Dean of Nursing

Position Overview

Position Rank – Commensurate with rank, experience, and education
Department – School of Nursing
Supervisor – Vice President for Academic Affairs
Benefits – Yes
Status – Full-time, 12-month

About Bushnell University

Founded in 1895, Bushnell University provides a holistic Christian education, fostering wisdom, faith, and service in its students. In joining the faculty here, you will be part of an academic community that seeks to cultivate your development as a Christian teacher and scholar, making a difference in the lives of your students and in your discipline. Bushnell is the largest private university in Eugene’s vibrant university district, which also includes the University of Oregon. Eugene is a college town small enough to know your neighbors and large enough to offer fantastic arts, entertainment, dining, healthcare, and educational opportunities. It is also an ideal place to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest, being just one hour from the Oregon Coast, one hour from the Cascade Mountains, and less than two hours from Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.

Position Information

Job Summary

Bushnell University’s School of Nursing, located in Eugene, OR invites applications for the Dean of Nursing. This position has a negotiable start date. Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for academic and administrative oversight of all nursing programs at Bushnell University.
  • Provides leadership and vision for the School of Nursing.
  • Actively participates in and supports the University’s Strategic Plan Initiatives.
  • Oversees program assessment procedures, program and course review, national accreditation and other approval processes, and ensures compliance with institutional assessment standards.
  • Maintains primary responsibly for delivery of all nursing programs.
  • Develops, implements, and oversees a faculty, staff, and student recruitment and retention plan for the School of Nursing.
  • Develops and administers the School of Nursing’s operating budget.
  • Identifies and actively participates in opportunities for new program development within the School of Nursing.
  • Possess knowledge and experience with grant writing/funding.
  • Supports the missions of the University and School of Nursing.

Position Duties & Responsibilities

Specific to this Position

  • Collaborates with Program Directors and nursing faculty to ensure program quality and effectiveness and to promote student learning and satisfaction in all student populations.
  • Collaborates with the University’s Admission, Marketing, and Advancement staff to promote and support activities that promote and enhance the School of Nursing.
  • Works collaboratively with nursing’s Enrollment and Academic Advisors.
  • Ensures all new nursing faculty are oriented to the University and School of Nursing.
  • Assigns faculty workloads in collaboration with Program Directors.
  • In collaboration with Program Directors, supervises nursing faculty and staff, monitors performance, and conducts annual performance reviews.
  • Collaborates with Program Directors and nursing faculty on matters related to Taskstream.
  • Disseminates program and other information, as appropriate, to nursing faculty, students, and community partners.
  • Chairs nursing’s Community Advisory Committee, nurse faculty, and other meetings.
  • Maintains current and cultivates new community partnerships.
  • Serves as a member the Dean’s Cabinet.
  • Keeps professionally current by participating in professional development and other activities.
  • Maintains current credentials or licensures.
  • Creates and maintains a positive, inclusive, collaborative work and learning environment that focuses on safety, respect of students and colleagues.
  • Engages in effective communication, both verbally and in writing, utilizing tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Carries a regular teaching load of up to 15 credits within the calendar year.
  • Works collaboratively with VPAA to schedule up to 16 hours/month of work release time to pursue advanced education and/or clinical practice opportunities that support current role and professional development.
  • Possesses effective listening skills and the ability to speak and write clearly.
  • Possesses exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Models professional nursing practices and behaviors for colleagues and students.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal background check.
  • Other duties as assigned.

General for all Faculty

  • As a ‘teacher-scholar’ actively engage with students in collaborative research and learning activities.
  • Provide a solid role model of wisdom, faith, and service.
  • Maintain and post regular office hours as specified in the Faculty Handbook.
  • Attend all regular and special faculty meetings.
  • Serve on faculty committees, as assigned by the VPAA and detailed in Faculty Handbook.
  • Submit updated course syllabi each semester to the office of the VPAA for each course taught.
  • Complete embedded course assessment and/or program assessment activities in TaskStream.
  • Facilitate the evaluation of each of your classes each semester and contribute to the evaluation of the curriculum and instruction, ensuring the delivery of quality academic programs.
  • Contribute to development of library resources in area of teaching expertise.
  • Provide mentorship for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Follow the current Faculty Handbook and The School of Nursing’s Faculty Manual as it pertains to faculty roles and responsibilities.
  • Interact with the Registrar’s office in transcript evaluation and recording of student progress, as required.
  • Actively participate in marketing of the programs as well as forming partnerships with colleagues and students where appropriate.
  • Contribute to the integration of faith and learning by addressing this issue in class and in curriculum standards.
  • Fulfill any other duties as assigned by VPAA.

Experience and Qualification Requirements

  • Earned terminal degree (PhD, DNP, EdD; doctoral degree may be in process)
  • 1-2 years of leadership experience (i.e. program or other director positions; Associate Dean; Dean)
  • Minimum of 3 years nursing practice experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years full-time teaching experience.
  • Eligible for or possess an active, unencumbered Oregon RN license.
  • Must be actively engaged in a Christian congregation and able to identify with and support the Bushnell Theological Context for Community statement.
  • Ability to utilize Windows based software including, Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience utilizing e-mail for the purposes of organizational communications.

Working Conditions/Special Requirements

  • Bushnell employs faculty and staff who embody Christian faith and live in compliance with the duties and expectations as detailed in the Employee Handbook.
  • The position requires a strong commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.
  • The position requires working in a non-smoking, drug free environment.
  • The employee must adhere to FERPA guidelines and student confidentiality at all times.
  • All employees of Bushnell University are “mandatory reporters” under Oregon law. See for specific information.
  • Listening skills and the ability to speak and write clearly are essential to this position. Must possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • The employee must have high personal motivation, with great attention to detail and accuracy.
  • This person must project a positive, vibrant and professional attitude in assisting people.
  • This person must have high ethics of honesty and confidentiality, with a genuine and gracious presence pertaining to the students, faculty, staff and business of the department and the University.
  • This position may require lifting up to 25 lbs, as well as bending, stooping, kneeling.
  • This position description is subject to change at any time.

Application Instructions

For consideration, please complete and submit all six of the following:

  1. Bushnell Employment Application
  2. Cover letter addressing skills, experience, and knowledge
  3. CV/Resume
  4. Personal Statement of Faith that clearly addresses all three of the sections below:
      • Section 1: how a maturing Christian faith finds expression in the candidate’s personal life, family life, community life, and current church membership;
      • Section 2: how the candidate integrates faith into his/her academic discipline, both inside and outside the classroom; and
      • Section 3: the candidate’s understanding of and ability to support Bushnell’s Theological Context for Community statement.
  5. Contact information for three references, preferably including the applicant’s pastor or other appropriate church leader who is able to address the applicant’s faith background.
  6. Official Transcripts. (Unofficial transcripts can be submitted with the application packet, but official transcripts will be required in the event an applicant is invited to interview with Bushnell.)

Submit your packet via e-mail ( to: Reed Mueller, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs

Please note: Incomplete application packets may result in disqualification. Final candidate will be required to undergo a criminal background investigation.

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