Department Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program

Job description

Job location: University Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-03-30
Req: R3386
Job Description Summary

Saint Leo University has been changing lives for over 125 years. We have been recognized by the Chronicle of Education as a Great College to Work for, and ranked in the top 15% in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of Best Value Schools, and in the 32% of Best College for Veterans. Employees at Saint Leo University advance their careers in a rewarding and diverse environment that cultivates the leaders of tomorrow with the skills they need today.

The College of Health Professions is newly established and is currently developing and building programs for implementation in Fall 2020 and beyond. This position provides opportunity to be actively engaged in program and curriculum development for face-to-face and online courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

We are currently seeking an innovative, collaborative leader-teacher-scholar to join the University as a full-time Program Chair/Faculty. This position reports to the Associate Dean of the College of Health Professions.
This leadership role involves program planning, implementation, and evaluation, course development, teaching, advising, and marketing to assure the successful launch and ongoing implementation of a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing to begin in 2021. The position will have significant responsibility for aligning and assuring accreditation and Board of Nursing compliance within the program. The faculty member must be committed to the educational mission and core values of Saint Leo University, which include a demonstrated commitment to excellence, community, and responsible stewardship in education through practice and engagement. Appointment may be made at the assistant or associate level, tenure track. The contract will be 12-month, based in Saint Leo, Florida, just north of Tampa.

Job Description

  • The successful candidate will:
    • Collaborate with the Associate Dean of the College of Health Professions regarding accreditation activities and reporting related to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program;
    • Collaborate internally and with external stakeholders;
    • Serve on committees to include faculty hiring and other committees;
    • Teach nursing courses face-to-face and online and other undergraduate or graduate courses in other programs (qualification dependent) as assigned;
    • Assume a leadership role in the ongoing development of the BSN program;
    • Orient, mentor, and support program faculty;
    • Develop face-to-face and online courses as assigned;
    • Establish relationships and liaisons with community agencies;
    • Develop and revise marketing materials;
    • Participate in student recruitment activities;
    • Advise and mentor students;
    • Maintain an ongoing independent research agenda;
    • Perform service to the University, the BSN program, and the disciplines.


The minimum requirements are:

  • An earned doctorate in nursing (or related discipline) from a regionally accredited university and a Master of Science in Nursing; unencumbered Registered Nurse license and ability to obtain licensure in Florida.
  • Demonstrated success in doctoral and graduate coursework;
  • Growing record of scholarly research and publication in related discipline;
  • Experience in undergraduate nursing leadership role(s);
  • Experience with nursing program accreditation and Board of Nursing communication and reporting;
  • Experience in developing and delivering instruction at the university level;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working collaboratively;
  • Strong interest in curricular innovation;

Additional (desired) qualifications:

  • Experience teaching face-to-face and online.
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Applied (practitioner) experience.
  • New program development experience.

Required Documents

In addition to your curriculum vitae, the following documents are required for consideration. Please be sure to check the email under which you applied for important instructions on completing remaining steps, including uploading documents in the second step of the application packet process as follows:

  • Cover Letter
  • Values Statement - (500 words or less), should highlight how your philosophy and practices fit the Mission and Values of Saint Leo University. The University Mission Statement and Values are available on the Saint Leo website under “about Saint Leo”.
  • Teaching Philosophy - (500 words or less), should highlight how your teaching philosophy and practices fit the Mission and Values of Saint Leo University.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation – All letters of recommendation should be professional references and at least one (1) from a recent superior. If you do not have those documents at the time of application, please upload a text or word document stating, "Recommendations will be sent independently." Recommendation letters can be mailed to Academic Affairs at the address stated below
  • Student Evaluations (six classes minimum) – Student evaluations from the last year (at least six classes, an even mix of graduate and undergraduate as applicable).

Official transcripts are required for all final full-time faculty candidates

Official transcripts for Master, Graduate, and Doctorate degrees are required to complete your application packet and are to be issued directly to Saint Leo University from the respective education institution.*

Transcripts that are “Issued to Student” or issued to another institution are not accepted. Digital and/or electronic transcripts cannot be accepted at this time.

World Education Services (WES) Evaluation – A certified evaluation and translation from World Education Services (WES) is required for foreign transcripts and/or any and all degrees obtained from international universities. Expenses for official transcripts are the responsibility of the applicant.

Please have transcripts and certified evaluations mailed to:

Saint Leo University

Academic Affairs MC 2006

Attn: Veronica Mantegna

PO Box 6665

Saint Leo, Florida 33574

Why Work at Saint Leo?

What it’s Like to Work Here: Ask our employees and the one word they’d use to describe working at Saint Leo University is “Community.” Our team members all share the Saint Leo core values, positive attitudes, and problem-solving abilities, enabling them to provide excellent student centered service. Our mission is educating and preparing students for life and leadership in a challenging world. Thank you for your interest in joining the Saint Leo PRIDE!

We are committed to providing our employees with the support they need. At Saint Leo, we offer an array of medical, dental, and vision packages as well as several add-on perks to make your benefits package truly customizable to you and your family needs. Available benefits based on employment status (Full Time vs Part Time).

  • Inclusive Group Health Plan (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Group Health Plan features include Teledoc, Surgery Plus!, Wellness Incentive Program, Nationwide Pet Insurance, just to name a few!
  • Health Reimbursement Account (University Paid!) and Flexible Spending Accounts (healthcare and dependent options)
  • Tuition Remission (Employee, Spouse, and Dependents)*
  • Tuition Exchange opportunity for dependent of employees*
  • Paid Personal Leave (Sick, Vacation, Holidays)
  • 403b - Annual match 3%-9% of pay based on employee’s contribution. University match and fully vested within one month of hire date.
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance valued at 30k (University Paid!)
  • Income Protection Benefits after one year
  • Additional options for supplemental insurance

*Eligibility based on meeting required service period




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Posted: 1/25/2020
Application Due: 6/4/2021
Work Type: Full Time