Dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health
W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health
315 W. State Street Trenton, NJ 08618
Thomas Edison State University was founded in 1972 to break down
barriers to degree completion. Fifty years later, it proudly serves
a diverse body of adult students with innovative and professionally
relevant academic programming in a predominantly online delivery.
Our team of high-energy student-focused professionals is welcoming
new members who are making their mark in education and are ready to
help change the lives of thousands of adult students across New
Jersey and around the world.
Candidates who are excited by changing lives, committed to the
success of all and want to be challenged by new and innovative
opportunities, should submit an application.
Thomas Edison State University is looking for a student-oriented
and service-driven academic leader for an exciting opportunity to
serve as the Dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and
Health Professions. We seek a scholar/practitioner possessing the
academic leadership experience and expertise to build upon the
University’s longstanding commitment to nursing and to envision and
develop expanded educational opportunities in the health
professions. The Dean will play a key role in enabling the
University to reimagine the School’s strategic direction, academic
programming and community engagement for nontraditional adult
students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.
The Dean will work closely with University and healthcare
industry leaders in the strategic planning and delivery of academic
and professional programs that address the critical healthcare
changes and challenges brought clearly into focus by the COVID-19
pandemic. These programs will serve as educational vehicles to
provide career opportunities in areas of need within the healthcare
We seek applicants who are academically and professionally
qualified, energized to work at a fast pace and excited by
innovation and the power of education to improve lives. Applicants
should demonstrate their ability to build academic communities,
engage students, address the educational needs of diverse and
complex constituencies, and collaborate with external
organizations. The ability to attract outside funding is highly
The successful candidate will bring a high level of passion for
the University’s mission, a deep commitment to the organizational
values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and a forward-thinking,
student-first approach to their work.
Specific areas of work include the
Program and Curriculum Development
• Develop academic and professional asset portfolios in
high-demand, market-relevant degrees, certificates and customized
• Lead and ensure the quality of programs in nursing and other
health professions through the development, implementation and
academic review of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and
• Ensure that educational programs meet appropriate professional
standards and oversee programmatic accreditation activities.
School- and Student-Centric Leadership
• Lead key academic program responsibilities: strategic planning,
hiring, performance management and enterprise-wide relationship
• Collaboratively manage program enrollment, retention and
graduation initiatives as part of the Academic Affairs team.
• Create an academic community supporting diverse adult student
• Conceive, implement and lead initiatives associated with nursing
and health professions.
• Collaborate with Vice President of Community and Government
Affairs to develop relationships with government, for-profit and
nonprofit organization leaders. Construct partnerships and
beneficial relationships, strengthening the University’s
educational and service commitments.
• Work closely with the Vice President for Advancement on
initiatives to advance the mission of the School, including
identifying and obtaining external funding to expand the work of
• Identify University aligned grant sources and develop grant
proposals in a departmentally collaborative environment, working
closely with the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic
Affairs, Deans and associated senior staff to expand grant
• Strategic planning, implementation, measurement and
recalibration, as aligned with institutional needs.
• Understanding of work in the healthcare industry.
• Data-oriented planning and coordinating curriculum development,
implementation and review.
• Willingness to engage in student recruitment and retention
• Experience with programmatic accreditation in the healthcare
Minimum Education and Experience:
• Earned doctorate in nursing, health professions or other
• A minimum of 6 years of experience as faculty or/and
administrator in a higher education or similar environment with
experience in developing and managing undergraduate and graduate
• Significant leadership experience in the healthcare industry can
replace 3 years of faculty/administrator experience.
• Program oversight experience in nursing or other health
• Demonstratable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Experience integrating real word learning opportunities and
• Experience writing grants and administering sponsored
NOTE: As a condition of employment, the
candidate is required to provide proof of full COVID-19
vaccination. If a candidate is unable to be vaccinated against
COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons, he/she will be required
to submit a waiver request.
TESU is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion
in all its forms. The University values inclusion as a core
strength and an essential element of its public service
Thomas Edison State University
is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer