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Thomas M. and Elizabeth D. Holder Endowed Chair of Nursing and Director of the School of Nursing

Kennesaw State University

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Thomas M. and Elizabeth D. Holder Endowed Chair of Nursing and Director of the School of Nursing

Job ID: 236345
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Department Information
The Wellstar School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University is among the largest in Georgia, offering advanced degrees in the fast-growing northwest corridor of Atlanta. WSON students consistently outpace national figures for first-time pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination. The school's exceptional faculty provides leadership in the profession through their innovative teaching and scholarship in state-of-the-art facilities, and a caring staff provides guidance and support. The WSON houses two associate directors, four assistant directors, 52 full-time faculty members, 67 part-time faculty members, and over 680 students enrolled in the graduate and undergraduate programs. The school is in a season of unprecedented growth in part due to a nearly nine-million-dollar gift from the Wellstar Health System for a phased doubling of teaching capacity.

Job Summary
Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a twelve-month, tenured full professor and Director of the Wellstar School of Nursing in the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services beginning July 1, 2022. The Director of the Wellstar School of Nursing will also serve as the Thomas M. and Elizabeth D. Holder Endowed Chair. The application deadline has been extended.

    Area of specialization: Nursing Administrative expectations: Director of all aspects of the Wellstar School of Nursing (WSON), which is on track to become one of the largest nursing programs in the country Promoting the vision and mission of the college and university Service beyond the WSON to the college and university Strategic oversight of WSON budgets, resource allocations, and budget planning Support and promotion of faculty scholarship and research and teaching effectiveness Support and promotion of staff development Facilitation of ongoing CCNE accreditation Program development, with consideration of job markets and the dynamic healthcare environment Strategic oversight of hiring and growth Working with a diverse community Building philanthropic relationships and partnerships Building relationships with both community and clinical partners

Required Qualifications
  • An earned research-focused doctoral degree in Nursing, or the foreign equivalent, or related field, with an academic background and appropriate credentials to be a tenured professor in an academic department at KSU is required.
  • Eligibility for a Georgia Nursing License
  • Experience in administration

Preferred Qualifications
    Demonstrated transformational and visionary leadership, with experience leading through growth and transition
  • Experience in higher education administration including leadership of personnel, budgeting, procurement, inventory, and facility management
  • Experience with graduate education in Nursing
  • Ability to inspire and develop faculty and staff
  • Demonstrated high level of interpersonal skills for communication, transparency, and collaboration
  • Fostering effective relationships within and beyond college and university Evidence of research/scholarship Evidence of teaching effectiveness Experience working within a culturally and ethnically diverse community Prior success in obtaining extramural funding Experience in clinical practice

Required Documents to Attach
  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (Official Transcripts Due Upon Hire)

Apply Before Date
For full consideration, please apply by March 15, 2022. This position is open until filled. The application deadline has been extended.

Contact Information
For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Mark Geil, Ph.D, [email protected].

For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at [email protected]. For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007.

Participant ID: 61415

Background Check
Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.kennesaw_state_university1.jpg

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

Additionally, nursing students from Kennesaw State have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community, while the College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. The Executive MBA program, housed in the Coles College of Business, is the second-largest program in the country and has been recognized by BusinessWeek.

kennesaw_state_university2.jpgKSU’s national reputation has gained steam and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years as an “Up-and-Coming Masters University in the South,” ranking among the top ten (8th) in the 2010 issue of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university’s First-Year Experience has been named an “Academic Program to Look For” by U.S.News for seven consecutive years and was named one of 12 founding institutions in a project called "Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College."

The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known as the "Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship" initiative, which began in 2007. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for international learning experiences. In spring 2009, KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

As a destination campus, KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.


In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For.” KSU was recognized among the top 10 schools in six categories – confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.

Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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