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Associate Dean and Director of Nursing
Texas A&M University-Texarkana (A&M-Texarkana) seeks an outstanding and visionary leader to serve as associate dean and director of nursing. The associate dean, reporting to the dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Nursing, is the chief nursing appointment at the institution. It is expected that the associate dean will assume office by July 1, 2014, or as soon thereafter as feasible.
A&M-Texarkana is a
comprehensive regional residential university and provides the citizens of Texarkana, Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, Northwest Louisiana, and Southeast Oklahoma a convenient opportunity to earn four-year, graduate, and doctoral degrees in the areas of business administration, arts and sciences, technology, engineering,
mathematics, and education.
Formerly East Texas State University at Texarkana, the University was established in 1971 by the Texas Legislature as an upper level, operationally separate unit of the East Texas University Complex. In September 1996, the University became a member of The Texas A&M University System and is governed by the A&M Board of Regents. In addition, like other Texas public colleges and universities, A&M-Texarkana operates under the jurisdiction of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.5 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units, and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 131,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $783 million and help drive the state’s economy.
For many years, A&M-Texarkana shared the same campus with Texarkana College, but in 2004 it acquired 375 acres of land as a gift, 300 acres from the City of Texarkana and 75 from the Anita and Truman Arnold Foundation. Funding was also received in 2006 from the Texas Legislature for
construction of buildings at the new campus. To date, four buildings have been completed: the Science and Technology
Building; University Center; Central Plant; and Bringle Lake Village—a state-of-the-art 294-bed, furnished residence hall that features a number of amenities, including a fitness center, an outdoor, in-ground swimming pool, and an outdoor sand volleyball court. A second residence hall as well as dining hall is scheduled to open within the next two years.
Private funds are currently being solicited for the Student Engagement Center, a 14,000-square-foot multipurpose center for special events, concerts, and a student recreation area. Over $2 million has been raised toward the $3.5 million goal. The University is also currently raising $1.5 million per year in annual funds and has been the recipient of a $10 million gift for scholarships; another $9.2 million in gifts has provided funds for the engineering and computer science programs.
Approximately 1,950 full-time students are currently enrolled. Within the University there are three colleges: the College of Business; College of Education and Liberal Arts; and College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Nursing. There are 64 tenure-track positions, five of which are currently vacant. The entire 59 tenure-track faculty has terminal degrees. In addition, there are nine clinical faculty members. The student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) and will have a
ten-year reaccreditation visit in 2016. As a result of a partnership between Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) and A&M-Texarkana, six teacher certification programs and other
baccalaureate degrees are currently being offered on the NTCC campus in Mount Pleasant. After receiving core requirements through NTCC, students can then make a seamless transition to A&M-Texarkana to complete the final two years of their
coursework. The University also operates another satellite campus in Hallsville, Texas, and utilizes teaching facilities within the Hallsville Independent School District.
Intramural sports also occur during the University year and facilitate men, women and co-rec teams as well as individual activities, from flag football to volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, ping pong, and more. In fall 2014, A&M-Texarkana will also have intercollegiate women’s soccer and men’s and women’s tennis.
There are more than 30 recognized student groups, broken down into six different categories: Departmental organizations related to a particular academic area or field of study; Greek Fraternities and Sororities; National Honorary Societies; Faith-Based organizations; Special Interest organizations; and Student Life organizations.
For additional information about the University, visit http://www.tamut.edu/. For the Strategic Plan FY2011-FY2015, click the following link:
THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS, AND NURSING (STEM)
The College of STEM fully subscribes to the core values of the University— the centrality of students; excellence and innovation; integrity/human dignity; and collegiality and public engagement. It is a
learning-centered College committed to the
intellectual, ethical, and career growth of all learners, both inside and outside the classroom.
THE NURSING PROGRAM
The nursing program currently offers an online RN to BSN program. Applicants must be a Registered Nurse prior to entering the program. The program offers upper division coursework to achieve the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. The program is accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The nursing program also offers an online MSN in Nursing Administration. The program offers a curriculum that prepares the nurse for administrative positions in all areas of nursing. This program is CCNE accredited.
Currently, there are approximately 50 students in the BSN program and 20 in the MSN program. Four faculty, including the Director, teach in the program.
The University is located in Texarkana, on the border of Texas and Arkansas, about two hours from Little Rock, Arkansas, and three hours from Dallas, Texas. The Ouachita Mountains, one hour away, provide exceptional outdoor recreation activities. The immediate area offers a variety of hunting and fishing locations for the outdoor sportsman. Texarkana also has
Texarkana Golf Ranch, one of the top-ranked golf courses in Texas, located across the street from the campus. Texarkana is a city split by the Texas and Arkansas state lines, with a combined population of 67,000 people. There are two separate city governments, each represented by a mayor, city council, and city manager. The “Twin Cities” share services such as the regional airport, library, and Bi-State Justice Center. Competition between the Texas and Arkansas railroad builders, who converged at the state line near the Red River, was the catalyst for the first selling of city lots in 1873. Today, Texarkana boasts a vibrant economic, educational and cultural life combined with a cost of living that is 10 percent below the national average. In 2008, Forbes.com ranked Texarkana second on its list of small metro areas with the fastest growing “gross metropolitan product”. The city was ranked #22 in a Business.com and Moody’s Economy.com report entitled “America’s 25 Next Reviving Job Markets”. It is the regional medical center for more than 400,000 people, with over 3,000 health professionals and two acute care hospitals with more than 675 beds.
The Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC) manages the Perot Theatre, named for major benefactor and Texarkana native Ross Perot, and the Regional Arts Center. Regional and national exhibitions and educational programs are offered by the Regional Arts Center, while the Perot Theatre hosts a variety of theatrical and musical events, including performances by the Texarkana Symphony. Women for the Arts has provided more than $800,000 annually for TRAHC activities.
The City of Texarkana, Texas, has been very supportive of the University, donating 300 of the current 375 acres and committing $20 million in infrastructure and roads.
The nursing program at A&M-Texarkana is ripe with unrealized opportunities. The new associate dean will have the full support of the senior administration in bringing visionary leadership which will result in the department reaching its full potential. Not only will the existing online programs need to be bolstered, but the opportunity exists to begin new degree programs, including a generic BSN as well as select specialty programs in conjunction with local medical centers. Texarkana is the largest metropolitan area between Little Rock and Dallas and, as such, is the regional medical center for an estimated population of 350,000 in Arkansas and Texas. The medical community in the area is ready to embrace and support the nursing program at A&M, so while competition does exist in the area from some other institutions, the stage is set for the right leader to capitalize on the positive forces which will catapult the program from good to great.
DESIRED ATTRIBUTES FOR THE NEXT ASSOCIATE DEAN
The successful candidate will be:
• Someone with an entrepreneurial spirit that has the desire and capability to build new programs which will meet community needs;
• A person who thinks strategically and can bring to bear a vision on a program that has not yet realized its full potential;
• Someone who understands the basic principles of enrollment management and is able to effectively market the program to potential students;
• A leader who will engage and collaborate closely with students, staff, faculty, and administrative colleagues throughout the university to build consensus and support; • Someone who can build and be a part of effective and well-aligned teams;
• A person who will develop and foster partnerships across and beyond the university, particularly in the Texarkana medical community;
• A person of proven leadership and integrity who will inspire trust and instill confidence in the A&M-Texarkana community;
• A person who has an enthusiastic presence, actively engaged in the life of the university and the Texarkana community;
• A transparent and courageous decision-maker who is data-driven, builds consensus, has the fortitude to make difficult choices when necessary, and communicates decisions with clarity and care;
• A person of financial acumen who will have the experience to use university resources wisely;
• A person of global perspective who is culturally sensitive and committed to fostering diversity in its many forms;
• Someone active in professional nursing organizations who is knowledgeable about current trends in nursing education and issues affecting nursing programs nationwide; • A superb listener and communicator, at ease in a multitude of settings with multiple
• A leader with energy, stamina, and a sense of humor.
The successful candidate must have a BSN, MSN, and an earned doctorate in nursing, a related health-sciences field or education. S/he will have teaching experience and be tenured or eligible for tenure at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. S/he will be knowledgeable about and have successful experience in nursing program accreditation standards and processes. It is strongly preferred that s/he have significant academic nursing administrative experience.
Nominations and applications will be received until the position is filled, but in order to receive full consideration, candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by April 10, 2014. All nominations, applications, and inquiries will be held in full confidence until finalists are identified for on-campus interviews.
A&M-Texarkana is being assisted in this search by Academic Search, Inc. Nominators or prospective candidates may request confidential conversations with Dr. Tom Fitch at
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candidate. Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to
It is the policy of A&M-Texarkana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or veteran status in its academic programs,