Dean, School of Nursing

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Position Number:


Functional Title:

Dean, School of Nursing

Position Type:

Administration - Faculty

Position Eclass:

E1 - SAAO I 12 Mo Leave Earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The School of Nursing (SON) is one of eight schools and colleges at UNCG. The SON is designated by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education, one of only three schools nationwide to achieve this designation four consecutive times. The SON enrolls more than 700 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The SON is known for its commitment to the community, excellent academic programs, high first-time pass rates on national certification exams, and success with students securing positions upon graduation. Between January and September 2020, over 96 percent of SON students passed the NCLEX on the first attempt. It is a school on the move, rising 23 spots from last year’s rankings to No. 47 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings of Best Master of Science in Nursing Programs and jumping 22 spots to No. 48 for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. UNCG stands as one of only three North Carolina universities with both an MSN program and a DNP program ranked in the top 50.

Position Summary:

The Dean reports to the Provost and is the chief administrative and academic officer of the School of Nursing with responsibility for its strategic, research, academic, clinical, and business affairs. The Dean has overall responsibilities for developing an inclusive and collegial environment that supports excellence in teaching, research, practice, and service. The direct reports to the Dean include the Chair of Adult Health Nursing, Chair of Family and Community Nursing, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Senior Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, and the Assistant Dean for Budget and Operations. As part of UNCG’s leadership team, the Dean interfaces with central administrative offices, advisory councils, deans of other UNCG Schools, accrediting agencies, and various professional organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

In order to fulfill accreditation requirements, the Dean must be a registered nurse (RN) with a graduate degree in nursing and hold a doctoral degree. The Dean must also have a current or eligible RN licensure to practice nursing in the state of North Carolina. Significant experience in nursing leadership, education, practice, and research and scholarship is expected.

Preferred Qualifications:

While no one candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Registered nurse (RN) with a graduate degree in nursing, and a PhD in nursing or related field
  • Current or eligible RN licensure to practice nursing in the state of North Carolina
  • Distinguished record of academic achievement, research, and scholarship
  • Commitment to excellence in research and scholarship, teaching, clinical practice, and service
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and fostering an inclusive environment
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including collegiality and collaboration
  • Broad vision of nursing and healthcare
  • Significant administrative and leadership experience
  • Interest in and capacity to achieve success in fundraising and philanthropy
  • Proven ability to build effective partnerships within a school, university, and broader community
  • Creative and open minded
  • Decisive leader with confidence and comfort working in a complex environment
  • Success as a mentor to faculty and students
  • High standard of professional integrity and strong sense of professional ethics
  • Ability to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, university administration, external funding agencies, accrediting bodies, clinical and community partners, and other stakeholders
  • A record of excellence in academic nursing practice and service

Special Instructions to Applicants:

UNCG has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications in strict confidence to:

Jackie Mildner, Partner
Amy Segal, Managing Associate
Becky Israel, Search Coordinator
Isaacson, Miller

Recruitment Range:

Salary commensurate with experience

Org #-Department:

Nursing - 12802

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For Best Consideration Date:


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Physical Effort:

Reading - F, Writing - F

Work Environment:

Inside - F




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Job No:
Posted: 12/13/2020
Application Due: 3/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time