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Inaugural Chair, Department of Nursing

Providence College
Job Location:
Providence, Rhode Island
Rank: Associate Professor

Tenure Information: Tenure Track

Job Description

Providence College, a Catholic and Dominican institution committed to academic excellence in the liberal arts, seeks to fill the position of Inaugural Chair of the Department of Nursing in the newly established School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS). The chosen candidate is expected to begin by July of 2023.

The ideal candidate will be able to make meaningful connections between best-practices in nursing education dedicated to the dignity of the whole person and in support of the Catholic and Dominican Mission and identity of the College.

The College is planning to build a 100,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility on campus that will house the SNHS and its academic programs, which will include Bachelor of Science degree programs in Nursing, Health Sciences, and Health Policy and Management. This facility will serve as the setting for academic and experiential learning programs (i.e. classrooms and labs, undergraduate research, career education, etc.) for the next generation of healthcare providers.

As an institution that seeks to reflect the rich diversity of the human family and promotes the dignity, freedom and human flourishing of each member of its community, PC is seeking candidates who have demonstrated the clear capacity to affirm the College's commitment to support students from all backgrounds, including those from historically marginalized economic, social, and cultural populations.

Essential Duties

Provide strategic leadership and assume the primary responsibility for guiding the development and implementation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, as well as all future undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Lead the appointment and oversee the professional development of an outstanding teaching and practitioner faculty who are dedicated to scholarship, student development, and the College's distinctive Catholic and Dominican mission and identity.

Serve as a classroom instructor and collaborative leader in order to effectively facilitate interdisciplinary professional education within the new SNHS, as well as within academic programs in PC's other schools (Arts & Sciences, Business, Professional Studies, and Continuing Education) and among clinical partners in the community.

Actively integrate the Nursing program with the Catholic tradition. This will include, but not be limited to, ethical reflection opportunities grounded in Catholic moral principles in the contexts of nursing, healthcare disparities, and the human and spiritual dimensions of patient care.

Serve as a mentor who supports and inspires faculty to perform their responsibilities and duties as educators, clinical supervisors, laboratory instructors and researchers using the latest simulation and advanced educational technology. The successful candidate will also provide oversight of continuous program assessment, student academic progress and retention, and all other effectiveness measures required by accrediting bodies and in official College policy and procedures.

Education and Experience Required

The College is seeking applicants with extensive experience in executive leadership at an accredited nursing education program, curriculum development and assessment, teaching, research, clinical practice, and mission-focused strategic planning.

The Inaugural Chair of the Department of Nursing shall hold a Master's Degree in Nursing and a doctoral degree in nursing (DNP) or Ph.D. in nursing or a related field with a minimum of 10 years of experience in administration and research in higher education nursing or health sciences disciplines, hold an unencumbered license as a registered nurse, and be eligible for licensure in Rhode Island.

Posting Number: F149P

Close Date: 09/15/2022

Instructions to candidates

Applicants should apply online at the College's career site at and submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, statement/philosophy of nurse education leadership and teaching effectiveness, and a list of three references with contact information. The search will be led by Kyle J. McInnis, Sc.D. (, senior advisor to the president and inaugural dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. A review of applications will begin on September 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.
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