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Director of Nursing Research/Associate or Full Professor

The School of Nursing at Old Dominion University invites qualified candidates to apply for a full-time, tenured faculty position as Director of Nursing Research. We are building a diverse faculty, and searching for a successful, creative and highly motivated individual whose research expertise will contribute to our mission to transform healthcare by preparing exceptional nurses, extending nursing science and partnering with our global community.

Old Dominion University is a public institution located in Norfolk, which is one of 16 cities that make up Hampton Roads, Virginia. It is classified as a Carnegie Research Institution with "high" research activity and a strategic plan increasing commitment to research.  The 180-acre campus serves a diverse student population of approximately 22,000.  It is to nearby museums, sporting and entertainment venues, historical attractions, as well as the Virginia Beach ocean front.  Additionally, Washington, DC and the beaches of the North Carolina Outer Banks are relatively short drives from Norfolk.

The School of Nursing is the largest of five professional schools in the College of Health Sciences, and has an average enrollment of 700 students including 14% African American, 4% Asian, and 3% Latino.  Master’s degree offerings in the graduate nursing program include nurse anesthesia, family and women’s health nurse practitioner, adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist/nurse educator, and nurse administrator. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers tracks for advanced practice nurses and nurse executives.  In 2012, our online graduate programs, were ranked second among the nation’s nursing schools for admissions selectivity, and 10th for student services and technology in the first-ever compilation of Top Online Programs by U.S. News & World Report.  Further information about the School of Nursing is available online at

The primary responsibilities of the Director of Nursing Research will be to 1) provide leadership and vision to guide the School’s efforts to evolve into a research-intensive academic unit that can support a PhD program; 2) assist faculty and students in proposal development, implementation of research, and dissemination activities; and, 3) cultivate research collaborations with clinical practice partners locally and across the Commonwealth.  Teaching of related courses will be limited to one per semester to allow time for the development of research initiatives and advancement of one’s own scholarship.

Required qualifications include: 1) A doctoral degree in nursing, social sciences, statistics or related field from a regionally accredited institution; 2) master’s degree in nursing; 3) possession or eligibility for Virginia RN license; 4) demonstrated skill in quantitative methods; and, 5) demonstrated track record of extramural funding (NIH, CDC, AHRQ, Tri-Services, RWJ, etc.).  Previous experience guiding doctoral dissertations or capstone projects, and providing online and web-enhanced instruction is highly desirable.  An appointment with tenure at the rank of Associate or Full Professor requires a strong record of research and refereed journal publications, successful track record of external funding, and evidence of effective teaching at the graduate level.

The University is committed to developing a diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates. Persons interested should send a letter of application addressing their qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references from academic and professional sources (electronic submissions are preferred) to:

Karen Karlowicz, EdD, RN
Chair of the School of Nursing
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0499;


Review of applications will begin March 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.  The anticipated, but negotiable, start date is July 25, 2013.  A highly competitive salary commensurate with rank and experience is offered, with a start-up package available to support a continued program of research.  Further information about the School of Nursing is available online at


Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that requires compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.


Posted February 2013