Program Director
University of Pennsylvania
United States


The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, one of 12 Schools in a highly ranked institution, is dedicated to the integration of interdisciplinary research, education, and practice.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Director at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is responsible for the strategic implementation of the DNP Program in its academic mission, and for monitoring and ensuring program goals and outcomes are achieved:

General responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the DNP program including curriculum design, implementation and evaluation; clinical placements; faculty development, evaluation and teaching assignments.
  • Partner with the Office of Academic Affairs in program accreditation, licensure and regulatory standards; student admission, progression, retention, and graduation.
  • Facilitate inter-program communication, synergies, and efficiencies across  DNP program tracks.
  • Monitor trends in DNP education and practice and provide   leadership for DNP track development and refinement.
  • Monitor and promote continuous quality improvement/internal standards of all DNP tracks.
  • Mentor DNP track directors to assure the highest quality education for  students.
  • Provide leadership in development of DNP accreditation and  regulatory reports.
  • Develop long- and short-term student admission and retention strategies in  collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Works with the administrative team in promoting state-wide and national  recognition for the  DNP program.
  • Communicate programmatic needs with the Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences and  the Associate Dean for Academic Programs.


Applicants must demonstrate strong leadership experience in an academic setting, including the ability to provide innovative approaches to academic development, and exhibit commitment to teaching and mentorship. The School is also looking for a dynamic and collaborative leader who has shown an established track record for developing high quality university-level curriculum designed for the classroom, online, or hybrid platforms.

Candidates are required to have a terminal doctoral degree in nursing such as a DNP, PhD or DNSc (EdD will also be considered). Candidates must additionally have experience in doctoral/DNP program engagement, and evidence of program  leadership, clinical and didactic teaching, as well as exhibit a record of scholarship.

The School of Nursing seeks to recruit faculty with expertise in promoting the health of diverse populations, in managing complex care needs, in precision science, data science, and implementation science to meet our overarching priorities and to contribute to the health of individuals, families, and communities.

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