An Invitation to Apply: College of Nursing Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

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An Invitation to Apply:

College of Nursing

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs


The College of Nursing at East Carolina University (ECU) seeks applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. The Associate Dean provides administrative leadership, oversight, and coordination of graduate programs. The primary functions in this position concern management of the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the graduate programs in the College of Nursing.

The College is housed within the Division of Health Sciences and includes the College of Allied Health Sciences, the Brody School Medicine, the Laupus Health Sciences Library and the School of Dental Medicine. East Carolina University is a Carnegie designated Doctoral Research University with the classification of Community Engagement.

Vidant Medical Center, a tertiary care hospital with 909 licensed and CON-approved beds, is one of the largest acute care hospitals in North Carolina and the flagship hospital for Vidant Health. It serves as the teaching hospital for the health sciences.

The College of Nursing is supported by a liaison from the Laupus Health Sciences Library to assist faculty and students with literature searches and use of the Refworks database. The Office of Faculty Excellence provides consultation and seminars on research design, statistical software, and consultation opportunities with a statistician. The ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies provides internal funding for an East-West Research Collaboration Award that supports research activity between health sciences faculty and faculty in other university units. ECU faculty have access to shared Centers and Research Institutes such as the Center for Health Services Research & Development, the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU and the Center of Health Disparities Research (



Specific responsibilities for the position of Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing include:

• Provides oversight of the graduate programs: planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.

• Schedules academic offerings to ensure quality and consistency across programs and departments. Provides oversight to assure compliance with university policies, and requirements of external agencies.

• Collaborates with college, university administrators and faculty curriculum committee in reviewing, modifying, enhancing, and marketing the graduate programs.

• Provides leadership in curriculum development.

• Assists the Dean with accreditation and other reports. Generates data for program approval, evaluation, and accreditation.

• Provides a liaison function in the management of resources related to graduate programs. • Collaborates with the Associate Deans, Program Evaluation Coordinator, Student Services,

and technology staff in the collection, management and distribution of student, clinical, and academic data for planning and coordinating program evaluation.

• Administers university/program policies and procedures.

• Collaborates with Department Chair, PhD and DNP Directors, MSN Concentration Directors, and Student Service staff in the maintenance and management of record systems and computerized tracking of graduate students.

• Participates in student and faculty recruitment, and in appointment, reappointment, tenure and promotion of faculty in accord with the East Carolina University Faculty Manual.

• Participates in faculty workload assignments in collaboration with Department Chairs, Program/Concentration Directors and Associate Deans.

• Serves as a resource to standing and ad hoc committees of the College of Nursing faculty. • Teaches selected courses in area of expertise.

• Provides academic counseling and conflict resolution for nursing majors as appropriate. • Participates in scholarly activities and professional services as required of members of

University faculty community.

• Serves as liaison with the community through participation in community groups and responds to community needs relevant to nursing education.

• Serves as designee representing the Dean as requested. • Completes other assignments as requested by the Dean. QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

• Earned research focused doctorate in nursing (or related field plus a master's degree in nursing) and three years experience in baccalaureate or higher degree nursing education preferably in a health sciences center.


• Demonstrated evidence of published research, successful grant acquisition, effective oral and written communication skills and effective interpersonal skills.

• Demonstrated evidence of excellence in leadership and administrative skills essential in a complex academic organization.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Graduate level teaching experience in nursing.

• Eligibility for unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in North Carolina.

• Minimum of 2 calendar years prior, full-time employment or the equivalent in clinical nursing practice as a registered nurse, preferably in a health sciences center.


The following leadership characteristics as specified by the Chancellor for all senior administrators are essential characteristics of the successful candidate:

• Character and Integrity

o High integrity, honesty, trustworthiness. o Direct, open and clear in communications.

o Understands, practices and cultivates responsibility and accountability. o Self-awareness: understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses. o Continuously seeks to learn and develop.

• Team Behaviors

o Builds high performance teams.

o Strong in building relationships and empowerment.

o Motivates others to achieve excellence in performance and results. o Celebrates success and learns from failures.

o Collaborative: an effective and reliable partner. o Excellent active listening skills.

• Organizational Competencies

o Capacity to proactively formulate and articulate a financial vision for ECU, and advocate for and garner resources for that vision.

o Results-oriented: capacity to focus on outcomes for the organization as a whole. o Capacity to use different leadership styles depending on context and opportunity. o Institutional loyalty with a track record illustrating diverse and sustained service


o Ability to work institutionally in a matrixed manner. TO APPLY:

The executive search firm The Hollander Group has been selected to assist the search committee in its efforts for this recruitment.

Applications, including cover letter, curriculum vitae and list of professional references with contact information, will be handled in strict confidence and should be submitted electronically to


Clifford R. Hollander, PhD or Sharon M. Flynn Hollander Phone: (202) 270-8772

Fax: (877) 334-0626

East Carolina University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates for this search.


East Carolina University (ECU), as a public doctoral degree granting institution, is committed to its mission “to serve as a national model for public service and regional transformation by:

• Preparing our students to compete and succeed in the global economy and multicultural society,

• Distinguishing ourselves by the ability to train and prepare leaders,

• Creating a strong, sustainable future for eastern North Carolina through education, research, innovation, investment, and outreach,

• Saving lives, curing diseases, and positively transforming health and health care, and

• Providing cultural enrichment and powerful inspiration as we work to sustain and improve quality of life.”

The University is the third largest in the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, which consists of the state’s sixteen degree-granting public institutions. ECU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees and is designated as an academic health center by the Association of American Health Centers. Governed by its own Board of Trustees, which is responsible to the UNC Board of Governors, ECU offers 75 departmental certificates, 102 baccalaureate degree programs, 77 master’s degree programs, two specialist degree programs, four first professional programs, and 16 doctoral programs in our professional colleges, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Brody School of Medicine. It confers more than 5,800 degrees annually, and it has approximately 140,000 alumni. ECU has a work force of approximately 5,600, a faculty numbering more than 2,000, and a budget of more than $750 million. ECU is committed to planned enrollment growth of no more than 1 percent annually in the coming decade; its physical growth is guided by the university’s master plan, which was approved in 2011.



East Carolina University College of Nursing (ECUCON) will be nationally recognized for innovative programs in nursing education and collaborative, interdisciplinary partnerships that improve the way health care is provided in rural underserved communities as well as for research that advances nursing science. The College’s intent is to improve the health and well being of citizens in the region and around the world.  

CON Academic Programs

East Carolina University College of Nursing is an NLN Center of Excellence and a CCNE accredited college offering programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. The College of Nursing currently has 709 undergraduate students and 608 graduate students. In the College, 13% pre-licensure courses are delivered online, 100% RN-BSN courses are delivered online, 80% MSN courses are delivered online. The online graduate MSN concentrations were ranked #10 in the nation by U.S. & World Report (2013). PhD courses are primarily campus based. The emphasis of the PhD program is to prepare nurse scholars to advance the science of nursing practice, education and administration/health policy. A new online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has just been approved to begin in the Fall of 2013 with 20 students.

The College of Nursing offers the following academic programs: • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

o Traditional (campus based) o RN-BSN Studies

• Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with specialty o Adult –Gerontology Nurse Practitioner o Family Nurse Practitioner

o Neonatal Nurse Practitioner o Nurse Midwifery

o Clinical Nurse Specialist o Nurse Anesthesia

o Nursing Education o Nursing Leadership o Alternate Entry MSN o RN-MSN Studies

o Post-master’s certificate also offered • Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

• Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) – recently approved; will admit 20 students to the first class in Fall 2013

CON Student Enrollments

College of Nursing student enrollments by program for Fall 2012 are: Program Area Area Total Program Total BSN


Program Area Area Total Program Total Pre-licensure 522 709 RN-BSN 187 MSN AGNP 44 550 Alternate Entry 58 CNS 55 FNP 42 NNP 43 Anesthesia 31 Midwifery 27 Education 163 Leadership 95 Post-Master’s Certificate AGNP 5 29 CNS 4 FNP 9 NNP 1 Anesthesia 1 Midwifery 4 Education 4 Leadership 1 PhD 29 29 DNP* Total 1,317

*NOTE: The College’s DNP program just received approval and will admit its first class in Fall 2013.

CON Faculty and Staff Profile

The College has 101 faculty and 44 staff members. CON Facts

• The CON is ECU’s oldest professional school. Its 50th anniversary was celebrated during the 2010-11 academic year.

• The CON was first approved by the North Carolina Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education in March 1961 and received initial accreditation from the National League of Nursing in the fall of 1964. Accreditation has been maintained since that time. • East Carolina University was authorized to offer a Master of Science degree in Nursing in

1977. In 1982, the National League for Nursing accredited the master’s program.

• The CON received DHHS grant funds to establish a nurse-midwifery program in 1991. It is the only midwifery program in North Carolina.


• In January 2004, the School was granted permission by the North Carolina Board of Nursing to offer an Alternate Entry MSN option. This option is the only MSN-based alternate entry option in North Carolina.

• The CON holds active membership in the National League for Nursing (NLN), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Southern Regional Education Board and is accredited by the Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Council on Accreditation of the Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs and the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

• The CON is a designated NLN Center of Excellence.

• August 2007, the East Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership (ECCNL) became an ECU official center, as well as the first nursing leadership center in NC. The ECCNL's mission is to mobilize nurses to be effective partners and leaders in creating healthier communities in eastern North Carolina. The Center has received funding from the ECU BB&T Leadership Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Duke Endowment.

• In October, 2007 the School of Nursing received college designation status.

• The CON received an endowed chair made possible by the C.D. Spangler Foundation, Inc. in 2009, which was named the Richard R. Eakin Distinguished Professor.

• The ECU CON was ranked 10th by U.S. News & World Report for online graduate programs in 2013.




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