East Tennessee State University (ETSU), located in the Appalachian Highlands of Tennessee, invites applications and nominations for an experienced, creative, student-focused, and impassioned academic leader to serve as Dean of the College of Nursing. We seek a visionary who will foster the College’s leadership role in the state and nation as they lead a dynamic faculty in their quest for innovation and excellence in education, research, clinical practice, and their commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The incoming Dean will become an integral member of a diverse, progressive ETSU Health leadership team, which encompasses the educational, clinical, and research pursuits of the five colleges in the ETSU Academic Health Sciences Center. These colleges include James H. Quillen College of Medicine, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the College of Public Health. Together, they enroll 4,000 students and offer 35 degree programs, including 10 doctoral degrees, and have achieved national recognition for their interprofessional education programs and practice partnerships spanning more than three decades. With a commitment to preparing graduates to practice in rural and underserved areas, ETSU Health is on the front lines of building the future health care workforce.

The College of Nursing is the largest nursing program in the state of Tennessee, with more than 1,500 enrolled students. The College awards BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degrees through a multitude of tracks and degree options. All eligible programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. As part of the faculty practice network, the College is responsible for 7 nationally recognized nurse-managed clinics, one of which became the first certified Rural Health Clinic in the nation to be administered by a College of Nursing.

Roles and Responsibilities

ETSU seeks an individual with a passion for nursing and a respect for the complex nature of interprofessional nursing practice across settings and specialties. The Dean will create a healthy work environment by embracing a culture of transparency and shared governance, assuring the well-being of the College through allocation of financial, space and other resources to support the College mission. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will serve as chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Nursing, responsible for promoting and sustaining excellence in: teaching; curriculum and program development, and evaluation; faculty research and scholarship; faculty and staff recruitment, employment, development, and evaluation; student success and support services; and health care delivery in the region through the College and University practice network. Working directly with the Vice President for Clinical Affairs, the Dean will support and develop interprofessional collaborative and rewarding relationships with other Colleges within the University, with external academic institutions, and with local and regional health systems, health care providers, and community partners. The Dean will provide leadership for strategic planning and policy making, representing the College and University, and assuring compliance with internal and external policies, accreditation, and certification requirements. The Dean also will promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the College. The individual will be active in regional, national, and international organizations; vigorously pursue external resources to support the College’s programs; and serve as a catalyst for the development of creative nursing leadership and health care delivery across environments of care. These areas of focus include practice networks, local and regional health care systems, and community-based organizations, assuring excellent outcomes and influencing health policy to enhance the health of the region and beyond.


Required qualifications include an earned PhD in Nursing, doctorate in Nursing, or doctorate in related field with a master’s degree in nursing; experience as a nurse educator and a record of teaching research and scholarly achievement, and service; unencumbered license as a registered nurse in Tennessee or compact state. Preferred qualifications include an understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to support clinical practices.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate a record of progressive, innovative, and effective academic leadership and administrative experience; strong record of funded research and scholarship; teaching and curriculum experience in undergraduate and graduate nursing education, including doctoral education; evidence of exceptional communication skills; demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative, constructive approaches to decision making; ability to develop and maintain partnerships with internal and external community stakeholders; commitment to diversity and inclusivity; demonstrated advocacy for faculty research, scholarship and practice that crosses the care continuum; and ability to provide strong fiscal management and oversight, and guide development activities. Applicants should have experience in rural health care and vulnerable populations; distance education; trauma-informed care and education; and collaborating with public and private sectors of health care communities for grant funding and partnership opportunities.

University and Region

East Tennessee State University is a regional state supported institution serving over 14,500 students yearly and located in Northeast Tennessee in Johnson City (population 66,906) with a million people located within a 75-mile radius. The area abounds in scenic mountain beauty and places of historical interest and is prized for outdoor recreation, festivals, and cultural experiences.

Application Process

Parker Executive Search is assisting East Tennessee State University in the search for the Dean of the College of Nursing. The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to April 8, 2021. Please submit applications directly to Parker Executive Search. For additional information, please contact:

Laurie Wilder, President
Porsha Williams, Vice President
Jacob Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 804-1996 ext.: 111
pwilliams@parkersearch.com || janderson@parkersearch.com

ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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