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Dean of the school of nursing and health professions

Langston University, a comprehensive land-grant historically black institution of higher learning, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions. The University is seeking an academic leader who can articulate and advance a creative vision for the future for the School; embrace the strategic directions of the University; and advance creative programs that are aligned with the institution’s mission and School purpose.

Langston University, a fully accredited higher education institution and the only historically black college or university in the state of Oklahoma, was founded in 1897. Nearly 465 faculty and staff serve over 2,700 students at the Langston campus and two urban centers in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Each campus has nationally recognized programs and serves distinct missions. The University is committed to sustaining and advancing a rich tradition of teaching, research, and service that offers undergraduate degrees in various disciplines and selected graduate degrees, as well as a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a member of the Vice President’s Council of Deans. The Dean’s responsibilities will include: providing academic and administrative leadership to include teaching and scholarly activities; supervising faculty and staff in the Departments of Nursing, Public Health, and Healthcare Administration; overseeing fiscal accountability for the School and ensuring that all NLNAC and OBN accreditation standards are consistently met; engaging in long-range planning for the School while maintaining a continuous focus on high-quality teaching, faculty research, and creative activities to enhance the School’s national prominence; recruiting, hiring, developing, and evaluating faculty and staff; coordinating program renewals; leading annual and comprehensive program evaluations and review of instructional assessment initiatives; promoting strategies for faculty and student engagement and success; facilitating curriculum and program development; enhancing partnerships with local high schools and community colleges; and working with internal and external constituents to assure support for the School. Additional information about the School and Dean’s scope of responsibilities can be found at health professions.aspx.  


Essential candidate qualifications include: a doctoral degree in Nursing or a related discipline; scholarly distinction appropriate for an appointment to the rank of associate professor or professor (tenure track position); six years of administrative, teaching, budgetary, and personnel supervision experiences at the college level; the ability to meet eligibility requirements for a nursing license in the state of Oklahoma; current knowledge of NLNAC and OBN standards; capabilities to successfully lead the School through the NLNAC and OBN accreditation processes; experience with preparing a self-study for NLNAC accreditation; experience with The Joint Commission accreditation process; the ability to thrive in a changing and fast-moving organization; and experience as an effective change agent. The successful candidate will also have excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.


Review of nominations and application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, application materials should be submitted by June 28, 2013. A nomination letter should include the nominee’s name, position of interest, address, telephone number, and email address. An application should include a letter describing interest in the position and relevant qualifications, curriculum vitae, and names of five professional references with titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses. 
All material should be submitted electronically via MS Word or PDF attachments to:

Confidential inquiries and requests for additional information should be directed to:

Dr. George E. Ayers at Ayers & Associates, Inc.
Phone: 703-418-2815


Langston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


posted june 2013