Job Title Dean of the College of Nursing
Requisition Number FE03038
Department Name 89000:Provost
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Tenure Track
The academic credentials and record of scholarly achievement that merit the rank of a Professor with tenure in a discipline represented within the College of Nursing.
Required Related Experience
A track record of progressive and successful leadership in education, research, service, and administrative management.
The University of Kentucky is seeking a visionary leader to serve as Dean of the College of Nursing. As the chief academic officer of the College, the Dean of Nursing reports directly to the Provost of the University and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the College of Nursing. Working with faculty, staff, students, donors, alumni, and college leaders, the Dean will actively oversee and lead the College's academic, research, human resources, and clinical activities. The Dean will work to advance clinical, research, and educational programs of the College while promoting initiatives and activities with internal and external constituencies and serving as a senior leader within the University of Kentucky.
The new Dean must come to the role ready to lead and inspire the University of Kentucky's College of Nursing's exceptional community of scholars and learners. The successful candidate will bring outstanding qualifications of scholarly contributions, success in foundational administrative roles, a visionary approach, and enthusiasm for broad collaboration to develop and deliver educational, research, and clinical programs and initiatives of the highest quality congruent with the College of Nursing goals.
The Dean, in collaboration with others, will further advance the College of Nursing's vision, visibility, and reputation, by building upon existing successes while identifying new opportunities for accomplishment.
Identifies and enlists key influencers to act as change agents, involving them in designing and delivering change;
Communicates and creates action around new norms as they evolve within the College; and
Adapts change plans/influence strategies to the organization's political realities and constraints
The Dean will create, inspire, and sustain a cohesive and high-performance team culture, demonstrating an open, accessible, and transparent leadership and communication style, building upon previous successes, and positioning the College for continued achievement.
Delegates authority and accountability to the team to deliver on a strategic objective; holds faculty, staff, and students with equal accountabilty to College standards;
Passes leadership responsibilities down through the organization, ensuring alignment with the overall strategy and direction;
Sets up forums or practices to reinforce independent and open communication among faculty, staff, and students; actively seeks and accepts feedback, both positive and negative, and seeks to understand its basis;
Gives the team broader visibility inside the organization, including publicly recognizing its accomplishments; and
Offers team members to other parts of the organization (e.g. UK HealthCare) where they can be most useful
The Dean will establish credibility as a well-respected, high-impact leader able to break down barriers and build relationships across programs, centers, and constituencies within a complex environment of higher education, research, and service.
Builds partnerships across the University of Kentucky to address organization-wide challenges or opportunities;
Creates an environment of shared values where collaboration is expected at all levels; and
Systematically builds support at multiple levels and across groups to achieve alignment, acknowledging differences in interests
The executive search firm of SpencerStuart has been selected to recruit for this position. To be considered, you must complete the UK application and contact SpencerStuart through:
Kathryn S. Sugerman: (see application details) / (see application details)
Mark I. Furman: (see application details) / (see application details)
Shannon Yeatman: (see application details) / (see application details)
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID -19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID -19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
A high degree of personal and professional integrity and credibility.
A consummate leader with drive, vision, and personal touch.
A consensus builder who can resolve conflict while advancing institutional strategies.
Flexible and creative yet results-oriented; able to prioritize and willing to hold others and self- accountable regarding commitments and goals.
A believer in transparency and the importance of the individual voice to help form collective decisions.
An articulate, engaging, and personable interaction style, with the social, communication and cultural skills to function effectively with diverse audiences.
A leader with an appreciation for the unique health care challenges in Kentucky.
Highly energetic and able to thrive in a fast-paced and highly engaged environment.
Passionate about the mission and service ethic, with a desire to treat others with respect and decency informed by the mission of the University of Kentucky, nursing in Kentucky, and beyond, and a commitment to inclusion and racial equity.
Sound judgment in assessing people and opportunities.
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? Yes
An earned doctorate in nursing or a related field.
A record of outstanding personal scholarship and achievement.
Consistent with the rank of tenured full professor.
Ten years of progressive academic leadership experience, preferably in a large, complex, and high-performing academic health care and research environment.
Ideally, in the role of dean, associate or vice-dean, department chair, or equivalent leadership position.
Evidence of implementing and achieving growth.
Experience in modeling, forecasting, and implementing growth plans for new students, faculty, and staff positions, and increasing program size.
Clear evidence of creating academic practice partnerships.
Able to build an academic portfolio through exceptional interprofessional collaborations.
Strong negotiation skills.
Experience with capital projects and space allocation viewed favorably.
Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and health equity.
A record of accomplishment in recruiting, developing, and retaining outstanding faculty, staff and students, including those traditionally underrepresented. A change agent in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated experience and success in developing external sources of support.
A record of community engagement, philanthropy, and donor relations. A history of developing inter-institutional and national partnerships.
Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
University Community of Inclusion
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.