Chair, School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Job description

TITLE:                                   Chair, School of Nursing & Health Sciences

EFFECTIVE DATE:              Immediate  

DEPARTMENT:                    School of Nursing & Health Sciences (SON)        

REPORTS TO:                       Chairperson, SON

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:     Full-Time (12-Months)

SALARY RANGE:                 Commensurate with Rank and Qualifications



The Chair of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences serves as a member of the central administrative staff selected by the Dean for the College of Natural, Applied & Health Sciences. The Chair provides transformative, ethical and strategic leadership in advancing the university’s nursing and health sciences programs in accordance with the mission, core values, and purposes of the university.


The Chair is the key administrator in the School of Nursing. The incumbent works collaboratively with the Directors, and other health sciences administrators and faculty in assuring the provision of high-quality academic programs, and the development of innovative curriculum and educational partnerships. Evaluation of the faculty role and administrative role are separate and are conducted in compliance with existing university processes. This is a 12-month position which has a 75% administrative and 25% research/teaching/service assignment with a 12-month faculty contract and summer administrative responsibilities. The Chairperson for the School of Nursing & Health Sciences reports directly to the Dean for the College of Natural, Applied & Health Sciences. 



  1. Provide leadership in planning, developing, executing, evaluating all aspects of the undergraduate programs within the School of Nursing:
  • Develops and maintains the relationship between the School of Nursing & Health Sciences and the university system, including, but not limited to, acting as a liaison with campus academic programs, departments and administrators and with other nursing education programs.
  • Attends and leads the School of Nursing & Health Sciences Administrative Council meetings.
  • Develops and implements academic policies and procedures for the School of Nursing & Health Sciences in collaboration with the School of Nursing & Health Sciences Administrative Councils.
  • Acts as a liaison with the national and state accrediting agencies in collaboration with the School of Nursing & Health Sciences Administrative Councils.
  • Achieves and maintains national and state accreditation for the university’s nursing programs in collaboration with the School of Nursing & Health Sciences Administrative Councils.
  • Serves on the university committees when applicable.
  • Participates in activities that facilitate professional expertise in the areas of administration, teaching and maintenance of nursing and other health-related competence.
  • Assists in publicizing and disseminating information about the School of Nursing & Health Sciences.
  • Participates in state, regional and national accreditation reviews and reports, as required.
  • Applies and communicate accurately School of Nursing & Health Sciences and university policies, procedures and rationales.
  • Innovates effective teaching/learning principles for student success in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences programs.
  • Participates in the annual budget planning process for the School of Nursing & Health Sciences budget, including operating and capital expenditures.
  • Manages the School of Nursing & Health Sciences budget.


  • Recruits, selects and hires Nursing Program Directors and Faculty. Ensures proper recruitment of administrative staff. Designs and monitors professional development plans for Directors and administrative staff. Makes recommendations to the Provost for promotion and retention. Ensures proper administration of human resources policies and procedures as defined by the university Human Resources Department. Fosters development of the team concept of School of Nursing & Health Sciences by encouraging active participation of School of Nursing & Health Sciences members.
  • Participates in local, state and national nursing education meetings.



  • Develops, implements and evaluates the nursing program curricula in collaboration with the School of Nursing & Health Sciences Academic Councils in accordance with national and state regulations, accreditation standards and university policy. Assures that master syllabi utilizing competencies and behavioral objectives and current instructional materials are up to date. Reviews suggestions for changes in master syllabi and programs Recommends methods for measuring student attainment of program competencies and outcomes.


  1. Teaching
  • Participates in teaching consistent with the mission of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Teaching reduction of up to 75% of full equivalent load
  1. Research/Scholarship
  • Participates in research and scholarly activities
  • Contributes to the creation and sustenance of a climate of scholarship and healthy debate
  1. Service
  • Serves as resource person for faculty and students
  • Participates in appropriate professional, college and university organizations.


Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in nursing;
  • Eligible for academic appointment to associate professor/professor rank;
  • Experience in academic administration;
  • Experience teaching at the Master’s level
  • A program of research as evidenced by scholarly publications; and
  • National and international service.


  • Eligible for registered nurse licensure in Kentucky
  • National Certification in area of clinical specialization


  • Ability to lead, direct, advise, and work collaboratively with faculty, students and others
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated ability in teaching and curriculum development at the baccalaureate level or above
  • Skills in cross-cultural communication and multi-cultural competence
  • Performance-based curriculum design and research
  • Skills in initiating and managing change


  • Ability to sit at a workstation for extended periods
  • Occasional ability to lift, carry, and put away parcels weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Normal physical mobility, which includes movement from place to place
  • Normal physical strength to handle routine office materials and tools 
  • Normal endurance


Periodic travel, including airline travel and overnight stays, may be required.

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform




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Posted: 10/11/2018
Application Due: 12/6/2018
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