The Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Programs (ADGCP) is both a strategic leader and tactical contributor to the School of Nursing (SON). The ADGCP provides internal and external leadership for the Graduate Clinical Programs (MSN and DNP) in alignment with the SON mission, vision, and values. Working closely with the Associate Dean for Education the ADGCP develops goals and metrics designed to achieve outcomes. Collaborates with SON’s internal and external strategic partners integral to achieving outcomes. Leads the Graduate Clinical Program faculty team, student engagement, and delivery of high quality precision graduate clinical education. Develops internal and external metrics and feedback systems for continuous improvement. Develops a strategic plan for increasing visibility, reputation, and nationally ranking of the program. Establishes and implements effective strategies to ensure the right messaging reaches faculty, staff, students, and alumni, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the Graduate Clinical strategic work. Serves on or leads various school or university-wide committees, advisory groups, taskforces, or projects as appropriate. Provides input on the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of Graduate Clinical Program faculty. Works closely with the Associate Dean for Education (ADE), the Directors of DNP Programs, Graduate Specialty Coordinators, Program Administrators, Admissions, Curriculum and Progression Committees, and Faculty to ensure Clinical Graduate program outcomes and continuous improvement; including collaboration on course offerings, program changes, and student experiences. Collaborates with the Associate Dean for Admission and Financial Aid (ADAFA) regarding student recruitment, admission, and financial aid programs; collaborates with the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives to support all students, including those with special needs, testing accommodations, and mental health needs; collaborates with the Associate Dean for Clinical Partnerships on issues related to clinical placements for students; and collaborates with the Associate Dean for Research and the Director of Graduate Studies to assure appropriate integration of research and faculty research expertise into curriculum. Reports to the ADE regarding all curricular, programmatic, and student issues.
The ADGCP will hold a terminal degree (PhD or equivalent, or DNP), licensure as a Registered Nurse, and certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Experience in graduate clinical nursing education is required and academic nursing leadership experience is preferred. This is a three-year administrative position with re-appointment annually based upon performance appraisal completed by the Associate Dean for Education (ADE).
Under the Supervision of the Associate Dean for Education the ADGCP will ensure the following:
- Strategically aligns with the ADE and SON Leadership team
- Cultivates innovative approaches to advance the Graduate Clinical programs in accordance with the NHWSN’s mission and vision
- Sets the standard for precision competency-based education to improve student learning and success
- Leads strategic action with key stakeholders integral to achieving outcomes
Program Leadership and Management
- Leads the Graduate Clinical programs to eminence in outcomes and reputation
- As the Graduate Clinical Programs leader, exhibits vision, courage, and optimism
- Collaborates with NHWSN, Emory, and community leaders to promote community, partnership, mentoring and diverse perspectives
- Oversees the DNP Program Directors, Graduate Clinical Specialty Coordinators (APRN), and faculty to achieve high quality precision education and student success, including student success policy and strategy development
- Oversees Graduate Clinical Program student experience outcomes; ensuring students are treated with respect and dignity
- Advances diversity and inclusion priorities in collaboration with the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives
- Leads student engagement that fosters leadership and student outcomes
- Provides leadership in the management of the Graduate Clinical Programs through curriculum development, implementation of innovations, systematic evaluation, and program planning
- Collaborates with the DNP Program Directors and Graduate Clinical Specialty Coordinators to conduct faculty meetings, program evaluation, and development
- Ensures use of innovative technological teaching methods and tools for continuous improvement of the Graduate Clinical Programs, including advancement of distance education delivery models
- Collaborates with the Associate Dean and Director for Clinical Partnerships to ensure clinical education competencies are achieved
- Ensures achievement of credentialing and accreditation standards
- Advises on hiring, supervision, and evaluation of the Graduate Clinical program faculty, including identifying programmatic needs for faculty recruitment and retention
- Responsible for Graduate Clinical programs faculty assignments in collaboration with Program Directors and SADAA
- Collaborates with the Director of Curriculum and Accreditation to develop and maintain program policies and student handbook and assures compliance with all educational and accreditation policies.
- Oversees Graduate Clinical program curriculum development, including approval of recommendations for course, curricula and program changes submitted to the Curriculum committee.
- Collaborates with Director of Curriculum and Accreditation, Program Directors, and faculty to develop schema for course offerings and schedules each semester in compliance with university expectations and policies
- Completes proof of program completion, including specifics of courses and clinical hours for graduates
- Ensures strategic alignment with the SON leadership team, as a member or ex-officio member of SON committees, including the SON Curriculum Committee, Admissions Committee, Progressions Committee, Program Evaluation Committee, Faculty Search, and Advisory Committees.
University and Community Engagement
- Develops and maintains strategic relationships to advance the Graduate Clinical programs outcomes
- Collaborates with Emory University, WHSC, EHC, and community leaders to advance Graduate Clinical education
- Chairs the SON Graduate Clinical Education Advisory Council
- Supports strategic alignment with the SON leadership team, as a member of external committees
- Serves on university committees on registration, calendar, and academic compliance as needed.
- Oversees the Graduate Clinical Student Advisement and Mentoring Program in collaboration with Graduate Clinical program directors
- Develops and oversees student success initiatives with Program Directors and the School Progression Committee
- Mentors and sponsors Graduate Clinical programs faculty to advance education, scholarship, and professional development outcomes
Student Recruitment and Enrollment
- Advances SON Leadership’s goals related to enrollment in collaboration with Admissions
- Sets standards in collaboration with Admissions for student eligibility, uses internal and external data, and supports admission of high quality candidates for Graduate Clinical programs
Metrics and Outcomes
- Ensures Graduate Clinical Programs outcomes meet the high quality standards of the NHWSN, including a focus on retaining and advancing the program’s advanced practice certification pass rates
- Advances SON leadership’s goals related to enrollment in collaboration with Admissions
- Advances SON leadership’s goals related to clinical partnerships and IPE initiatives in collaboration with Office of Clinical Placements
- Advances SON leadership’s goals related to graduation rates
- Advances SON leadership’s goals related to certification pass rates
- Advances SON leadership’s goals related to program national recognition
Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.
Emory University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.