UAH

DEAN, COLLEGE OF NURSING

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Nursing (CON). The primary role of the Dean is to provide the vision and leadership to support excellence in research, clinical practice, teaching, and service, in concert with UAH’s mission and vision. The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the college and reports directly to the Provost. Working collaboratively with the faculty, students, and staff, the Dean is expected to lead the CON into a new era of strategic growth while enhancing nursing research, education, and clinical practice.

About the College of Nursing at UAH: The major degree programs offered by the CON are the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The BSN is also approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Several online degree programs including BSN for Registered Nurses, MSN in Leadership in Health Care Systems, and the DNP are offered through a Distance Learning/online program. CON also offers a Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, and a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education. Nursing education at UAH occurs within a broad theoretical and research-based curriculum to address healthcare issues for individuals or groups with emphasis on delivery systems or health promotion and disease prevention. CON is dedicated to preparing its graduates to deliver healthcare services to a culturally diverse population within a variety of healthcare settings.

The College of Nursing at UAH has an enrollment of about 800 undergraduate and 280 graduate students. In 2012-2013, 189 BSN, 75 MSN, and 10 DNP degrees were awarded. CON has 46 full-time faculty, including 37 faculty on clinical track, and 9 faculty on tenure track. In addition, CON has 19 part-time faculty that assist primarily with the teaching mission. This is an exciting period in the evolution of the College of Nursing. A $17 million dollar state-funded building renovation and expansion project is underway and is expected to be completed in 2014. The College hosts a state-of-the art simulation laboratory in the Nursing Learning Resource Center. CON maintains excellent relationships with several partner agencies which provide students exceptional clinical instruction in multiple health care and instructional facilities. The graduate and undergraduate online nursing degree programs at UAH are highly ranked at 13 and 21 respectively, by the 2014 U.S. News and World Report.

The University: The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is a research university that prepares students for demanding positions in Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science. UAH is ranked by the NSF among the top 20 in the nation for federal funding of research in aeronautical/astronautical engineering, astronomy, atmospheric science, computer science, and management & economics, and is in the top 20 in total research funding from Department of Defense and NASA. Overall research expenditures in 2013 was over $97 million. Since 2008, the University has completed or is currently under way with more than $150 million of new construction. Under the leadership of President Robert A. Altenkirch, the University is implementing a new strategic plan and campus master plan to achieve a vision for the University for the next five to ten years. For more information on the strategic plan, visit http://www.uah.edu/president/strategic-plan.

Academics at UAH: UAH offers 71 degree-granting programs that meet the highest standards of excellence, including 33 bachelor's degree programs, 23 masters' degree programs, and 15 doctoral programs through its five colleges -- Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science. Total enrollment is approximately 7,700, including more than 1,600 graduate students. Undergraduates include 49 percent women, 51 percent men. UAH 2012 freshmen class scored an average of 25.6 on the ACT examinations, best among Alabama's public universities. UAH is considered a Tier 1 national university by U.S. News & World Report, and is rated as a “very high” research activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, one of 73 public universities in the United States to earn this designation. Barron’s Profiles in American Colleges list UAH as very competitive, one of two public universities in Alabama to earn this designation. USA Today and Princeton Review reported UAH was one of the top 50 educational values in the U.S. in 2011.

UAH is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Numerous departments or programs also hold accreditation or certification from professional associations, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the American Chemical Society, ABET, the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the National Association of Schools of Music. UAH’s Cooperative Education Program is accredited by Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education (ACCE).

The City of Huntsville: Huntsville, Alabama is one of the most recognized cities in the Southeastern United States - consistently named as one of the best places to live and work by a variety of national publications. Huntsville is regularly named as a premier location for both business and quality of life. In 2009, Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Huntsville as America's Best City, and Forbes magazine named Huntsville as one of the Top 10 Smartest Cities in the World. The Huntsville metropolitan area is a culturally diverse community with a population of nearly 400,000 including a high concentration of technical professionals. The area is home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, and several federal research facilities, including NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Army’s Missile Defense Agency, Material Command, Aviation and Missile Command, and Space and Missile Defense Command. Huntsville has two major hospitals, several major clinics in the region, and several nearby hospitals that provide any necessary capability with coverage of all healthcare specialties. For more information on Huntsville, AL and its surrounding communities, visit http://www.huntsvillealabamausa.com/

POSITION OVERVIEW

UAH seeks a Dean for its College of Nursing who has outstanding and proven leadership skills with an established record of scholarship and research in the discipline of nursing, and clinical experience. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in nursing, preferably a PhD degree, academic credentials that would qualify the individual for appointment to the rank of Full Professor, and at least five years of experience in leadership positions. Specific qualifications include a strong commitment to research, teaching, and clinical practice; leadership in acquiring grants and other resources; an ability to engage effectively with local, regional, state, and national health care leaders and stakeholders; an ability to develop and articulate a compelling vision for the future of nursing research and education including a focus on integration of technology in nursing practice, and a proven ability to develop a collegial and collaborative environment that supports and sustains excellence in research, teaching, and service.

COMPETENCIES

  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and administrators
  • Provide strategic leadership that values existing strengths, while enabling partnerships with other colleges
  • Identify, recruit, and enable faculty to excel in research, teaching, clinical practice, and professional service in the field of nursing
  • Maintain readiness for accreditation and regulatory reviews of educational programs
  • Manage and allocate budgets effectively
  • Build effective partnerships with health care providers
  • Evaluate changes in health care, higher education, and research, and develop strategies designed to maximize contributions of the faculty and students in continuous program improvement and improving health care
  • Promote strong working relationships with alumni, biotech companies, philanthropic organizations and other external stakeholders to enhance CON’s profile in the region, state, nation, and abroad
  • In coordination with the Vice President for Advancement, engage proactively in fund raising activities that enhance college resources and impact
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional ethics, fairness, and diversity

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

Nominations and applications should be sent via email to dean-of-nursing-search@uah.edu. Applications submitted as a single pdf file should include a letter of interest outlining how the applicant’s qualifications and experience match the position requirements, a curriculum vita, and contact information for at least five references. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by February 20, 2014, although applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Consistent with our core values of integrity, respect, diligence, excellence, inclusiveness and diversity, the University strongly encourages applications from members of all under-represented groups. An offer of employment at the University is contingent upon the results of a criminal background check.