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Job ID: 226274

Purdue University

Date Posted Nov. 27, 2023
Title Head
University Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, United States
Department School of Nursing
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Nursing - General

The Head of the School of Nursing:

  • Provides academic leadership in strategic planning activities to formulate, implement and evaluate goals and outcomes for the School of Nursing.
  • Oversees the development of educational programs to support a nursing workforce that is critically needed by the healthcare industry in Indiana and region, emphasizing well- prepared nurses and nursing leaders at multiple levels.
  • Works closely with all academic units in the College of Health and Human Sciences to enhance the goals of the college.
  • Establishes communications systems and organizational structure for the
  • Works with search committees to recruit qualified faculty members and carries forward recommendations for appointment, retention, promotion, and tenure to appropriate
  • Plans, assigns, and directs the work of the School in accordance with Purdue’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Supervises the faculty administrative team and executive
  • Evaluates performance, rewards and mentors staff, addresses concerns, and resolves any human resources issues that might arise.
  • Encourages and facilitates professional development of faculty, staff, and
  • Promotes the success of obtaining extramural funding for, and provides oversight to, the research agenda for the School of Nursing, including clinical, educational, and research, inclusive of inter-professional activities, as well as public health and outcomes research.
  • Directs resource utilization for the School in collaboration with the Dean, administrators, and faculty; Approves all expenditures, public statements, grants, and contracts.
  • Serves as a liaison with the North Central Nursing Clinics, the Federally Qualified Health Center affiliated with the School.
  • Represents the School in regional, state, and national taskforces related to the improvement of nursing/healthcare resources and services.
  • Provides leadership in development/fundraising to support scholarships and
  • Reviews goals, objectives, policies, and procedures in consultation with students, faculty, university, and community advisory bodies, and accreditation agencies.
  • Oversees student affairs in collaboration with the Associate Head, including admission, progression, and graduation.
  • Maintains membership in, and participates in, activities of professional
  • Serves as a knowledgeable resource person to colleagues, students, and
  • Serves as a leader in nursing and in nursing education at state, regional, and national
  • Maintains appropriate teaching and scholarship


The successful candidate will be a scholar and leader with a recognized reputation that includes demonstrated potential for collaborative, credible administrative leadership, and a clear commitment to nursing scholarship, education, and clinical service. Requirements also include:

  • The capacity and experience to be successful in administrative leadership, particularly the ability to balance the modalities of teaching, research, and clinical service;
  • An exceptional record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment in a relevant area;
  • A strong track record in advancing professional practice, pedagogy, and engagement and/or obtaining extramural research funding and publications in quality peer reviewed journals;
  • The ability to mentor junior faculty as they establish research and education programs;
  • An entrepreneurial, creative, and collegial outlook that inspires and realizes the ambitions of the faculty to foster the School’s national prominence;
  • The enthusiasm to build and grow the School’s research portfolio through an inclusive strategic planning process; and
  • Evidence of sound judgment, creative strategic thinking, and integrity.


The Head must have scholarly credentials commensurate with the rank of tenured or clinical Full Professor upon hire, including a master’s degree in nursing and a doctorate degree in nursing or a health-related, relevant field. The position is open to candidates currently at the Associate or Clinical Associate Professor rank who have exceptionally strong records and who can meet the standards to be hired for immediate tenure and promoted to Full Professor (if currently in a tenured position) or promoted to Clinical Full Professor (if currently clinical track) at Purdue University. This position is a full-time, 12-month position.


Purdue University offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.


Purdue University has retained the services of the executive search firm Korn Ferry to conduct this important search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted to Dr. Paul Chou at Korn Ferry at the e-mail address below.

Applicants should submit:

  1. A letter of interest describing why you are interested in both the role of Head and Purdue, why you are a good fit for the position based on your research and administrative experience, and why is now a good time for you to consider the opportunity.
  2. A full curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of leadership philosophy, including the candidate's leadership experience and core principles, perspectives, and values

For priority consideration, please submit all application materials by January 1, 2024.  Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position


Paul Chou

Senior Client Partner

Korn Ferry


  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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