Dean of our College of Nursing and Health Professions

The Position

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) invites applications and nominations for an outstanding and innovative leader as the next Dean of our College of Nursing and Health Professions.

The Dean reports directly to the Provost, serves as the College’s chief academic officer and represents the College as a member of the Provost’s Council. The dean will provide transformative leadership for the College to build a greater depth of programming to attract high-ability students with diverse interests and backgrounds.

The Dean will work closely with 14 department chairs, multiple other direct reports, faculty, and other University staff as they collectively pursue teaching excellence and greater national and international prominence and higher rankings through the pursuit of scholarly and creative work. Working alongside USI’s faculty and administrative team, the dean will implement a strategic vision for the College. 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.

Responsibilities of the Dean

The Dean exercises broad responsibilities for leadership and management of the College’s programs, finances, and people including:

  • Establishing a long-term vision for the College consistent with the University’s mission and strategic priorities
  • Oversight of College facilities including representing College interests in the upcoming major renovation of the Health Professions building
  • Ensuring the College programs achieve and maintain accreditation
  • Assisting with the University’s regional accreditation
  • 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 collaborations
  • Overseeing student recruitment and retention initiatives to ensure strategic growth of the College
  • Recruiting, retaining, supporting and mentoring faculty who will continue the College’s progress
  • Using a data-informed approach to manage and prioritize an annual operating budget to achieve the College’s strategic goals
  • Advocating for the College and increasing its visibility and reputation regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Supporting current grant programs and securing additional resources and funds to advance the College and expand student learning opportunities
  • Overseeing the College’s Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning, which provides accredited professional development opportunities for health professionals through certificate programs, continuing education conferences, and workshops
  • Support the collaborative partnership with the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center to advance their mission of recruiting, educating and retaining health care professionals in under-resourced communities

Applicant Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in a healthcare discipline OR a doctorate plus an earned terminal degree in a healthcare field
  • Academic qualifications and achievements consistent with an appointment as a tenured, full professor in the College
  • Evidence of a minimum of three years of significant leadership experience in an academic setting
  • Documented expertise in a healthcare field with unencumbered licensure/certification/registration
  • A strong vision for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion

Desired Qualities:

  • Experience with developing and leading student recruitment and retention in health professions programs
  • Involvement in innovative curriculum design for in-person and online education delivery methods
  • Support the use of emerging technologies and simulations to enhance student learning
  • 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
  • Track record of fostering high-quality student-centered degree, certificate, and lifelong learning academic experiences

Information for Applicants

The review of credentials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit materials by January 10, 2022. Application materials must include:

  • A letter of intent describing interest in and qualifications for the position with an emphasis on leadership philosophy.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Five references to include the names, addresses, email, and telephone numbers for each. Indicate professional relationship with each. References will not be contacted until finalists are identified.

Applications and Nominations

All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential. Finalists will be publicly identified prior to campus visit. Application materials should be submitted via the USI Human Resources website at: Nominations and questions should be forwarded to Kate Rotramel: More information is available on the USI website at:

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, the University of Southern Indiana considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy or marital status, national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other category protected by law or identified by the University as a protected class.