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Dean, School of Nursing Rochester, MI

Oakland University (OU), a public doctoral research institution in Southeastern Michigan, and its School of Nursing (SON) seek a dynamic, assured, proactive, and motivational leader to serve as its next Dean. The nationwide nursing shortage has a critical impact on regional and national healthcare systems and preparing nurses for an evolving workforce is more important than ever. The Dean will have a tremendous opportunity to help shape OU’s future and contribute to a competency-based framework for nursing education. The Dean will champion SON’s notable contributions by exercising high academic and administrative proficiency, integrity, and excellence in leadership. 

Recently elevated to an R2 institution, OU is embarking on a strategic journey to embrace and fortify its progressed research profile and to build a more diverse and inclusive environment that fosters student success and enhanced community engagement. Located in the Detroit metro area, SON is one of seven schools and colleges at the University. Its academic programs have consistently high enrollment and SON has been a pre-pandemic pioneer in online education at OU. The School’s talented faculty and staff and proven adaptability in trying times arm the next Dean with an opportunity to take nursing education to the next level and to further enhance its program offerings and enrollment. Reporting to and together with the Provost, Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis, a health education leader and health and educational equity advocate, the Dean will reach across the boundaries of the University and into the surrounding communities to strengthen the research portfolio, increase NIH and additional grant funding, successfully diversify recruitment efforts, and training and implementation of superlative standards in clinical care. Recently reaccredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Programs, the Dean will come onboard at an optimal time to lead the New Essentials curricular modifications in undergraduate and graduate programming brought forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The next OU SON Dean will engage, stimulate, and empower faculty and staff in the future growth of the School and support professional growth opportunities and enhance faculty and staff leadership skills. The Dean will be a strategic leader who will evaluate internal systems and programs for areas of improvement and efficiency and will harness opportunities for external partnerships that will further advance the School in the region and community. The next Dean will be an open-minded, approachable, social, and thoughtful colleague that will build upon OU’s tight-knit community with a deeper sense of connectedness and collegiality in a diverse and inclusive culture. With ensuring an outstanding student experience as their inner compass, the Dean will be an excellent relationship builder and transparent communicator, who will serve as a strong advocate for the SON and attract resources to further its mission. The Dean will deeply understand the dynamic healthcare environment and public health concerns and how to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders and nurse educators around the world.

Pam Pezzoli is leading this search with Tiffany Weber and Kendra Moleé.


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