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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. However, for best consideration please submit your application materials by October 4, 2020.

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Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Flint is seeking an innovative and transformative leader for our next School of Nursing Dean.  The Dean will collaborate with the faculty, staff, and students to articulate a shared vision as the School continues advances in 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. Serving as the chief academic and administrative officer in the School of Nursing, the Dean will define the future of nursing scholarship, education, practice and service, as well as the profession’s role in the healthcare continuum within the University and Flint community.  As part of the vision, the Dean will also be responsible for advancing student recruitment, retention, and graduation success for the school.  


The Dean reports 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
  • Advance the vision, mission, and core values of the School of Nursing and UM-Flint
  • Mentor, promote and advance research/scholarship and grant writing
  • Build on and sustain strong partnership collaborations with the Flint community and with Flint educational and business partners who are committed to strengthening the community and growing leaders in our community
  • Develop and enhance beneficial fundraising relationships with individuals, foundations, corporations, and local, state, and federal government agencies
  • 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 that reflects the University of Michigan’s 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
  • Develop external relationships and fund development opportunities for the School and its academic programs in collaboration with the Office of Research and Economic Development
  • 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, support and maintain faculty, staff, student, and alumni relationships and 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 foster 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 inter-professional development
  • Commitment to lifelong learning, student recruitment, retention and success, while providing 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); academic and experiential qualifications to accomplish the mission, goals, and expected program outcomes; and a distinguished record of academic leadership and accomplishment in teaching, scholarship, and service at the college or university level.  Candidates must possess a record as a teacher and scholar commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor in the School of Nursing at UM-Flint.

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 visionary and strategic thinkers who can demonstrate collaboration and administrative accomplishment. Specific qualifications include:

  • Knowledge and experience in leadership roles at a higher education institution, including understanding of the complexities of academics in an urban institution
  • Commitment to cultural diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Experience with specialized, professional accreditation and with fiscal and personnel management
  • Substantial accomplishments in both student recruitment and academic success
  • Proven successful progressive leadership experience
  • Experience with graduate programs that are similar to those offered at the University of Michigan-Flint
  • Commitment to shared decision-making and governance
  • Experience interacting within 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
  • Demonstrated familiarity with state and national nursing accreditation criteria and commitment to meeting each of the standards
  • 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
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and problem solving skills, and effective fiscal management to enhance the success of the School of Nursing
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain funded research
  • 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
  • Demonstrated support of intellectual leadership and facilitation of 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
  • Inter-professional work experience with medical technology, medical devices and an awareness of the movement in that area of education

Additional Information

Information about UM-Flint and the School of Nursing

The University of Michigan-Flint is a regional campus of the University in an urban setting, with an enrollment of 7,300 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 College of Health Sciences, the School of Management, and the School of Nursing.  The University of Michigan-Flint offers degrees in 193 areas of study, including 64 graduate programs.  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 approximately 500 faculty and 450 staff, the University is advancing its mission in implementing a strategic plan that emphasizes stabilizing and regaining enrollment, improving student success and retention, building of resources to support growth, and increased engagement of students and faculty in experimental learning, research, and interdisciplinary programs.

The School of Nursing (SON) successfully transitioned from a Nursing Department in late 2016.  Currently, the SON has approximately – 1,200 students, not including pre-nursing students, under three programs – undergraduate pre-licensure BSN (traditional and accelerated pathways), RN to BSN and graduate (multiple MSN and DNP pathways). The School of Nursing is committed to providing quality education to diverse students in pursuit of excellence in nursing practice, leadership, and scholarship.  A student-centered approach and a focus on evidence-based and culturally competent care are the foundation for theoretical and clinical learning experiences.  Interprofessional, local, and global partnerships influence our commitment to health and well-being for all people.

Notable achievements include –

  • All programs received full accreditation through June 30, 2026.
  • State of the art simulation center that will be one of the first in the state to be accredited.
  • In 2020, the RN-BSN program ranked as the #1 program in Michigan by
  • In 2020, the pre-licensure BSN programs ranked #14 out of 59 BSN programs in Michigan by
  • In 2020, the online MSN program ranked #77 out of 183 online MSN programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Reports. 
  • Increased and ongoing HRSA grants include:  Nurse Faculty Loan Program, Advanced Nursing Education-Nurse Practitioner Residency, Advanced Nursing Education Workforce, Advance Nursing Education-Academic Partnerships for Nurse Practitioners, and Veterans to BSN Program. 
  • Efforts to increase grant funding have provided more than a $1 million in the past academic year.  Since established in 2016, SON has generated more than $6.5 million in grant funding.

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 are 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.