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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Duquesne University

Date Posted Nov. 7, 2018
Title Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
University Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Department School of Nursing
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Nursing - General

The Associate Dean (AD) for Academic Affairs provides creative leadership that promotes growth, quality and innovation in all School of Nursing (SON) academic programs. Duquesne University School of Nursing is a national Catholic University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The AD will collaborate and administer with the Dean. University and SON administrators, faculty, students and staff to ensure integration of the School’s academic and faculty governance structures and processes with external and internal partners and affiliates. The AD provides a strategic vision for the direction and leadership of the academic affairs division and leads the Center for Faculty Development and Engagement. The AD is responsible for meeting accreditation and licensing standards, addressing curricular development needs, overseeing equitable faculty workloads, and expanding clinical partnerships and internships. The AD reports to the Dean and serves as a member of the SON’s Executive Council.

Supports standards for mission-centered, innovative, cost-effective and efficient curricula and academic programming;

Develops strong academic-clinical partnerships with clinical colleagues to create relevant clinical experiences and internship opportunities;

Demonstrates strong leadership skills to create and support opportunities for academic collaboration across the university;

Provides leadership and manage systems for academic policy, accreditation, and board approvals and reporting including direct oversight of accreditation documents and regulatory affairs reports and site visits for all SON academic programs;

Provides the Dean analysis of academic program data relative to internal and external academic benchmarks, as well as timely plans for improvement as indicated;

Assumes responsibility for robust learning assessments and program evaluation methodology that provides continuous quality improvement;

Mentors graduate chairs in monitoring online courses and programs for overall quality using Quality Matters or a comparable rubric, paying particular attention to accreditation standards, certification pass rates, student engagement, secured testing, scholarly writing, role competence, and other critical metrics;

Mentors undergraduate chair in monitoring in-person courses and programs for overall quality using standardized testing and NCLEX-RN benchmark data; paying particular attention to test reliability and overall test statistics, verbal and written skills, clinical competence, and other critical metrics;

Develops new academic programs in collaboration with faculty that meet regional and national needs;

Oversees faculty teaching schedules and workload assignments utilizing the established workload rubric on a semester basis, addressing enrollment and faculty staffing as needed;

Develops and manage student and nursing faculty orientation programs;

Establish a Center for Faculty Development and Engagement to facilitate ongoing faculty development in innovative teaching strategies, testing, and clinical evaluation, community-engaged teaching, educational technology, and inter-professional education and practice. Managing this Center includes seeking revenue-generating opportunities that will also improve nursing education locally, regionally and nationally;

Fosters an environment that champions evidence-based teaching, educational scholarship, and program funding opportunities;

Represents the SON at regional, state, and national levels to garner recognition for the SON’s excellent nursing programs and further its academic reputation and mission;

Develops and maintain SON Faculty and Student Handbooks in collaboration with the Dean;

Coach faculty and staff to improve overall teaching, scholarship, and service productivity;

Contributes to the teaching mission.


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

Education & Experience:

  • A PhD in nursing or a related field
  • Academic experience that merits the rank of Associate Professor or Professor
  • Evidence of administrative experience and progressive leadership responsibilities (5 years of experience preferred)
  • Demonstrated track record of curricular development and evaluation
  • Experience in online teaching
  • Faculty development experience
  • Registered nurse with current license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the ability to secure a Pennsylvania RN license.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage conflict
  • Ability to make data-informed decisions in a timely fashion


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 (

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting 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 and staff job applications electronically. Please submit a letter of interest providing exemplars of and philosophy about teaching, research, and administration in higher education, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three confidential references to Expressions of interest and applications will be treated in confidence. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018, and will continue until an appointment is made.

  • 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.

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Contact Information

  • Marla D. Bradford
    Office of Human Resources
    Duquesne University
    600 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15282
  • 412.396.1403
  • 412.396.2236


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