Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions job with University of Southern Indiana

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) invites applications and nominations for an outstanding and innovative leader as the next Dean of our College of Nursing and Health Professions.


USI has a distinctive energy, momentum, and clarity of purpose that, coupled with the notable dedication, collegiality, and receptiveness to change by its faculty and staff, make the position of Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions a unique opportunity. As a future-oriented, learning-focused and connected institution that has a strong commitment to high academic standards, USI emphasizes teaching and interaction between faculty and students and encourages applied research that creates value for its regional community and contributes to solving society’s broader challenges. The University has created an environment where learning and intellectual development are foremost.


The Dean reports directly to the Provost, serves as the College’s chief academic officer and represents the College as a member of the Provost Council. The new Dean will provide transformative leadership for the College to build a greater depth of programming to attract high-ability students with diverse interests and backgrounds.


The Dean will work closely with department chairs, multiple other direct reports, faculty, and other University staff as they collectively pursue teaching excellence and greater national and international prominence and higher rankings through the pursuit of scholarly and creative work. Working alongside USI’s faculty and administrative team, they will implement a strategic vision for the College. The successful candidate will support an interdisciplinary focus and facilitate the development of research growth, expand and develop academic programs, enhance corporate and foundation relationships, and increase collaborative partnerships with other institutions.


Additionally, the dean must be a highly collaborative leader and effective communicator. They must support academic and research programs to achieve the university’s strategic vision. Crucial to the position is the ability to provide strong external outreach to help solidify and enhance USI’s role as a leader in higher education and research while enhancing the external visibility of USI’s distinctive educational programs.


The Dean will advise the Provost on matters concerning academic and research issues and will keep the Provost informed of trends and developments both on campus and in the competitive collegiate environment. They will work with the faculty and staff to develop, implement, and manage programs that recruit and retain a well-qualified and diverse faculty, student body, and academic staff. They will continue supporting a work environment in which participation, respect and excellence are fostered, and where open communication and professional relationships are valued.


Responsibilities of the Dean


The Dean will ensure that programs retain full accreditation with respective accrediting bodies. A demonstrated commitment to successful collaboration and cooperation with relevant University divisions and offices is crucial; these include:


  • Finance and Administration Student Affairs Alumni and Volunteer Services Human Resources Information Technology Distance Learning Enrollment Management Sponsored Projects and Research Administration Planning, Research, and Assessment


The Dean will work in partnership with the appropriate University units, leading fundraising efforts, and nurturing relationships with alumni and other constituencies.


In conjunction with the Vice President for Finance and Administration, department chairs, faculty members, and Provost, the Dean will develop budgetary priorities for the college ensuring fiscal responsibility for decisions regarding expenditures and initiate appropriate cost containment measures for all expenses. The new Dean also will participate on University committees that serve as advisory bodies on academic and administrative issues.


The Dean exercises broad responsibilities for leadership and management of the College’s programs, finances, and people. In addition, the Dean will be responsible for:


  • Establishing a long-term vision for the College consistent with the University’s mission and strategic priorities Overseeing of College facilities including representing College interests in the upcoming major renovation of the Health Professions building Ensuring the College programs achieve and maintain accreditation Assisting with the University’s regional accreditation Analyzing, communicating, and responding to emerging global, national, and regional trends in healthcare and higher education Strengthening and building connections and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders Fostering a high-quality student experience Nurturing an organizational culture that empowers faculty, promotes shared governance, and fosters interprofessional collaborations Overseeing student recruitment and retention initiatives to ensure strategic growth of the College Recruiting, retaining, supporting and mentoring faculty who will continue the College’s progress Using a data-informed approach to manage and prioritize an annual operating budget to achieve the College’s strategic goals Advocating for the College and increasing its visibility and reputation regionally, nationally, and internationally Supporting current grant programs and securing additional resources and funds to advance the College and expand student learning opportunities Overseeing the College’s Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning, which provides accredited professional development opportunities for health professionals through certificate programs, continuing education conferences, and workshops Support the collaborative partnership with the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center to advance their mission of recruiting, educating and retaining health care professionals in under-resourced communities


Applicant Qualifications


Minimum Qualifications:


  • An earned doctorate in a healthcare discipline OR a doctorate plus an earned terminal degree in a healthcare field Academic qualifications and achievements consistent with an appointment as a tenured, full professor in the College Evidence of a minimum of three years of significant leadership experience in an academic setting Documented expertise in a healthcare field with unencumbered licensure/certification/registration A strong vision for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion


Desired Qualities:


  • Experience with developing and leading student recruitment and retention in health professions programs Involvement in innovative curriculum design for in-person and online education delivery methods Support the use of emerging technologies and simulations to enhance student learning Experience with financial and budget management Demonstrated knowledge and involvement with accreditation processes of healthcare academic programs A proven record for promoting and supporting communication, interprofessional collaboration, shared governance, and team building A strong record of recruiting and retaining faculty and staff Established record of service with local and national professional organizations Experience leading and supporting clinical track, tenure track, adjunct, and contract faculty. Results-focused leadership promoting faculty, staff, and student development Experience in preparing and administering grants up to and including the federal level Proven results in development of donors Outreach with external stakeholders to develop academic practice partnerships Track record of fostering high-quality student-centered degree, certificate, and lifelong learning academic experiences


The College


The College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) offers 11 undergraduate programs, 3 master’s programs, and 1 doctoral program and numerous certificate programs that include: dental assisting, dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, food and nutrition, health administration, health informatics and information management, health services, nursing, occupational therapy, occupational therapy assistant, radiologic and imaging sciences, and respiratory therapy. Over 1,900 degree seeking students are enrolled in the CNHP at USI. Students come from multiple U.S. states and other countries. All clinical programs are accredited by their respective accrediting bodies. USI faculty are actively involved in teaching, practice, research, and community service activities.


The college has a wide range of modern facilities. On the USI campus, the college boasts the 100,000 square foot Health Professions building that will be undergoing $60 million renovation and expansion in May 2023. Renovations will be made to the Dental Clinic, Anatomy and Physiology laboratory, Nutrition laboratory, and multiple classrooms; renovations and expansions will be made to Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Occupational Therapy Assistant facilities; offices and laboratories will be constructed for future program growth; and the building will be expanded to create a new administrative suite, new Radiological Therapy program facilities, and a Mitchell Auditorium extension.


There is an established simulation center that houses six high-fidelity state-of-the-art simulators. The college also shares space with Indiana University and the University of Evansville in the 147,000 square foot Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville. Finally, the college is host to the award-winning Minka Learning Lab for Living Well, a 600-square-foot smart home showcase for living-in-place with integrated technology.


The CNHP’s Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning provides accredited professional development opportunities for health professionals through certificate programs, continuing education conferences, and workshops. The Center is accredited by Joint Accreditation. Each year, over 3,400 health care professionals complete online certificate programs and participate in professional development opportunities. The Center provides quality programming to assist the busy health professional in enhancing knowledge, skills, and professional competencies.


The College of Nursing and Health Professions also houses the Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness which was created in 2008. The Center is a dynamic institution of interdisciplinary education, research and community partnerships that advocates for older adults and promotes careers in gerontology and geriatrics. The Center hosts the annual Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness.


The CNHP has a long history of receiving substantial state and federal to support programs and regional health care. Recently, USI received a $3.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). The purpose of this project is to improve health outcomes for older adults in underserved communities of southwest Indiana by developing a workforce to maximize patient and family engagement and integrate geriatrics into primary care. To implement the five-year project, USI is collaborating with three Deaconess primary care clinics, the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program and two Area Agencies on Aging (SWIRCA & More and Generations).

About University of Southern Indiana


Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana enrolls over 9,000 dual credit, undergraduate and graduate students in more than 130 areas of study. A public higher education institution, located on a beautiful 1,400-acre campus in Evansville, Indiana, USI offers programs through the College of Liberal Arts, Romain College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education.


Information for Applicants


The review of credentials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit materials by November 11, 2022. Application materials must include:


  1. A letter of intent describing your interest in and qualifications for the position A statement of your leadership philosophy that exemplifies your achievements as a leader, including promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. A curriculum vitae Five references to include the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers for each. Indicate your professional relationship with each. References will not be contacted until finalists are identified


Applications and Nominations


All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential. Finalists will be publicly identified prior to campus visit. Application materials should be submitted via the USI Human Resources website at: Nominations and questions should be forwarded to Maggie Weinzapfel: [email protected]. More information is available on the USI website at:

The University of Southern Indiana is an EEO/AA employer. All individuals including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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