Associate Dean of the PhD Division and PhD Program

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Associate Dean of the PhD Division and PhD Program

Appointment Type:

Admin Appointment with Faculty Rank

Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience


Full Time



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Position Summary:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, a research
intensive, top ranked school of nursing, seeks outstanding candidates for a
tenured/tenure track position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to serve as Associate Dean of the PhD Division and PhD Program. The Associate Dean of the PhD Division and PhD Program serves as the academic, administrative officer responsible for the PhD program within the School of Nursing. The Associate Dean ensures the standards and policies of the School of Nursing, the Graduate School, the University, and accrediting agencies are met. The Associate Dean is also responsible for facilitating the planning, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of the School’s PhD curricula, related activities, and
program. The Associate Dean is responsible for leading and mentoring faculty who are fulfilling the teaching, research, scholarship, practice, and service missions of the School and the University as they relate to the PhD program. S/he recommends faculty for appointment, promotion, and tenure, as appropriate and, in many instances, directs the recruitment and selection processes and makes the decisions regarding the hiring of faculty members. The Associate Dean is responsible for faculty performance evaluations and the performance evaluations of support staff s/he supervises. This is an at-will appointment of indeterminate length with an administrative review every four years and subject to continuation or discontinuation at the Dean’s discretion.

The Associate Dean of the PhD Division and PhD Program reports to the Executive Vice Dean/Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (EVD/ADAA). In collaboration with the EVD/ADAA, the Associate Dean supervises and supports the PhD division faculty. The Associate Dean works closely with the EVD/ADAA, other Associate and Assistant Deans and administrators, and relevant School of Nursing committees to coordinate course offerings, program changes, and student experiences to ensure all are relevant to the overall PhD curricula and student’s program of study. S/he works closely with the EVD/ADAA and other school leaders to facilitate efficient and coordinated use of resources. The Associate Dean collaborates with the Office of Student Affairs regarding PhD student recruitment, admissions, and student financial aid programs.

The Associate Dean participates in regularly scheduled meetings of the Leadership Team, Executive Team, Academic Associate Dean meeting, Academic Affairs and Policy Council (AAPC), PhD Executive Committee, and standing and ad hoc committees and task forces which provide formal mechanisms for the Associate Dean to develop and maintain collaborative relationships within the School. The Associate Dean will lead regularly scheduled PHD Faculty meetings and maintain a strong relationship with the Graduate School. The Associate Dean is designated as a liaison to the Graduate Student Association body, the School’s graduate student organization, and other graduate program directors. The Associate Dean leads regularly scheduled meetings of PhD faculty and various ad hoc committees and task forces.

Reporting to the Associate Dean are the faculty and the support staff assigned to the PhD division. Prior research and academic leadership experience are required.

Educational Requirements:

A PhD or research doctorate in nursing and/or related field.

Qualifications and Experience:

Roles and Responsibilities

• Participates with the EVD/ADAA, other administrators, and faculty to provide strategic vision, leadership, planning, and ongoing evaluation of the PhD program.

• Coordinates, in collaboration with the Academic Affairs and Policy Council, PhD Executive Committee, and PhD division faculty, systems for managing the PhD program course offerings, review of new proposals, class schedules, student advising, qualifying examinations, and dissertations.

• Collaborates closely with the Executive Vice Dean/Associate Dean for Academic
Affairs and Academic Associate Deans on issues that impact academic matters of the

• Represents the PhD Division with internal and external communities of interest.

• Approves and monitors the PhD program of study, research projects, and dissertation committees.

• Serves as the administrative liaison to the PhD Executive Committee (PhDEC) and facilitates the implementation of PhDEC decisions.

• Works with the Research Support Center and the Office of Student Affairs to facilitate efforts to secure grant funding for pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, student scholarships, student support, and program enhancements.

• Collaborates with the Office of Student Affairs to facilitate PhD student recruitment, admissions, progression, graduation, and financial aid programs.

• Coordinates the collection and analysis of data used by PhDEC to evaluate the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the PhD program and ensure that the School of Nursing’s policies and standards, the Graduate School, and accrediting agencies are met.

• Evaluates performance of PhD division faculty and assures accountability in faculty’s fulfillment of their academic responsibilities in teaching, research, practice, and service. Assists faculty with conflict resolution, career planning, faculty development, and progress towards promotion, reappointment, or tenure.

• Recommends PhD division faculty for appointment, reappointment, promotion, tenure, and/or meritorious recognition. Recommends graduate faculty, fixed-term, and special graduate faculty appointments to the Dean of the Graduate School.

• In collaboration with the EVD/ADAA and other Associate Deans, assigns faculty responsibilities equitably and based on roles, expertise, needs, and priorities of the School consistent with the Workload Management System Guidelines.

• Provides input on the teaching needs of the School for use by search committees.

• Leads recruitment efforts for part-time and one-year fixed-term appointments for
PhD division faculty.

• Provides leadership and mentoring for succession planning.

• Accountable for recruitment, hiring, management, and performance evaluation of division support staff.

Decision-Making Authority for:

• Assuring that the School meets University and external regulatory body guidelines.

• Managing PhD program academic issues.

• Hiring and salary recommendations for fixed-term faculty with temporary or one- year appointments.

• Performance evaluation and recommendations for merit, reappointment, promotion, and tenure for faculty assigned to the PhD division.

• Faculty workload assignments, with input from the Dean and the Executive Vice
Dean/Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

• Recruitment, hiring, and performance evaluation of support staff.

Leadership Qualities

• Demonstrates respect for faculty, staff, students, and colleagues

• Encourages innovation and risk-taking

• Stays abreast of program-related trends and encourages appropriate action

• Listens to feedback

• Demonstrates commitment to ensuring a climate that supports diversity among faculty, staff, and students

• Acts as a role model and champion for service excellence and continuous improvement

• Demonstrates effective communication, collaboration, and administrative skills

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 4/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time