Founding Dean, Graduate School of Nursing and Health Professions (Remote)
Location: Yellow Springs, Ohio
Type: Full Time
College / University
Internal Number: -
Founding Dean, Graduate School of Nursing and Health Professions (Remote) Classification: Academic Administrator, Full-time Reports to: Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs & University Provost Location: REMOTE, with the ability to travel to campuses and other locations Start Date: No later than July 1, 2024
Salary Range: Negotiable
Antioch University seeks an experienced, strategic, and innovative thinker to lead a collaborative effort to establish and build its Graduate School of Nursing and Health Professions (GSNHP). The founding Dean will develop the school's vision, mission, and academic strategic plan, and oversee its implementation.
Antioch University has joined with Otterbein University to establish the Coalition for the Common Good, the first national higher education system of affiliated universities organized around a shared mission of promoting democracy, social and racial justice, and the common good. These objectives are expressed in the new mission statement of the Coalition.
The Coalition for the Common Good is a network of affiliated private, nonprofit colleges
and universities that, through collaboration and integration, provide transformative
education and lifelong learning. Together, we are dedicated to promoting democracy,
social justice, equity, inclusion, engaged global citizenship, and the common good.
A central element of the first phase of the Coalition is the transfer of existing Otterbein University graduate programs in nursing and health professions to Antioch University. Antioch has a strong record of providing graduate professional education in several fields, most notably counseling, psychology, and therapies, as well as in education, environmental studies, leadership and change, management, and fine arts.
Otterbein's nursing and health and sport sciences programs are fully accredited, have consistently high professional exam pass rates, and successfully prepare students to advance their careers after graduation. While Otterbein has deep roots in its historic base of Central Ohio, Antioch University has evolved into a national presence with locations in Los Angeles; Seattle; Santa Barbara; and Keene, New Hampshire. Its graduate programs are offered at the master's and doctoral levels and in modalities that best align with pedagogical goals and the needs of adult learners. Both Antioch and Otterbein are committed to enhancing access to higher education and preparing graduates to lead with integrity and advance their communities and professions for the common good.
In this context, Antioch will establish a new school-The Graduate School of Nursing and Health Professions-in September 2024, bringing Otterbein's graduate programs in Nursing and Health and Sport Sciences to Antioch as its inaugural programs. Those programs include the following:
Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP, MSN included; FNP post-graduate certificate)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP, MSN included; PMHNP post-graduate certificate)
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) This will be a new program built on the successes of Otterbein's existing CRNA program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice, master's degree to DNP
Health and Sport Sciences
Master of Science in Allied Health (MSAH)
Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND)This will be a new program launched by Antioch University building on the intellectual property and experience of Otterbein University
The founding Dean has the opportunity to build on the strengths of the Otterbein nursing and HSS programs, some which date back over 30 years, through the addition of new programs, cross-coalition initiatives, and collaborations with Antioch's existing graduate programs.
Modalities, Facilities, and Locations Each Nursing and HSS program will be launched in a modality and location that best fits theacademic program and student needs. This is consistent with Antioch's focus on offering flexibleschedules and modalities that acknowledge the realities of working adults and reflect robust pedagogical approaches.
The HSS programs will be launched from Central Ohio, with MSAH fully online, MSAT as a place-based program, and MSND as a low-residency program.
The FNP, PMHNP, and all DNP courses in the nursing programs will be offered online, while most clinicals and CRNA-specific courses will be in person.
Targeted marketing of these programs will focus on Central Ohio and select Antioch location(s). It is expected that the programs of this School will operate in multiple locations, especially for clinical practice purposes, while taking advantage of Antioch's established capacity to provide flexibility and opportunity with the use of technology and low-residency and hybrid formats. Antioch has been a leader in utilizing modalities that combine distance and focused in-person experiences, formats that are particularly effective in engaging older, non-traditional students.
The founding dean will support the needs and expectations of adult learners and have a demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships within and outside the School. The founding dean will be an excellent communicator with a demonstrated commitment to highest academic standards, diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. The dean will understand thestrengths and limitations of various educational modalities and be a champion of students and faculty alike.
Mission/Values/Goals for School of Nursing and Health Professions (NHP) To be developed by the founding Dean in collaboration with the School of Nursing & Health Professions faculty and staff, and in alignment with Antioch University's mission and the mission of the Coalition for the Common Good. This is about advancing graduate healthcare education for the common good offering education that serves the learner, the profession and society.
Establishing the Vision, Mission, and Strategic Academic Plan for the School of Nursing and Health Professions.
Achieving specialized program accreditations and articulating program assessment processes.
Developing and cultivating clinical partnerships in multiple locations.
Cultivating professional relationships and networks within and outside of the Graduate School of Nursing & Health Professions.
Creating an organizational structure and overseeing the hiring of faculty and staff.
Establish a vision, mission, and academic strategic planning process and plan for the Graduate School of NHP; oversee implementation of the plan.
Create and maintain a collaborative, innovative, collegial School culture that aligns with and supports Antioch University's mission and values, as well as those of the Coalition for the Common Good.
Recruit, hire, support, and retain a highly qualified diverse faculty and staff.
Oversee the effort to maintain the high standards necessary for achieving accreditation for Nursing and HSS programs and oversee accreditation efforts.
Launch and maintain existing Nursing and HSS programs and lead efforts to explore opportunities to develop new graduate-level Nursing & HSS programs.
Promote academic excellence in the Nursing and HSS programs, supporting the development and evaluation of the curriculum, ensuring excellence in teaching and pedagogical approaches, and overseeing the development and cultivation of program-specific partnerships and clinical relationships.
Oversee Graduate School of NHP budget in alignment with the university budget processes.
Work with vice chancellors, advancement, the grants office, and others to garner financial support for the School and its programs.
Represent Antioch University and the School of NHP externally and internally.
Terminal or Doctoral Degree in Health Professions, nursing, or related field required from a regionally accredited institution. Current licensure in health-related field, if applicable.
Demonstrated commitment to leadership, research and/or practice that furthers social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a deep understanding of the role of healthcare education to advance the common good.
Significant experience with academic strategic planning and implementation.
Progressively increasing leadership experience in healthcare administration or higher education particularly in professional education for adult learners.
Knowledge of and experience with accreditation and accrediting bodies associated with Health Professions and/or Nursing.
Understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing higher education, graduate and adult learners, and health-related professions.
Broad and nuanced understanding of the healthcare landscape, its priorities, challenges, and short- and long- term needs. This includes knowledge of the health care workforce, trends in health professions, nursing educational programming, and pathways into the profession(s).
Experience participating in and leading geographically dispersed organizations.
Comfort with innovative uses of technologies for teaching, learning and managing.
Demonstrated capacity to obtain external funding.
Demonstrated ability to build relationships, establish trust, and effectively communicate with various constituencies within and outside the university.
Flexible/Hybrid work. While there is preference for the dean to be located at or near one of Antioch's locations or in Central Ohio, there is considerable flexibility. Most Antioch senior leaders operate remotely, as do the majority of faculty and staff. Flexible/remote work is expected. Sometravel is required.
Reporting Relationship. The Dean will report to the Antioch Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and University Provost and will serve as a member of the Antioch Deans' Council and the University's academic leadership.
Physical Requirements The duties described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Application Instructions: Please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a list of three current references and contact information with your application. For confidential inquiries or questions about this position, please contact Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Laurien Alexandre, firstname.lastname@example.org Applications received by November 30, 2023 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
Antioch University provides equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected classification.