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Dean, School of Nursing

Job no: 494932
Work type: Full-time
Location: North Haven - North Haven, CT
Categories: Staff

Overview: Quinnipiac University's School of Nursing invites applications for the position of Dean at the School of Nursing. This person will serve as the school’s chief academic and administrative officer providing visionary and effective leadership, reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

The Dean of Nursing is integral in building and maintaining relationships with key clinical partners. The Dean must be skilled in engaging leadership for the purpose of advancing the overall impact of the School of Nursing (SON) and continuing to build, grow, and strengthen interprofessional opportunities. Given the challenges that currently face the field of nursing, the Dean will need to lead with innovation, creativity, and collaboration to strategically position the SON for success.

In this role the Dean oversees the school’s operations and the allocation of resources to ensure the continued excellence of School of Nursing faculty and programs. The Dean has oversight for strategic planning, budgeting, development and enhancement initiatives. In addition, the Dean is responsible for the day-to-day management of faculty, staff and students, and for creating innovative opportunities to ensure and development and progression of student educational experiences.

Please do not apply via this website. Expression of interest or to directly apply contact Amber Gornik at: 

About the School of Nursing:

The School of Nursing has a unique approach to patient care that has distinguished them as the only Bachelor’s degree program in New England and 1 of only 15 nursing schools in the nation that offer programs endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Equally important to their philosophy of holistic care is their commitment to inclusivity within the Quinnipiac community, the surrounding local community and the global community at large.

The faculty set the example for students to follow and are immersed in integrated practice through ongoing clinical experience and research. They bring real-life applications, teachable experiences and knowledge of current practices to the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. Through their guidance, students learn to care for the whole patient by understanding their physical, socioeconomic and emotional needs.
The School of Nursing has a robust simulation program built around the INACSL standards of best practice which complements the integrated curriculum. The simulation program has received accreditation in the area of teaching and education from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the largest health care simulation accrediting body in the world. Calling the university’s collaboration among health care programs “exemplary,” SSH stated that Quinnipiac provides a solid foundation for synergistic simulation initiatives and expanded interprofessional education. Additionally, the School of Nursing continues to explore innovative ways to prepare our students for the challenges they will face throughout their careers in healthcare. By developing strategic clinical partnerships with health systems and hospitals throughout the state, Quinnipiac ensures that undergraduate and graduate nursing students have the resources and hands-on training they need to excel before and after graduation.

Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences:
The School of Nursing is positioned within the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences located on the North Haven campus. The 325,000-square-foot facility is a state-of-the-art learning environment with a multitude of collaborative experiential spaces including expansive skills labs with mid- and hi-fidelity manikins and equipment that replicate what is used in clinical settings, health assessment laboratories, 5 hi-fidelity simulation suites with adjacent control rooms, and a perioperative space including 2 operating rooms and a post-anesthesia care unit. Students also practice assessment and communication skills with trained standardized patients in classroom and laboratory settings and within the Standardized Patient Assessment Center (SPAC) which houses 16 exam rooms. In addition, students have access to a human anatomy laboratory. These facilities and powerful experiential learning tools maximize student exposure to clinical situations and allow students to hone their technical, clinical judgment, and decision-making skills in real time, within a safe learning space under the guidance of faculty mentors.
The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is home to the School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences. The close proximity of these schools allows students to experience the essential role nurses play in integrated teams as they collaborate with students from other healthcare programs and across the university (School of Law, School of Education, and School of Engineering) in interprofessional education (IPE) activities. To educate future nurses, Quinnipiac believes in simulating the front lines of modern patient care is the best way to provide future nurses with impactful learning experiences.

About Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls more than 9,500 students in 110 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Computing and Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as both a best-value school and a top national university, and has also earned recognition in Princeton Review's "The Best 387 Colleges". Quinnipiac has been named a "Great College to Work For" as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter and Instagram @QuinnipiacU.
  • Lead with an inspiring and visionary approach by engaging faculty, students, and health care partners thoughtfully and creatively to ensure the continued growth and innovation of the School of Nursing.
  • Capitalize on the tremendous opportunity to build and strengthen the interprofessional approach to learning
  • Cultivate and expand strategic partnerships with external healthcare organizations
  • Facilitate an environment of community that allows for collaboration and cohesion amongst junior and senior faculty
  • Engage faculty and students in a manner that energizes them and brings purpose to their work.
  • Serve as the leader of the school and promote an open and supportive culture built on trust, collaboration, innovation, inclusivity, accountability and teamwork
  • Collaborate with associate deans, department chairs, faculty and staff to pursue continued excellence in nursing education, and to lead the school to execute a vision that prepares nurses to excel in their profession with compassion, empathy, and the skills necessary for leadership
  • Achieve progress in attracting and retaining students, faculty and staff of color, within a culture that embraces and advances equity and inclusion
  • Build resources for the school by soliciting external donors and by creating and cultivating mutually beneficial corporate partnerships
  • Provide leadership in scholarly and pedagogical activities
  • Expand the school’s fund-raising program and impact
  • Collaborate with admissions to ensure continued attainment of student recruitment goals
  • Instill a mindset of continuous improvement in the school and maintain continued accreditation
  • Encourage faculty development in teaching, scholarship and professional activities while supporting applications for external grant funding
Education Requirements:
  • Doctoral degree in nursing; Fellow, American Academy of Nursing is preferred

The Dean of the School of Nursing will have strong leadership and relationship skills as well as a demonstrated administrative record of accomplishment. A leader with a dynamic management style, the Dean will have the capacity to integrate diverse interests and forge a vision aligned with the University’s strategic plan, that harnesses the energy of highly motivated nursing students, faculty members, staff professionals, and accomplished alumni from around the globe.

To meet these challenges, the university seeks an individual with the following experience and qualifications:

  •  A track record of scholarship (funded and scholarly publications) and teaching interdisciplinary activities preferred
  • Leadership and administrative experience, including fiscal and personnel management
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, and to promoting inclusive excellence
  • Ability to innovate and deliver creative strategies to promote growth and successfully navigate challenges that are specific to the field of nursing
  • Superior communication skills
  • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience at BSN level or higher at an accredited institution
  • Administrative experience in nursing education
Special Instructions to Applicants:


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above.

Expression of interest or to directly apply contact Amber Gornik at:

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes tuition remission and a culture that is inclusive and driven by excellence.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Please note that the university has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For more information, please visit

Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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