Montana State University Associate Dean, College of Nursing - Undergraduate Programs in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18123

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Martha Peters phone: 406-994-2671

Classification Title

Working Title Associate Dean, College of Nursing - Undergraduate Programs

Brief Position Overview

The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs provides administrative leadership for the baccalaureate program in the College of Nursing (CON) and reports to the Dean of the College. The Associate Dean coordinates with the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator and the Undergraduate Program Assistant and works closely with the college’s faculty, administrative team, staff and students to accomplish his/her duties.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Negotiable

Position Number

Department College of Nursing

Division College of Nursing

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Other

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Montana State University College of Nursing offers a baccalaureate degree, an accelerated second degree option, and master’s and doctoral (DNP) graduate degrees in nursing. We provide our single undergraduate curriculum in five locations across the state (Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Missoula, and Kalispell) to better serve the needs of our students and the state health care system. The graduate degree program is largely distance delivered and offers curriculum options including: master focused on rural clinical leadership (MN) and DNP (family nurse practitioner and psych-mental health nurse practitioner). A Certificate in Nursing Education is also offered. The College of Nursing offers a research supportive environment in which tenure track faculty focus on projects of relevance to health care in rural and isolated areas. The College has been recognized nationally for its work in rural nursing practice, theory development and research, and the preparation of health care providers to serve rural areas. The Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP), a project to recruit and retain American Indian students into nursing, is a national model for such work.

This position provides administrative leadership for the baccalaureate program in the College of Nursing (CON). The Associate Dean is an integral member of the CON Leadership Team and works closely with the CON administrators, faculty, and students to implement the CON’s strategic plan and promote the mission of the College. The individual holding this position reports to the Dean of the College. The office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs is on the main campus in Bozeman. The Associate Dean position is a full-time fiscal year administrative appointment. This position will also be a tenure track or non-tenure track faculty member in the College of Nursing with academic rank negotiable.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides innovative leadership in the undergraduate program in response to College, university, professional, and health care changes and needs.

  • Facilitates, seeks approval for, and oversees, implementation of new undergraduate programs and initiatives in the College.

  • Oversees the undergraduate program/s admission processes.

  • Oversees the assessment of student learning outcomes processes for the undergraduate program/s.

  • Oversees the processes for clinical requirements compliance tracking across the five campuses of the College.

  • Oversees the integrated total testing program for the undergraduate program/s across the five campuses of the College.

  • Oversees integration of simulation across the five campuses of the College.

  • Oversees the documentation and tracking of student data related to admission, progression, and graduation.

  • Serves on university committees relevant to the undergraduate program (e.g. Assistant Deans’ Council; Assessment & Outcomes committee).

  • Collaborates with staff from the Office of Student Success including overseeing and coordinating college-wide undergraduate student recruitment and orientation efforts, new student orientation activities and MSU Fridays, and undergraduate student advisement.

  • Serves on CON committees including Executive Council; Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee (UAAC) – ex officio; Scholastic Committee; Scholarship Committee.

  • Assures CON communications regarding undergraduate curricula and schedules are accurate and advanced in a timely manner.

  • Collaborates with CON Administrative staff to assure regulatory reports (e.g. accreditation, Board of Nursing) and responses are accurate, complete, responsive to standards, and submitted in a timely manner.

  • Communicates regularly with campus directors regarding the traditional and accelerated undergraduate programs including procedural issues and changes, student concerns and/or achievements, resources, and curricula.

  • Administers and monitors undergraduate academic policies.

  • Assumes responsibility for accuracy of undergraduate information on CON web site and other outlets.

  • Counsels applicants, pre-nursing, and nursing students on an as needed basis regarding the nursing program and academic progression.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

For non- tenure track Faculty :

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited program in nursing or in a related field.

  • License or ability to become licensed as a registered nurse in Montana by date of hire.

  • Experience in higher education nursing program

  • Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.

For Tenurable Faculty:

  • Must be able to be tenured through an expedited process based on the College of Nursing Role and Scope and the Faculty Handbook

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited program in nursing or in a related field.

  • Licensed or ability to become licensed as a registered nurse in Montana by date of hire.

  • Experience in higher education nursing program

  • Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Administrative experience including supervisory responsibilities

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Demonstrate effectiveness in the performance of responsibilities

  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills

  • Possess excellent decision-making abilities, initiative, and organizational skills.

  • Skilled at prioritizing and working on multiple projects.

  • Demonstrate innovative and optimistic thinking.

  • Consistently act with integrity and vision.

  • Be a self-starter who is able to work productively with limited supervision.

  • Be a team player.

  • Demonstrate effectiveness in interacting with diverse constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and other groups

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

The position for which you have applied MAY BE a Union position. Union affiliation is determined by job duties and the collective bargaining unit.

  • Non-Tenure Track Faculty – Any position that is .5 FTE or more is represented by the Associated Faculty of Montana State University (AFMSU). Faculty covered by AFMSU must begin paying either membership dues or representation fees within thirty (30) days of hire. This is a condition of employment. Additional information can be found at AFMSU or by emailing AFSMU .

  • Any position less than .5 FTE is not represented by the Union and is not required to pay dues.

  • If the FTE changes during employment, the representational status of this position could be impacted.

  • Exceptions: Anyone having successfully completed a PEI exam or any faculty working in Extension are exempt from the Union

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The entire baccalaureate program can be completed at any campus. The Undergraduate Program consists of pre-nursing and nursing students. Pre-nursing students receive advisement each semester and through the application process to upper division (junior year). In Fall, 2016 there were 520 pre-nursing students at MSU. The Traditional BSN program admits 104 students each semester to one of the five campuses. The Accelerated BSN program admits 48 students annually. Completion rates for both programs are measured from the beginning of upper division course work to completion of the program in 4 consecutive semesters and have consistently remained at > 91%. MSU College of Nursing NCLEX-RN® first time test taker pass rates have historically exceeded state and national pass rates with that rate averaging over 90% for the past 20 years. The College of Nursing has also earned national recognition for excellence in programs that support the recruitment and success of Native American nursing students.

The graduate program is fully accredited by CCNE and offers two degrees, each with two pathways to higher education: (1) Masters of Nursing (MN) (ADRN-MN or BSN-MN track) and (2) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (BSN-DNP or MN-DNP track). Graduate students are prepared to take national certification exams as either clinical nurse leaders (MN degree) or nurse practitioners focused on either Family/Individual or Psychiatric/Mental Health populations (DNP degree). At present 93 students are enrolled in the graduate program and the college boasts a 100% pass rate on the certification exams. The majority of our graduates remain in the state to care for Montana citizens. The graduate program is distance delivered via web-based or web-enhanced courses, teleconference, and internet video conferencing. Face-to-face classes are held in Bozeman once each year. Clinical supervision is provided across the state by board certified advanced practice faculty.

The Department

The College’s mission is to enhance the health of the people of Montana, our nation, and the global community by providing leadership for professional nursing through excellence in education, research, practice and service.

Accordingly, we:

  • Inspire baccalaureate and graduate students, within a diverse, challenging, and engaging learning environment, to become leaders in the practice of professional nursing.

  • Create an interactive environment in which faculty and students discover, learn, and integrate knowledge into nursing practice.

  • Serve as leaders in nursing by generating, translating, and disseminating knowledge through research and scholarly activities.

  • Promote health and wellness through professional practice, collaboration, consultation, civic engagement, education, and leadership.

The College

The College of Nursing was founded in 1937 and has received continuous national accreditation since 1949. The MSU College of Nursing is a multi-site program with campuses in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on June 28, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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