Western Carolina University is seeking an innovative, forward-thinking nursing leader for the Director of the School of Nursing who will build upon the strengths of the academic programs and faculty achievements. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until a candidate has been identified for hire.
The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of the SON and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. The Director is vested with authority required to accomplish the mission, goals and expected program outcomes. The position demands an energetic leader who is passionate about teaching/learning, scholarship, students, and all aspects of Nursing practice.
This is a 12-month tenure track position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Rank will be determined at the point of hire based upon qualifications. Candidates interested in an academic career with a focus on leadership, teaching, service, and scholarly pursuit are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will demonstrate a progressive record of increasing academic leadership with a distinguished record of teaching, scholarly achievements, and professional accomplishments. In addition, candidates should possess strong written and interpersonal skills along with the ability to successfully cultivate an environment of collaboration and teamwork.
The School of Nursing is one of the five academic units in the College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS). The Director of the SON is a part of the college executive leadership team and works collaboratively to advance the mission and vision of the College of Health and Human Sciences. The SON was established in 1969 to help meet the need in the region for professional nurses. Over the past fifty years, WCU School of Nursing is known throughout the region to graduate nurses who are prepared for the career trajectories they pursue. The SON offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The SON currently has approximately 390 undergraduate and 180 graduate students. The SON programs are offered at both the Cullowhee and Biltmore Park locations.
Western Carolina University (WCU) is a dynamic, regional comprehensive, fast-growing member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system. The main campus is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina. WCU also has an Instructional Site at Biltmore Park in Asheville, NC. WCU is situated in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 52 miles west of Asheville and adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The county and surrounding areas provide residents a high quality of life with its close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and diverse outdoor adventures, a thriving arts community, and mild year-round temperatures. Cullowhee and nearby Sylva offer real small-town charm while big cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville, and Greenville are just a few hours away. From its 600-acre Cullowhee locations, through programs in nearby Biltmore Park and Cherokee, at various community colleges across the state, and via online and distance education delivery, the University serves more than 12,000 students and has approximately 500 full-time faculty members. WCU is SACSCOC accredited.
Interested candidates must possess a doctoral degree (with a minimum of one graduate degree in Nursing), demonstrated administrative experience, and a scholarly record that merits appointment as an associate/full professor with eligibility for tenure.
Applicants must be a licensed nurse in the state of North Carolina or able to secure licensure with the state of North Carolina by start of employment.
Desired qualifications include evidence of exemplary leadership in supporting and facilitating teaching and scholarship; excellent management, supervisory, and budgetary skills; superior communication skills and an ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies internal and external to WCU. Experience in obtaining and managing funding is desirable.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review.
Please submit the following in order to finalize the application: a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and a list of three professional references. Please include all contact information for each reference.
For additional information contact Lori Anderson, PhD, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences 3971 Little Savannah Rd, Health and Human Sciences Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723. Phone: (828) 227-7271. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.