- Full Time
- Hammond, IN
Dean, College of Nursing
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites nominations and applications for a collaborative, enterprising, and visionary leader in nursing education who will serve as the next dean for the College of Nursing (CON).
The dean will provide innovative, equity‐focused, and creative leadership to establish and fulfill a new vision and direction for the college that propels it into the next decade by further building upon its established reputation, programmatic strengths, and dedication to improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. Working with faculty, staff, students, donors, alumni, and college leaders, the dean will actively lead the college’s academic, research, human resources, and clinical activities; maintain accreditation standards; and foster growth in scholarship.
The dean of CON reports directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The dean provides strategic direction and academic leadership for the college and is responsible for enhancing its core missions of learning, discovery, and engagement. The successful candidate will understand the opportunities and challenges facing public universities in the current higher education landscape and possess the skills, leadership, and vision to advance the college in this complex environment.
The dean will oversee approximately 1,600 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the college, with more than 136 full‐time and part‐time faculty and staff, and manage a budget of approximately $14.7 million annually. During FY22, PNW moved to an incentive‐based budget model that will afford an innovative and entrepreneurial leader the ability to make significant changes in the college.
About Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Park, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity. PNW serves approximately 8,900 students, with more than 70 areas of study at the baccalaureate, master’s, and applied doctoral levels. Academic programming is organized under six colleges that have operations on two campuses:
- College of Business
- College of Engineering and Sciences
- College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
- College of Nursing
- College of Technology
- Honors College
The university is consistently ranked among the best regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges report. Our nursing, engineering, computer science, and cybersecurity programs are among those earning national recognition. PNW also is recognized for social mobility among Midwest regional universities. As a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC), the PNW Pride compete in NCAA Division II athletics, with more than 300 student‐athletes excelling both in the classroom and in competition. Purdue Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC); 10‐year accreditation was recently approved. The university employs approximately 1,100 faculty and staff.
College of Nursing
Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) CON offers the following programs of study.
- Online RN-BSN Completion Program
- Accelerated Bachelor’s Second Degree (BSN)
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Nurse Educator (MSN‐Online)
- Nurse Executive (MSN‐Online)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
- Adult‐Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (MSN)
- Nurse Educator (Post‐Master’s Certificate)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (Poster‐Master’s Certificate)
- Adult‐Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (Post‐Master’s Certificate)
Prelicensure programs are also accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing.
The Role of the Dean
As the chief academic officer of the college, the dean of nursing reports directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the College of Nursing (CON). The dean provides strategic academic leadership for the college and is responsible for enhancing its core missions of learning, discovery, and engagement. The successful candidate will understand the opportunities and challenges facing public universities in the current higher education landscape and possess the skills, leadership, and vision to advance the college in this complex environment. The dean will engage in strategic planning and establishing a vision for the college that strengthens the college’s dedication to improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.
Reporting to the dean are the director of Online Programs, the director of the NWI Area Health Education Center, two associate deans, and an administrative assistant. The dean also works in concert with dedicated staff in Institutional Advancement to further the college’s culture of philanthropy.
The dean will oversee approximately 1,600 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the college, with more than 136 full‐time and part‐time faculty and staff, and manage a budget of approximately $14.7 million annually. During FY22, PNW moved to an incentive‐based budget model that will afford an innovative and entrepreneurial leader the ability to make significant changes in the College.
The dean will be actively engaged in program development, curricular enhancement, budget planning, resource development, and assessment of student learning.
Opportunities and Challenges
The priorities for the next dean include, but are not limited to:
- Advance student success and student engagement: The new dean will ensure the college is focused on student success in all dimensions – academic, personal, and career. This includes cultivating a sense of belonging on the traditionally commuter‐oriented campuses and creating a robust network of support for students. PNW is home to an exciting array of students – traditionally‐aged learners, first‐generation college matriculants, under‐represented populations, veterans, and transfer students. The dean will determine student support needs and allocate appropriate resources to promote strong student outcomes.
- Enhance curricular innovation and scholarly activity within the college: The dean will provide vision and leadership for educational innovation and will foster an environment of the highest expectations in teaching, service, and research. The dean will encourage an intellectual climate that features mentoring and developmental opportunities that will both attract and retain excellent faculty members. The dean will play a key role in guiding and identifying resources for the further development of faculty, both individually and as a community.
- Promote access, diversity, and excellence: PNW serves a racially, economically, ethnically, and culturally diverse community of students and scholars. The dean will promote a climate that is welcoming and inclusive and one in which all individuals experience being a valued member of the community.
- Engage in resource generation: PNW benefits from the state’s strong financial position and excellent stewardship of resources. State appropriations stand at 43 percent of the institution’s current budget. Nevertheless, it is essential that CON acquire new resources to continue to attract the strongest students and faculty, develop and support programs and research initiatives, and be prepared to meet future challenges. The new dean will be fully involved in fundraising initiatives, engaging with individuals, Purdue University Northwest Dean, the College of Nursing, 8 corporations, foundations, and other potential partners in philanthropy. Moreover, the successful candidate will work closely with faculty to envision new academic programs or modes of delivery that will draw additional enrollments to CON.
The successful candidate should possess an earned doctorate in a discipline appropriate to the college as well as academic credentials and scholarly achievement that merit the rank of Professor with tenure in a discipline represented within the College of Nursing. The dean will bring to the role a record of teaching and scholarly achievement reflective of PNW’s own standards of excellence, coupled with integrity and vision.
In addition, the ideal candidate will be:
- A person of proven academic leadership who will provide vision and inspire and motivate others;
- An inclusive leader committed to promoting diversity among faculty, staff, and students;
- A committed teacher‐scholar with a deep understanding of and respect for the college’s commitment to shared governance;
- A mentor with experience enhancing research and scholarly productivity among faculty;
- A partnership builder experienced working with external stakeholders, which may have included alumni, donors, industry, government, and community partners;
- An eloquent advocate for nursing who will be able to articulate the strengths of the programs;
- A strategically minded individual who will provide leadership on policy and procedure development for the college;
- An entrepreneurial and fair‐minded fiscal leader who will aid the college in matching aspirations with finite resources while thinking creatively about growth opportunities;
- An evidence‐driven planner with experience in quantitative analysis, assessment, and outcomes measurements, as well as accreditation efforts; and
- A trustworthy individual with a strong moral compass.
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