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College Dean Search
An Invitation to Apply:
University of North Dakota
Dean, College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines
The University of North Dakota is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to become
Dean of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (CNPD), which is
comprised of the Departments of (i) Nursing, (ii) Nutrition and Dietetics and (iii) Social
Work. Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean is the chief executive officer of the
CNPD and is responsible for its effective administration. The Dean will build upon the
College's strengths to provide exceptional undergraduate and graduate educational
experiences, recruit and develop outstanding faculty, and promote faculty-driven
scholarly and creative endeavors that advance the size, scope, and impact of the scholarly
enterprise and significantly enhance the CNPD's translational impact on the state and
region. Rank and tenure will be commensurate with background and achievements.
The essential knowledge, skills, and experience of this position include:
- An earned doctorate that qualifies the applicant in any of the three disciplines within the College; or in related areas, such as health sciences.
- Demonstrated leadership and administrative experience, budgetary and development skills, and personal attributes consistent with being an effective leader in an interdisciplinary College.
- Demonstrated focus on collaboration, collegiality, professionalism, and teamwork.
- A track record of innovation that advances the scholarly enterprise to the next level, including via externally sponsored research, publications, and applied or translational research, while maintaining College excellence in educating the next generation of practitioners.
- Experience focusing on internal and external matters of the College including strong internal leadership as well as in community outreach and fundraising/alumni relations.
- Ability to prioritize interdisciplinarity to foster collaboration within the CNPD as well as with academic programs throughout UND, especially to advance the research enterprise, interprofessional education, and programs that serve the state of North Dakota.
- Well-developed written and verbal communication skills that support advocacy for the College within the University, the community and beyond.
- Current North Dakota license or eligibility for North Dakota licensure, as applicable to the candidate's discipline.
- Unquestioned integrity, as well as an ability to quickly form strong relationships with key stakeholders.
- Record of academic achievement in her/his discipline meriting appointment as a tenured Professor or Associate Professor.
- An innovative, creative leadership style that is forward-looking regarding undergraduate and graduate education programs.
- University teaching experience complemented by a strong research and scholarly record.
- Ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, students and the broader educational and professional communities, including health service providers and community-based organizations.
- Demonstrated effectiveness working in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.
- Experience in curriculum development and program accreditation.
Responsibilities of the Position
- Prioritize outreach and development to foster innovative initiatives within the CNPD, across the university, and with community, professional partners and students.
- Engage in activities to further develop the faculty's research, scholarly, and creative activity potential.
- Enhance the College's profile, resource streams, and engagement with alumni and community.
- Support the College's commitment to diversity and service to underserved populations.
- Formulate and implement programs to further faculty and staff recruitment, review, and development.
- Oversee formulation and implementation of strategic plans for the College.
- Provide visionary and strategic leadership for the College.
- Support high quality teaching, faculty research, and creative and professional activities.
- Foster academic planning and innovative curricular and scholarly development.
- Encourage research grants, expanded advancement effort, and public/private partnerships.
- Ensure effective management of financial resources including budget planning and management.
- Fosters relationships with students.
- Support the College's efforts to educate the healthcare workforce to ensure state-of-
The Search Committee for the Dean of the College of Nursing and Professional
Disciplines will review applications beginning immediately, and will continue to do so
until the position is filled. Please send CV with cover letter, via email:
The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer. This search is being conducted consistent with the State
of North Dakota Open Records statutes.
About the University of North Dakota
The University of North Dakota (UND), the state's leading university and one of the
nation's premier regional public research universities, is at an exciting crossroads in its
130-year history. Major growth and positive change are the hallmarks of this new era –
externally sponsored research has expanded and is now more than $100 million annually;
enrollment has increased to over 15,000 students; and a $300 million capital campaign
has recently concluded. UND also features an award-winning Essential Studies program,
and an innovative strategic roadmap, "Exceptional UND", points the way to a vibrant
UND boasts more than 3,000 courses, nearly 40 online degree programs and 84 graduate
education programs. The University's student body represents all 50 states and more
than 60 countries. UND is a flagship research university with research and scholarship
emphases spanning the health sciences, energy and the environment, aeronautics and
aerospace disciplines. The University's innovative strategic vision, Exceptional UND
(see http://und.edu/provost/exceptional-und/index.cfm) lays out a vision roadmap
outlining five strategic priorities.
About the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines
The College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines (CNPD) is at the forefront of
providing innovative inter-professional education in healthcare and human services. The
CNPD prepares future leaders to advance human well-being and improve the quality of
life, with an emphasis on rural communities and diverse populations. The College's
academic programs focus upon preparing students for a broad range of professional roles
spanning education, research, clinical practice, leadership, administration, policy and
advocacy. Where appropriate, the programs aim to be interprofessional and forwardlooking
in terms alignment with national trends. Total current CNPD student enrollment
comprises 1,034 undergraduate students and 462 graduate students.
The CNPD has three departments with 50 FTE faculty and 67 part-time faculty, and
offers four undergraduate, seven master's, 1 DNP and 1 PhD tracks in Nursing; two
undergraduate programs in Nutrition & Dietetics; and one undergraduate degree and
three master's tracks in Social Work. The CNPD has 347 clinical affiliation agreements
with numerous community, public health, and industry organizations. The CNPD has an
annual budget of over $10.4 million dollars and employs over 200 individuals.
The College is home to the Recruitment/Retention of American Indians into Nursing
(RAIN) Program, which has graduated the most American Indian nurses in the U.S., the
Clinical Resource and Simulation Center, a distinctive teaching and learning environment
directed toward advancing human well-being and improving the safety and quality of
patient care, and the Children and Family Services Training Center (CFSTC), the primary
training agency for child welfare services in North Dakota. Additional information about
the CNPD can be found at http://nursing.und.edu/.
CNPD Mission Statement
The mission of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (CNPD) is to prepare
future leaders, to advance human well-being and improve quality of life for diverse
populations, with an emphasis on rural communities in North Dakota, the region and
beyond, through the provision of high-quality innovative inter-professional education,
research and service.
CNPD Vision Statement
CNPD will lead the state and nation, and influence the world through the impact of our
research, educational programs and practice innovations on health and human services.
CNPD Core Values
The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines believes in empowerment of
students, individuals, and communities. Scholarly investigation, practice, and service are
the foundations of our professions. The College has a commitment to excellence through
creative partnerships, and are accountable to the people we serve.
- Community Engagement and Empowerment
- Discovery and Scholarship
- Facilitate collaboration and expand UND's presence by conducting meaningful scholarly activity that impacts the health and well being of individuals and communities in the state of North Dakota, regionally, nationally and globally.
- Empower communities and enhance quality of life through exceptional service efforts facilitated by faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
- Encourage gathering of students, faculty, staff, and alumni in ways that build a meaningful sense of connection with and belonging to the College, its departments, and UND.
- Enrich the student experience in ways that prepare culturally and environmentally responsive students to be ethical global citizens and leaders, to think critically, to translate evidence into practice, and to maintain a commitment to lifelong learning through inter-professional inquiry, education and service.
Academic Programs - Nursing
The undergraduate program offers four different pathways for prospective students to
receive a nursing degree:
- Traditional Track: typically filled with students who come to UND as freshmen or transfer students without a previous bachelor's degree or RN license. Courses are completed on-campus with clinical experiences in the region.
- Accelerated or BAC-2 Track: A bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing is required. Once admitted to the program, students complete nursing courses in four academic terms - three semesters and a summer. Students are required to attend on campus and clinical rotations are completed in the region.
- LPN to BSN Track: Students who are licensed practical nurses may complete prerequisites and apply for admission to the traditional on campus nursing program, with a modified schedule.
- RN to BSN Track: Students who are registered nurses with a diploma or associate degree in nursing and who wish to attain a BSN may apply to this program. Courses are completed online utilizing distance education technology
The advanced practice programs include the nurse practitioner programs in Family,
Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric-Mental Health NP. These programs are offered as
distance programs using asynchronous/synchronous blended learning methods. The
Adult-Gerontology CNS program is a campus-based program as is the Certified
Registered Nurse Anesthetist program. Other master's offerings include the MS Nurse
Educator track, which focuses on preparing the level one nurse educator to meet the need
of regional constituencies. The MS Advanced Public Health Nurse track focuses on
preparing public health nurses to lead the public health systems of care in the region.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
The DNP program seeks to provide advanced practice nurses with a practice
doctorate and the expertise to become strong clinical leaders who will improve
health outcomes for individuals and families with an added focus on the care of
rural and vulnerable populations. The first cohort of DNP students was admitted
in Fall 2013. The DNP is currently a post-master's program open to NPs, CNSs,
clinical nurse midwives (CNMs) and CRNAs. There are plans to expand the
program to have a post-baccalaureate option.
PhD in Nursing Program
The PhD in nursing leads to a research focused doctoral degree in nursing,
including research in rural health.
Recruitment/Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) Program
The CNPD is also home to the Recruitment/Retention of American Indians into Nursing
(RAIN) program. Started in 1990, the RAIN program was one of four projects funded
under Section 112 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, through the IHS Division
of Nursing to increase the number of nurses prepared to provide health care to Indian
people. Through 2011, the RAIN Program has graduated 167 American Indian nurses
with their BSN and 43 American Indian nurses with their MS. Overall, UND has
awarded 207 nursing degrees to American Indians. Five American Indian graduates have
earned a PhDs in Nursing. RAIN Program grant funding from federal agencies has
yielded over $7.8 million dollars.
Academic Programs - Nutrition & Dietetics
The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers two majors and a minor. Students
graduate with either a Bachelor of Science in Community Nutrition or a Bachelor of
Science in Dietetics. The Community Nutrition major meets the requirements to become
a Licensed Nutritionist (LN) in North Dakota upon graduation. Dietetics majors
complete a coordinated program that encompasses both the academic requirements and
the experiential training required before graduates may take the national credentialing
examination required to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).
Community Nutrition Major:
The major in community nutrition is designed to enable students to develop a
thorough understanding of nutrition and the ability to communicate those
principles to the public. The focus of the major is achieving and maintaining
health, emphasizing changing nutritional needs throughout life. Graduates work
cooperatively with other professionals in improving the overall health of
individuals and communities.
Coordinated Program in Dietetics (Major):
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) at the University of North Dakota has
been producing outstanding dietetics professionals over more than 35 years. As
registered dietitians, students will be qualified to work in a variety of health care,
industry, and community settings.
The nutrition minor complements many other disciplines. Students majoring in
nursing, exercise science, public health education, athletic training and other
health fields find connections between their primary interest area and nutrition.
Other students in communication or English may see themselves using their
nutrition minor as the basis for a journalism or broadcasting focus.
Academic Programs - Social Work
Social Work courses at UND were first offered in 1905 with the Social Work Program
formally established in 1939. The undergraduate program in Social Work, offering a
Bachelors of Science in Social Work (BSSW) degree, has been accredited since 1974,
when undergraduate accreditation first began. The MSW program was established in
1989 and was fully accredited early in 1993. The Department has a strong distancelearning
program, which was established in 1989, for place-bound students.
Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program:
The BSSW program provides students with the knowledge, values and skills for
generalist social work with an emphasis upon culturally responsive practice in
rural communities. The program prepares students for service, leadership and
continued growth within the community and within the social work profession.
The Interdisciplinary minor in gerontology enhances professionals' capacity to
work with older person. It requires five courses in four disciplines. Students
select another 6 credits to earn 21 credits in coursework related to gerontology.
Chemical Dependency Minor:
This program offers two options:
- Addiction Counselor Training Program
- BSSW Second Degree Program
Master of Science in Social Work (MSW):
- On Campus Concentration (2nd Year)
- Distance Foundation (1st Year)
- Concentration (2nd Year)
The MSW Program offers advanced generalist curriculum that prepares students
to practice competently in a variety of settings and across practice levels. Upon
completion of this program, the student will have earned an MSW degree.
All Departments in the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines are accredited.
- The Department of Nursing is accredited by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Baccalaureate and Masters level nursing programs received the maximum 10-year accreditation from CCNE in 2010. And the baccalaureate and masters level nursing programs received the maximum 5-year accreditation from the North Dakota Board of Nursing in 2010. Additionally, the nurse anesthesia graduate program also received the maximum 10-year accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia program in 2010. The DNP program will seek initial CCNE accreditation in 2015.
- The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics is accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The Department's programs received the maximum 10-year accreditation in 2011 through 2021. Per ACEND requirements, a midpoint Program Assessment Report (PAR) will be submitted in 2016.
- The Department of Social Work is accredited by Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). The Department's BSSW and MSW programs were reaffirmed in 2014 for the maximum 8-year period until 2022.
- 29 Full Time (6 Tenured/Tenure Track, 23 Clinical Track), 50 Part Time
Nutrition & Dietetics
- 5 Full Time (1 Tenured, 1 Tenure Track, 2 Clinical Track, 1 instructor), 2 Part Time
- 16 Full Time (8 Tenured/Tenure Track, 8 Clinical Track), 1 Part Time
Student Profile - Enrollment
- Undergraduate, including Pre-Nursing: 762
- Pre-Nursing: 442
- Traditional BSN: 274
- Accelerated/BAC2: 31
- RN-BSN: 15
- Masters (MSN): 212 (+8 on leave)
- FNP: 77 (+3 on leave)
- Nurse Anesthesia: 24
- Advanced Public Health Nursing: 19 (+1 on leave)
- Adult-Gerontology CNS: 2
- Adult-Gerontology NP: 30
- Psych-Mental Health NP: 27
- Nursing Education: 33 (+4 on leave)
- DNP: 6
- PhD: 21
Nutrition and Dietetics
- Undergraduate: 121
- Pre-Dietetics/Dietetics: 75
- Community Nutrition: 31
- Nutrition Minor: 15
- Undergraduate (BSW): 186
- Graduate (MSW): 233
- MSW (on campus): 74
- Online MSW foundation: 101
- Online MSW concentration: 58
The College employs 45 staff members, 25 graduate assistants and 31 student employees.
Curriculum Vitae of Candidates
Open Forums Announcement
Open forums set for Dean of College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines candidates
Three candidates for the position of Dean of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines will visit the UND campus for interviews during July. Each candidate will take part in an open forum and campus reception; times and dates are below. The Search Committee, chaired by College of Education and Human Development Dean Robert Hill, encourages everyone to participate in these campus events. Opportunities for feedback will be provided; candidate vitae can be viewed above.
Open Forums/Campus Receptions are scheduled as follows:
Dr. Huey-Ming Tzeng, currently the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing at Washington State University, Spokane, Washington
Open Forum: July 7, 3:00-4:00 pm, Education Room 5, followed by a Campus Reception, 4:00-4:30 pm, Education Lobby
Dr. Dan Benardot, currently a Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition and Professor of Kinesiology and Health at the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions, Georgia State University.
Open Forum: July 10, 3:00-4:00 pm, Education Room 5, followed by a Campus Reception, 4:00-4:30 pm, Education Lobby
Dr. Gayle Roux, currently the Interim Dean and Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
Open Forum: July 14, 3:00-4:00 pm, Education Room 5, followed by a Campus Reception, 4:00-4:30 pm, Education Lobby
Additional Information and Nomination Form
Dr. Robert Hill
Dean, Chair of CNPD Dean Search Committee