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Dean, College of Nursing

The University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Dec 8, 2023

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The Opportunity

The University of Toledo, a student-centered, public metropolitan research university, seeks a distinguished academic and administrative leader as Dean of the College of Nursing. The Dean role offers a unique chance to shape the next generation of nurses and nursing leaders, collaborate with outstanding faculty, and drive impactful research initiatives. With over 50 years of history providing innovative nursing education, the next Dean will join a college that is poised for growth and transformation under the leadership of a new Dean.

The Dean, reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College. With counsel from the College and institutional leadership and in consultation with the faculty, the Dean makes fundamental strategic choices about how to deploy the College’s resources to best advance its academic mission. The College of Nursing is home to over 30 full-time faculty members who serve a population of over 800 undergraduate students and close to 200 graduate students.

The University of Toledo is implementing a new 5-year strategic plan, UToledo Reimagined, that calls for a repositioning of the University for the future with an emphasis on becoming a stronger research institution with a STEM and healthcare focus. This calls for a visionary leader dedicated to the success of students, faculty, and staff and advances the development of strong partnerships with local, regional, state, and national communities that benefit the College and the students.

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The College of Nursing

Founded in 1970, The University of Toledo College of Nursing has as its mission the provision of theory-based undergraduate and graduate professional education programs responsive to the changing needs of students and the healthcare environment. To accomplish this, the college lists its educational foci as: The DNP program, MSN program, Graduate-Entry MSN program, BSN program, including a 100% online RN-BSN program, Post-Graduate Certificates, and a comprehensive program of continuing education for registered nurses. In addition to its education programs, the College, through its faculty, is involved in a variety of activities, including clinical practice, consultation, service and research consistent with its nursing leadership role in the Northwest Ohio region, the State of Ohio and nationally and internationally.

The University of Toledo

Located in Toledo, Ohio, the University was established in 1872 and celebrated it sesquicentennial during the 2022-23 academic year. UToledo is one of 14 state universities in Ohio, offering full and part-time courses of studies as well as day, evening and online programs at the associate, bachelor, graduate and doctoral levels. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is composed of the University Libraries and 11 academic colleges: Arts and Letters, John B. and Lillian E. Neff College Business and Innovation, Judith Herb College of Education, Engineering, Health and Human Services, Law, Medicine and Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and University College. The University of Toledo employees more than 5,000 individuals and has seven collective bargaining agreements.

UToledo is ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the 2022-23 Best Colleges and 2022-23 Best Global Universities lists. A comprehensive research university, UToledo is known for its curriculum and research in the science, engineering and medical fields.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have an earned doctorate in nursing or health sciences discipline, or another equivalent terminal doctorate degree, a graduate degree in nursing, and eligibility for licensure to practice as a registered nurse and/or advanced practice registered nurse in the state of Ohio.

The Dean will have a distinguished record of scholarship, research, or professional experience that would support an appointment to the rank of professor in the College of Nursing. They will possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills, demonstrated administrative and fundraising ability, a dynamic management style, the capacity to integrate diverse interests and forge a common vision, and enthusiasm to match the energy of highly motivated students, faculty members, staff professionals, and accomplished alumni.

The Dean will be accomplished in the field of nursing as evidenced through leadership roles and involvement in societies and associations at a national and/or international level. The Dean will possess a track record of supporting and guiding faculty development.

Application and Nomination Process

Confidential inquiries and nominations are welcomed.


Application packet must include:

  • A letter of interest articulating the candidate’s relevant experience and interest in the position
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Names and e-mail addresses for five professional references (References will not be contacted without consent from the applicant)

Interested candidates must send application packet materials to Melissa Hurst, Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Talent Development at


Submit nominations to with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.

For full consideration, please submit applications by February 9, 2024.

The University of Toledo is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The University of Toledo does not discriminate in employment, educational programs, or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, disability, familial status, or political affiliation.


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