Dean of Nursing and Health Professions

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Position Summary:

The Dean of Nursing and Health Professions reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and has responsibility for the development, coordination, oversight, and assessment of Registered Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing and Health Professions programs, courses, and faculty for campuses at Newport, Marked Tree, and Jonesboro and all other ASUN instructional locations.   

The Dean for Nursing and Health Professions must demonstrate strong leadership, management, and development skills to carry out the role of Director of Nursing and to support the programs, and faculty in teaching, industry partnership, and service within the academic programs of Nursing, Surgical Technology, Patient Care Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and the IGNITE program. This role supports the College’s mission of providing and ensuring quality educational programs for ASUN’s various constituencies.

This position is an administrative appointment and will be housed on the Newport campus but will work on all ASUN campus locations as well as clinical facilities and other industry partner organizations as needed. This position will provide direct supervision to the Director of Surgical Technology, Director of Health Professions, all Nursing Faculty, and one Academic Coordinator while ensuring compliance with the Office of Long Term Care, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, and the Commission on Accreditation of Health professions Education Programs .


·         A Master’s of Nursing degree from an accredited institution of higher education.


·         Registered Nurse with a minimum of two (2) years full-time equivalent practice in a clinical setting.


·         Hold a valid, unencumbered, license to practice as an RN in Arkansas.


·         A minimum of 4 years of demonstrated work within the nursing industry with evidence of high-level partnership capacity building and advisory committee development and leadership, preferably at the two-year college level.


·         A minimum of two-years of two-year college teaching experience or nurse educator experience (or a combination of the two).


·         Two years of supervisory experience preferred.




Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Serves as the Director of Nursing for Arkansas State University-Newport.


·         Promotes, develops, and assesses quality programs that align with local industry needs.


·         Cultivates and maintains strong industry and community partnerships to ensure local support and demand for applied sciences program graduates.


·         Represents the Nursing and Health Professions Division on the Academic Institutional Council and serves as a conduit for information to and from the other Academic Divisions, faculty, and staff.


·         Exercises effective administrative and management skills through collegial communication with other ASUN departments.


·         Provides effective management of fiscal policies and procedures within the Nursing and Health professions Division.


·         Actively participates in partnerships geared toward resource acquisition, support, and funding to sustain program infrastructure, growth, and sustainability.


·         Models effective decision making skills through use of the principles of shared leadership through open communication.


·         Leads implementation of plans for assessment and improvement of student learning in the Nursing and Health Professions Division, assists in accreditation efforts and oversees regular program reviews.


·         Preparing and recommending for approval the budget for the Nursing and Health Professions Division.


·         Recommendation of qualified faculty for appointment, promotion, and retention.


·         Oversees laboratory and training facilities and coordinates appropriate safety guidelines, training, and equipment in conjunction with other Academic Deans.


·         Facilitates the student grievance process for issues within the Nursing and Health Professions Division


·         Coordinates special events related to the Nursing and Health Professions Division.


·         Serves on college-wide committees, special project teams, state and local committees, and community service and civic committees as needed, and acts as a professional and positive representative of the College.


·         Maintaining the expectations set forth by the Arkansas Board of Nursing and the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC).


·         Development and maintenance of records and reports needed for programmatic approval and accreditation.


·         Coordination of course schedules for all Nursing and Health Professions programs.


​​Education and Experience

The ideal candidate will have a minimum Master of Science in Nursing and evidence of successful experience in management of nursing academic programs. A Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited institution of higher education is required. Must have a minimum of two years of nursing education or full-time two year college teaching experience. Refer to the list of educational and experience requirements above.


Provides leadership to all full-time and part-time nursing and health professions faculty and program directors.







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Posted: 2/5/2019
Application Due: 4/6/2019
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