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

Department Sch of Nursing - 440100

Posting Open Date 05/26/2022

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled Yes

Position Type Permanent Faculty

Working Title Associate Dean for Research

Appointment Type Tenured/Tenure Track

Vacancy ID FAC0004068

Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent

Hours per week 40


Position Location North Carolina, US

Hiring Range Salary commensurate with experience

Proposed Start Date 01/01/2023

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The mission of the School of Nursing is to enhance and improve the health and well-being of the people of North Carolina and the nation, and, as relevant and appropriate, the people of other nations, through its programs of education, research, and scholarship, and through clinical practice and community service. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing has been the leader in nursing education in North Carolina throughout its history. Established in 1950, it was the first school of nursing in North Carolina to offer a four-year baccalaureate nursing degree program followed by the first master’s degree program, the first continuing education program for nurses, first doctoral program, and first accelerated BSN option to students with college degrees. Today, the School is renowned for its academic programs, its research and its commitment to clinical and community service within state, national and global communities.

Position Summary

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing (SON), a research-intensive, top-ranked school of nursing, seeks outstanding candidates for a tenured position at the rank of Professor to serve as Associate Dean for Research. Both the SON and the university foster a highly collaborative research environment. The SON has significant dedicated research space including a state-of-the-art Biobehavioral Laboratory. The SON is located within walking distance to the university’s top-ranked schools of medicine, public health, pharmacy, dentistry and social work located within steps of each other and is adjacent to UNC Hospitals. SON faculty lead and collaborate on a diverse portfolio of multidisciplinary studies. The school ranks 12th for NIH funding, with SON faculty receiving over $12 million in external funding in 2021.

We invite candidates with a strong record of externally-funded research as a principal investigator who will provide strategic direction for SON research and mentor faculty on the development of their research programs. An ideal candidate: (a) will have experiences in leading team efforts toward the development of center grant proposals, and (b) can both harness and focus faculty areas of research in ways that facilitate multiple principal investigator and co-investigator levels of collaboration among faculty in the SON. We are seeking a doctorally-prepared individual who demonstrates a commitment to equity and to ensuring a climate that supports inclusion among faculty, staff, and students. Further, we are seeking an individual who acts as a role model and champion for service excellence and continuous improvement, encourages innovation and risk-taking, speaks candidly about negative trends and encourages appropriate action, listens to feedback, and is willing to make timely decisions.

The Associate Dean for Research 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 Office of Research Support and Consultation (RSC) and chairs the Research Division, the administrative home for faculty whose primary function is research related. As chair of the Research Division, the Associate Dean oversees faculty recruitment, appointment and promotion, and performance evaluations for research-division faculty, advocates for these faculty as needed in various school forums, and holds regular meetings of the Division faculty.

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 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 for Research supervises the RSC’s faculty statisticians and the Director of the RSC, who supervises the RSC editors, proposal specialists, and budget personnel. The Associate Dean is supported by an RSC Advisory Board and RSC consultants – a group of four to six faculty who receive workload credit to mentor and support their colleagues as they develop proposals for external funding

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Doctorate (nursing and/or related field)
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Substantial experience working with nurse scientists
Extensive history of funded research from various external sources
Experience mentoring faculty and students in developing research competence
Experience that demonstrates the ability to lead teams toward the development of center grant proposals
Experience that demonstrates the ability to promote multiple principal investigator and co-investigator levels of collaboration among faculty.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

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Department Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title John Albrechtsen
Department Contact Telephone or Email

Academic Personnel Office 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.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
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.

Applicant Documents

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

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *Do you have a doctorate degree in nursing and/or a related field?
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