Dean of Nursing and Professional Disciplines

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Four-Year Institution
Position Information: DescriptionThe Dean is the chief executive officer for the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (CNPD) and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and coordinates with the Vice President for Health Affairs/Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences on clinical affairs and programmatic issues. With input from the faculty, the Dean is responsible for academic program development and review; faculty recruitment; development and evaluation of faculty; and student relations. In cooperation with the Provost, the Dean is responsible for academic and administrative planning; budgeting; administration and implementation of department, college, and university policies; fund-raising and external relations.

UND seeks a dynamic and visionary leader who will build upon the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines’ strengths to provide exceptional professional educational experiences, recruit and develop outstanding faculty, and promote faculty-driven scholarly and creative endeavors. The next Dean will be a committed team player who is devoted to excellence and shared governance. The selected individual will be a consultative decision-maker and will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The Dean will have unquestioned integrity and exemplary interpersonal and communication skills.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Dean supports and oversees the delivery of comprehensive and state-of-the-art educational programs — both undergraduate and graduate — and ensures compliance with accrediting organizations and promotes the delivery of a curriculum and learning environment designed to produce graduates of the highest caliber.

Talent Development
  • The Dean assures that key leadership roles within the College are filled by a diverse group of nationally recognized faculty and staff who are mentored and supported to deliver excellent training programs and cutting-edge research.
  • The Dean should recognize the breadth of health promotion and human services disciplines, actively recruiting and working to motivate and retain top-quality faculty and program leaders so that the College has the talent to carry out strategic plans and grow the visibility and reputation of the programs at a national level.
Research Advancement and Graduate Education
    The Dean supports the pursuit and advancement of world-class research by assisting principal investigators and other faculty in efforts to secure grant funding and creating a culture of active, meaningful research enterprise within the College.The Dean supports and encourages not only discipline-specific research, but also interdisciplinary research activities, and builds innovative partnerships among the units of the College and with other units across campus.The Dean enhances the College’s graduate programs and makes necessary changes to ensure the ongoing excellence, relevance, and sustainability of graduate programming.
Fiscal Oversight and Compliance
  • The Dean leads the financing and budgeting processes for the College, taking divergent views on financial decisions into consideration while effectively managing and leveraging allocated resources.
  • The Dean ensures that applicable policy, procedures, regulations, and laws are followed.
Philanthropy, Government and Alumni Relations
  • The Dean works with fellow institutional leaders to facilitate advancement programs and present the College’s case for major financial support to potential donors, advocates on behalf of the College with the state legislature and other state agencies and stakeholders and helps lead alumni relations engagement programs focused on increasing the depth and diversity of the relationships within the College and UND.
Required Competencies
  • Commitment to excellence on both a personal and professional level, with the highest level of personal integrity and ethical standards, and be known for compassion, fairness and objectivity
  • Proactive, innovative, creative and visionary, with an ability to apply creative solutions to complex problems and constructively embrace and lead change initiatives
  • Collegial, inclusive, and personally committed to ensuring diversity, both in perspectives and in personnel, with the ability to bring out the best in others and develop a spirit of collaboration within and among stakeholders
  • Facilitator and problem-solver who earns the trust of the community by instilling a sense of “fair play” and placing the goals of the institution ahead of those of any individual, group or department
  • Inspiring, articulate humanist, possessing a deep understanding of and sensitivity to the cultural differences that exist across the basic sciences, public health and clinical training
  • Executive presence with an engaging personal presentation style that encourages consensus-building and cooperation
  • Commitment to create with other health science leaders more collaborative training and joint educational experiences among the health science students to promote more effective and better coordinated care for the patients they will serve at the completion of their training
Minimum Requirements
  • An earned doctorate (Ph.D., DNP, or equivalent) in one of the disciplines of Nursing, Social Work, or Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • At least ten years of effective teaching, and progressive leadership and administrative experience(s) within the field represented by the candidate’s discipline.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A record of achievement that would qualify the candidate for holding a tenured faculty position within the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines.
  • Hold (or be eligible for) a current state license (if appropriate) and should have at least two years of professional or clinical practice in their discipline. Candidates from outside of the State of North Dakota should be willing to pursue North Dakota licensure (if needed and/or appropriate within their discipline).
  • A record of accomplishment of collaborative research and peer reviewed publications in their discipline, demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding for research and programs, and a track record of effective faculty and staff mentoring and student engagement.
  • Significant experience in leading and managing progressive change and have experience balancing priorities and building consensus within the context of a leading public flagship university or similarly complex leadership environment.
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

Commensurate with experience; Exempt; Benefited; Full-time

Start Date

January 2, 2022


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To ApplyApplications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to Jeffrey Harris at [email protected] or Eric Christ at [email protected].

Applications should include: a letter of interest (not more than three pages) specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relationship to the qualifications described and current curriculum vitae.

Nominations for this position may also be emailed to Jeffrey Harris at [email protected] or Eric Christ at [email protected].

Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in this application process should contact Harris Search Associates at 614.798.8500.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications received by Friday, August 19, 2022 are assured consideration.

Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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