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Professor and Divisional Dean, School of Nursing

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

College of Public Health (CPH)

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Professor and Divisional Dean, School of Nursing

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Professor and Divisional Dean, School of Nursing

The College of Public Health at George Mason University (Mason), seeks an experienced academic leader who is committed to the future of public health and excellence in nursing education and research. The successful candidate will possess collaborative, innovative, and leadership skills. The Divisional Dean will hold a 12-month, tenured faculty position and be strategically positioned to build and advance the School of Nursing. The Divisional Dean will continue to oversee the growth of the College’s Mason and Partners Clinics serving vulnerable populations throughout Northern Virginia.

Mason is a Carnegie Research I institution and the largest and most diverse public university in Virginia with more than 36,000 students from 50 states and over 135 countries. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Mason is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, offering easy access to the cultural, scientific, and political resources of the nation’s capital.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff. Underrepresented candidates including women and minorities are particularly encouraged to submit their candidacy.

About the Department and College:

The School of Nursing has a 46-year history of excellence. The Divisional Dean has the opportunity to lead and advance the School as a national model for teaching, research, practice, and service. Opportunities for transdisciplinary teaching and research have been enhanced by the school’s location within the College of Public Health. The School is home to about 950 students, and offers CCNE-accredited BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs in addition to a PhD program. The School of Nursing has new grant-funded programs and innovative offerings focused on capacity building for students, leadership, and workforce development. New programs are continually expanding including an online Nurse Practitioner course of study, veteran-friendly programs, co-enrollment partnerships with Virginia’s Community Colleges, an all-online RN to BSN program, an accelerated second-degree program, and our traditional BSN program. The PhD faculty are funded in Forensic Science along with the funding for the work of the MAP Clinics. The mission of Mason’s School of Nursing is to prepare graduates for interdisciplinary roles as clinicians, researchers, educators, and administrators in an innovative, caring, and collaborative learning environment.

The College of Public Health at George Mason University comprises five academic units to include:
Social Work; Global and Community Health; Health Administration and Policy; Nutrition and Food Studies; and Nursing, fielding a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs (BS through PhD). The College has seven academic programs that are externally accredited. It is home to more than 1,900 undergraduate and 950 graduate students and approximately 140 faculty and staff.

The College has a Population Health Center, which is a state-of-the-art clinical and research facility located in the Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall on the Fairfax campus. The Center will offer integrated primary and behavioral health care and house population-based research, while providing experiential learning and professional development opportunities within a transdisciplinary setting.

This telehealth-ready Population Health Center offers several features to support novel research, including a bariatric exam room, research interview rooms, DXA, fMRI, gait function, and a metabolic cart. The Center is home to the transdisciplinary Mason: Health Starts Here Cohort, a prospective study of the health of freshmen as they transition into adulthood.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will advance the School by: 1) providing visionary and innovative leadership including fiscal oversight; 2) develop the School’s research portfolio and faculty in support of its mission; 3) oversee accreditation processes for programs within the academic unit, including data collection and submission of required documents; 4) assume leadership for and oversight of state board approval and national accreditation of all degree programs; 5) teaching one course each academic year; 6) serving as a member of the College’s leadership team in advancing academic excellence, research, and service; and 7) developing community partnerships while advocating for nursing training and career opportunities.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must possess an earned doctoral degree (PhD) in nursing or a related field. The selected candidate will have scholarly accomplishments and extramurally-funded research and academic expertise to warrant appointment as a tenured full professor. Qualified candidates will be a graduate of an accredited college/school of nursing or closely related field, and be academically and experientially qualified to accomplish the mission, goals, and expected program outcomes. Candidates must have a commitment to promoting and supporting a diverse administration, faculty, staff, and student population. Experience in an administrative or leadership position in an academic setting, and experience with accreditation of educational programs is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who: 1) demonstrate experience working with both graduate and undergraduate programs; 2) demonstrate capacity for leadership in developing a research supportive infrastructure and faculty; 3) manage budgets, resources, and services, and 4) demonstrate leadership and transparency in collaboration with faculty governance.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred), a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to

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Mason Ad Statement:

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement:

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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