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Dean for the College of Nursing

University of Cincinnati
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Administrative, Deans
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Dean for the College of Nursing

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country".

Job Overview
As the first college to offer a BSN in 1916, the UC College of Nursing remains committed for over 130 years to ensuring our graduates are empowered to think critically, advocate for patients and the profession and raise the standard of health care-in any role they choose. Our programs in Nursing leverage technology and innovation, embrace equity and inclusion, promote interprofessional collaboration and enable experiential learning, so that when students graduate, they're ready to lead. Through interprofessional collaboration, and as part of the UC Academic Health Center (medical campus), we have strong clinical partnerships with a Level I trauma center, Level III obstetric unit, the nation's No. 2 pediatric hospital and multiple outpatient surgery centers and community hospitals.  Currently, the College's main areas of research include: global health, vulnerable populations and health disparities, chronic illnesses and aging, violence, quality and safety, data science, and education.

The University of Cincinnati invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Nursing (CON). The CON is one of fourteen colleges at the University of Cincinnati, one of the top twenty public research universities in the country.

The Dean is the chief executive officer of this academic unit. Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, the Dean is responsible for overseeing the education of undergraduate and graduate students within the College; promoting a culture of inclusive and diverse scholarly excellence; securing and administrating the College's financial resources and budgets; enhancing revenue, especially by engaging in private fundraising; strategic and operational planning that aligns with the university-wide Next Lives Here presidential initiative; program review; information resources; compliance at the college, university and governmental level; all personnel matters, including management of promotion and tenure processes; and facilitating student success.

The Dean will be responsible for implementing the policies and procedures developed by the Board of Trustees and administrative leadership of the campus and the University as a whole. In accomplishing this task, the Dean will seek opportunities for collaboration with colleges, schools and other academic units on the main academic campus, the medical campus, and regional campuses.

Specifically, the Dean will:

  • Conceptualize a vision of CON's future that will motivate the faculty and inspire students; articulate this vision in terms of measurable goals and enlist the support of essential constituencies;
  • Provide leadership and guidance to CON in fulfilling its educational mission as a public, urban college;
  • Strengthen existing educational and research programs and develop new ones to meet the changing needs of the community; Promote research and create an environment that is conducive to research and learning with specific plans to operationalize research growth;
  • Attract and retain diverse faculty of the highest caliber, providing them with an environment conducive to their professional development;
  • Enhance relationships between the College, the University, and Cincinnati's dynamic and diverse community by engaging in activities ranging from the dissemination of research carried out in the CON to programs designed to impact the university's surrounding communities; and
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships within the University and surrounding community, including the development of interprofessional collaborations.
  • The Ohio Board of Nursing and the College's accrediting body (CCNE) require that the Dean, as chief administrative officer, is doctorally prepared and eligible for RN licensure in Ohio.

To further improve the College's overall performance:

The Dean of the CON will be expected to own, embody, and achieve the following:

  • Support and advance the mission of the College and its role within an urban, public institution to impact and transform public health care in the region. The Dean will work with students, faculty, staff, alumni, state legislators and other constituencies to bring that mission, and the vision of Next Lives Here, to fruition.
  • Create a high-performance culture based on teamwork and humble partnership.
  • Show a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ensure superior academic programs that are delivered by dedicated faculty.
  • Secure enrollment, quality of instruction, and support services.
  • Provide visionary leadership with a demonstrated ability to turn vision into reality.
  • Inspire students, faculty, staff, business leaders, and state and private funders through ambitious but attainable objectives; and building a plan that moves from ideation toward those objectives.
  • Translate decisions about the College's approximately $13.3 million budget to the strategic plan.
  • Strengthen existing relationships with major health, business, cultural and state intuitions, and build new relationships within the immediate Cincinnati community, the regional market and beyond.
  • Take a lead role in pursuing private funding for the College, supported by the University of Cincinnati Foundation office. The current endowment of CON is approximately $31 million. In addition to private gifts, the Dean will support and enhance revenue streams from new and innovative programs and the development of intellectual property.
  • While it is expected that the Dean will possess a distinguished scholarly record and qualify for the rank of full professor in the College, candidates with equally valuable leadership abilities and outstanding accomplishment that could be translated into innovative leadership of the College will be considered. Regardless of one's career pathway, the Dean must demonstrate a commitment to outstanding teaching, research and service commitments. Above all, he or she will maintain the highest personal and professional character and ethical standards necessary to lead an academic institution of UC's caliber.

Administrative experience is a must. The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience dealing with entities external to academia, and fundraising experience is highly desired. Previous experience in the region could be advantageous, though not necessary.

The Dean will demonstrate:

  • A record as an accomplished scholar or noted contributor to the nursing profession via leadership or other outstanding accomplishments
  • Eligibility for tenure at the rank of full professor in the College
  • Facilitation of the steps needed to achieve high national rankings and maintain its upward trajectory
  • A record of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Rigorous standards of professional achievement and ethical behavior
  • Commitment to and understanding of the principles and practices of academic assessment
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial orientation combined with boldness, imagination, and abundant energy
  • Extensive knowledge of the challenges and issues facing higher education
  • Cognizance of the opportunities and advantages of the University's urban setting
  • Experience dealing with nursing administration
  • Demonstrable capacity to lead the faculty in curricular and pedagogical reform and academic planning
  • Successful administrative and budgetary/financial experience
  • A management style that is inclusive, effective, team-oriented, and result-driven

New leadership has infused the University with excitement and energy about its mission as a premier urban research university for the 21st century. The presidential initiative, Next Lives Here, has laid the foundation for the University of Cincinnati to grow as a research and anchor institution of the highest quality. Already holding the tenth largest endowment among public universities and 47th in federal funding nationwide, the University of Cincinnati is a premier academic institution. UC is unique in supporting distinguished scholarship and research that are matched with cooperative learning environments to uphold a commitment to accessible education.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

Interested candidates, please go to:

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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