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Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program and Department Chair - School of Nursing

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 17, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nursing, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Faculty Affairs, Deans
Employment Type
Full Time
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Mission or Goal of Unit:

The mission of the School of Nursing is to shape the future of nursing through the power of education, discovery, and collaboration.

Chief Purpose of this position:

VCU School of Nursing is seeking an Associate Dean for Undergraduate Program and Department Chair (ADUPDC). The ADUPDC is charged with administrative leadership and oversight of the undergraduate nursing and the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing. This position ensures academic excellence and curriculum consistent with the mission and goals of VCU SON and that programs are reflective of national trends, local and regional needs, and professional standards. The Department Chair’s responsibilities include oversight of faculty orientation, faculty development and mentoring efforts, development of annual faculty work plans and teaching assignments, and evaluation of full-time and adjunct faculty for whom they supervise. This position provides input regarding the hiring priorities of full-time faculty and has the authorization to hire adjunct faculty. The ADUPDC works closely with the Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA), the Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Innovation (ADRSI), the Associate Dean for Practice and Community Engagement (ADPCE), and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Department Chair to support the academic, research, service and practice missions and to facilitate communication within the organization.

Position Responsibilities:

1. Supports diversity and inclusion and fosters a positive work environment, interpersonal relationships and communication, collaboration, and consensus-building within the department and across the organization.

2. Establishes program- and department-related goals and initiatives that support the overall mission of the school and university.

3. Provides guidance to program directors (PDs) to ensure academic integrity and teaching excellence within programs.

4. Collaborates with the ADAA in preparation of internal and external administrative reports.

5. Assists with the recruitment and retention of qualified and diverse faculty and staff.

6. Leads organizational-level orientation for new faculty and staff assigned to the department.

7. Develops annual faculty work plans (including teaching assignments) for faculty within the department.

8. Evaluates staff, full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and adjunct faculty within the department (with input from the ADRSI, ADPCE, and PDs as appropriate).

9. Mentors department faculty and ensures opportunities for faculty development.

10. Addresses faculty, staff, and student issues within programs and the department in alignment with university and school policies.

11. Manages program and department resources.

12. Interfaces with external constituents (university or community) as assigned.

13. Maintains personal academic faculty obligations in teaching, research, and service in accordance with an area of expertise and as negotiated by Dean.

Required Qualifications:

– Senior faculty rank (Associate Professor or Professor)

– Currently licensed or eligible for licensure to practice nursing in Virginia

– Earned doctorate in nursing or related discipline

– Teaching experience in nursing programs

– Demonstrated skills in communication, mentoring, and collaboration

– Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU

Preferred Qualifications:

– Tenured or tenure-eligible

– Academic administrative experience

– Sustained history of external funding for research and/or academic projects

Position Type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Full time equivalent: 100%
Tenure: Tenure Track
Rank: Open
Months: 12
Department: School of Nursing


Contact Information:
Contact Name: Demmie Pennix
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (804) 628-7583

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