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Department Chair, Family and Community Health Nursing

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Number F31340
Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty
Rank Associate Professor
Working Title Department Chair, Family and Community Health Nursing
School/Unit School of Nursing
Department Family & Community Health Nursing
Number of Months 12
Tenure Status Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? No

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

The mission of the School of Nursing is to improve health and the human condition through leadership in nursing research, education and service. Therefore we will:
-Sustain our tradition of leadership in educational excellence by preparing future scholars and leaders for nursing and health care.
-Be a nationally influential center in the development, translation and dissemination of science in biobehavioral clinical research.
-Be a national model for collaboration and partnerships between nursing education and nursing service in academic medical centers.
-Be a national model for clinical scholarship (development and dissemination) in the use of simulation, technology and innovation for best practices in education and practice.
-Provide services that benefit the profession and promote the health and wellbeing of diverse individuals, families, and communities

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

This is a full-time, tenure-eligible faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. This position serves as the Chair of the Family and Community Health Nursing department in the School of Nursing. The candidate must have demonstrated administrative or leadership experience with a community of scholars. The ideal candidate will possess a strong track record of funded research in nursing science and willingness and ability to provide visionary leadership and mentorship of faculty colleagues and students. The candidate should have experience in conducting significant research and hold interests that complement and expand existing expertise in the School of Nursing. Research areas of particular interest include biobehavioral clinical research, symptom management, and critical care, oncology, or health promotion across the life span.

Position Responsibilities

•Demonstrate commitment to contributing to VCU’s Quest for Distinction (
•Demonstrate an integrated academic life, contributing to the teaching, research, and service missions in an urban research-intensive university with an academic health sciences center
•Contribute to enhanced effectiveness of the community of scholars
•Mentor faculty for development of programs of research, excellence in teaching, and appropriate academic and professional service
•Represent the department within the School of Nursing.
•Establish goals for department and ensures goal achievement.
•Ensure adequate orientation for new faculty and staff assigned to the department.
•Assist with the recruitment and retention of qualified and diverse faculty and staff.
•Collaborate with the Program Directors for teaching assignments and ensuring adequate course coverage.
•Assign faculty workload based on faculty workload document and individual faculty priorities.
•Evaluate staff and full-time faculty within department.
•Ensure opportunities for faculty and staff development.
•Foster positive internal environment, work relationships, interpersonal communication, collaboration, and consensus building within the department and across the organization.
•Address faculty and staff issues within the department.
•Maintain personal academic faculty obligations in teaching, research, and service in accordance with area of expertise and as negotiated by Dean.
•Manage department resources.
•Interface with external constituents (university or community) as assigned.
•Provide leadership in all aspects of curriculum development and implementation across programs
•Engage faculty, students, and staff to foster a diverse community at VCU

Required Qualifications

•Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field, with at least one graduate degree in nursing consistent with the department specialty foci
•Currently licensed or eligible for licensure to practice nursing in Virginia
•Sustained history of externally funded research including, but not limited to, NIH funding
•A record of publications in top tiered journals in nursing and related disciplines
•Teaching and administrative experience in baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs
•Demonstrated leadership abilities including skill in collaborating with a community of scholars
•Outstanding mentoring and collaboration skills
•Excellent oral and written communication skills
•Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU

Preferred Qualifications

•Nurse practitioner licensure
•Qualifications and experience to meet criteria at our institution for appointment at the rank of Professor

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 08/26/2016
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline Date
Proposed Hire Date 10/25/2016
Type of Search
Application Process/Additional Information

Candidates must apply to this faculty position through the university’s career website at to be considered for this position. For further information about this position contact the LaToya Blizzard, Executive Coordinator, School of Nursing at (804) 827-1130 or Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
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  3. Reference Letter - 3