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Job Description for Dean of the College of Nursing
The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. The College contains the Department of Nursing. With approximately 40 full-time faculty and staff, and enrolling over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each semester, the College offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs including: BS in Nursing, MS in Nursing. The college also offers professional continuing education activities and faculty development. For more information about the College, Departments, degree programs and concentrations please visit www.nicholls.edu/cona. Information about Nicholls State University may be found at www.nicholls.edu.
The position of Dean of the College of Nursing presents an outstanding opportunity for an individual who can integrate forward-looking leadership with strong skills in implementation to guide a college tasked with educating the professionals of tomorrow in areas of critical societal need. The Dean will have the opportunity to foster the college's potential to meet the growing demands for healthcare professionals in the southeast Louisiana region and beyond, as well as grow the faculty's contributions to the research and scholarship missions within the college.
Minimum Experience Required:
At least 10 years in higher education within the discipline of nursing, with experience in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with a record of strong academic accomplishments, progressive administrative and leadership experience, and qualification for tenure within the College are required.
Minimum Education Required:
An earned research-based doctorate from a regionally accredited university in the discipline of Nursing.
Minimum Licenses Required:
Successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for registered nurse licensure in the state of Louisiana.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with department heads, faculty, staff, deans from other colleges, the Provost, the President, and other administrators at all levels within the college and university.
Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and success with regulatory bodies and accrediting bodies.
Demonstrated knowledge of program development and curriculum building.
Record of excellence in teaching, research/scholarship, and service within the College.
Other Preferred Requirements:
The following competencies are preferred in the ideal candidate for the role of Dean:
Academic accomplishment: distinguished academic accomplishments qualifying the Dean for the rank of tenured professor.
Academic leadership: demonstrated success in developing and maintaining excellence in academic programming and research, including experience with accrediting agencies and licensing boards; demonstrated innovation in instructional methods; experience in strategic planning and shared governance.
-Management experience: expertise in managing personnel and conflict.
-Financial expertise: experience with managing complex budgets and resources; experience in fundraising with a vision toward innovative opportunities that benefit the college.
-Communication skills: the ability to respectfully and effectively communicate with faculty, staff, students, other members of the administrative team, and outside constituents to clearly articulate the mission, vision, needs, and accomplishments of the College.
-Networking and team-building skill: the ability to work internally and externally to develop relationships and partnerships with other academic institutions, healthcare facilities, and businesses to advance the teaching, clinical, and research needs of the College.
-Commitment to diversity: the ability to work with diverse colleagues, students, and populations; a commitment to support diversity initiatives that address awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills leading to cultural competence.
Additionally, the following characteristics are desirable in the ideal candidate:
Positive, energetic thought leader/critical thinker with excellent written and verbal communication skills; broad knowledge base and practice in innovative, engaging teaching pedagogy; proven record of turning ideas into action, committed to student success for all students; strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills; creative, enjoys freedom of thought; thrives on new ideas and implementing change; evidence of being a self-starter with a proven record of initiative; enjoys a fast paced environment; listens carefully and well; intellectually curious; teachable; and strongly committed to diversity.