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Academic Program Director

Walden University is a pioneer in student-centered distance education. An accredited institution with a mission for social change, Walden is dedicated to high academic standards and helping students make a difference in their professions, organizations and communities. The School of Nursing's BSN and MSN programs are accredited by CCNE.

Walden University seeks an Academic Program Director for the School of Nursing - Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, who is excited and forward thinking about the future of nursing. The Academic Program Director will function as part of a leadership team with the Associate Dean. The person filling this position will need flexibility and creative problem solving skills and is expected to provide vision, mentorship, and leadership to program faculty.

The School of Nursing provides educational programs based in the scholar-practitioner model dedicated to improve the human experience within a global community. Graduates demonstrate critical thinking, acquire a competent knowledge of the content and methods of their discipline, and exhibit the highest ethical standards of their profession. The application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired by the graduates, in turn, facilitates a positive change within their own lives and the lives of others.


  • The Program Director is a full-time academic administrator who reports to the Associate Dean, and works closely with the School's academic administrators, academic advising and administrative staffs, and part-time faculty.
  • Provide leadership in the further development of  doctoral program/s and maintain quality and integrity of the program curriculum
  • Working in conjunction with the Associate Dean, will be responsible for the planning, coordination and written materials in preparation for required accreditation  and other evaluative reports for the DNP program.
  • Coordinates faculty recruitment, orientation, development, mentoring, and evaluation
  • Organizes activities of specialization coordinators; working with other service units on faculty development matters
  • Participates on School and University committee service.
  • Develops and maintains a community amongst faculty and students.


Some travel required (minimally once per quarter)


  • Knowledge of the Business
  • Management Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Problem-Solving / Critical Thinking
  • Communication Skills


  • Earned Doctorate in Nursing (DNP or PHD) and a Master's degree in Nursing (MSN).  All degrees from an accredited institutions.
  • Candidates should possess a significant record of intellectual and professional contributions to the field of nursing.
  • Three to five years teaching experience at the degree level of the program (DNP) preferred.
  • Two years academic administrative experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of accreditation processes as appropriate, experience with accreditation (CCNE).
  • Commitment to advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment including students who are experienced professionals
  • Experience in chairing or serving on project or dissertation committees.
  • Teaching, advising and mentoring; commitment to the promotion of applied research and the recruitment and development of a diverse faculty; excellent leadership, communication, team, and human relations skills.
  • Experience in faculty/staff development, supervision, and evaluation.
  • Evidence of current RN licensure required.
  • Experience with distance learning preferred.
  • Evidence of compatibility with the Walden University mission of positive social change, broad access and professional excellence and our values of quality, integrity and student-centeredness.


Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment, but may involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involves operation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hours daily and includes physical demands associated with a traditional office setting , e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and other physical functions as necessary.

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posted may 2013