At the graduate level, ODU offers the Master of Science in Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery and Nurse Administrator), and the Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

Master of Science level nurse practitioner program specialties include family, pediatric, neonatal, and psychiatric mental health.  Clinical Nurse Specialist options include geriatric and nurse executive. Other MSN program offerings include Nurse Midwifery and Nurse Administrator. Doctor of Nursing practice programs include Nurse Anesthesia, and Post-master’s DNP Advanced Practice and Nurse Executive options. In addition, nursing certificate programs include nurse educator, nurse executive, health care executive and neonatal physician’s assistant.  Clinical practice sites throughout the Hampton Roads area augment the practice component of undergraduate nursing education and include general, specialty, public, private, military and community health care facilities. The graduate program has clinical practice sites throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.



The College of Health Sciences serves more than 2,700 students and annually awards more than 600 degrees. Under the instruction of a dynamic, diverse and talented faculty, students learn to solve healthcare issues through collaboration, care and real-life experiences.

The college provides leadership in healthcare by offering excellent educational experiences in a quality learning environment to facilitate the development of competent, caring health professionals; by generating knowledge through inquiry and discovery; and by engaging in lifelong learning, professional, and community service.

The college is comprised of five schools: Community & Environmental Health, Dental Hygiene, Medical Diagnostic & Translational Sciences, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Sciences. Also, under its umbrella are the Center for Global Health, Monarch Physical Therapy Clinic, Hirschfeld Dental Hygiene Care Facility and nationally recognized Center for Telehealth, Innovation, Education, and Research.

With more than 30 programs spanning campuses in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, the college offers both baccalaureate, masters and doctoral opportunities. The college also has two entrepreneurial endeavors that engage in public service, hands-on teaching, and research: ODU Monarch Physical Therapy Clinic and the Dental Hygiene Care Facility. All programs are accredited by their respective specialty accrediting agencies. 




Old Dominion University, located in the coastal city of Norfolk, is Virginia's entrepreneurial-minded doctoral research university with more than 24,000 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy. The Norfolk/Hampton Roads community offers numerous possibilities for multi-disciplinary collaboration with Eastern Virginia Medical School and major healthcare providers. ODU is an ethnically and culturally diverse urban campus located in the Hampton Roads area which is home to one of the world’s largest military complexes, a burgeoning technology industry, and one of the nation’s busiest ports. Nearby recreational activities include the Eastern Shore, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, and nearby beaches in Virginia Beach and North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Hampton Roads is 3 hours from the Washington DC area.  For more information about Old Dominion University, please visit: 


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application materials should be submitted at Interested candidates should submit application materials electronically including a letter of interest, which describes how the candidate meets the job requirements and includes a personal philosophy statement regarding teaching, service, research/scholarship, leadership, and education (this should be limited to two (2) pages); and a list of three (3) professional references with contact information, a curriculum vitae, and unofficial graduate transcripts. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – The College of Health Sciences is dedicated to systemically building and maintaining a culture of inclusive excellence that values and embraces diverse faculty. We are committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and supporting the scholarly efforts of faculty. Diversity and inclusion are essential to Old Dominion University's strength as an institution of higher learning. We strive to create a climate of innovation, creativity and collaboration across disciplines and cross culturally. Successful candidates are expected to address the needs of a diverse student population. Individuals from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We have an institution-wide commitment to inclusion and diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

For additional questions concerning the position, please contact one of the co-chairs of the search committee listed below:

Muge Akpinar-Elci, MD, MPH, ATSF

Co- Chair, Search Committee for Chair of School of Nursing

Associate Dean

College of Health Sciences

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA 23529-0499



Deborah Gray, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-C, FAANP

Co- Chair, Search Committee for Chair of School of Nursing

Clinical Associate Professor

Old Dominion University School of Nursing

161 ODU Virginia Beach Center
1881 University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA  23453

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