Assistant or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Marian University
Indiana, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 09, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

This academic leadership position supports the academic mission of Leighton School of Nursing BSN, Accelerated BSN, MSN, and DNP programs by ensuring qualified faculty and academic programing to achieve program goals. This position will promote Marian University’s Catholic mission and identity by overseeing curriculum, student progression, and faculty development. With support of program directors, the assistant dean is responsible for all internal curricular activities of Leighton School of Nursing. This includes compliance with applicable state, regional, and national accreditation standards. Key responsibilities include mentoring faculty, facilitating ongoing professional development for all faculty and working effectively with the Dean.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Actively engage the Catholic Franciscan mission and identity of Marian University by modeling the Franciscan Sponsorship Values, honoring the legacy of the founding congregation, promoting unity in diversity, and integrating the Catholic Franciscan intellectual traditions in courses, programs, and services.
  • Builds a strong working relationship with the graduate and undergraduate faculty to ensure that the academic programs and goals aligns with the LSON strategic plan.
  • In collaboration with Assistant Dean for Strategic and Innovative Partnerships and Collaborations, assists in search for qualified undergraduate and graduate faculty through professional networking and liaising with Human Resources to maintain current position descriptions.
  • Reviews full-time undergraduate and graduate faculty candidates according to HLC, state regulations, and relevant programmatic standards, along with policies and procedures of the University, and making hiring recommendations to the Dean.
  • Conducts regular formative appraisals of full-time and adjunct faculty with the goal of amplifying faculty strengths and mitigating areas of weakness, in collaboration with the Directors and Assistant Directors.
  • Ensures all new faculty have early and ongoing access to the resources of the Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • Ensures proper credentialing of full-time and adjunct faculty, and taking prompt action as needed.
  • Works collaboratively with faculty committees to provide ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • Meets at least annually with faculty appointed to tenure stream to ensure adequate progress toward tenure and/or promotion.
  • Apprises all full-time faculty of faculty requirements for promotion and creates avenues for these requirements to be met.
  • Communicates regularly and effectively with the Dean.
  • Teaches in courses where academically and experientially qualified.
  • Participates in various Marian University committees and departmental initiatives throughout campus.
  • In collaboration with the respective program directors, investigates educational concerns requiring action and actively works toward resolution.
  • Represents the Dean in meetings and other forums as needed.


  • The Assistant/Associate Dean will have an earned doctorate (PhD or DNP) in nursing or a related field and a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • Ideally, the Assistant/Associate Dean will have 5 years’ experience in post-secondary nursing education with at least three of them in a full-time academic leadership role.
  • The successful candidate will be required to have current licensure to practice nursing in the State of Indiana, additional licensure may be indicated and national certification(s) consistent with his/her practice credentials.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite is required as is recent experience with a learning management system such as Canvas or Blackboard.
  • Competency in basic statistical analysis, and interpretation and presentation of data.
  • High level of proficiency with collaboration, strategic planning, and project development is necessary.

Founded in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, Marian University is the only Catholic university in Indianapolis and central Indiana. In 2019, Marian is serving more than 2,400 undergraduate and 1,160 graduate students earning degrees in the arts, business, education, engineering, math, medicine, nursing, ministry, and the natural and physical sciences. The university’s high-impact, experiential curriculum is designed to provide hands-on, collaborative learning opportunities for students from 45 states and 23 nations. Marian climbed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Midwest rankings, being named the #3 Most Innovative Regional University, #5 Best Value University, and #28 Best Regional University. Marian University opened its College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, making it the first new school of medicine in the state of Indiana in 110 years. Marian’s national champion varsity athletic programs include the 2012 and 2015 NAIA Football National Championship, the 2016 and 2017 NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship, 2019 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, and more than 40 USA Cycling national championships.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications require a letter of application, a current CV, and three letters of recommendation.

Marian University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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