Summary of Duties: Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane is one of six campuses of the distinguished Washington State University (WSU) system, seeks a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as the Dean of the College of Nursing. The Dean will be a key partner in WSU's ambitious plans to increase the size and impact of WSU Health on the people of Washington and beyond. The successful Dean will strategically manage and grow the teaching, research, and service portfolios of the College, consistent with its core values of integrity, caring, altruism, social justice, and maximizing health potential while also helping WSU Health become a true hub of healthcare innovation with cutting edge research, highly engaging inter-professional education, and partnerships that will transform the future of healthcare. This is an exceptional opportunity for a person who wants to make a significant difference working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff within of the College of Nursing, with the leadership of WSU Health, and across Washington State University as it continues to create both knowledge and community impact across the state of Washington and beyond.
As the College of Nursing celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Dean will have the opportunity to rally the community around the development and implementation of a shared strategic plan and vision for the College that celebrates its role as the largest producer of nurses in the Pacific Northwest, embraces advances in healthcare education and delivery, advances WSU's Drive to 25 initiative to become one of the top 25 public universities in the U.S., and renews WSU's commitment to its land-grant mission. WSU is currently redefining what it means to be a 21st century land-grant institution, committing to increasing research productivity while serving the citizens of the State of Washington in new and expanded ways. The College of Nursing, with its myriad community and clinical partners across WSU's campuses and in counties across the state, is distinctly well-positioned to be a leader in both advancing research and increasing community impact.
In order to lead WSU College of Nursing to new levels of success, the Dean will need to address the following:
Develop a shared vision for how the College of Nursing can fulfill its mission as part of a 21st Century land-grant university
Advance innovative nursing and inter-professional education and delivery to ensure community needs are met
Serve as a visible and vocal advocate, champion, and fundraiser for the College
Nurture an environment of trust, respect, and inclusion within the College of Nursing community
Further develop and strengthen an efficient and comprehensive infrastructure to fully achieve the academic, research and service missions
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must be able to inspire the leadership team, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and external partners; embrace the challenges and opportunities listed above; and possess all or most of the following qualifications, leadership style and experience:
Hold an earned doctorate in nursing, and a strong record of academic accomplishment commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor at Washington State University. Strong presence and initiative, interpersonal skills, politically savvy, and collaborative within the University setting with demonstrated experience in developing strong industry partnerships. Proven record of building strong alliances and partnerships, internal and external to the College and University. A strong record of academic knowledge and accomplishment that demonstrates the current higher education landscape, and national trends in nursing. Ability to lead and expand the Colleges research and other educational program activities with distinction. An appreciation of the mission and milieu of Washington State University and a willingness to immerse oneself into the fabric of the entire University. Able to cultivate, solicit, and steward significant contributions from individuals, alumni, corporations and foundations. Able to lead a complex organization while articulating the vision and goals for the future, and deploying resources organized to achieve strategic ends. Able to envision and execute agreed upon strategies, including the use of measurable goals and outcomes. Experience in advancing all of the primary activities of the College undergraduate education, graduate education, research, and engagement. Ability to provide energetic and visionary leadership to a complex, multi-campus academic entity with a proven record of resourcefulness in the management of personnel and budgets. A demonstrated commitment to the value of diversity in students, faculty, and staff; cultural awareness and an aptitude for navigating cultural differences. Proven success in leadership in the context of shared governance models, and a genuine appreciation of and commitment to collaborative decision-making. The ability to energize and inspire faculty to pursue innovative avenues of research; and understanding of and appreciation for the value of fundamental and applied research. Demonstrated capacity for leadership in a distinguished academic or comparable setting, and the ability to persuade and engage others in the mission. An appreciation for and support of creativity across the instructional curriculum, including effective teaching, innovative methods of curricular delivery, and faculty engagement with undergraduate and graduate students. Strong and persuasive communication skills and the understanding of how to interact in writing or orally to varied audiences. Proven experience in developing and executing a strategy that defines a distinctive college or program identity and articulating what differentiates that entity from its peers. The ability to recruit, motivate, inspire, and retain talented and diverse faculty; and to provide strong support for their progress through promotion and tenure with processes that ensure clarity and integrity and demonstrated a commitment to supporting an inclusive community as a personal and professional value.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.