Bemidji State University (BSU) invites applicants to join our team as the Associate Dean of Nursing in the College of Individual & Community Health (CICH).BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.
BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture. The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation. Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months.
Enrolling more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.
The Associate Dean of Nursing will serve as Chief Nurse Administrator. The Associate Dean participates in the Deans Council, Provosts Council, strategic enrollment planning, accreditation, and provides day-to-day leadership on and off the BSU campus. The Associate Dean of Nursing works with faculty and staff to ensure excellence in educational opportunities for BSU students. The Associate Dean provides innovative leadership to BSU, helping faculty to prepare students for the 21st century. The Associate Dean is responsible for curricular/instructional quality and fiscal prudence within Nursing, as well as representing the Nursing Program to internal and external constituencies.
Responsibilities of the Associate Dean of Nursing include:
Demonstrated education and experience to serve the needs of the Nursing program.
Work collaboratively with the Dean of CICH in providing overall leadership, direction, and management of faculty, staff, and students within Nursing; plan and monitor overall budgets by contractual requirements as defined in labor/management agreements and University and system policy (learn more: https://www.ifo.org/contract).
Supervise the Nursing Department working with department chair, faculty, and coordinators as they exercise their responsibilities to plan, to propose/recommend/ monitor budgets, to recruit, employ and assign faculty/staff and to oversee the development, improvement, and retention of these programs.
Supervise the Nursing department staff- clinical coordinator, lab coordinator, student service coordinator, office administration staff, and others as deemed appropriate.
Guide and evaluate nursing faculty and staff professional development; assess and evaluate overall outcomes and performance.
Utilizes open communication and transparent decision making for effective leadership.
Improve nursing student recruitment, enrollment, and retention measures.
Engage in shared planning to realize the nursing department’s contributions to the BSU strategic plan, master academic plan, and priorities of the President, Provost, and University as a whole.
Lead assessment and outcome measures needed by accrediting and licensing agencies.
Coordinate curriculum and program development.
Lead Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation and state Boards of Nursing compliance.
Ensures compliance with policies, state and federal laws and regulations, along with other regulatory requirements as needed.
Utilize excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and public speaking skills.
Provides strong skills in leadership, office management, resource/fiscal management, and affirmative action practices in a collective bargaining environment.
Provide effective organizational and project management skills.
Maintains license as a registered nurse (RN) in Minnesota or eligibility for licensure in Minnesota.
Ensure the integrity of academic nursing programs by upholding professional and accreditation standards and education code requirements; oversee and prepares reports required for periodic program accreditation reviews; completes Minnesota Board of Nursing annual reports; completes substantive change reports as needed; work with department chair and faculty in monitoring student success (i.e. pass rates) and equity outcomes and assessment activities at the program and course levels.
Provide leadership in establishing and maintaining relationships with clinical, community, business, industry, and high school/college partners; initiate, manage and maintain contractual relationships and obligations with local healthcare agencies; develop grant applications and administer grants.
Oversees nursing program events such as Induction, Pinning, advisory board, and other.
A record of contributions to research and scholarly work.
Collaborates with other academic and university stakeholders in pursuit of objectives stated in BSU’s Strategic Plan and maintaining Higher Learning Commission accreditation.
Supports diversity initiatives within the nursing department in keeping with institutional priorities.
Minimum qualifications for this position include:
Earned doctorate in Nursing or an earned doctorate in a discipline in a closely related field along with a master’s in Nursing (REQUIRED) will be considered. All degrees must be from accredited institutions.
Professional licensure/certification: Current unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in MN or eligible for MN – RN license.
At least 3 years’ experience in accredited allied health professional academic program administration and accreditation. Must have experience with CCNE accreditation and State Boards of Nursing.
At least 5 years of demonstrated successful and progressive experience in higher education, the field of nursing, including both administrative (e.g. program director, chief nurse administrator, department chair, associate dean) and full-time teaching.
Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and demonstrate a style of open communication and transparent decision making.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; public speaking.
Interest, experience, and/or proven ability in working in a culturally diverse setting and promoting cultural competency; a strong commitment to valuing diversity, inclusivity, and equal opportunity.
Preferred qualifications include:
Experience in fostering quality instruction and optimal functioning of programs; provide support to incorporate and implement ‘best practices’ within fields of instruction.
Experience with shared governance and grievance processes.
Demonstrated experience working colleagues from diverse backgrounds and using culturally responsive pedagogy and practice.
Experience with alternative instructional environments (e.g., distance education, experiential education, international collaboration, use of educational technologies).
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis; ability to concentrate on detailed tasks for extended periods and/or intermittently while attending to other responsibilities; ability to work effectively under pressure on multiple tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.
To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your application and/or resume clearly demonstrate fulfillment of these required and preferred qualifications.
Must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States at the time of an offer of employment.
Official transcript(s) must be provided to Human Resources upon hire.
In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MinnState) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, faculty and staff driving on college/university business, who use a rental or state vehicle, shall be required to complete a vehicle Use Agreement form and conform to MinnState’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a motor vehicle records check.
If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Teresa Hanson at [email protected].
UNIVERSITY / COMMUNITY
Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.
Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.
Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.
The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.
For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.
Bemidji State University is the place to be...bold, real, innovative, creative, global, aware, successful, and so much more! Through our signature themes, BSU and its nearly 5,000 students are committed to environmental stewardship, community service, and global understanding. You'll see that commitment in what we teach and in what we do.Located on the western shore of Lake Bemidji, our north woods campus environment reminds us daily of the need to be in tune with our world. Similarly, the American Indian culture of our region beckons us to begin our global journey by understanding our past as we prepare for the future. See for yourself by visiting us soon.