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Job Overview

The University of Connecticut (www.uconn.edu) is one of the nation’s leading public research universities.  Comprising 14 Schools and Colleges, UCONN is designated in the top research category of the Carnegie Foundation. With its main campus in Storrs, five regional campuses, and the tertiary care Health Center campus, UCONN offers a broad range of academic choices, including 8 undergraduate degrees in 102 majors, 17 graduate degrees in 88 fields of study, and 5 professional graduate programs.  The university is building and renewing its campuses through UCONN 2000 and 21st Century UCONN, a two-phase $2.8 billion state capital project. These landmark programs created more than 10 million square feet of new and renovated space for research, teaching, living, and learning.  UCONN has embarked on one of the most ambitious faculty-hiring plans in the nation, as recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education (http://chronicle.com/article/Now-Hiring-Hundreds-of/132505).  In particular, the goal is to hire top faculty with expertise across disciplines and thematic areas that are nationally recognized for excellence and will become preeminent, including nursing and healthcare, environment and sustainability, digital media and humanities, cognitive neuroscience, systems genomics, STEM and gifted education and manufacturing and materials.  The university has also launched the $865 million Bioscience-CT Program for “Translational Medicine, Genomics and Personalized Medicine” to enhance research capacity, increase the number of clinician-scientists and basic scientists, and expand incubator facilities to foster new innovation.  In addition to this partnership, the university of Connecticut and Jackson Laboratory, the premier research laboratory for discovering the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease, have joined forces to develop new medical treatments tailored to each patient’s unique genetic makeup.

The university invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Nursing.  As the chief executive officer for the School of Nursing, the Dean will set the standard of intellectual engagement and accomplishment for the School.  The Dean will provide strategic vision and operational leadership to all aspects of the academic and scholarly program, creating an environment and community that supports expert practice, focusing on contemporary nursing needs, among the School’s faculty and its students.  The Dean will provide the leadership to assure that the School continues to serve its students with academic programs of the highest quality and effectiveness to assure their success.  Supporting the university’s research mission, the Dean will advance the scholarly activities of the faculty, including interdisciplinary opportunities. The Dean will also assure that the School plays a strong role in the development of community outreach, especially to meet healthcare needs in underserved communities.  The Dean will also be the School’s public voice, promoting collegiate initiatives within UCONN and across the state, articulating the School’s contributions in local, state, regional, national and international arenas of nursing, health care, and health policy.  In pursuing these responsibilities, the Dean, who reports to the provost, will work collaboratively with the president and provost, vice presidents, deans and other leaders across the university.

 

The successful candidate will demonstrate national leadership in teaching, research, and public service.  Minimum requirements include an earned doctorate in nursing or a related field; a record of distinguished teaching and research; substantial administrative experience, preferably in a research university; proven success in external fund development with public agencies and private donors; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in nursing.  The successful candidate will be an innovator, a risk taker, a coalition builder, a collaborator, and a person of integrity.  Eligibility for nursing licensure in the State of Connecticut is required.

 

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited.  Applications should include a curriculum vitae, letter of interest and the names of five references (who will not be contacted without permission).  The documents can be sent electronically to UCONNNursing@wittkieffer.com.   Inquiries may be addressed to Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the Witt/Kieffer consultant supporting this search, at 212-686-2676.  Candidate review will begin on November 15.  The search will remain open until the position is filled, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2013. 

 

The University of Connecticut is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and seeks candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.