Director, Graduate Nursing Programs

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  TITLE: Director, Graduate Nursing Programs   


DEPARTMENT: School of Nursing& Health Sciences (SONHS)  

REPORTS TO: Chairperson, SONHS 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-Time (12-Months) 

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with Rank and Qualifications 



A visionary, the Director for Graduate Nursing Programs will be a leader in health information technology and the use of an on-line course format to direct the graduate program to the level of national prominence.  



The Director for Graduate Nursing Programs is a key administrator in the SONHS. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for providing innovative leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating graduate programs in the SONHS. The Director for Graduate Nursing Programs works collaboratively with administrators and faculty in assuring the provision of high-quality academic programs. Evaluation of the faculty role and the administrative role are separate and are conducted in compliance with existing college processes. This position has a 25% teaching, and 25% research/service component. The Director for Graduate Nursing Programs reports to the Chairperson for the School of Nursing & Health Sciences.  






1. Provide leadership in the ongoing development of the post-licensure and graduate nursing programs within the SON 


    Serve on the undergraduate faculty council. Develops and implements an effective system of recruitment, advisement, orientation, and matriculation for graduate students. Assures the effective development and operation of the undergraduate nursing programs.  Collaborates with the Chairperson to develop and implement an annual plan for teaching workload responsibilities in all graduate programs. Provides consultation to the Chairperson on a regular basis regarding programs strengths/weaknesses; student feedback, student-faculty concerns/issues, and enrollment. Recruits, interviews, and recommends prospective core and adjunct faculty and staff. Evaluates faculty and support staff performance.  
· Corresponds and meets with prospective students and faculty applicants during the academic year and summer, and coordinate their on-campus visits within department (e.g., faculty interviews, tours, meetings with current students, etc.). 

· Decide on formal recommendations for admission or rejection of new students into the program(s) (with faculty committee and Chair, according to department practice); and finalize composition of incoming classes.  

    Handles graduate student academic leave of absence requests, petitions and grievances in accordance with established policies in collaboration with the Chairperson.   
· Revise existing curricula and course offerings as needed in consultation with faculty and Chairperson, and lead curricular innovations. 

· Supervise comprehensive exams and/or other capstone experiences (e.g., thesis, final project), according to department practice.  

    Ensure accuracy of printed and online materials and information about the program(s). Recommend candidates for graduation to the Chairperson. Propose new graduate programs (e.g., certificate programs, BS/MS programs). Coordinates and facilitates outreach graduate education. Writes grants to support curricular development as appropriate.   

2. Assures the effective development and operation of the assigned nursing programs. 


3. Serve as role model and mentor for faculty in areas of best practices, accreditation, customer service, communication, and professionalism: 


    Assures the effective development and operation of the graduate and other assigned nursing programs. Ensures that all evaluation and assessment data points for graduate programs are collected and analyzed, with data outcomes shared with appropriate stakeholders.  Maintain a systematic evaluation plan that validates the achievement of student and departmental outcomes.  


4. Participates in the overall operation of the SONHS: 


    Participates in the development of planning documents. Participates in the planning and management of the fiscal resources allocated to the SONHS. Prepares and/or contributes to reports and records related to academic programs. Assumes other assignments as delegated by the Chair.  


5. May assume responsibility for the administration of the SONHS in the Chairperson’s absence.  




1. Teaching 


    Participates in teaching consistent with the mission of the School of Nursing Teaching reduction of up to full equivalent teaching load (25%) for special projects.  


2. Research/Scholarship 


    Participates in research and scholarly activities Contributes to the creation and sustenance of a climate of scholarship and healthy debate  


3. Service 


    Serves as resource person for faculty and students Participates in appropriate professional, college and university organizations.   



    Master’s degree or higher in a nurse practitioner specialty, and an earned doctorate in nursing; Eligible for academic appointment to rank of associate professor/professor;  Experience in academic administration; Experience teaching at the level of Master or higher;  A developing program of research as evidenced by scholarly publications; and National and/or international service.  



    Eligible for licensure as a registered nurse and APRN in Kentucky. National Certification in area of advanced 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 graduate level.  Skills in cross-cultural communication and multi-cultural competence.   



· 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 on the job taking distance and speed into account.  

· Normal physical strength to handle routine office materials and tools.  

· Normal endurance. 


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: 8/29/2019
Application Due: 10/28/2019
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