Associate Dean for Research
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Nursing
United States

Posting Information

Position Type Permanent Faculty

Working Title Associate Dean for Research

Appointment Type Admin Appointment with Faculty Rank

Salary Range Salary commensurate with experience

Full-time/Part-time Full Time

FTE 1.0

Vacancy ID FAC0003340

Posting Open Date 11/11/2020

Open Until Filled Yes

Proposed Start Date 08/01/2021

Position Summary

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, a research
intensive, top-ranked school of nursing, seeks outstanding candidates for tenured/tenure track positions at the rank of Professor to serve as Associate Dean for Research. The Associate Dean for Research of the School of Nursing (SON) is the academic administrative officer for research, research support services, and research faculty. The Associate Dean guides the direction of the school’s research programs and advocates for the school and nursing research mission and the development and support needs of faculty. The Associate Dean also provides oversight for the Research Support Center (RSC), and as such, is the administrative officer of the Research Support Center. S/he also chairs the Research Division, the administrative home for faculty whose primary function is research related.

The Associate Dean for Research reports to the Dean. S/he works closely with other Associate and Assistant Deans to facilitate the research endeavors of the school and faculty and works closely with the Associate Dean of the PhD Division and PhD Program to facilitate extramural grant submissions by doctoral and postdoctoral students. The Associate Dean also works closely with and maintains liaison relationships with various University research offices and committees.

The Associate Dean serves as Chair of the Research Support Center Policy Board, a six-member board of faculty elected from the Tenure Track faculty. The Policy Board is advisory to the Associate Dean on policy and strategic priorities for the Research Support Center and serves as the review panel for school awarded small grants.

Reporting to the Associate Dean is the Research Support Center staff, including the Director, research consultants, editors, statisticians, statistical programmers, administrative assistants, processing assistants, research assistants, and budget personnel.

As Division Head (Research Division), the Associate Dean oversees faculty recruitment, appointment and promotion, and performance evaluations for faculty whose primary focus is on research-related endeavors, advocates for these faculty as needed in various school forums, and holds regular meetings of the Division faculty.

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Dean’s Leadership Team, Executive Team, the Academic Affairs and Policy Council (AAPC), the Assembled Faculty, PhD Faculty, and standing and ad hoc committees and task forces provide formal mechanisms for the Associate Dean to develop and maintain collaborative relationships within the school.

Educational Requirements

A PhD or research doctorate in nursing and/or related field.

Qualifications and Experience

Roles and Responsibilities

• Advocates for the research mission of the school and the research development and support needs of faculty.

• Stimulates and leads the development of the school’s research programs and initiatives.

• Works with faculty to identify opportunities for, develop, and apply for funding for centers of research excellence.

• Mentors tenure track faculty on the development of their research programs.

• Disseminates information about research endeavors and accomplishments.

• Maintains contacts with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding agencies.

• Promotes the use and development of the Biobehavioral Laboratory’s biological and behavioral assessment facilities.

• Manages intramural research awards programs.

• Maintains liaison relationships with University research offices and represents the school on appropriate University and Hospital research committees.

• Oversees research outreach initiatives, including the production of the annual Research Chronicle edition of Carolina Nursing.

• Oversights and manages post-award compliance.

• Provides oversight and supervision for the Director of the Research Support Center who:

o Manages, sets the direction, and continuously improves the operations of the RSC
o Manages space allocations for research and other SON externally funded projects
o Manages research grant submissions and transfers
o Coordinates and directs consultation by faculty experts associated with RSC
o Participates in the Research Support Center Policy Board

• Consults with faculty on research and grant proposal preparation and research start-up packages.

• Facilitates extramural grant submissions by doctoral/postdoctoral students.

• As Head of the Research Division, s/he is responsible for the recruitment, hiring appointment, promotion, and performance evaluation of faculty with research track appointments and the RSC staff.

• Oversees the budget of the Research Support Center and earned overhead accounts of extramurally-funded investigators.

• Has signatory authority on all documents, reports, and financial transactions relative to research and research grants.

Decision-Making Authority for:

• Appointment, promotion, and performance evaluation of Research Division faculty.

• Services provided by the RSC.

• Space allocation for research and other SON externally funded projects.

• Intramural and extramural research grants.

• Operational budgets for RSC.

Leadership Qualities

• Demonstrates respect for faculty, staff, students, and colleagues

• Encourages innovation and risk-taking

• Speaks candidly about negative trends and encourages appropriate action

• Listens to feedback

• Makes timely decisions

• Demonstrates commitment to ensuring a climate that supports diversity among faculty, staff, and students

• Acts as a role model and champion for service excellence and continuous improvement

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Department Contact Name and Title Lisa Miller

Department Contact Telephone or Email

Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  3. List of References
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *Do you have an earned doctorate degree?
    • Yes
    • No

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