Pennsylvania State University

Associate Dean for Graduate Education

The College of Nursing is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. This is an academic administrator position requiring a faculty rank of Associate Professor/Professor. The College of Nursing is one of the most comprehensive colleges of nursing in any public university in the country. With over $12 million in research expenditures since the college’s inception in 2013, the College has been awarded over $8 million for gerontology research, over $4 million for the development of a sexual assault forensic examination telehealth center (SAFE-T Center), and approximately $1.5 million to support clinical and translational science. Current College initiatives include the Community Health Needs Assessment Alignment, The Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Nursing Research Network, Rural Care Delivery, Programs for Person Centered Living Systems of Care, FaceAge, Two-Step Delirium Identification Tool, SAFE-T Center, and the Penn State Employee Health and Wellness Center to name a few. With over 2,100 undergraduate students and approximately 200 graduate students, our footprint is world-wide with our faculty creating immeasurable experiences for our students around the globe. We offer four undergraduate degree programs as well as six advanced degree programs.

The Pennsylvania State University is one of the largest public research and land grant universities in the country, serving over 83,000 students at 24 campuses across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The College of Nursing resides primarily at the University Park Campus where approximately 42,000 students are enrolled. The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit.

The Associate Dean for Graduate Education provides visionary and innovative leadership and administration for the College’s graduate programs and coordinates and collaborates with our faculty. Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Associate Dean is a senior member of the administrative team of the College which functions in a collaborative and integrative manner across the teaching, research, and outreach functions of the College.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, promoting and strengthening our graduate education by maintaining close ties to our faculty as well as representing the College to the Graduate School, coordinate periodic reviews of our graduate programs, and oversee the development and reform of graduate curriculum, serve on the University Advisory Committee on Graduate Education, foster and support graduate education and research, coordinate faculty and graduate student recognition programs, and coordinate global initiatives in the areas of research and graduate education. The ideal candidate will have; experience teaching Masters and Doctoral level courses in resident and online platforms; experience in academic administration; significant scholarly accomplishments; and demonstrated record of national and international service. Candidates should have an active research portfolio with potential for attracting extramural research and program funding.

The College of Nursing provides a supportive environment for research and strives to expand our interdisciplinary collaboration with other Penn State units including the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, College of Medicine, College of Health and Human Development, and several academic centers. Penn State is home to the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network. A Master’s degree in nursing and a Doctorate degree in nursing or equivalent in a related field of study is required. Demonstrated achievement of teaching, scholarship and service commensurate with a tenure eligible appointment is necessary. Nursing faculty candidates must hold a valid United States nursing license. This position calls for a knowledge of current trends in research and graduate education. The successful candidate should have demonstrated ability in providing leadership to faculty and in working with all levels of University administration. High energy, excellent communication skills, a team spirit, the ability to get things done, and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion are essential position requirements.

Applicants should send a letter of application, a complete curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references. All application materials must be submitted electronically. Only complete applications will be considered. The position is available on or before July 1, 2019. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to: Susan Loeb, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Search Chair, Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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