The Department Chair is a key contributor to the establishment and accomplishment of the Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) mission and, in turn, the departmental goals. The Department Chair provides direction to the faculty, staff and students within the department and assigned ancillary units to achieve the goals of the FNU. Among the goals are those related to education, research, and service as well as the attainment of cultural diversity, fiscal soundness, and infrastructure development.
The Department Chair (DC) directs all functions of the assigned department in keeping with the overall policies established by the President, the Dean, and the Board of Directors and in compliance with any and all credentialing, regulatory, or other guidelines, in order that the strategic objectives can be attained. The AD provides leadership and direction in ensuring the efficient, economical, and effective utilization of all organizational resources to meet the identified needs of the department and FNU. The AD assumes responsibility for teaching, service, research, and development activities in the Department and assigned educational units.
Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities
Assumes responsibility for the overall operation of the assigned Department.
Serves as a liaison with the Dean of FNU, faculty of the Department, Registrar, Directors and staff in ancillary units.
Participates in the strategic planning process and evaluates progress on strategic goals for the department and FNU.
Advises the Dean on the development of policy and procedures for FNU.
Advises the Dean on recommendations regarding legislation, government administrative policy, and other matters of public policy related to the clinical specialty.
Organizes the overall function of the assigned education program including clinical education through appropriate delegation of duties.
Recruits and interviews potential faculty and makes hiring recommendations to the Dean of FNU.
Provides leadership in faculty development.
Provides leadership to the faculty to assure effectiveness within the assigned department and FNU.
Determines workload and assignments for faculty members subject to approval by the Dean.
Uses established formal means of accountability when evaluating faculty performance.
Ensures compliance with all regulatory agencies and the rules of accrediting bodies by continually monitoring the assigned educational responsibilities; initiates changes where required.
Maintains professional affiliation to enhance professional growth and remains current with the latest trends in nursing and midwifery education.
Collaborates with the Dean and the faculty to ensure that the curriculum is comprehensive and meets current standards.
Collaborates with Clinical Directors and Regional Clinical Faculty to develop and maintain criteria for success in clinical courses.
Attends Frontier Bound as needed to orient students to the FNU and the education program.
Attends Clinical Bound as needed to monitor the effectiveness of the program and discuss clinical and/ or coursework as appropriate.
Provides guidance to Student Advisors regarding policies and procedures for facilitating student success.
Guides faculty to promote success for students who are at risk for failure or withdrawal.
Assists Student Advisors in developing learning plans and/or performance plans for students in need of assistance.
Collaborates with the Director of Recruitment and Retention to monitor students on performance plans success and guides any needed remediation.
Assumes Course Coordinator responsibilities as appropriate.
Participates in the annual Fall Faculty Meeting and Commencement
Participates in scholarly work.
Explores opportunities for outside funding that is consistent with the philosophy and strategic plan of the FNU.
Provides service to the profession, to the FNU, and/or to the home community.
The Department Chair reports directly to the Dean of Nursing.
Must be a certified nurse midwife.
Doctoral Degree in Nursing or related area required.
At least 5 years experience in teaching, administration, and clinical practice.
Experience with and knowledge of curriculum development and educational technology.
Strong analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
Frontier Nursing University is a private, non-profit, non-residential graduate school of nursing offering community-based, distance education programs leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Science in Nursing degree and/or post-graduate certificates in advanced practice nursing specialties. Our mission is to provide accessible nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education to prepare competent, entrepreneurial, ethical, and compassionate leaders in primary care to serve all individuals with an emphasis on women and families in diverse, rural, and underserved populations.
FNU is recognized as a Great College to Work For and a 2021 Honor Roll Institution. The Great Colleges to Work For program is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. FNU is a great place to work because of the outstanding people who are fully committed to our students and our mission.