Associate Dean for Nursing (Exempt)

College: Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

An application for this position consists of an HSU Application, a resume and a document detailing your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (see below). The completed application package should be emailed to Human Resources at  and cc: Tessa Wilson at

POSITION: Associate Dean for Nursing (Exempt)

LOCATION:  Abilene, TX

START DATE:  As soon as possible

SUPERVISOR: Dean of Nursing  

HSU CHRISTIAN STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT -  Candidate must profess a Christian Faith and commitment to Jesus Christ, maintain an active church involvement, and hold the Old Testament and New Testament to be sacred scriptures.

SCOPE : Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN) serves the students and communities of interest for Hardin-Simmons and McMurry Universities (known as the Consortium") located in Abilene, Texas. This arrangement provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with students and faculty from two distinct private, Christian universities through an inter-institutional relationship.

The leadership team of PHSSN has the responsibility for setting a strategic direction that establishes a clear vision for the School of Nursing, as well as influencing major changes within the consortium. To continue that tradition, PHSSN is seeking an innovative and motivated leader to coordinate and supervise the instructional curriculum and services that ensure excellent program outcomes. The Associate Dean serves as a member of the Administrative Council and participates in the development, planning, evaluation and administration of undergraduate and graduate programs. As the Associate Dean, the selected candidate will be working with diverse faculty, staff and student populations while assisting and advising the Dean of the School of Nursing, on all matters relating to the School's undergraduate and graduate programs.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This job is sedentary in nature. Must be able to sit for long periods of time while performing office functions. Occasional light lifting may be required.  

TRAVEL/TIME REQUIREMENTS: Moderate travel required.


Doctoral Degree (Ph.D, Ed.D, DNP). Degree must be from a regionally-accredited institution. DNP and CNE preferred.

Minimum of three to five years of recent teaching experience in an undergraduate and graduate nursing program.

Unrestricted Texas licensure as RN or ARNP.

Three to five years of progressive academic leadership experience in RN instructional nursing and graduate program.

Strong understanding of nursing education. 

Must have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

Satisfactory criminal background check.

Administrative experience in an academic setting.

Appropriate participation and service in professional and/or community organizations. Ability and skills to work independently and collaboratively with faculty, students and others.

Demonstrated ability to use MS Office Suite and related software programs. 

Knowledge of accreditation processes, as well as approval process by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Ability to assess outcomes of nursing courses/program for purposes of student success and program accountability.

Demonstrated leadership experience, knowledge and skills in a nursing program, and working with cultural diversity.

Must be knowledgeable about current instructional delivery strategies (e.g. concept-based curriculum, active learning techniques) including curriculum development and evidenced-based education.

Ability to think creatively, and with innovation in mind, to meet the current needs of the profession and students. This would include alternative educational delivery and instructional tools such as distance learning techniques

Experience in grant writing.

Understanding of the School of Nursing and Universities (Consortium) mission and the student population the universities serve, as well as commitment to a comprehensive philosophy and the Christian faith.

An understanding of multi-cultural aspects of students, as well as patients, is critical in preparing students for success and competence both in school and the workplace upon graduation. 

Knowledge and experience of best practices in curriculum development and evaluation are highly valued.

A strong record of scholarship or research and a commitment to an ongoing program of research or scholarship is preferred.

Prior experience with grantsmanship is desirable.



  1. Provides leadership in the ongoing development of the undergraduate, graduate nursing and other programs within the School of Nursing. 
  2. Serves as a member of the Graduate Council and the University Assessment Committee.
  3. Administers the appointments of student workers, teaching assistants and other programs of financial aid and scholarships for students.
  4. Develops, implements and maintains an effective system of academic recruitment, advisement, and matriculation for students. 
  5. Provides and monitors the effectiveness of orientation programs for students, new full and part time faculty. 
  6. Actively pursues grants and outside funding sources for major projects and equipment, as well as, support of curricular developments, as appropriate.  
  7. Coordinates academic matters with appropriate units in the Consortium to implement the undergraduate and graduate curricula. 
  8. Manages faculty and student academic leave of absence requests, petitions and grievances in accordance with established policies in collaboration with the Dean. 
  9. Assures the effective development and operation of the associate dean's office.
  10. Participates in the overall operation of the School of Nursing.
  11. Demonstrates leadership to and management of the nursing programs, to include initiative in maintaining and in improving the quality of instruction. 
  12. Organizes, plans and implements nursing pinning ceremonies in cooperation with the Dean and the Pinning Committee.
  13. Assesses effectiveness of nursing student admissions process and provides recommendations for improvement to the Dean, as needed. 
  14. Recommends program textbook, software, hardware, laboratory equipment, and curriculum changes to the Dean, upon obtaining appropriate faculty input. 
  15. Advises the Dean of issues and concerns that may have University-wide administrative impact. 
  16. Effectively represents the School of Nursing when serving on assigned University committees and attending community functions.
  17. Participate in state and national initiatives that directly impact nursing education.
  18. Communicates with outside agencies, including those pertinent to compliance.
  19. Participates in collaborative relationships which promote positive School and community relations.
  20. The Associate Dean will act as a liaison with the Vice Presidents of Student Development, and Enrollment, as well as other persons within the consortium and attend regular meetings as called by the Consortium.
  21. Participates in the planning and management of the fiscal resources allocated to the School.
  22.  Prepares and/or contributes to reports and records related to academic programs.
  23. Maintain accurate and current records and prepares reports as required by the Dean.
  24. Monitors nursing program retention and placement rates, submits retention data to the Dean and provides recommendations for improvement, as needed. 
  25. Assists the Dean in the recruitment and selection of nursing faculty, laboratory and simulation staff.
  26. Participates in research and scholarly activities.
  27. Serves as a resource person for faculty and students.
  28. Collaborates with the Dean in preparing performance evaluations of nursing faculty and evaluates the effectiveness of instruction. 
  29. Implements and assesses a plan for improving University/clinical agency relations through the use of effective communications and regular site visits to affiliate agencies.
  30. Coordinate the activities of the Nursing Department Committees and School of Nursing Advisory Committee.
  31. Assesses clinical facility placement needs and evaluates the quality of clinical facilities in accordance with Board of Nursing Rules to ensure that clinical learning experiences are able to satisfy course and program objectives. 
  32. Ensure that all contracts with agencies are current and ensure compliance with agency requirements.
  33. Maintains currency of knowledge in nursing education by attending state and national meetings of nursing educators and administrators. 
  34. Fosters a departmental climate that supports collegiality and professional development of students, faculty and staff. 

Program Evaluation  

  1. Implements and monitors the Systematic Plan for the continuous assessment of program effectiveness and provides recommendations to the Dean for improvement, as needed. 
  2. Participates in program analysis and implementation of the strategic plan.
  3. Provides program data, reports and schedules to the Dean and Nursing Program
  4. Ensures that all evaluation and assessment data for all programs are collected and analyzed, with data outcomes shared with the appropriate committee, the Dean, and the faculty.
  5. Provides leadership in the implementation of the University and School Assessment and Evaluation Plan for all programs.
  6. Develops and implements the curriculum evaluation component of the nursing program.
  7. Establishes and monitors academic standards for the nursing programs. 


  1. Maintains program compliance with Board of Nursing rules and program accreditation standards. 
  2. Submits annual reports through the Dean to the Board of Nursing and other applicable agencies.
  3. Serves as the School's liaison with the Board of Nursing regarding continuing education for nurses.
  4. Address Texas Board of Nursing communications and ensure regular communication with affiliates' Deans and Directors of Nursing on behalf of the School and Nursing.
  5. In collaboration with the Dean, ensure that all program(s) maintain approval and national accreditations.

Assumes other assignments as delegated by the dean.

May assume responsibility for the administration of the School in the dean's absence.

KSA's (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)  on a separate sheet of paper, complete the KSA information listed below. Using any standard word processing program, please write a paragraph for each KSA listed describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities. This is your opportunity to express your background and qualifications in each area. Relate the KSAs to the Essential Duties when possible. Explain your qualifications from your background, education, current job and/or previous jobs as they relate to each function. Interview decisions will be based on the information provided.

  1. Computer Skills  
  2. Professional/Business Office Experience  
  3. Human Relations/Customer Service   
  4. Communication  
  5. Office Management  
  6. Christian  

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the  HSU Benefits Summary  on the HSU website.

EEO / ADA Statement:  

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service. HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and may lawfully consider an applicant's religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU's mission.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the organization or would change the essential functions of the job. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.

Background Screen

HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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