Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Search #: 497655
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track


Under the general direction of the Dean, the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs (ADFA) provides visionary leadership to advance the mission of the UConn School of Nursing (SON). The overall purpose of this position is to direct, support and develop SON faculty. The ADFA serves as a member of the School’s leadership team and participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of goals and objectives for the SON consistent with the University’s and School’s missions and policies, serves as an advocate for faculty, colleagues, and other interested parties that promote faculty and student success, retention, and graduation, and facilitates the collection of data on which decisions are made. The ADFA collaborates with the Senior Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship (SADRS) to advance faculty scholarship and innovation and the Associate Deans (ADs) for Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Affairs. The incumbent will have an outstanding record of professional accomplishments commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate Professor, with the opportunity for tenure at hire.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Collaborates with the Dean, ADs for Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Affairs, and SADRS, to advance the strategic plan of the School of Nursing.
  • Implements a shared vision of leadership at the SON.
  • In consultation with the Dean and ADs for Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Affairs coordinates SON process for policy/procedure approval in the SON.
  • Coordinates yearly evaluation of the SON Strategic Plan.
  • Provides annual review of all faculty in consultation with dean, SADRS, and ADs for Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Affairs.
  • In consultation with the Dean, manages the day-to-day operations of the SON.
  • Maintains current knowledge of University organizational policies and procedures related to students and faculty to assure protocols are followed; serves as a principal source of information regarding the interpretation and application of these policies and regulations.
  • Ensures faculty development and career advancement, leading processes and initiatives supporting the SON faculty. In coordination with the Director of Teaching and Learning provides a culture of scholarship within the SON that fosters the highest level of achievements, encourages originality and innovation, supports faculty scholarship, and enriches the student learning experience.
  • Develops and leads a faculty mentorship program.
  • In conjunction with the SADRS, fosters collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and research scholarship with colleagues in the academic and clinical setting.
  • Ensures that appropriate strategies and policies are in place to enable the successful recruitment, retention, and development of faculty excellence. Shares responsibility for the academic administration regarding decision making for academic appointments and faculty services.
  • Participates in processes related to faculty counseling, faculty grievance, and appeals related to the SON operations.
  • Promotes linkages and engagement among the faculty within the SON, across the University, and with external organizations. This includes encouragement of faculty to engage in inter-professional opportunities across the University and externally with other organizations.
  • Collaborates with the Recruitment and Selection Committee.
  • Works with appropriate University officials and faculty to facilitate satisfactory solutions to student issues and problems.
  • Maintains an active program of research and/or scholarship and engages in research and/or scholarly projects in conjunction with other academic or professional colleagues.
  • May teach selected courses in area of expertise.
  • Participates in scholarly activities, faculty committees, school-wide programs and events, and professional services as required of members of the University faculty community.
  • Serves as designee representing the Dean as requested.
  • Completes other assignments as requested by the Dean.


  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D., EdD, or equivalent) in Nursing.
  • Current Connecticut RN license (valid at date of hire).
  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and interact productively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated area of scholarship.
  • Extremely high level of motivation, independence, leadership, and responsibility.
  • Excellent academic record and demonstrated scholarly ability.
  • Demonstrated writing and research ability.
  • Excellent teaching evaluations.
  • Candidates should be eligible for tenure at the rank of Associate Professor.


  • Demonstrated excellence as a progressive/participative leader who provides creative and innovative alternatives to complex matters facing an organization.
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution skills to handle complex and volatile situations that arise.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and adherence to federal and state laws regarding employees and students (i.e., FERPA and labor laws), and be versed in related University policies and procedures.
  • Experience managing employees in a unionized setting.
  • Candidates should be eligible for tenure at the rank of full professor.


This is a full-time, twelve-month management-exempt appointment. The successful candidate will be considered for a 9-month, tenured, academic appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor commensurate with training and experience in the School of Nursing.  Applicants must meet University requirements for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor with tenure.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Sample journal articles or books
  • 3-5 letters of reference.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For more information regarding the School of Nursing please visit the School website at

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

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All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce.  The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner.  This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all.  We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

 The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

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