Director for the School of Nursing - #000983

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Director for the School of Nursing - #000983


School of Nursing

Position Summary:

Western Carolina University invites applications for the Director of the School of Nursing. This is a 12-month tenure track position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Rank will be determined at the point of hire based upon qualifications. Anticipated begin work date is August 2021 or thereafter. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been identified for hire.

The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of the SON and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. The position demands an energetic leader who is passionate about teaching/learning, scholarship, students, and all aspects of Nursing practice. Candidates interested in an academic career with a focus on leadership, teaching, service, and scholarly pursuit are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills including the ability to listen well and communicate priorities, as well as the ability to be flexible and exercise collaborative decision making.

Western Carolina University (WCU) is a dynamic, regional comprehensive, fast-growing member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system. Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, WCU is situated in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 52 miles west of Asheville and adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The county and surrounding areas provide residents a high quality of life with its close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and diverse outdoor adventures, a thriving arts community, and mild year-round temperatures. Cullowhee and nearby Sylva offer real small-town charm while big cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville, and Greenville are just a few hours away. From its 600-acre Cullowhee locations, through programs in nearby Biltmore Park and Cherokee, at various community colleges across the state, and via online and distance education delivery, the University serves more than 12,000 students and has approximately 500 full-time faculty members. WCU is SACSCOC accredited.

The College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) is comprised of five academic Departments and/or Schools including the School of Nursing, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Physical Therapy, the Department of Social Work, and the School of Health Sciences. The CHHS mission is to serve students and communities through an active learning environment that uses inter-professional collaboration and scholarship to develop healthcare professionals skilled in patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, innovative technology, and community engagement. The CHHS embraces the “Boyer Model” of scholarship and encourages the scholarship of teaching and learning. CHHS is housed on the Cullowhee campus in the 46,000 square foot Health and Human Sciences (HHS) building. CHHS has a significant presence in Asheville at Biltmore Park

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WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Minimum Qualifications:

Interested candidates must possess a doctoral degree (with a minimum of one graduate degree in Nursing), demonstrated administrative experience, and a scholarly record that merits appointment as an associate/full professor with eligibility for tenure.

Applicants must be a licensed nurse in the state of North Carolina or able to secure licensure with the state of North Carolina by start of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Desired qualifications include evidence of exemplary leadership in supporting and facilitating teaching and scholarship; excellent management, supervisory, and budgetary skills; superior communication skills and an ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies internal and external to WCU. Experience in obtaining and managing funding is desirable.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review.

Please submit the following in order to finalize the application:
a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and a list of three references. Please include all contact information for each reference.

For additional information contact Ericka Zimmerman, PhD, Chair SON Director Search Committee. 3971 Little Savannah Rd, Health and Human Sciences Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723. Phone: (828) 227-3523. Fax: (828) 227-7446. Email: [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 9/18/2020
Application Due: 3/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time