Associate Dean for Research College of Nursing Position Description

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Associate  Dean  for  Research  

College  of  Nursing



Associate  Dean  for  Research    

South Dakota State University College of Nursing is seeking nominations and applications for a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Associate Dean for

Research. The Associate Dean for Research in the College of Nursing (CON) is a vital member of the leadership team who leads the Office of Nursing Research and facilitates programs of research and scholarly productivity among faculty and students. For more information on the Office of Nursing Research, we encourage you to visit:

The Associate Dean for Research reports to the Dean of the College. The Associate Dean must be eligible for a tenure-track appointment at associate or full professor academic rank. The primary position description is administrative, with 50% effort dedicated to the administrative role and the expectation of teaching up to one course or seminar per year in the College of Nursing PhD program. The remaining 50% effort is dedicated to research and general service.

About  the  University  


South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a public research institution located in Brookings, South Dakota. It is the state's largest and second oldest university. As a land-grant university, SDSU has a special focus on academic programs in agriculture, engineering, nursing, and pharmacy, as well as the liberal arts and sciences. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies SDSU as a Research University with high research activity. The graduate program is classified as Doctoral/Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math dominant. SDSU is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, which governs the state's six public universities and two special schools.


South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world.


Discover  Brookings,  SD    

Brookings is the fourth largest city in South

Dakota. According to the US Census Bureau's

2013 Statistics, the population of Brookings is

estimated at 23,000 residents. Based on the US

Census Bureau’s count of 18,503 residents in the

year 2000, the city has been growing at an

average of about 1% per year. Brookings is an

affordable place to live, where the median cost

for an owner-occupied home is $145,800,

compared to an $181,400 median home price for

the nation. Median household income in

Brookings is $41,468 vs. $53,046 nationally, but the overall cost of living in Brookings is lower

than the national average.

The most flourishing industries in the Brookings job market are manufacturing, education and

healthcare. The three main manufacturers in Brookings, serving over 3,000 employees, are 3M,

Larson Manufacturing, and Daktronics. South Dakota State University is the largest employer in

Brookings. Also found in Brookings are the South Dakota State Art Museum, the Children's

Museum of South Dakota, the annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival, and the headquarters of a

number of manufacturing companies and agricultural operations.

Weather in Brookings gives you the best of the Midwest: lush summers and pristine white

winters. Average high temperatures in the summer range from the pleasant 60's to high 80's, and

in the winter range from about 6 degrees, to the low 40’s. You’ll find a wide array of recreational

opportunities year-round in Brookings such as a movie theater, an aquatic center, a botanical

garden, a public library, a shopping mall, antiques, golf, fishing, hunting, annual festivals,

karaoke, and much more. Brookings gives you the best of the big city, in a small-town setting.

Commercial air travel to and from Brookings goes through the Sioux Falls Regional Airport,

located an hour south of Brookings. Sioux Falls Regional partners operates with five airlines:

Frontier, Allegiant, Delta, United, and American. Travel is available to over 200 domestic

destinations, as well as many international locations. For more information on Brookings,


About  the  College  of  Nursing    


Celebrating  80  Years  of  Nursing  and  Health  Sciences  Education  in  2015  

This year, the College of Nursing celebrates 80

years of excellence in nursing education.

Students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends are

proud of their legacy and are enthusiastic about

the next 80 years. During the 2014-2015

academic year, special events will take place to

celebrate the past and future contributions to

impacting health, health care and quality of life

throughout the state, the region, the nations and

the world. The long and dynamic history of

nursing education at South Dakota State provides

a firm foundation for the next 80 years, as they

prepare future nurses to lead the profession and to assure

quality and accessible health care in the state, region,

nation and world. We invite you to explore their historical

photos, recollections, experiences and memories of the

College of Nursing at:



The College of Nursing research foci include health

promotion and quality of life for rural and underserved

populations, population health initiatives in partnership

with state government and communities, nursing and

interprofessional education, and health care quality and

outcomes. The College has been nationally recognized for

collaborative nursing research that improves health

outcomes, promotes health for rural and underserved

populations, and transforms nursing and interprofessional

health education. Further information about the college can

be found at


The CON improves human health and quality of life for people in the state of South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. The College strives for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, scholarship, and health services to diverse individuals, communities, and populations across the life span.


To be a national leader in accessible and quality undergraduate and graduate nursing education and recognized across health disciplines, and to prospective students, alumni, and nursing leaders as innovative scholars and researchers who improve human health through strategic partnerships and interprofessional collaboration that shapes new delivery models of quality health care and nursing education.


Required  Qualifications  


• Experience with research program development, implementation and evaluation.

• Evidence of sustained scholarly productivity including extramurally funded research, refereed publications and scholarly presentations in a focused area of scholarship.

• Evidence of community partnerships with state and local government, communities and clinical agencies related to a focused area of research and scholarly productivity.

• Service and leadership in health-related organizations and associations.

Desired  Qualifications  

• Bachelor’s degree in nursing (unless prepared as a Master’s entry Registered Nurse); a terminal degree is required.

• Licensed or eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse by the South Dakota Board of Nursing. • Academic degrees granted from more than one degree-granting institution.

• Evidence of practice, teaching, or research recognition and excellence through certification, awards, or advanced professional education related to research.

• Completion of post-doctoral education.

• Teaching experience in more than one nursing program at the graduate level.

• Service to the community through leadership in committees, organizations, activities or civic groups.

• Administrative experience in directing activities and evaluating job performance. • Service as a grant reviewer.

Abilities  and  Characteristics  


• Demonstrates leadership competencies.

• Demonstrates ability to collaborate and lead transdisciplinary and interprofessional groups. • Manifests qualities of integrity, professional character, sincerity, honesty, emotional stability,

creativity, and discriminating judgment.

• Exhibits breadth of interest in people; the profession; and in cultural, social and civic affairs. • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.



Applicant  Review  

The search committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately.

How  to  Apply  


A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; current curriculum vitae and the names of five references with titles, mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers and email addresses. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number and email address of the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting SDSU in the search.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to: Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners

Debra Cruce, Executive Search Consultant Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206 Miramar Beach, Florida 32550 Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272 Email:



For more information on South Dakota State University please visit

It is acknowledged that the current SD Board of Regents, the SD Council of Higher Education

(COHE), and the administration of South Dakota State University address administrative and

faculty responsibilities. The Regents/COHE and SDSU expectations supersede this position


Approved by Management Team 8/3/05; Revised when title changed from Assistant Dean for

Nursing Research to Coordinator for Nursing Research 7/27/2006; Revised to Associate Dean

for Nursing Research when role changed to an administrative position, 12/09, reformatted,

8/2012, revised 1/2015




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