Dean of the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

Abilene, Texas
Jan 21, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing seeks a motivated, forward-thinking leader to be the next Dean.


The School:  Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN), a consortium of Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University is an intercollegiate program that serves two private universities. The faculty, staff, and student body are honored to be affiliated with Christian universities committed to preparing students for Christian leadership and service throughout Texas, the nation, and the world. Our faculty believe that nursing is a profession that is responsive to the changing health care needs of individuals and is supported by an expanding body of knowledge. Through faith, commitment, perseverance and interdisciplinary collaboration, students are provided the opportunity to expand their understanding of health, environment, person, and nursing. 

PHSSN is governed by a three-person board of directors consisting of the university presidents of Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University as well as the chief executive officer of Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas.

PHSSN offers the following degrees and programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, RN to BSN program, and the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.

The Dean:  The Dean, as the facilitator of the leadership team of PHSSN, has the responsibility for setting a strategic direction that establishes a clear vision for the School of Nursing, as well as influencing major changes within the consortium. To continue that tradition, PHSSN is seeking an innovative and motivated leader to coordinate and supervise the instructional curriculum and services that ensure excellent program outcomes. The Dean serves as the chief nursing administrator and participates in the development, planning, evaluation and administration of undergraduate and graduate programs. The selected candidate will be working with diverse faculty, staff and student populations while assisting and advising the chief academic officers and chief financial officers of the consortium members as well as the PHSSN Board on all matters relating to the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral Degree (Ph.D, Ed.D, DNP). Degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum of three to five years of teaching experience in an undergraduate and graduate nursing program.
  • Unrestricted Texas licensure as RN or ARNP or ability to obtain licensure.
  • Three to five years of progressive academic leadership experience in RN instructional nursing and graduate program.
  • Strong understanding of nursing education. 
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check.
  • Administrative experience in an academic setting.
  • Appropriate participation and service in professional and/or community organizations. Ability and skills to work independently and collaboratively with faculty, students and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to use MS Office Suite and related software programs. 
  • Knowledge of accreditation processes, as well as approval process by the Texas Board of Nursing.
  • Ability to assess outcomes of nursing courses/program for purposes of student success and program accountability.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience, knowledge and skills in a nursing program, and working with cultural diversity.
  • Must be knowledgeable about current instructional delivery strategies (e.g. concept-based curriculum, active learning techniques) including curriculum development and evidenced-based education.
  • Ability to think creatively, and with innovation in mind, to meet the current needs of the profession and students. This would include alternative educational delivery and instructional tools such as distance learning techniques
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Understanding of the School of Nursing and Universities’ (Consortium) mission and the student population the universities serve, as well as commitment to a comprehensive philosophy and the Christian faith.
  • An understanding of multi-cultural aspects of students, as well as patients, is critical in preparing students for success and competence both in school and the workplace upon graduation. 
  • Knowledge and experience of best practices in curriculum development and evaluation are highly valued.
  • Candidate must profess a Christian Faith and commitment to Jesus Christ.

Compensation: Compensation will correspond to the experience and credentials of the candidate, and will reflect the leadership responsibilities of the position.  Reasonable relocation assistance will be provided.

NOMINATIONS and APPLICATIONS:  EFL Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing with its search for this important position.  All calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm. Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence and candidates will remain confidential until the final stage of the search, at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public.  In addition, no contact to references will be made without prior approval of the candidate.

For more information about this opportunity (including duties & responsibilities), please review the Position Profile.  If the direct link doesn’t work in this advertisement, please go to our website at and click on Open Positions and Higher Education. 

Applications should include:

  • A letter of introduction outlining the applicant’s background, and qualifications for the position.  (This letter should specifically address the leadership attributes and professional competencies for this position.)
  • Curriculum vitae/résumé.
  • Contact information (e-mail addresses are required) for five professional references, at least one of which is a person who has reported directly to you, a second who is a colleague, and a third who is an individual to whom the applicant has reported directly. 

Please note:

Confidential inquiries and nominations can be directed to:

Steve Waldron, JD

Senior Consultant & Managing Director, Higher Education Practice, EFL Associates

Direct Line:  816-945-5423 or [email protected]

Nominations, search process questions and assistance with PeopleAdmin (the candidate portal) can be directed to:

Ms. Angela Lilje

Practice & Project Manager, Higher Education Practice, EFL Associates

Direct Line: 816-945-5410 or [email protected]


Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, veteran’s status, or against qualified disabled persons in employment or the provision of services, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.