Associate Dean of Academic Programs

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is seeking a dynamic, mission-minded, academic leader to maintain and grow the reputation of the College of Nursing as a regional, national, and international leader in nursing education. The duties of the Associate Dean for Academic Programs contribute in the effort to further the mission of UAMS: To improve the health, healthcare, and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation, and world.

The person in this position serves as a vital partner in framing the strategic direction for the educational mission of the institution and College of Nursing. The Associate Dean for Academic Programs collaborates with academic associate deans across UAMS, the Provost’s Office, and academic, clinical, and regulatory agencies within the state and region. As an integral member of the College of Nursing executive leadership team, the Associate Dean for Academic Programs reports directly to the Dean of the UAMS College of Nursing.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position are welcome.


About the College of Nursing

The UAMS College of Nursing, established in 1953, is committed to scholarly excellence in (1) under-graduate and graduate nursing education, (2) research, and (3) service to the University, profession and society.

The College of Nursing provides exemplary and comprehensive nursing educational programs. The College of Nursing offers educational programs to prepare professional nurses as generalists and for advanced practice, teaching, research, and administrative roles, thereby enhancing health care for the people of Arkansas. The College of Nursing offers doctoral (DNP, PhD), masters, post-master’s certificate, and baccalaureate (BSN and RN to BSN) nursing programs with an enrollment of over 700 undergraduate and graduate students. The College enhances access to education in this rural, agrarian state by offering degree programs and courses for nurses through distance education modalities and through clinical affiliation agreements with health care facilities around the state.

The UAMS College of Nursing advances the body of nursing knowledge through scholarship in research. This community of scholars contributes to nursing science through research activities that are theory testing, theory generating, and of an applied or basic research nature. Focus areas include cardiovascular health, mental health/addiction, oncology, older adult health, and lifestyle interventions.

The service mission of the UAMS College of Nursing involves participation of faculty and students in academic, professional, and community organizations, as well as scholarly practice. Faculty practice as skilled clinicians, consultants, and professional experts in health care organizations and in the community.

The College of Nursing encompasses approximately 37,000 square feet on the Little Rock campus of UAMS, including learning laboratories, the Integrative Practice Center, the Simulation Center, classrooms with interactive video networking capabilities, conference rooms, and offices for administrators, faculty, and staff.

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Role & Responsibilities:

  • Formulate, in conjunction with the faculty and administration, a clear vision and strategic plan for our academic mission.
  • Provide leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of all academic programs within the College of Nursing.
  • Lead program approval and accreditation efforts, including coordinating the preparation of various reports (CCNE, AACN, Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, SREB, etc).
  • Oversee activities of the Student Services Office and Innovative Practice Center (IPC) to optimize effectiveness and efficiency.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Student Services, develop, implement, and evaluation appropriate processes and procedures for admission, registration, progression, withdrawal and advising of students.
  • Participate in UAMS committees/taskforces/councils relevant to the academic mission of the institution and college.
  • Collaborates with the Coordinator of the Innovative Practice Center to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based simulation education efforts within the College of Nursing programs.
  • Coordinate revisions of the College of Nursing Faculty Handbook, Student Handbook, and Catalog.
  • Review and sign all UAMS College of Nursing affiliation agreements for student clinical experiences, communicating with the College of Nursing program directors, faculty, and UAMS contract services personnel for suggested changes or edits.
  • Oversees student background check and drug screen compliance.
  • Participate in recruitment, selection, orientation, and retention of faculty for the respective programs and make recommendations to the dean.
  • Oversee the process for course, faculty, and program evaluation.
  • Lead projects and initiatives as requested by the Dean of the College of Nursing.
  • Engage in teaching and scholarly activities appropriate to faculty rank.

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

  • Doctoral degree in nursing
  • Licensure or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Arkansas
  • Teaching experience in graduate and undergraduate nursing programs
  • Accreditation experience, leading program accreditation and involvement in institutional accreditation
  • Academic leadership experience as a program director, chair, or assistant/associate dean.
  • Qualified for faculty appointment in at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. The ideal candidate will have national recognition as an educator, clinician, research scientist, and/or leader within the nursing profession.

Preferred Professional Experience and Characteristics

  • Strategic planning skills and expertise
  • Strong commitment to interprofessional cooperation and learning
  • Demonstrated track record of mentorship and evidence of having developed others in their academic careers
  • Understanding of compliance requirements at the federal and state levels.

Personal Characteristics

  • Well-developed emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Passion for excellence and a high level of energy and enthusiasm;
  • Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships;
  • Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity;
  • Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others; and
  • Unquestioned personal integrity.

Interested individuals are asked to submit their CV and a letter addressing their experiences that fulfill the criteria for this position to Julian Tunno, Manager of Executive and Faculty Recruitment at Contact Julian Tunno by phone at 501-686-2590.

Written nominations, inquiries, and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

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Did You Know?

UAMS was founded in 1879 by eight physicians. Today UAMS is the state’s only academic health center, part of a statewide network of postsecondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.

About the University

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers (six of which include family medicine practices and residency programs), and a comprehensive Medical Center. Its College of Medicine has held a unique and vital role in Arkansas for more than 130 years. UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located within the state, UAMS’s Little Rock campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas.