An Invitation to Apply: Rutgers University School of Nursing Director, Center for Educational Research & Innovation


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An Invitation to Apply:

Rutgers University

School of Nursing

Director, Center for Educational Research & Innovation

The mission of the Rutgers University School of Nursing is to educate students, advance the discipline of nursing through research, provide service that is responsive to the health care needs of the public, and demonstrate local, national and

international leadership for the profession.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Nursing invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Director, Center for Educational Research & Innovation (CERI). The Director will guide, stimulate and coordinate advances in such key sub-areas as student learning, faculty development, correlates in teaching, educational and learning metrics and evaluation, and pedagogical media and technology-enabled innovations (e.g., simulation, use of technology, distance education platforms).

The Director, Center for Educational Research & Innovation bears primary responsibility for the exploration, incorporation, assessment and improvement of innovative methods and technologies into the School’s core educational venues and curriculum. The Director reports to the Executive Vice-Dean of the School.

The School of Nursing is nationally and internationally renowned for its educational, research and clinical programs. For example, the School has held an international reputation in psychiatric nursing, a long record reaffirmed by U.S. News & World Report's ranking its Psychiatric-Mental Health Specialty Program as one of the top five of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” in the nation.

The School of Nursing has a full complement of programs including a Bachelor of Science degree program, a BS program for registered nurses, a Master of Science program that includes clinical programs for advanced practice, a PhD program and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. These programs combine on-line and blended instruction, as appropriate. The School offers programs on the Newark and New Brunswick campuses and other sites in New Jersey.



The School is dedicated to advancing nursing science by preparing practitioners, teachers and scientists to meet the growing health needs of a diverse, multicultural society.

Type of appointment (clinical or tenure-track) and rank are negotiable. Compensation for this position is highly competitive.


The successful candidate for the position will demonstrate: • PhD (or equivalent) in nursing or a related field

• Eligibility for licensure as a RN in the state of New Jersey

• Clearly articulated program of research and experience in the field of educational research and innovation


The Director, Center for Educational Research & Innovation oversees and leads all aspects of promoting, expanding, supporting and managing the School of Nursing’s program of extramurally funded scholarship and research. Specific responsibilities include:

• Provide leadership in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all activities in the Center of Educational Research & Innovation of the SON that support quality of teaching.

• Serve as the resource person and mentor to faculty in the conceptualization and use of evidence-based innovative instructional media.

• Enhance the Center’s research capability, through increased proposal development and the number of funded studies in the area of educational research.

• Collaborate with the Associate Deans in the use of evaluation metrics for student learning and faculty development, and provide programmatic approaches and recommendations.

• Manage the daily operations of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation:

• Prepare annual productivity and budgetary reports, and other relevant summaries that can be used in research and proposal development, strategic planning and resource allocation.

• Oversee the acquisition, maintenance, inventory and use of learning resources, including simulators, clinical laboratories, mannequins, supplies and equipment, etc.

• Develop a mechanism for revenue and resource sharing and allocation with the various departments and programs in the RU SON and those external, through cost center charging of the Center’s bought out services and programs.

• Develop strategies to offer leadership and assistance to faculty in translating educational research outcomes to actual teaching and learning strategies and approaches.

• Maintain an active program of scholarship.

• Develop collaborative and interdisciplinary research network and initiatives within the SON community and with other researchers, at Rutgers and beyond, in collaboration with appropriate deans and directors.



The Search Committee for the position of Director, Center for Educational Research and Innovation at the College of Nursing will review applications beginning immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Please send CV with cover letter, via email, to:

Dr. Clifford R. Hollander or Ms. Sharon M. Flynn Hollander

The Hollander Group

Email: Phone: 202.486.9097

Fax: 877.334.0626

An equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Rutgers University is committed to building a diverse community and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.


The Rutgers University School of Nursing has defined leadership and excellence in nursing education in New Jersey. This heritage of excellence is at the heart of all degree programs and places Rutgers in a class with the most prestigious nursing programs in the nation. Inspired and empowered by the quality of education they receive at the School of Nursing, graduates are recognized as leaders throughout the profession.

The School of Nursing is well respected in health care and academic communities. The School has strong affiliations with primary care sites, acute-care teaching hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies and public health departments.

The rich history of the School dates back more than 50 years when the Newark campus first offered courses in public health nursing. Since that time, the School of Nursing has reached many exciting milestones in its development as a teaching and research institution, from the School's original accreditation, to the establishment of a Doctor of Philosophy Program in Nursing, approved by the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in 1989.

Today, Rutgers School of Nursing students enjoy the broadest range of academic programs available, including many nurse practitioner clinical specialties, and the first doctoral nursing degree program in New Jersey.

Academic Programs1,2 Undergraduate Programs

As a university committed to undergraduate education, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, offers a four-year Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing of exceptional academic quality. The BS program prepares those who want to begin a career in nursing and as well as those registered nurses wishing to obtain a baccalaureate degree. Rutgers School of Nursing offers a number of pathways to obtain a BS in nursing including a generic 4-year degree program, the RN to BS for Registered

1 The Rutgers School of Nursing offers programs on both the Newark and New Brunswick campuses. The School of Nursing

on the Camden campus offers programs separately from the Rutgers SON.



Nurses and the Accelerated 2nd Degree Program for students, who have a bachelor’s degree in another field.

The baccalaureate degree program is offered on the Newark and New Brunswick campuses. Both campuses provide state-of-the-art learning resource centers and simulation labs.

BSN Curriculum

The BSN curriculum focuses on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, illness, and disease management and includes information about healthcare technologies using evidence-based practice. The liberal arts education core provides a strong foundation for developing clinical judgment and clinical reasoning skills required in professional nursing.

Accelerated 2nd Degree BS in Nursing

Rutgers School of Nursing offers a 14-month full-time accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program.

RN to BS in Nursing

Registered nurses the opportunity to obtain a Baccalaureate of Science with a graduate degree option to accelerate professional development. The graduate degree option offers prospective students a seamless approach that will enable registered nurses to become advanced practice nurses with greater ease. School Nurse Certificate

The School offers a certificate program designed for professional registered nurses who wish to be certified in school nursing in the State of New Jersey. The program is delivered online with practica.

Graduate Programs in Nursing

Rutgers School of Nursing offers a variety of graduate nursing programs that address a wide range of educational needs that have strong affiliations with primary care sites, acute-care teaching hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and public health departments.

Master of Science in Nursing Leadership

The Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership program prepares a post-baccalaureate generalist to become a specialist in a particular aspect of nursing. There are currently a number of MSN programs, all of which will eventually be merged into the post-baccalaureate DNP program:

• MSN in Nursing Leadership: This option prepares the student to assume a nursing leadership role,

by the knowledge and skills to become a front line manager in a healthcare setting. This option also creates an excellent bridge to the Post-Masters Doctorate takes students from the baccalaureate-prepared generalist to the specialist in nursing leadership. Emphases on management leadership and clinical leadership are available.

• MSN in Nursing Informatics: This option provides the student with advanced preparation in the

burgeoning area of nursing informatics (NI) that integrates nursing science, computer science and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing practice. The graduate leaves with the knowledge and skills to support consumers, patients, nurses and other healthcare providers in their decision-making in all roles and settings.

• MSN in Midwifery: This option prepares the student to become a nurse midwife who provides

primary and reproductive care to women across the lifespan from adolescence to senescence, including childbearing in diverse practice and healthcare delivery settings. The nurse midwife



emphasizes a wellness paradigm and uses a scientific, evidence-based rationale for practice. The Midwifery program is transitioning to a post-baccalaureate DNP program.

• MSN in Nurse Anesthesia: This option prepares the student to become a specialist who combines

a generalist nursing knowledge base with the specialized knowledge and skills to help block a patient’s pain using gas and drugs in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals, clinics and physician offices. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists. The Nurse Anesthesia program is transitioning to a post-baccalaureate DNP program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program at the Rutgers School of Nursing provides a pathway for RNs seeking a doctoral degree in nursing that is practice-focused, rather than research-focused. The target group is practitioners who seek to attain the highest levels of excellence in practice.

• The post-masters DNP option, began in 2008, offers (non-NP) tracks with concentrations in

Nursing Leadership, Nursing Education, Midwifery, Emergency Care or Nurse Anesthetist; or Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialty tracks including Adult/Gerontology Primary Care NP, Adult/Gerontology Acute Care NP, Family NP, Pediatrics NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP and Women’s Health NP.

• Starting in Fall 2014, the post-baccalaureate DNP option will offer the following Nurse

Practitioner tracks: Adult-Gerontology Acute/Critical Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family NP, Family NP in Emergency Care, Pediatric NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP and Women’s Health NP.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing

The PhD program in nursing was initiated in 1989 and is the first PhD program in nursing in New Jersey. Ten PhD students are admitted per year. The PhD program provides training to become a nurse scientist with course work in philosophy of science, nursing theory, advanced research methods, psychometrics and biostatistics. Most graduates of the PhD program seek an academic career that combines research and teaching.

Joint Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban Systems

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Urban Systems was established in 2001 as a joint program sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Rutgers University – Newark. The Urban Systems core curriculum provides a strong background in the history and social organization of U.S. cities, while the Urban Health core examines the complex interrelationships among social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, organizational, and bioenvironmental factors that influence the health status and health behaviors of urban populations.

Post-Masters Certificate Programs

The Post-Masters Certificate Program at Rutgers School of Nursing is designed specifically for registered nurses who have a master's degree but did not follow a course of study that led to national certification as a nurse practitioner. Nurse Practitioners who would like to achieve certification in another specialty area are also appropriate for this program. The Post-Masters Certificate is offered in the following specializations: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult and Aged Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


6 Non-Degree Study Opportunities

The School of Nursing offers an array of opportunities for non-degree study. There are certificate programs for advanced practice at the post-master's level and continuing education courses for registered nurses given by the Center for Professional Development.

Center for Professional Development (CPD)

Rutgers School of Nursing Center For Professional Development provides nursing continuing education courses in New Jersey and provides quality educational programs for nurses throughout the United States and abroad. Each year, CPD provides approximately forty courses, workshops, NCLEX and ANCC certification reviews.

CPD is nationally known for the Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference, the Interdisciplinary Conference of the New Jersey End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), as well as internationally known for our Annual International Technology Conference that is in its 31st year in 2013. In addition there are now 13 online courses offered to nurses via its website.


For more than half a century, research has been a fundamental focus of the Rutgers School of Nursing. The faculty members are passionate, adventurous, curious and committed to the discovery of knowledge that broadens society's understanding of human health and illness, as well as the role nursing plays in promoting health and a higher quality of life. For this reason, School of Nursing students are not just exposed to the research process early in their nursing education - they are invited to participate in it. This commitment to research is integral to classroom teaching and service to the community. Therefore, nursing students in the baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral programs learn evidence-based practice, research methodologies, and how to participate at their trained level. The results of this investigative work are then translated into nursing practice in a variety of clinical settings. As a result, the School’s world-class faculty has been awarded a substantial amount of funding for research in recent years. For details on current grants held by School of Nursing faculty members, please see Appendix B below. The School of Nursing Office of Research and Grants is dedicated to promoting faculty research endeavors. The mission of the Office is to facilitate the acquisition of internal and external funding through research and training grants.

The Office of Research and Grants is committed to:

• Promoting each faculty member's and doctoral student's potential for developing an externally-funded research program

• Supporting both novice and experienced researchers

• Promoting collegial interactions and partnerships among faculty, students, staff, and others to advance the research mission of the School of Nursing

• Provide inter-disciplinary leadership for collaborative opportunities across Rutgers and the communities we serve

• Provide pre-award and post-award grant management support, including completion of application forms, budgets, IRB applications, editing, etc.

3 Appendix C below contains a table summarizing extramurally funded research grants held by Rutgers School of Nursing



Thus, critical guidance, consultation and other services are provided to faculty and students engaged in the search for internal and external funding sources, proposal preparation, and post-award grant management.

Faculty members are actively engaged in funded programs of research and are nationally and internationally renowned for their work. As a highly rated research-intensive university, Rutgers offers bountiful resources such as research centers, links to health care facilities, computer labs, and a world-class library system.

The Rutgers School of Nursing firmly believes that nursing is a unique discipline with a body of knowledge that is ever-expanding and evolving. The profession is continually challenged to look at what it does in new and innovative ways. The excitement of nursing science lies in the generation of new knowledge that broadens society's understanding of human health and illness and nursing's role in promoting health and quality of life.

The School has a long tradition of exploring issues and topics relevant to enhancing nursing science. Since its founding over a half-century ago, the faculty have displayed an unwavering commitment to engaging in research that enhances nursing's scientific foundation. At Rutgers, research is integral to classroom teaching and service to the community.

Faculty research interests include the care and promotion of health in infants, children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and families. Faculty members also examine such issues as symptom management, exercise, and quality-of-life in vulnerable populations. Specific research foci include investigations of patients with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

Centers of Excellence

Academic & Professional Development Centers • Center&for&Academic&Success&

The Center for Academic Success (CAS) offers workshops, enrichment seminars and individual group tutoring to assist students with scholarly writing, test-taking strategies, language skills, stress management and career advancement. CAS staff, faculty and student tutors and mentors provide students with supportive services to help to achieve their educational goals.

• Center&for&Lifelong&Learning&

The Center for Lifelong Learning offers continuing education and professional development opportunities for nurses and other healthcare providers at locations throughout the state. It hosts workshops, seminars and courses that assist nurses in meeting mandatory educational requirements for re-licensure and certification. The programs provide contact hours.

Research Centers

• Francois6Xavier&Bagnoud&Center&

The Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center provides clinical care, education and technical assistance in the Unites States and globally to support capacity development to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In addition to healthcare services for vulnerable populations, the FXB Center programs reach across traditional boundaries to link research and practice through education and technical assistance.



• Northeast&Institute&for&Evidence&Synthesis&and&Translation&

The mission of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation is to work with researchers, clinicians and managers to promote the development and dissemination of evidence-based “best practices.” The Institute is a collaborating center of the international Joanna Briggs Institute..

• Stanley&S.&Bergen&Center&for&Multicultural&Education,&Research&and&Practice&

The Stanley S. Bergen Center for Multicultural Education, Research and Practice. Is dedicated to preventing and eliminating healthcare disparities for diverse and vulnerable populations. The Center uses a two-fold approach to achieve its mission: (1) developing culturally competent healthcare practitioners and (2) facilitating delivery of cultural and linguistically appropriate healthcare. The Center also seeks to contribute to the development of health policies that support cultural competence in educational and clinical settings.

• Center&for&Healthcare&Quality&(CHQ)&

The overarching mission of the Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ) is to produce a body of translatable evidence to improve patient safety and the quality of care across practice settings. Specific aims of the CHQ are to (1) advance the science of patient safety and care quality through the creation of an interdisciplinary infrastructure to link priority research questions, resources, investigator expertise, and information technologies; (2) conduct outcomes, intervention, and translation research; (3) employ principles of translation science to disseminate and transform evidence-based safety strategies into practice and policy; and (4) engage the interdisciplinary members of the center and other faculty to educate and train nurse scientists, those from other disciplines, international visiting scholars, and undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students in the theories, methods, and translation of patient safety and care quality research.

• New&Jersey&Collaborating&Center&for&Nursing&(NJ&CCN)&

The Center was established by legislation on December 12, 2002. The Center is supported by a public/private partnership between the State of New Jersey and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The NJ CCN conducts research studies focusing on nursing and healthcare workforce issues, providing advisory recommendations to the Governor of New Jersey and the NJ State Board of Nursing.

• HIV Faculty Collaborative

The HIV Faculty Collaborative is comprised of the Dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing and faculty who conduct research related to HIV. Among its members is a wide variety of research focusing on HIV/ AIDS, diagnostic and treatment modalities, and quality of life issues.

• Center for Community Health Partnerships (CCHP)

The overall goal of the Center for Community Health Partnerships (CCHP) is to develop sustainable community-linked infrastructures to improve the health of urban communities in the Newark and New Brunswick areas. Specifically, the CCHP plans to: 1) strengthen capacity for collaborative relationships and community engagement among academic investigators, community members and local health care organizations; 2) promote the conduct of community partnered research which addresses health issues of concerns to urban residents of these areas; and 3) promote translation, implementation and adoption of evidenced based health interventions into community settings.

• Center for Urban Youth and Families

The Center for Urban Youth and Families aims to address the various issues of pediatric health disparities through interdisciplinary research. We believe that developing an inter-professional research center is one way of making in-roads to improving the health and future of our most vulnerable children. Center members disregard the boundaries of disciplines and work collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines such as education, finance, business, social



work, medicine, dentistry and other social and public health agencies from the Greater Newark community. The research foci for the Center are 1) asthma 2) oral health and 3) obesity. Presently there are two funded interdisciplinary studies that address asthma, and team members are in the process of developing projects to address oral health and obesity.


The undergraduate (BS) and MS/DNP graduate programs within the School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Schools and Universities of the Middle States Association of Schools and Secondary Schools. The School is approved by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing and is a member of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Schools of Nursing.

Faculty Profile

The Rutgers University School of Nursing currently has 109 full time faculty members. Student Profile

For details regarding nursing student enrollments for academic year 2013-14, please see Appendix B below.


Established in 1766 as Queens School, in New Brunswick, the school was later named for university trustee and Revolutionary War veteran Colonel Henry Rutgers. During the mid-20th Century, the school was formally designated as The State University of New Jersey. During that period, Rutgers expanded to include The University of Newark and the School of South Jersey, now Newark and Rutgers-Camden, respectively. With major campuses in Newark, New Brunswick and Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers’ schools and facilities are conveniently located for residents throughout New Jersey, as well as neighboring parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. All three campuses serve both residential and commuting students, and all three are easily accessible by New Jersey’s excellent highway and public transportation systems. All three locations offer a rich combination of on-campus and urban off-campus life.

Rutgers’ mission statement is built around three elements: instruction, research, and public service. To fulfill this mission, the University offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 100 graduate and professional degree programs in 27 schools and Schools. The academic units at Rutgers include the School of Art & Sciences, the Business School, the School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Nursing, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, the School of Communication and Information, School of Social Work, and the Graduate School of Education. In many programs, students can avail themselves of distance learning, as well as classroom education.


The original, and largest center of Rutgers is located in New Brunswick, a city of 50,000 located in central New Jersey, roughly midway between the state capital—Trenton—and New York City. Rutgers is situated in the center of New Brunswick, along the Raritan River, and imparts to the city all of a major university’s cultural and educational advantages. Also, Princeton University is only 15 miles away. With its location near New York City and major New Jersey municipalities along the Hudson River, New Brunswick enjoys the benefits of both urban and suburban living. The area features a number of golf



courses, including the Rutgers University Golf Course and is conveniently located to the New Jersey Pine Barrens, Jersey Shore, Atlantic City, and the Pocono Mountains. Regional shopping centers nearby include Woodbridge Center, and the Menlo Park Mall. The Newark airport is about 20 miles away, the road network is extensive, and excellent rail transportation is available.


With a population of over 270,000, Newark is the largest municipality in New Jersey. Newark is located five miles west of New York City’s Manhattan Island and is home to one of the New York/New Jersey area’s three major international airports. The city is also the hub for an impressive array of rail, highway, and port facilities. Like other older cities, Newark is redeveloping itself and is undergoing an urban renaissance. Newark is one of the country’s leading centers for insurance and banking. The city is home to companies such as Prudential Insurance and Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center opened in 1997 and has been visited by nearly two million people. Recently the city opened new sports venues for its New Jersey Devils hockey team and Newark Bears baseball team. In addition to Rutgers-Newark, the city is home to campuses of Seton Hall University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.



APPENDIX A: Academic Programs of the Rutgers School of Nursing

Academic Programs Inf. System Campus Delivery Admission

Generic SRDB Newark-U | New Brunswick | Blackwood In-Person Fall Accelerated Banner/NCAS Newark-HS | New Brunswick In-Person Fall | Spring

RN to BS in Nursing SRDB Online Online Fall

School Nurse Certificate SRDB Online Online Fall

Leadership - Management Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring Leadership - Clinical Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall | Spring Informatics © Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring Midwifery © Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring Nurse Anesthetist Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall

Leadership - Management Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring PNP © Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring ANP/GNP Primary Care © Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring ANP/GNP Acute Care © Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring FNP © Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring FNP-ER © Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring Women’s  Health   Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring Psych/Mental Health © Banner Newark-U | Newark-HS | New Brunswick Hybrid Fall| Spring

PM - Clinical Banner Online Hybrid Fall| Spring

PM - Leadership Banner Online Hybrid Fall| Spring

PM - Executive Model Banner Newark-HS | Online Hybrid Fall| Spring

HIV/ AIDS © Banner Online Hybrid Fall | Spring

Nursing SRDB New Brunswick In-Person Fall

Urban Systems Banner Newark-HS, Newark-U Hybrid Fall| Spring © Post-Master's Certificates offered in these areas

PHD Programs Post-Master's DNP Programs

Academic Programs of the Rutgers School of Nursing

BS/BSN Programs

MS/MSN Programs

BS/BSN to DNP Programs

Sub Specialization Available for Fall 2014

Undergraduate Certificate










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