Associate Dean for Academic Advancement

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Nursing
SON: Academic Advancement
Location : Name
Clairmont Campus
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
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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’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NWHSN) is one of the nation’s top nursing programs. NHWSN is conducting a national search for an Associate Dean for Academic Advancement who is a leader and champion in supporting diverse faculty as they develop their scholarship and leadership and prepare NHWSN nursing students to work collaboratively and effectively in complex and evolving health care systems. The Associate Dean thrives on academic entrepreneurship, embraces the energy of change and innovation, values and champions diversity and inclusion, and is committed to ensuring that faculty are prepared to advance nursing education, research, practice, and service.


Reporting directly to the Dean of the School of Nursing and as a member of Leadership Council, the Associate Dean for Academic Advancement position provides additional leadership for the School to achieve its strategic goals, works collaboratively with all the other Associate Deans and Assistant Deans and the faculty accelerating the excellence and growth of the NHWSN assuring a culture of educational excellence, faculty leadership, discovery and scholarship and innovative practice.


The Associate Dean ensures adherences to the NHWSN’s values and contributes to the leadership and achievement the University’s strategic initiatives; directs and executes programs and/or systems enhancing faculty effectiveness; maintains authority over the fiscal management of the Office of Academic Advancement; and provides visionary leadership throughout the University and through engagement with key nursing organizations.


The responsibilities of the Associate Dean for Academic Advancement extend across the whole faculty, including those on all tracks.  This role will supervise recruitment and hiring, orientation and mentorship of new faculty, support of junior and midcareer faculty in their efforts to secure promotion in all tracks, and tenure, provide career advancement support to faculty, lead overarching initiatives to enhance the professional development of the faculty, and oversee all faculty administration actions.


The Associate Dean will work collaboratively with other Associate/Assistant Deans, faculty members, and administrators across the university to ensure NHWSN is successful in its mission. This individual will represent the School of Nursing on academic affairs within the Provost’s Office working closely with the Council of Associate Deans from colleges across Emory University.  The Associate Dean may chair relevant committees within the school and lead strategic initiatives as well as serve on institutional-level committees. Through hiring, tenure and promotion decisions, and executive leadership presence, this role leads the development of vision and strategy for change that improves the school overall.


The Associate Dean for Academic Advancement engages in four broad areas of responsibility:  Faculty Recruitment, Faculty Development, Faculty Mentorship, and Leadership and Administration.



Faculty Recruitment

  • Recruits, hires, and develops a diverse faculty to meet the strategic initiatives of the school in collaboration with the Faculty Search Committee, Associate and Assistant Deans, and Dean;
  • Facilitates appointment and progression to promotion and tenure;
  • Leads the development of forecasting faculty needs to strategize a faculty recruitment plan;
  • Assures that NHWSN is adhering to best practices for inclusive faculty hiring and that recruitment and hiring metrics are maintained;
  • Ensures that comprehensive onboarding and orientation programs for faculty are developed to foster a smooth transition to the School and University community, and advance goals of inclusive excellence.


Faculty Development

  • Supports the advancement of a diverse interdisciplinary faculty, across all tracks, and promotes an inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff;
  • Assures that new and continuing faculty are fully engaged in teaching, scholarship and service to the university;
  • Leads the management and implementation of the faculty annual review process including documentation of accomplishments and evaluation of teaching, scholarship, service and other activities;
  • Analyses, reviews, and recommends action on faculty salary and equity issues;
  • Oversees implementation of data capturing infrastructure, monitors targets and provides analysis on the impact of faculty development programs including analyzing and identifying trends and issues along with proposed action steps for the School to consider to remedy or enhance faculty development and retention;
  • Facilitates and communicate decisions regarding faculty performance, including appointment and progression to promotion and tenure, analyses of met goals appropriate for rank, merit reviews, award nominations, and peer, student or class evaluations;
  • Manages faculty workload in collaboration with Associate Dean for Education and Assistant Deans for prelicensure and Graduate education to facilitate the implementation of the curricula across the undergraduate and graduate degree programs including ensuring appropriate faculty to provide quality instruction for all courses and fairness in teaching assignments for all faculty;
  • Facilitates faculty governance including involvement and leadership in faculty related decisions and committees within the NHWSN and University;
  • Maintains ongoing communication with relevant faculty leaders regarding faculty developmental needs in teaching, research, practice, and service, and manages the resources needed to advance faculty development;
  • Leads and ensures successful recognition of faculty through awards, fellowship nominations and other accolades in collaboration with the offices of communication and the Awards Committee;
  • Conducts exit interviews with faculty to assess reasons and identify trends for departure;
  • Assists faculty in accessing available resources such as leave or referrals for support if they are experiencing challenges with health, family, or faculty responsibilities.


Faculty Mentorship

  • Plans, implements and evaluates the faculty mentoring program for its support of diverse faculty progression;
  • Ensures equitable access to resources that support faculty growth as nationally and internationally recognized experts and scholars;
  • Supports faculty in mentoring roles and assures the faculty, particularly those at junior ranks, have individual mentoring plans developed that meet their diverse needs and monitors opportunities for scholarly growth and productivity;
  • Provides guidance for career development among junior faculty including CV preparation, facilitating mentor/mentee relationships, and providing guidance on disseminating work locally, nationally, and internationally;
  • Provides one-on-one and group-based coaching and mentoring support.


Leadership and Administration

  • Contributes as a leader in the Dean's Leadership Council, providing broad collaborative leadership, intellectual vision, and guidance of the school's strategic plan;
  • Works collaboratively within the school and university to foster an environment of academic excellence, collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness;
  • Advances scholarship and seeks resources within and outside the school to advance strategic direction and make accomplishments visible;
  • Represents the School of Nursing on academic affairs within the Provost’s Office working closely with the Council of Associate Deans;
  • In collaboration with the Dean and Leadership Council, ensures the NHWSN is compliant with the University and external standard and policies;
  • Manages adjunct faculty support functions, joint appointments, and nursing leadership (e.g. Emory HealthCare/Children’s HealthCare of Atlanta) collaborations;
  • Manages school financial and staff resources to plan and implement faculty development activities and programs, including hiring and management of Office of Academic Advancement team members, the finances related to faculty salaries, and funds for professional development in collaboration with the Dean and Chief Financial Officer;
  • Develops a strong working relationship with the Advancement and Alumni Engagement office to identify, publicize and promote programs, faculty, students, and events; and collaborate to identify external resources matching the school’s mission and strategic direction;
  • Leads the implementation of relevant University policies e.g. work-life balance, retirement, leave and other personnel actions in collaboration with human resources;
  • Supervises the OAA team and assures the quality of work of the faculty and staff who support the faculty recruitment, retention, development and administrative processes;
  • Oversees systems to assure quality and accuracy in the documentation and reporting of faculty data in surveys, metrics and strategic reports;
  • Serves as the designee representing the Dean and or NHWSN as requested for university and external audiences.



The successful candidate will exercise astute judgment in all matters related to faculty development activities and monitoring of career progression. The position requires flexibility and the ability to respond to multiple demands in a time-sensitive manner, willingness and ability to participate as a team member and to work collaboratively with NHWSN leadership. The Associate Dean should have the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Earned research doctorate. A terminal degree at the PhD or PhD/DNP dual degree level;
  • Eligible for a faculty appointment at the Associate or) Full Professor (preferred) level and meets requirements for tenure at Emory;
  • Eligible for RN License in State of Georgia based on educational background;
  • A strong record of scholarship supported by extramural funding;
  • Experience developing and mentoring faculty in the areas of leadership, professionalism, and career development;
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Experience leading and navigating within a matrix organization;
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse community of faculty, staff and students as a faculty member in a university;
  • Ability to conduct difficult conversations that maintain dignity and respect;
  • Possess a good sense of humor, empathy and self-confidence.





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