The Department Chair, Nursing is a 10-month faculty administrator position with responsibility for providing the academic and operational leadership for the undergraduate nursing programs (Entry-Into-Practice, Associate-to-Bachelor’s, and RNBS). In accordance with School and University policies, the Chair administers the policies and procedures necessary for compliance with the State Board of Nursing, Nurse Practice Act. Under the direction of the Associate Dean, Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator, and as a member of the Nursing Unit Leadership Team, the Chair also shares responsibility for the program’s accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) by fostering a culture of assessment; continuous quality improvement; and adherence to the CCNE Standards for data collection, analysis, and reporting. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: recruiting, assessing program quality and effectiveness, hiring and training faculty and staff, scheduling of classes, preparing and managing the departmental budget, and mentoring, monitoring, and evaluating performance of personnel. The Department Chair, Nursing also fulfills all responsibilities of a full-time faculty member, as defined in the Stevenson University Policy Manual and in the Full-Time Faculty Job Description approved by the faculty of the Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions. The teaching load requirement is one-half of the full-time faculty teaching load (12 contact hours per calendar year). Qualified applicants will have a Doctorate in Nursing or related field and a Master’s degree in Nursing. Must be a Registered Nurse and eligible for licensure in the state of Maryland. A minimum of five years college level teaching and experience as an academic administrator preferred.
Represent the Department of Nursing to students, parents, professional organizations, external partners and other relevant constituencies.
Serve as the first point of contact for students, faculty, staff, and others regarding questions, complaints and issues pertaining to the Department of Nursing.
Investigate reports of academic misconduct involving nursing courses and/or students according to university policies and procedures.
Participate in the grade appeal process as necessary according to university policies and procedures.
Working with the Nursing Unit Leadership Team, assess program quality and effectiveness on an ongoing basis based on CCNE and University guidelines.
Make recommendations regarding curriculum revision or development to the Nursing Unit Leadership and/or School and University administration, as appropriate.
Facilitate the development, implementation, and revision of program curriculum in collaboration with nursing unit and program faculty and staff and other relevant campus offices as needed.
Develop strategic initiatives and manage the program operating and adjunct/clinical supervisor budgets in consultation with the Associate Dean, Nursing and the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions.
Schedule classes offered by the program in consultation with relevant staff and the Registrar’s Office.
Hire, mentor, monitor and evaluate the performance of personnel in the program according to established University guidelines and timetables.
Participate in recruitment initiatives, including, but not limited to, participating in university open houses and receptions for accepted students, contacting campus visitors and open house attendees, announcing department news and student activities and achievements via the department blog and/or website, updating and revising brochure information and talking with prospective students and parents.
Work with the Admissions Office and the Office of Student Success to facilitate the admission and registration of transfer students in the entry-into-practice nursing program.
Work with Stevenson University Online Admissions and Student Success staff to facilitate the admission and registration of students in the RNBS and ATB programs.
Working with relevant program staff, review student grades and make progression decisions; coordinate the notification of students, advisors, and relevant campus offices regarding program progression.
Hold regular department meetings throughout the academic year.
Attend and participate in all School of Nursing and Health Professions faculty/staff meetings.
Serve on the Nursing Unit Leadership Team.
Engage in and support grant-writing and other scholarly pursuits in support of department academic programs.
Attend professional development workshops, meetings, and conferences related to responsibilities as Department Chair, including those of professional societies.
Actively engage in collaborative pursuits and in forging relationships and partnerships with external and internal constituencies.
Collaborate with other schools and offices on campus to ensure alignment, shared purpose, and achievement of overall University goals.
Attend all University Faculty/Staff meetings and relevant academic department/school meetings as requested.
Maintain relationships with the community of interest partners, including meeting, documenting, and acting upon their expressed needs.
In consultation with relevant faculty and staff, annually review and revise the college catalog and nursing student guide.
Engage in instructional activity totaling 12 contact hours per calendar year.
Prepare courses in accordance with published faculty workload guidelines.
Provide feedback to students via assignments and exams graded in a timely manner.
Hold office hours (minimum of 3 hours per week).
Meet with students as related to instructional activity.
Evaluate, update, and revise courses regularly.
Participate in the assessment activities of the Department, School, and University.
Collegiality, as well as professional and ethical conduct, enhances teaching, learning and the general reputation of all persons in the academy. Therefore, all faculty members are expected to serve in a collegial fashion and in accordance with professional and ethical principles when dealing with other faculty members, students, administrators, and members of the public.
Every faculty member is guaranteed academic freedom in accordance with the statement on academic freedom and responsibilities of faculty members, as in the policy manuals.
The University is an innovative, coeducational, independent institution in Baltimore County, Maryland, offering undergraduate and graduate students a career-focused education marked by individualized attention, civility, and respect for difference. The University blends the liberal arts with career exploration and planning, complementing a traditional education with applied learning beyond the classroom. The University meets students where they are and supports and challenges them to become reflective and accomplished individuals committed to a lifetime of learning and contribution. Students graduate with the competence and confidence needed to address creatively the opportunities and problems facing their communities, the nation, and the world.