Assistant Dean of the PhD Program
The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is part of the University of Maryland (UM) graduate professional campus that also includes the schools of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, and social work, and is in close proximity to the University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, University of Maryland BioPark, and the Baltimore VA Medical Center. A national leader in health sciences research, public service, and patient care, UM was awarded a record $567 million in extramural funding in fiscal year 2010. UMSON also maintains facilities and conducts classes at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. UMSON is dedicated to creating a research-intensive environment that will advance the science of nursing through research and scholarship of the highest quality. UMSON ranks 11th in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, and faculty members conduct their research under the auspices of two campus-appointed Organized Research Centers (ORCs): Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan and the Center for Health Outcomes.
For more than 30 years, UMSON has prepared scholars and researchers who advance nursing science. Students are admitted to the PhD program through one of three options: post-baccalaureate, post-master’s, or PhD/MBA. Students take both required and elective courses and participate in research rotations and mentored research experiences.
UMSON is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader who can work with faculty, staff, and students to take the PhD program to the next level. Our goals for the next five years include the recruitment of highly competitive students from a national and international pool of candidates, an evaluation of our curriculum, and an increasing in the number of students who compete successfully for extramural funding. This position will be 50 percent administrative, while the other 50 percent will be devoted to one’s own research, and other teaching and service duties.
This position has overall responsibility for administering the PhD program. Specific duties include:
- Articulate a vision and strategic plan for evaluating the PhD program and curriculum in collaboration with the PhD Curriculum Committee, faculty, staff, and students.
- Design and implement a strategy for nationwide recruitment of post-master’s and post-baccalaureate PhD students.
- Provide ongoing mentorship and advisement related to all aspects of the program and post-program professional development.
- Identify and develop student resources, including contacts with other schools/departments on campus and in the University System of Maryland offering pre-doctoral grant writing classes, workshops, and other opportunities for assistance with extramural funding applications.
- Oversee PhD student progressions in collaboration with the PhD Admissions and Progressions Group.
- Liaise with the UM Graduate School for PhD requirements, including student and curricular issues.
- Facilitate interactions between PhD students and other research teams with expertise, as well as program officials at NIH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control, and other funding agencies.
- Provide infrastructure, strategic direction, and support for the submission of pre-doctoral F31 National Research Service Award (NRSA) applications and other types of extramurally funded traineeships.
- Provide leadership toward a successful T32 application in an area of research focus that is consistent with one or both of UMSON’s ORCs.
- Eligibility to serve as a regular member of the UM Graduate School
- Eligibility for appointment at the tenured associate or full professor (preferred) rank
- Prior experience mentoring students in a PhD program in nursing or related discipline
- Evidence of a sustained program of research in an area aligned with UMSON’s two ORCs and current (preferred) or recent extramural funding strongly preferred
- Demonstrated interdisciplinary leadership skills
- Exceptional communications skills, including the ability to articulate strategic vision for the PhD program
- Experience in sponsoring F31 NRSA or other extramurally funded pre-doctoral applications and/or T32 and Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need leadership experience preferred.
- A desire to articulate a framework that will enhance opportunities for collaborative studies between nursing PhD, interprofessional PhD/doctorate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice students preferred.
This position reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest and CV to:
Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chair, Search Committee
c/o Lois Reisig
University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 West Lombard Street, Room 502
Baltimore, MD 21201
The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer.