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Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, a leading baccalaureate nursing program located in Portland, Oregon, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Nursing. Together with faculty, the dean will lead the development of the academic vision for nursing, while promoting dialog in creating a supportive and challenging environment. The dean will catalyze the growth of the School of Nursing faculty as educators and scholars. S/he will forge and strengthen collegial relationships and synergies, both within the College and with the community. Building upon the core strengths of Linfield College and the School of Nursing, the dean will enhance our reputation nationally. As the chief academic officer of the School of Nursing, the Dean of Nursing provides vision and leadership while representing the interests of the school. The Dean of Nursing will report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty.

Chartered in 1858 by the Oregon Territorial Legislature, Linfield College is one of the oldest colleges in the Pacific Northwest and also one of the few solely undergraduate institutions in the same area. Embracing a philosophy of liberal arts education, the college is, at the same time, a comprehensive school, offering 40+ majors and 36 minors, divided into four academic divisions: Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Nursing. Linfield is an independent, comprehensive undergraduate college recognized for its strong teaching faculty, outstanding science programs, and distinctive international emphasis. Linfield has a challenging and exciting academic program that features a broad liberal arts core and an atmosphere in which there is genuine concern for individuals and their progress. Linfield College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Linfield's Portland Campus was established in 1982 when the college entered into an agreement with Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing to offer a 4-year bachelor’s degree in nursing. Good Samaritan's hospital-based diploma program offered a rich heritage on which to build. Founded in 1890, it is the oldest professional school of nursing in the Northwest. In 2005, the School of Nursing became a transfer-only program, accepting students at the junior level into one of three entry cohorts throughout the year, and this includes a significant percentage of students who complete their nursing pre-requisites on Linfield’s McMinnville campus before joining the School of Nursing as well as a group of accelerated students who already have at least one baccalaureate degree in another major and wish to become professional nurses. Since its establishment Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing (LGSSON) has graduated nearly 3,000 BSN degree students. Over 400 students are currently enrolled in nursing courses on the Portland Campus. Another 200 students with an Associate Degree in Nursing from other institutions are pursuing a BSN degree through the school's online nursing education program. Thirty nursing faculty members, plus seven full-time clinical associates and laboratory instructors deliver a curriculum that is community-based and highly integrative. Recent grant activity includes participation in a HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) grant to increase the number and diversity of nursing graduates in order to have a nursing workforce, which reflects population trends.

Inquiries and nominations may be submitted in confidence. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but should be received no later than November 16, 2012, in order to be assured full consideration by the committee. Application materials to include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of five references (please also include your professional connection with each; references will not be contacted without prior permission) must be submitted electronically (Microsoft Word or PDF format) to:

Assisting the search committee will be:

Garry W. Owens, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant, AGB Search
214-705-9081 (office), 806-239-3049 (mobile)

Interested candidates and nominators are encouraged to contact Dr. Owens to have a brief confidential conversation about the position and Linfield College prior to the submission of materials. For additional information about Linfield College, please visit:


Linfield College is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Diversity in the Workforce.


Posted November 2012