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Associate Dean for Academic Operations and Faculty Development

Faculty Posting Update: 1-10-17

To Apply:  apply.interfolio.com/38481

The Associate Dean will collaborate with the Dean and the Duquesne University School faculty, students and staff as well as other Duquesne administrators and faculty in providing leadership to ensure integration of School faculty governance structures and processes, academic and operational functions and communication with external and internal partners and affiliates. The Associate Dean is a member of the Executive Council of the school, and participates in faculty governance as elected or appointed. Reporting to and serving as a partner to the Dean of the School of Nursing, the AD is tasked with examining academic operations and growth opportunities. The Associate Dean for Academic Operations is responsible for providing leadership to a dynamic, innovative faculty in a national Catholic, urban university. The AD provides strategic direction and leadership for academic operations of Duquesne; assures programs meet enrollment targets, assures that Duquesne policies pertaining to academic operations are current and aligned with School/University policies; facilitates communication and coordination of activities between administration and faculty; collaborates with others to oversee and support processes related to faculty development; serves as the Duquesne link to regulatory agencies; maintains an evaluation system for monitoring, facilitating and evaluating academic operations; establishes productivity and workload standards; ensures recruitment and retention of qualified and diverse faculty including leadership of the search process; and other related duties. Duquesne has been designated an NLN Center of Excellence in recognition of the faculty's expertise in promoting student learning and professional development.

Duquesne University School of Nursing (SON) is a nationally recognized pioneer in nursing education. Our nursing faculty is dedicated to creating an educational environment grounded in the practice of scholarly, ethical, holistic, and culturally competent care for vulnerable populations.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).


The successful candidate will ideally possess the following qualifications and experience:

Education & Experience:

  • A doctorate in nursing or a related field.
  • Academic experience that merits rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
  • Evidence of professional leadership and progressive leadership responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated record of publications.
  • Demonstrated track record of curricular development.
  • Registered nurse with current license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the ability to secure a Pennsylvania RN license.
  • Online teaching experience and program administration preferred.


  • Establish a rapport and credibility with the Duquesne University SON faculty.
  • Provide oversight for all aspects of the SON's academic mission, providing creative leadership that promotes growth, quality, and innovation in all academic programs.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills to serve as the liaison to external entities that further the school's academic and clinical education agendas.
  • Promote cooperative and collaborative relationships with clinical practice partners for clinical opportunities.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills to create and support opportunities for academic collaboration across the university.
  • Facilitate the successful preparation and submission of annual reports required by regulatory bodies.
  • Responsible for program evaluation for all SON academic programs.
  • Oversight of accreditation documents for all SON academic programs.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical skills to provide the Dean analysis of academic program data, internal and external academic benchmarks, as well as, ensure timely availability of accurate data related to the school's activities in addition to a timely plan for improvement when indicated.
  • Develop and mentor nursing department chairs to lead high quality, student-centered, efficient academic programs.
  • Continuously mentor department chairs to develop their faculty, provide guidance in how they meet stated goals, in addition to guidance related to maintaining accreditation standards.
  • Lead chairs in monitoring online courses and programs for overall quality using Quality Matters or comparable rubric; paying particular attention to accreditation standards, certification pass rates, student engagement, secure online testing/proctoring, scholarly writing, role competence, and other critical metrics
  • Develop Teaching Master Schedule with Chairs and Director of Adjunct Faculty using established workload rubric on a semester basis, addressing enrollment and faculty staffing changes as needed.
  • Represent Duquesne University School of Nursing at regional, state, and national levels to garner recognition for the SON's excellent nursing programs and further the reputational agenda.
  • Develops and maintains SON Faculty Handbook in collaboration with the Dean.
  • Coach faculty and staff to improve overall productivity.

Application Instructions:

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please submit a letter of intent that addresses the reasons for applying to the position, a personal philosophy of teaching, and a research statement, curriculum vita, and a list of three references complete with telephone and email contact information to: http://apply.interfolio.com/38481. Screening of applicants will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.