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All applications and nominations will be held in the strictest confidence. The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement summarizing the applicant's personal vision and relevant leadership experience, as well as preferred contact information, and should be sent electronically (Word or PDF files preferred) to Executive Secretary to the Provost, Heidi Zayan (, 303 East Kearsley Street, 229 University Pavilion, Flint, Michigan 48502-1950.

We encourage current faculty and staff to consider applying for this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Flint is a regional campus of the University in an urban setting, with an enrollment of 8,500 students.  Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through our five schools/colleges.  The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and Human Services, the School of Health Professions and Studies, the School of Management and the School of Nursing.  The University provides a rich mix of 117 Bachelors, 21 Masters and five Doctoral programs across five units.  The combination of high quality liberal arts and professional and graduate programs in an urban institution is unique and shapes the institution’s culture and opportunities.  With over 550 faculty and 500 staff, the University is advancing its mission in implementing a strategic plan that emphasizes modest enrollment growth, improving student success and retention, the building of resources to support our growth, and increased engagement of students and faculty in experimental learning, research, and interdisciplinary programs.

The Founding Dean of the School of Nursing will collaborate with the faculty, staff, and students to articulate a shared vision as the department transitions from a departmental to school structure.  The Founding Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer and will be a leader in defining the future of nursing scholarship, education, practice, and service as well as the profession’s role in the healthcare continuum within the University community.  



The Dean will report to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and will have the following duties and responsibilities.

  • Provide leadership for academic management that ensures efficient course offerings, effective program advising, high levels of student retention, and timely completion of degrees
  • Create and implement a vision for the School Nursing
  • Develop beneficial fundraising relationships with individuals foundations, corporations, and local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Advance the vision, mission, and core values of the School and the University
  • Develop and implement strategic plans for expansion by building on and enhancing existing programs and strengths
  • Foster an environment that supports creativity, innovation, inclusivity, and scholarly productivity and that reflects the University of Michigan tradition of excellence in a regional campus
  • Collaborate with the executive officers of the University and other academic and clinical leaders to promote inter-professional, interdisciplinary, and inter-institutional partnerships
  • Work with the Office of Institutional Advancement to continue making innovative instructional strategies and resources available to students and faculty
  • Develop external relationships and fund development opportunities for the School and its academic programs in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Regularly assess and improve all School programs
  • Maintain accreditation standards and ensure that programs adhere to University, state, and federal regulations
  • Oversee and monitor all accreditation processes for the School
  • Actively participate in community activities, increase the School’s visibility to its communities of interest, and represent the School at key meetings and conferences
  • Develop and support faculty, staff, student, and alumni partnerships
  • Provide strong leadership, oversight and guidance in all aspects of the School’s educational programs, research endeavors, community outreach and service programs; encourage effective collaborative relationships; and fosters excellence in teaching, research and service
  • Develop the curriculum and programs necessary to meet the needs of the community, students and region as well as the emerging needs of the rapidly changing health care environment
  • Participation in interprofessional development 
  • Commitment to lifelong learning, student success, and academic excellence in face-to-face and distance education.


Required Qualifications*

Qualifications include an earned doctorate in nursing or related field from an accredited institution, and a master’s degree in nursing if the doctorate is not in nursing; an unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice professional nursing in the state of Michigan (or eligibility for Michigan professional nursing licensure); is academically and experientially qualified to accomplish the mission, goals, and expected program outcomes;  and demonstrates a distinguished record of academic leadership and accomplishment in teaching, scholarship, and service at the college or university level.

Candidates should be passionate advocates for nursing education, nursing science, and clinical excellence through preparation of nurse scholars and leaders and a commitment to the health and well-being of the community; academic leaders with a track record of effective academic and administrative experiences; and be visionary and strategic thinkers who can demonstrate collaboration and administrative accomplishment. 

  • Experience in shared governance with excellent interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills, and commitments to cultural diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience with specialized, professional accreditation and with fiscal and personnel management.
  • Substantial accomplishments in both student recruitment and academic success.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
  • Commitment to shared decision-making and governance.
  • Experience interacting with health/human service settings and with multiple health professions.
  • Excellence in written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills that encourage open dialogue with faculty, staff, students and the community.
  • Demonstrateed familiarity  with  state and national  nursing accreditation criteria and  commitment to meeting each of the standards
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and implementing curricula and programs
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and managing budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to bring together a diverse group of faculty and staff and to lead them in a manner consistent with the principles of shared governance
  • Demonstrated excellence as a leader and manager, with a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service
  • Demonstrate strategic thinking, problem solving, and effective fiscal management to enhance the success
  • The ability to convey and execute a clear vision for the School of Nursing
  • The ability to exercise intellectual leadership and inspire a strong sense of collaborative community and common academic vision among faculty, staff and students within the School, across the University and in relation to the external communities of the School and its students and faculty
  • An ability to effectively utilize developing technologies in nursing education and research
  • Supports intellectual leadership and facilitates socially-just actions among faculty, staff, and students in a manner consistent with the principles of social justice, human rights, and health equity as stated in the Nurses Code of Ethics. 
  • Understanding and proven responsiveness to the challenges and opportunities in the changing landscape of nursing.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in fund development and in developing and acquiring grants; and building partnerships in the public and private sectors of health communities preferred.
  • Experience as a dean with accredited programs preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in leadership roles at a higher education institution, including understanding of the complexities of academics in an urban institution, is preferred.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.