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Dean, School of Nursing

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Nursing.  The Dean provides academic and administrative leadership for the School, and reports to the Provost who also serves as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

One of the campuses of the University of Missouri System, UMKC has a student enrollment of 16,000.  Its educational mission emphasizes three areas: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences and urban affairs.  UMKC offers a dynamic mix of graduate and professional schools in areas such as Business, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Computing and Engineering, Education, the Conservatory, Graduate Studies, Law and Libraries.  The UMKC School of Nursing reflects the same dynamic mix as students are inspired to strive for excellence through participation in innovative research, partnerships and educational programming that span traditional disciplinary boundaries.  With this in mind, the School of Nursing has recently added a Bachelor of Health Science degree program that offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in health. 

Established in 1979, the mission of the UMKC School of Nursing is to prepare nursing and other health professionals as leaders in improving health outcomes through interprofessional practice, research and education; to excel in the delivery and improvement of health care to diverse populations including urban, rural and under-served areas and to create a diverse and dynamic campus and virtual learning communities.  A unique characteristic of the School of Nursing is the strong translational research encompassing basic sciences, applied, clinical, and community research. The UMKC Muscle Biology Research Group is housed at the School of Nursing and actively collaborates with interdisciplinary researchers at UMKC, the region, and worldwide. Two undergraduate programs serve as the foundation of those entering the profession of nursing.  The pre-licensure BSN track, designed for students who wish to pursue licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN); and the RN-BSN track, designed for RNs who have their associate degree/diploma in nursing and wish to pursue their BSN. Accelerated BSN and BSN-Ph.D. tracks are also offered.  The UMKC School of Nursing offers a wide array of graduate programs to meet students’ needs and was recently named among the top 15 schools for online graduate nursing programs. There are six different emphasis area choices in the BSN to DNP and MSN programs, many of which are offered online. The School of Nursing also offers a research focused Ph.D. program, providing opportunities for nurses to continually add to the disciplines’ body of knowledge in a truly translational way; from bench research to in-patient, clinic and community based programs, as well as a DNP program, which is clinically-focused.  Educational programs in the School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

The Dean is the chief academic, administrative and fiscal officer of the School.  Requirements for the position include:  an earned doctorate in nursing or a related field; a distinguished and scholarly record of achievements in teaching and research that is consistent with an appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure; demonstrated excellence in leadership and diversity fostering, administration and resource development; commitment to cultural and ethnic diversity and the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with faculty, University administrators and other constituent groups.  The candidate must be a visionary who strongly supports the research, teaching and service mission of the School.

The search committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately.  For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by February 28, 2013.  An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; a resume; and the names of five references with titles, addresses, business and home telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.  Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address and telephone number and email address of the nominee.  Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting the University in the search.

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher
Greenwood/Asher & Associates
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL  32550

Phone: 850.650.2277  Fax: 850.650.2272


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The University of Missouri Kansas City is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.


Posted February 2013