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Associate Dean for the School of Nursing

Eastern University
Saint Davids, Pennsylvania
Date posted
Feb 2, 2024

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Associate Dean for the School of Nursing


Eastern University, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean for the School of Nursing. The Associate Dean provides administrative direction and strategic leadership for Eastern University's School of Nursing (SON). Reporting to the Dean of the College of Health and Sciences, the Associate Dean monitors and responds to trends in nursing education and healthcare employment, ensures a continuous process of curricular improvement and innovation, strategically grows enrollment, pursues sources of external funding, and ensures compliance with federal, state, university, and CCNE accreditation regulations and standards. The Associate Dean also establishes and manages the external relationships with healthcare providers that are necessary for the ongoing health of the School of Nursing.


Eastern University offers a vibrant community of dedicated faculty and staff who work to create a transformative educational experience rooted in the University’s core values of faith, reason, and justice.



  • Manages all nursing programs including Pre-Licensure Nursing Programs (BSN/BSN2), MSN, and School Health Programs (CSN, MEd, Cert School Health Sup.)
  • Chairs SON meetings and serves as Ex-Officio in all SON Committees.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with hospitals and regional health care agencies and oversees clinical agency contracts to support all nursing programs.
  • Ensures continuing improvements in teaching and learning outcomes through a robust cycle of student learning assessment.
  • Fosters an environment in which scholarship, teaching, and learning are adequately resourced and creatively pursued in all academic programs.
  • Maintains SON professional memberships and represents EU at professional meetings.
  • Monitors and distributes assessment data appropriately and uses the results in the annual planning process.
  • Oversees all program accreditations and compliance with standards and regulations (SBN, CCNE, AHNA)
  • Attends CHS Chairs and Directors meeting.
  • Attends University-Wide functions and meetings.
  • Participates in the recruiting and hiring of faculty and staff.
  • Prepares and supervises the budget.
  • Remains competent and current in the higher education industry through self-directed study, professional relationships, and participation in appropriate training, conferences, and courses. 
  • Supervises and maintains curriculum and monitors the quality of advising.
  • Understands and follows FERPA regulations. 
  • Works effectively and cooperatively with other University sectors: Registrar, Deans, Student Development, Admissions, Human resources, Finance, Advancement, Marketing, etc. 
  • Works with admissions personnel to oversee recruitment and admissions of students.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Nursing.
  • PhD or EdD in relevant field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, scholarship, service, and administration and experience working with and in support of diverse populations.
  • Excellent listening, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of the context of higher education and, ideally, of Christian higher education.
  • Teaching and administrative experience in BSN education including pre-licensure and MSN education.
  • Proven administrative skills and success.
  • Schedule flexibility for weekend hours and travel.
  • Enthusiastically supports the mission and values of Eastern University.


Applicants should have a Christian commitment compatible with Eastern’s mission and be willing to support the mission and vision of the university. The university complies with federal and state guidelines of nondiscrimination in employment; members of protected classes encouraged to apply.


About Eastern University:

Eastern University is a Christian university of the arts and sciences that integrates faith, reason and justice for students in its undergraduate, graduate, seminary, urban, professional and international programs. The university’s main campus is located in St. Davids, PA, with many programs also offered online. Eastern’s core values of Faith, Reason, and Justice are woven into all of its educational offerings. Through dynamic programs, a vibrant campus community, and meaningful service learning opportunities, Eastern University is committed to providing students with transformative, accessible, and affordable education.


About the School of Nursing:

The School of Nursing at Eastern University integrates Christian faith, values, and ethics with the art and science of nursing and provides a framework to prepare students for thoughtful and productive lives as professional nurses, leaders, and active members of the global nursing community. Each of our programs are recognized for the quality of instruction and student outcomes. Eastern’s SON offers a BSN, a BSN (second degree), MSN in Nurse Education, Med in School Health Services, and Certifications in School Nurse and School Health Supervisor.


About the Community:

St. Davids, PA combines the charm of a close-knit community with the convenience of urban amenities, with beautiful homes, family-friendly attractions, and exemplary schools. St. Davids is located in Delaware County and is part of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The neighborhood is well-developed with beautiful green areas, adding a natural aesthetic to the community. Just 18 miles from center city Philadelphia, St. Davids has a commuter rail station that connects residents to Philadelphia’s excellent public transport system, letting you take trains and buses into the city and around Southeastern Pennsylvania.


Application and Nomination Process:

All correspondence relating to the position of Associate Dean for the School of Nursing at Eastern University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant:

Danan Tsan, Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates


A complete application should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)


Applications received by March 11, 2024 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.


Eastern University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity as defined under federal and state law, and does not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, color, creed, disability, national/ethnic origin, age, disabled veteran/Vietnam-era, Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), or veteran status in its admission policy, program, or activities, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other University-administered programs, or employment practices and programs.

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