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Dean, School of Nursing

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU), one of the world’s premier universities and health sciences institutions, invites applications and nominations for the Dean of its School of Nursing. The next Dean will be an accomplished, energetic individual, with an exceptional record of decisive and innovative leadership, who will advance the School’s commitment to combining research and scholarship with high quality clinical education. S/he will be expected to find new ways to sustain the growth of the school and to lead initiatives to expand the revenue base and control expenses. The Dean is responsible for identifying, in conjunction with the faculty and administrative leadership, priorities and the allocation of resources to meet those priorities, which are likely to include the following:

  • Ensure that the school remains preeminent in education, research and practice among the nation’s schools of nursing.
  • Recruit and retain the best and most talented faculty, students and staff.
  • Lead the school in implementing its strategic plan and in its strong commitment to its values: excellence, respect, diversity, integrity, and accountability,
  • Build, expand and diversify revenue sources, including cultivating donors and leading innovative initiatives.
  • Ably represent the school to help inform the policies and practices that would assure that the education of the next generation of nurses will reflect the intellectual gains of the best science, the needs of an evolving health care system, and the demands of a diverse national population
  • Provide collaborative leadership, working well with the participatory faculty governance structure of the School of Nursing.
  • Maintain strong, ongoing collaboration in relationships with all units within the University, taking full advantage of opportunities to build upon existing relationship with the JHU School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Hospital/Health System and the University at large.
  • Support all faculty to facilitate success in career progression and contributing to the mission and goals of the school.

The ideal candidate would be a nursing leader of national and international prominence with the ability and stature to address the challenges facing nursing education and eager to provide a vision to achieve the School of Nursing’s ambitious goals.

Nominees and applicants should hold a doctoral degree in nursing or related discipline and demonstrate scholarly distinction appropriate for an appointment as a full professor in the School. Significant experience in nursing education, research, and practice is expected.

Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, has been engaged to assist with this important search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence. Applications should be sent electronically to

For any questions or to discuss the position, please contact Stephanie Fidel or Denise Gaffney.

Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210


Posted January 2013