Dean of the School of Nursing:
The University of Alabama at
Birmingham (“UAB”) seeks an innovative, dynamic, experienced,
and visionary trailblazer to lead one of the nation’s top-ranked
schools of nursing. This is an exciting opportunity for a spirited
nurse leader who can build on a tradition of excellence and
continue the forward momentum of an ever-growing, major academic,
research and clinical enterprise in the world-class UAB School of Nursing, part
of one of the nation’s largest academic health science centers that
includes the Schools of Medicine, Health Professions, Public
Health, Dentistry and Optometry, as well as the state’s only
NIH-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
UAB—with 8,685 graduate students 13,878 undergraduate students
and approximately 3,000 faculty members—and the School of
Nursing—with nearly 700 undergraduate students, 2,000 graduate
students and 160 full-time faculty members—are focused on preparing
the next generation of socially conscious diverse leaders through a
world-class education, empowering innovative research and
scholarship that drives the knowledge to improve society, including
health equity, and engaging with the community in meaningful and
mutually beneficial collaborations that contribute to the public
good through both the
school’s strategic plan, as well as UAB’s strategic plan
Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and
Provost, the new Dean of the UAB School of Nursing will be the
chief executive officer of the school, managing all human
resources, financial, educational, research, student, alumni, and
other external relations, development, and community matters for
the school. As the leader of a health school at a major academic
medical center, the Dean will work closely with leadership across
colleges, schools, departments and programs, as well as with the
UAB Health System.
The new dean will demonstrate a true commitment to diversity,
equity, and inclusion, through accomplishments in previous
positions. It is essential that the new dean be willing and able to
balance their leadership of the UAB School of Nursing with a
concurrent obligation to be a leader and citizen of the larger
university, while maintaining a national/international presence in
nursing. They should also actively embrace the external aspects of
the position such as student recruitment, philanthropic advancement
and external collaborations.
Professional Experience and Qualifications of the Dean
of the UAB School of Nursing
This is a full-time position, and salary will be competitive and
commensurate with experience. The Dean will serve both as CEO of
the School and an institutional citizen. Candidates must possess or
- An earned doctorate in nursing or a related field.
- Eligibility for licensure in the State of Alabama.
- A distinguished record of teaching, research, and service
commensurate with an appointment to a department in the School of
Nursing with the rank of professor with tenure.
- At least three years of successful leadership and managerial
experience and skills in human resource and financial management in
a school of nursing
- A commitment to faculty recruitment, retention, and
- An understanding of and experience in nursing education and
- Knowledge of and background in nursing clinical practice.
- An outstanding record of interdisciplinary scholarship, and
research, including extramural funding.
- Effectiveness in interpersonal relations, including the ability
to initiate and sustain interdisciplinary collaborations.
- Ability to manage budgets and resources in a Responsibility
Center Management environment.
- Willingness and ability to use new technologies in support of
the School of Nursing’s educational, clinical and research
- Ability to design, articulate and implement a strategic vision
for all parts of the enterprise, with experience in strategic
- Ability to communicate clearly, transparently and respectfully,
with faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors to advance the
goals of a school of nursing at a major research university or
- A commitment to shared governance and the ability to work
closely and collaboratively with faculty, staff, undergraduate and
graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, alumni and student
- Ability to advocate effectively for the nursing profession at
the local, state, national and international levels.
- Strong commitment to support centralized fundraising efforts to
achieve the strategic goals of the School of Nursing.
- A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects
- Unassailable personal and academic integrity.
Nominations, Applications, and Inquiries
Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for
the position, and recruitment will continue until the position is
filled. Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter.
References will be requested later in the process but will not be
contacted without the express permission of candidates. All
inquiries, nominations, referrals and resumes with cover letters
will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to:
Barry Vines, Managing Director
Alan Johns, Managing Director
Los Angeles/Palm Springs, CA
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and
family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can
excel and achieve work-life balance irrespective of, race, national
origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith,
gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB
also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and
veterans. A pre-employment background check investigation is
performed on candidates selected for employment.