The College of Nursing has a long and distinguished history of excellence in education, research and practice. It is currently ranked 16th in NIH funding and poised to increase its ranking. Strong research and clinical practice initiatives complement the education mission with programs in cancer, gerontology, end-of-life, women, children and mental health.
The University of Utah, the state’s flagship institution of higher learning and a major teaching and research university, invites nominations and applications for the position of dean of the College of Nursing. In the midst of an upward trajectory across all measures, the “U” is in a period of remarkable growth and opportunity. The University of Utah, with its programmatic depth and breadth, serves the people of Utah, the region and beyond, while conducting fundamental research and scholarship of international import. Founded in 1850, it serves over 31,000 students from across the U.S. and the world with over 72 majors at the undergraduate level and more than 90 fields of study at the graduate level, including law, nursing, pharmacy, and medicine. It ranks first in the nation in technology transfer and start-up companies and continues to be recognized by the University Healthsystem Consortium for being among the top academic hospitals in quality and safety. The University is noted for its high research profile, its diversity of ideas and people, its stunningly beautiful setting and the collegial culture shared among its faculty, staff and students.
The College of Nursing has a long and distinguished history of excellence in education, research and practice. It is currently ranked 16th in NIH funding and poised to increase its ranking. Strong research and clinical practice initiatives complement the education mission with programs in cancer, gerontology, end-of-life, women, children and mental health. The College has developed a sophisticated distance learning curriculum based on synchronous video technology. The Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Nursing Education, Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center and the VA Nursing Academy provide rich collaborative opportunities with other schools and colleges at the university and with other institutions. The College awards baccalaureate degrees to traditional and second-degree students as well as registered nurses. Graduate education offered by the College of Nursing includes the Master of Science degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Ph.D. The College also offers a certificate program and Master of Science degree in gerontology. The College is an integral part of the Academic Health Sciences Center, which comprises University Health Care (hospitals and clinics and the faculty practice plan), Eccles Health Sciences Library, the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Colleges of Health, Pharmacy and Nursing.
As the chief executive officer for the College of Nursing, the dean will set the standard of intellectual engagement and accomplishment for the College. The dean will provide strategic vision and operational leadership to all aspects of the academic and scholarly program, creating an environment and community that support the College’s faculty and its students. The dean will provide leadership to assure that the College continues to serve its students with academic programs with the highest quality and effectiveness. Supporting the University’s research mission, the dean will advance the scholarly activities of the faculty, including the opportunities that interdisciplinary and interprofessional approaches afford. The dean will also serve as the College’s public voice, promoting initiatives across Utah and the region, articulating the College’s contributions in local, state, regional, national and international arenas of nursing, health care, and health policy. In pursuing these responsibilities, the dean, who reports to the senior vice president for health sciences, will work collaboratively with the president and provost, vice presidents, deans and other leaders across the university.
The successful candidate will demonstrate national leadership in teaching, research, and public service. Minimum requirements include an earned doctorate in nursing or a related field; a record of distinguished teaching and research; substantial administrative experience, preferably in a strong research university; proven success in securing external funding with public agencies and private donors; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in nursing. The successful candidate will be a person of high integrity, who is creative, courageous and a risk-taker, able to build coalitions and work collaboratively.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, letter of interest and the names of five references (who will not be contacted without permission). The documents can be sent electronically to UtahNursing@wittkieffer.com . Inquiries may be addressed to Mary Elizabeth Taylor at 212-686-2676 or Claudia Teschky at 630 575-6172, the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search. Candidate review will begin immediately. The search will remain open until the position is filled, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2013.
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or status as a Protected Veteran. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination policy or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801)581-8365.
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
The University of Utah Health Sciences Center is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The University of Utah HSC values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.