Dean, Kramer School of Nursing

Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Salary commensurate with qualifications
Posted Date
Jun 30, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nursing, Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Position:

The Dean is responsible for the management and success of the Kramer School of Nursing within the College of Health Professions.

The Dean works closely with the Provost, the President, and the rest of the president’s senior administrative team, and serves on the Deans’ Council. They provide leadership that ensures excellence in curriculum design, scholarly activity, instructional delivery, assessment, and outcomes. Additionally, the Dean is responsible for supporting an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion, and student success.

Reporting to the Provost, and with a dotted line to the President, the next Dean will take a fresh look at the School’s strategy and opportunities and will work with the other deans to position Oklahoma City University as the premier private liberal arts University in the region.


  • Manages the overall operations of the Kramer School of Nursing in accordance with the University’s mission, core values, policies, and procedures. Provides leadership for increasing student enrollment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and supporting appropriate student retention efforts. Plans and executes the budget for KSN, assuring that funds are requested for all necessary programs for the school. Assures that operations are executed within allocated funding. Continuously works to improve nursing educational programs. Provides leadership in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the programs of KSN. Works with faculty to maintain ACEN or CCNE accreditation and Oklahoma Board of Nursing approval. Works collaboratively with university departments to assure HLC accreditation standards are met. Plays an important role in the strategic planning processes of both KSN and the university. Assures that adequate provisions are made to advise nursing students regarding their academic programs. Actively engages in fund raising activities for the university and KSN in accordance with Oklahoma City University’s Office of Advancement Policies and Procedures. Assures that professionally qualified faculty for KSN are in place, that new hires are adaptable to KSN and university cultures, and that their qualifications meet professional accreditation standards. In collaboration with the Provost/VPAA, actively promotes and supports faculty professional development, scholarship and clinical practice opportunities. Oversees faculty workload and performance issues. Coordinates with the Provost/VPAA on such issues as the promotion and tenure process, faculty development and evaluation, and faculty overload policies. Assures that KSN is organized efficiently to administer its academic and administrative programs and committees. Maintains positive relationships and represents KSN with other academic and administrative offices on campus. Maintains a presence in the local, state, national, and international communities. Represents the university and the school by engaging in public speaking and other roles, as necessary. Takes part in overall campus activities as appropriate and/or as directed by university administration. Assures that the Office of the Dean is administered in such a way as to foster responsiveness to students, faculty, university administration, and other administrative activities in the university. Takes a leadership role in guiding KSN’s advisory boards and works as liaison between KSN, the university, and the nursing community. Develops and implements diversity and inclusion initiatives aimed at enhancing the academic programs and the faculty profile of KSN.



The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree in a discipline represented within the school and a minimum of five years administrative experience. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of innovation, the ability to lead change, a proven background of designing programs that support positive learning outcomes, the ability to collaborate within the college community and the public-at-large, and experience leading equity-based initiatives. A minimum of three years full-time teaching experience at the college level is required.


Opportunities and Challenges:

Position the Kramer School of Nursing for long-term success

The Dean will provide innovative leadership to build a vision and strategy for the School that builds upon relevant programs focused on meeting the demands of critical healthcare needs in the region and beyond. A significant focus on the viability of new programs and modality of delivery options while maintaining quality and supporting student success is essential. The Dean will support efforts to attract and retain a diverse faculty and staff.    


Lead Kramer School of Nursing development efforts to ensure the continuing viability and success of the School

The Dean will play a critical role in raising funds to support student scholarships and to secure capital gifts, grants, and other resources in support of its faculty, staff, and programmatic initiatives. Working with the Vice President for Advancement the Dean will establish strong relationships with existing and prospective donors while enhancing the School’s name recognition and visibility.


Enhance the visibility of the Kramer School of Nursing across the university, in the region, and beyond

The Dean will serve as a highly visible representative of the Kramer School of Nursing, circulating widely to develop strong and mutually beneficial relationships both on and off-campus. Internally, the Dean will be an active and engaged colleague — an advocate for the Kramer School of Nursing who works to engender trust and credibility and who identifies and supports ways to contribute to the larger university. Externally, the Dean will build on well-established relationships and establish new ones with leaders in healthcare in Oklahoma City, in the region, and beyond as well as with potential students, employers, the advisory boards, and alumni, to generate a network of partners who will serve as Kramer School of Nursing champions. The Dean will take full advantage of every opportunity to be the face and voice of the School and to articulate a clear and compelling message about what is distinctive about the Kramer School of Nursing.


About the Kramer School of Nursing:

The Kramer School of Nursing first opened its doors on the Oklahoma City University campus in 1981. Named the No. 1 private nursing school in Oklahoma by Nursing Schools Almanac and recognized in the top 15 nursing schools in the southwest region, the school offers a range of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs taught by faculty members who are experienced nurses, many of whom are doctorally prepared and/or Certified Nurse Educators. Dedicated staff and committed community leaders work in tandem to ensure the school is a learning environment that allows students to advance their careers.


The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing on campus and online, and an online Master of Science in Nursing. Registered nurses can also pursue an RN-BSN or RN-MSN. Students can earn post-master’s certificates in Nursing Education and Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Students may also earn a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner through the BSN-DNP program.  Also offered are post master’s Doctor of Nursing and Ph.D. in Nursing degree programs.


At Kramer, we foster a learning environment where students are challenged to think critically and holistically – encouraging them to use their passion and knowledge to advance the profession of nursing. From the undergraduate student taking pre-nursing general education courses, to the doctorate student working on cutting-edge research, Kramer School of Nursing has a host of opportunities for any level of nursing.


There are a range of nursing-specific student organizations within the Kramer School of Nursing offered to nursing students to build connections, learning opportunities, networking and community. Examples of these clubs include the Black Student Nurses Association, International Nursing Students Association, Nurses Christian Fellowship, Student Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau.


There are KSN-specific scholarships available for qualifying students such as the Kramer Way Scholarship for new MSN students, and the Buchanan Scholarship for eligible nurse practitioner students.


The Kramer School of Nursing now occupies two buildings on campus – KSN West and KSN East, the newer building. The KSN East building project cost approximately $8.5 million, most of which was raised through grants and private donations. It celebrated its grand opening in 2011 and was finished out the following year. It is a 50,000 square-foot, three-story building with classrooms of various configurations, labs, offices and lounges.


The state-of-the-art Meinders Simulation Center, opened in 2017 in the original and renovated KSN West building, features seven fully-equipped simulated hospital rooms, each with anatomically-correct simulation manikins ranging from newborns to adults. The manikins are used to present patient medical scenarios which prepare students for real-life situations without risking harm to humans. Each simulation manikin is assigned medical histories, and students may administer critical treatments and medications to which the manikins will respond.


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