Northern Arizona University (NAU), a comprehensive, doctoral institution with a strong commitment to undergraduate education and student success, seeks an inspiring, experienced leader to serve as Director of the School of Nursing (SON). The SON is one of seven academic units within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). The Director will be a compelling and decisive leader who can advance a collaborative effort to achieve the mission of the School: To provide outstanding education to students at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral level who can provide high quality health care services to individuals and diverse communities in an environment of constant change and emerging health care trends.
NAU is home to nearly 150 combined undergraduate and graduate degree programs delivered through seven colleges. Over the past decade, NAU has seen tremendous growth in its student population, in online and distance education, and in its research agenda; the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies NAU as a Research University with High Research Activity. The University now serves more than 29,000 students across more than 30 statewide locations and online, and retains its deep commitment to academic excellence and student success.
The NAU SON is highly regarded in the Southwest and nationally, and is particularly well known for its innovative use of simulation centers, its clinical partnerships that prepare nurses to work in diverse communities, and its focus on rural health and Native American care. The School of Nursing offers traditional baccalaureate programs on the main campus in Flagstaff and at sites in Tucson, Yuma and on the Navajo Nation. The SON also offers a 12-month accelerated second-degree BSN program in Flagstaff. In addition, the SON offers RN to BSN completion programs on-line in 3 different formats; Concurrent Enrollment with Associate degree programs around the state, traditional RN to BSN and a competency based format Personalized Learning program (PL). The SON offers masters and doctoral programs through extensive online offerings that combine asynchronous learning with campus visits.
The new Director will have an opportunity to join the School's talented faculty and ambitious students to collaboratively forge a compelling vision that will ensure the SON maintains its leadership role in educating the next generation of nurses and influencing policy and practice in the Arizona and throughout the nation. The Director represents the SON to the community and Arizona to enhance its reputation as a trusted center for educating well-rounded nurses who are comfortable working across disciplines in diverse clinical contexts and who use the latest technology to enhance patient quality and safety. To fulfill this vision, the Director will address a set of key opportunities and challenges:
- Strengthen NAU's position as a leader in nursing education through the creation of innovative new programs and the expansion of existing programs;
- Provide both vision and support to further cultivate and expand research;
- Recruit, develop, and retain top tenure and clinical-track faculty who will add to the collegial and collaborative environment that currently exists;
- Develop and facilitate strong relationships with external constituents as an advocate for the SON;
- Effectively use School of Nursing resources to respond efficiently and effectively to enrollment growth;
- Serve as a leader to faculty, staff, and students with respect to sensitivity around cultural differences, and contribute to NAU's effort to serve the underserved by educating nurses who can work effectively with diverse populations in both rural and urban settings.
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