Dean School of Nursing


Position Description

"What if students graduated with the perspective that the point of their education is not just to gain knowledge and a degree but to become a certain kind of person. Highly proficient in some domain, yes, but more than that.  The kind of person who sees clearly what must be done and does not wait for permission from authority or peer-group approval to act. The kind of person who sees everything through the prism of core values and who strives to live up to those values in every aspect of work and life. The kind of person who never sees other people as merely an expedient means to one's own career success and who earns the trust and love of those they lead. The kind of person who, by virtue of personal humility and indomitable will in service to a cause larger than oneself, inspires others to help in achievement of Big Hairy Audacious Goals that stimulate progress."

Jim Collins in the foreword to Leadership Reckoning

The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Nursing; leading faculty and staff of the school in planning, securing resources, implementing and evaluating activities related to academic operations, research, service, and patient care programs. The Dean represents the school both internally to our university community, and externally to various stakeholders.  The Dean also serves as part of the university's administrative team through participation on the provost's academic council and as a member of the president's cabinet. To accomplish these duties, the Dean appoints and oversees administrative and supervisory personnel within the school, ensuring the highest quality of our academic mission. 

The successful candidate will be a humble role model for team development, create an environment of inclusivity, growth and innovation, and will possess high emotional intelligence.  The new Dean will provide academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership.  They will promote quality in all facets of teaching, research, practice, and service, through the pursuit of excellence throughout the School of Nursing.  S/he will lead the ongoing development of the school's vision and goals, integrate the school plans into the TTUHSC strategic plan as guided by the Institutional Master Plan, and effectively communicate the vision and goals to constituencies within, and external to, TTUHSC. As a highly collaborative leader and effective communicator, the Dean will support academic, clinical, and research programs to achieve the university's strategic vision. Crucial to the position is the ability to provide strong external outreach to help solidify and enhance the TTUHSC role as a leader in higher education and research while enhancing the external visibility of TTUHSC's distinctive educational programs. The new Dean will provide transformative leadership for the School of Nursing to build a greater depth of programming to attract high-ability students with diverse interests and backgrounds. The successful candidate will support an interdisciplinary focus and facilitate the development of research growth, expand and develop academic programs, enhance corporate and foundation relationships, and increase collaborative partnerships with other institutions. The Dean will advise the provost on matters concerning academic and research issues and will keep the provost informed of trends and developments both on campus and in the competitive collegiate environment. They will work with the faculty and staff to develop, implement, and manage programs that recruit and retain a well-qualified and diverse faculty, student body, and academic staff. They will support and advance the TTUHSC environment in which participation, respect and excellence are fostered, and where open communication and professional relationships are valued.

This valuable team member shall perform work in a manner that reflects the Values of TTUHSC:
ONE TEAM unite and include diverse perspectives to achieve our mission
KINDHEARTED exceed expectations with a kind heart, helping hands, and a positive attitude
INTEGRITY be honorable and trustworthy even when no one is looking
VISIONARY nurture innovative ideas, bold explorations, and a pioneering spirit
BEYOND SERVICE create and deliver positive defining moments.

Org Level 7

351604 – SON Lbk Genl

Org Level 1

Texas Tech Univ Health Sciences Ctr


HSC – Lubbock


SON Lbk Genl

Major/Essential Functions

The Dean exercises broad responsibilities for leadership and management of the School of Nursing programs, finances, and people. In addition, the Dean will be responsible for:

  • Establishing a long-term vision for the School of Nursing consistent with the University's mission and strategic priorities;
  • Ensuring the School of Nursing programs achieve and maintain accreditation;
  • Assisting with, and contributing to, the university's institutional accreditation needs;
  • Prioritizes regular and consistent visits and purposeful leadership on all campuses across the state;
  • Responsible for, and supports the strategic initiatives of the university and is an active contributor to enacting the elements of the Institutional Master Plan;
  • Analyzing, communicating, and responding to emerging global, national, and regional trends in healthcare and higher education;
  • Strengthening and building connections and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Fostering a high-quality student experience;
  • Nurturing an organizational culture that empowers faculty, promotes shared governance, and fosters interprofessional education and collaborations;
  • Overseeing student recruitment and retention initiatives to ensure strategic growth of the School of Nursing;
  • Recruiting, retaining, supporting and mentoring faculty who will continue the School's progress;
  • Using a data-informed approach to manage and prioritize an annual operating budget to achieve the School of Nursing's strategic goals;
  • Advocating for the School and increasing its visibility and reputation regionally, nationally, and internationally;
  • Supporting current grant programs and securing additional resources and funds to advance the School and expand student learning opportunities;
  • Promote professional development opportunities and ensure inclusion in the university's educational training for health professionals, continuing education conferences, and workshops;
  • Provides academic leadership in strategic planning activities which formulate, implement and evaluate goals and objectives for the school;
  • Directs resource utilization for the School of Nursing in collaboration with regional deans, associate deans, department chairs, and the faculty;
  • Responsible for promoting and maintaining compliance with state and national accreditation standards; and,
  • Performs other duties as required for the success of the university and/or the School of Nursing.

Required Qualifications

  • An experienced nursing executive with a PhD, doctorate in nursing, or similar earned doctorate and an outstanding track record of accomplishment in nursing education, and research;
  • If the PhD is not in nursing, in addition to the PhD, a  Master of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited university and/or program is required;
  • Evidence of a minimum of five (5) years of significant administrative and leadership experience at an academic institution, serving as dean, associate/assistant dean, department chair, vice chair, or director of a major program, or similar academic leadership role;
  • Eligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas;
  • An experienced nursing executive with an outstanding track record of accomplishment in nursing education, and research;
  • Experience in research, academic, and clinical achievement, commensurate with qualifications consistent for appointment to the faculty at the rank of full professor;
  • Nationally and internationally recognized in the field of nursing education and research; and,
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully working with employees, students, and patients from different and varied backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with developing and leading student recruitment and retention in health professions programs;
  • Involvement in innovative curriculum design for in-person and web-based education delivery methods;
  • Support the use of emerging technologies and simulations to enhance student learning;
  • Significant experience with financial and budget management;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and involvement with accreditation processes of healthcare academic programs;
  • A proven record for promoting and supporting communication, interprofessional collaboration, shared governance, and team building;
  • A strong record of recruiting and retaining faculty and staff;
  • Established record of service with local and national professional organizations
  • Experience leading and supporting clinical track, tenure track, adjunct, and contract faculty;
  • Results-focused leadership promoting faculty, staff, and student development;
  • Experience in preparing and administering grants up to and including the federal level;
  • Proven results in development of donors;
  • Outreach with external stakeholders to develop academic practice partnerships; and,
  • Track record of fostering high-quality student-centered degree, certificate, and lifelong learning academic experiences.

Pay Statement

Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.

EEO Statement

As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

Jeanne Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal statute requiring colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and security information. By October 1 of each year, institutions must publish and distribute their Annual Campus Security Policy & Crime Statistics Report (ASR) to current and prospective students and employees. You can locate this report through our website at: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/emergency/clery-report.aspx.

Pay Basis


Pay Grade Minimum

salary commensurate with related education, experience and/or skills

Pay Grade Maximum

salary commensurate with related education, experience and/or skills

Grant Funded?


Job Type

Full Time

Job Group

Executive Administration



Travel Required

Up to 50%

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