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Dean for the College of Nursing

Texas Woman’s University (TWU)
Denton, Texas
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Date posted
Jan 11, 2024

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Administrative, Deans
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Dean for the College of Nursing

Texas Woman’s University (TWU) invites applications and nominations for an innovative, experienced leader to serve as the Dean for the College of Nursing. This presents an opportune moment as the university has garnered remarkable recognition in academics, research, and service. Notably, the Texas Legislature, recognizing TWU’s distinctive mission, established the Texas Woman’s University System as the first university system in the nation with a woman-focused mission just two years ago. The Dean for the College of Nursing will play a pivotal role in advancing the university’s curriculum, providing effective leadership for the faculty, overseeing research endeavors, and spearheading the development of strategic and innovative programs that align with and enhance TWU’s mission and strengths. The dean will report to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost.

Founded in 1901 as a women’s college, the university has grown its mission of serving marginalized populations in higher education over the past 120-plus years. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report recognized TWU — a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution — as having one of the top five most ethnically diverse student bodies in the nation, and in 2023 ranked the university among the nation’s best for social mobility. Additionally, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal recognized the university as a top pick in 2023, and the Wall Street Journal ranked the university 7th in the nation for overall student experience. Also in 2023, Texas Woman’s earned the coveted Seal of Excelencia, a certification that demonstrates a university’s commitment to accelerating Latino student success. Less than 1% of colleges and universities have earned this distinction.

The nation’s largest woman-focused university system, TWU produces leaders in the fields of education, the arts, sciences, business, nursing, and the health professions. Students have described their experience on the picturesque, flagship Denton campus as “a private feel at a public cost.” It is the only public, general academic university in Texas to offer doctoral degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy, dance and multicultural women’s and gender studies. Men account for about 10% of the student population.

Since becoming a system in 2021, the university plans to form independent universities for its health science centers in Houston and Dallas. Denton, just north of the DFW area, is consistently named one of the nation’s best college towns, and Dallas and Houston have world-class museums, performing art centers, entertainment districts and professional and collegiate sports venues.

Texas Woman’s approach to research is unique. They focus on the changes that research can make in everyday lives — how community challenges can be addressed, business problems can be solved, and quality of life can be improved. In workplaces, hospitals, schools and communities, their research is put to practical use every day.

As a Carnegie-classified doctoral research university, TWU encourages undergraduate and graduate students to actively participate in faculty-led research — whether it’s developing programs to reduce violence against women, working with veterans and their families, expanding access for children with autism or identifying more effective ways to treat cancer cells. From basic to applied research, their faculty and students focus on finding innovative ways to solve problems at state, national and international levels.

The prestigious Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing offers programs that span three campuses, multiple disciplines and feature a rigorous core in clinical science and research. Approximately 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and pre-nursing students are currently enrolled (Fall 23), and more than 21,000 alumni live in Texas

PROGRAMS: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master’s of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science.

CERTIFICATES: Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, Post-Master’s Certificate Nurse Practitioner, and Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education.

AREAS OF RESEARCH: End of Life/Palliative, Health Systems and Population Heath Research, Integrated Health Promotion Research, Pediatric Research, Science of Learning Research, and Women’s Health Research.

The College of Nursing Center for Global Nursing has been promoting global health since 2001, through longstanding partnerships that make a difference for the healthcare workforce and global health.


Denton - TWU’s Denton campus offers programs in nursing, liberal arts, fine arts, the sciences, health sciences, business and education, and it’s just 40 miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, assuring students easy access to major arts, culture and career possibilities. Under construction with a scheduled completion date in 2025, the Denton campus will host one of the newest and innovative Health Sciences Centers in the region. The interprofessional and experiential programming will expand accessibility to quality health care for underserved, underrepresented and rural populations through clinics and treatment outreach including telehealth and telerehabilitation.

Dallas - The nursing program got its start in 1954 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Today, the T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center offers programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, health care administration, and an MBA. The center also houses the renowned TWU Stroke Center. The institute educates an average of 2,000 nursing and allied health professionals annually while the Stroke Center provides over 5,000 hours of clinical treatment at no cost to members of the community.

Houston - Located in the largest medical center in the world, Texas Woman’s Institute for Health Sciences was established in 1960. TWU is a proud member of the eight different academic and research institutions, as well as the 21 different hospitals that comprise the Texas Medical Center. Students are enrolled in a number of programs including nursing, health care administration, nutrition and food sciences, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and an MBA.

The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the college. The Dean provides academic leadership and oversees the short and long range goals and objectives both withstanding and external to the college. In addition, the Dean directs and evaluates the associate deans, and other direct report staff within the college. Responsibilities include academic management, fiscal management, quality assurance, faculty and staff evaluation, grants and research oversight, program planning and evaluation, community relations, and resource development.

Leadership Opportunities include:

  • Advocacy for Nursing and Healthcare
  • Academic Leadership
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Professional Development
  • Research and Innovation
  • Community Engagement

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Actively works to promote collaborative interdisciplinary, interinstitutional, and health-related partnerships.
  • Provides academic leadership for the college.
  • Oversees the short and long range goals and objectives for the college.
  • Provides leadership in establishing and meeting enrollment goals.
  • Establishes, implements, and monitors policies and procedures for the college.
  • Provides information and makes recommendations to the Provost on all matters related to the college.
  • Serves as liaison between the college and TWU central administration.
  • Directs and evaluates the work of the department, associate deans and other direct subordinates within the college.
  • Provides leadership and guidance in faculty and staff searches.
  • Recommends faculty for promotion and tenure consideration.
  • Formulates and administers the college budget.
  • Sets priorities for resource allocation and utilization.
  • Works with appropriate departments to develop external funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned PhD in Nursing.
  • Established record of teaching, research, and service at a level consistent with TWU requirements for the rank of full professor.
  • A minimum of five years of academic administrative leadership experience and achievement in positions of progressively increasing responsibility is required.
  • Substantial experience in curricular development, budget management, research facilitation and external funding, academic leadership, and management of instruction.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise to plan, direct, and evaluate a complex operation, using human resources, time, funds, and other resources for the accomplishment of long-term and short-term goals of the institution.
  • Academic and administrative expertise in areas appropriate to the college.
  • Can organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize goals and objectives and to exercise informed judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies, procedures, and activities.
  • Can integrate resources, policies, and information in the decision making process.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current Nursing and Texas specific licensure requirements issues in higher education.
  • Ability to provide administrative guidance, direct supervision and training as needed.
  • Able to promote collaborative partnerships.
  • Strong managerial skills, initiative, and vision in program development and administration.
  • Expertise to apply budgeting and fiscal planning techniques within fiscal constraints in order to maximize resources.
  • Can read, analyze, and interpret financial reports and legal documents.
  • Presents information effectively to administrators/faculty/ staff at all levels within the University, to public groups, and to the TWU Board of Regents.
  • Can define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Can establish and maintain effective, collegial working relationships with students, faculty, staff and the public.
  • Communicates effectively in an open and transparent manner.

Nominations and Expressions of Interest:

Anthem Executive is pleased to assist Texas Woman’s with this national search. To express interest, you are requested to submit the following:

A letter of interest stating how your experience is applicable to the position and its opportunities, responsibilities, and requirements expressed in the leadership profile; a curriculum vitae or resume; and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. (References will not be contacted without your prior authorization.)

While letters of interest may be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible to assure full consideration. Anthem and the University reserve the right to end or extend the expression of interest, application, and nomination process at any time. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.

Materials should be submitted electronically to:

Nominations are also encouraged and should be directed to:

Texas Woman’s University, an AA/EEO employer, supports diversity. Men and women, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply. All offers of employment will be contingent on the candidate’s ability to provide documents which establish proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. All positions at Texas Woman’s University are deemed security sensitive requiring background checks and verification of all academic credentials.


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