Job Overview

The University of Washington School of Nursing seeks applications and nominations for the Chair of the Department of Psychosocial & Community Health. The School seeks an academic leader of distinction, qualified for a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor at a research-intensive academic institution. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. Nursing license and earned doctorate in nursing or related field (or foreign equivalent) are required.

The department Chair has the primary responsibility for oversight and facilitation of faculty and staff career development, fiscal health, as well as ensuring that the departmental teaching and service responsibilities are met and distributed fairly among the faculty members. All of the department Chairs participate actively in the leadership and decision-making of the School. The successful candidate must possess a distinguished record of leadership, a dedication and experience of excellence in clinical and research programs, as well as a strong commitment to education at multiple levels, including undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and mid-career training.

The Department of Psychosocial & Community Health (PCH) is one of three departments in the school. Programs supported by the department are Community Health Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. PCH has approximately 15 part- and 23 full-time faculty, and 31 staff. PCH faculty engage in research and practice that is relevant to health promotion, disease prevention and treatment through individual, family and community interventions with diverse populations across the lifespan. The currently funded portfolio includes over 40 funded projects among vulnerable populations and translation of research to practice environments. Faculty scholarship and teaching are interdisciplinary and collaborative; studies incorporate a wide range of approaches that include mixed, behavioral, biologic and technological methods; interdisciplinary research and practice.

The School of Nursing is known for pioneering research as well as fostering academic and professional growth of faculty and students. The School fosters and supports mutually enriching community academic partnerships. The University of Washington serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. In accord with the University’s expressed commitment to excellence and equity, contributions in scholarship and research, teaching and service that address diversity and equal opportunity may be included among the professional and scholarly qualifications for appointment and promotion. Seattle is a culturally diverse urban center. It also has growing racial, ethnic and immigrant communities. The University of Washington is committed to building a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Preference will be given to applications received by: March 3, 2014. To apply, please email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:
Joie Whitney, PhD, CWCN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research
Harborview Medical Center Endowed Professor in Critical Care Nursing
Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems