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Dean, Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences

University of Massachusetts Boston
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Dean, Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for the position of Dean, Robert and Donna Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences (MCNHS).

The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) is a recognized model of excellence for urban public research universities. One of the five campuses of the UMass system, UMass Boston is a research university with a teaching soul. The University combines rigorous focus on the generation of knowledge that characterizes a major research university with a dedication to teaching that places its top scholars in undergraduate and graduate classrooms where a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio fosters optimal student-faculty interaction. UMass Boston is the most diverse university in New England and the nineteenth most diverse institution in the country. The University has a growing reputation for innovation and a particular focus on research addressing complex urban issues. As metropolitan Boston’s only public research university, UMass Boston offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. The University maintains a strong commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion, including anti-racist and health promoting initiatives.

The fastest-growing college on UMass Boston's vibrant harbor campus, the Robert and Donna Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences is known for its academic rigor, rich clinical experiences and research, and development in best practices in health and clinical care. The College offers the only publicly supported programs in nursing and exercise and health sciences in the Greater Boston area. A recent $15 million gift from the Manning family creates new opportunities for the College and the Dean’s leadership vision to be realized.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean will be responsible for the strategic, programmatic, and financial operations of the College. In collaboration with MCNHS leadership and faculty, the Dean will shape the College’s future and articulate a compelling vision for nursing, exercise and health sciences, and public health that will inspire engagement and financial support from external audiences. Internally, the Dean will encourage collaboration and continuous improvement, with a focus on undergraduate and graduate student success and support of faculty in research and scholarship. Additionally, the Dean will encourage and support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The Dean will be visible and accessible to all faculty, staff, and students in the Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The full position profile articulates the key opportunities and challenges for the next Dean and is available here. For best consideration, please send all nominations and expressions of interest to:

Jim Sirianni, Managing Director

Sara Swisher-Anderson, Senior Associate

[email protected]

For more information, please visit UMASS Boston’s home page at University of Massachusetts Boston (

The University of Massachusetts Boston is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, ​gender identity ​or other protected class status. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.


Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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