Dean, School of Nursing

The College of New Rochelle seeks a visionary and collaborative leader to serve as Dean of the School of Nursing beginning July 1, 2014.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced academic leader to advance a vital academic unit. The School of Nursing serves over 500 students, both undergraduate and graduate.  Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will lead the school into a new era of strategic growth and distinction, reimagining and transforming nursing research and education, and the nursing profession, for the 21st century.

Five degree programs are offered: undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing; programs of study for R.N.s seeking either the B.S.N. or Master of Science degree; B.S.N. program for persons holding degrees in other fields; Master's program with several tracks leading to an M.S. degree; and several Post-Master’s Certificate programs. The School of Nursing is currently developing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

The next Dean will be tasked with addressing a set of key opportunities which include the following:

  • Bringing together a strategic vision for the School's continued excellence that includes development of new programs and initiatives, in conjunction with faculty and the Assistant Vice President for New Programs and Assessment.
  • Leading strategic planning and enrollment management strategies for the School in consultation with faculty and the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Retention Initiatives;
  • Cultivating an environment that is committed to and exhibits diversity and inclusion;
  • Preparing and managing the School budget in consultation with the Provost.  Initiating grants activity for all School programs;
  • Recruiting, retaining and developing outstanding faculty, students and staff. Fostering good student relationships through appropriate communication channels and governance mechanisms while promoting student-centeredness.
  • Serving as a visible advocate and champion for the School;
  • Maintaining existing, and developing new, community relationships;
  • Nurturing and supporting transparent, collaborative and shared governance and assuming responsibility for implementing the governance processes of the School;
  • Working collaboratively with the Provost, deans of the other three schools and the library, and with other vice-presidential areas to advance the mission of the College;
  • Providing academic leadership for the School with faculty by developing, maintaining and evaluating academic standards, policies and regulations that support the College’s mission;
  • Overseeing program evaluation for the School and its programs, and
  • Fostering alumnae/i relationships and involvement.

The candidate should demonstrate a record of scholarly achievement such as research, publications in refereed journals, book chapter reviews, successful grant applications, and presentations for state and national professional organizations.  The successful candidate will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the School in developing new program initiatives, and have knowledge of on-line course design and development.

The candidate must possess an earned doctoral degree in nursing or a related field and a Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university.  The candidate must have at least three years of leadership experience in higher education administration and a minimum of five years of teaching experience in a baccalaureate or higher-level system.  A minimum of two years clinical experience is preferred.

Applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.  Inquiries, nominations, applications, and three letters of reference should be directed to:

Kathryn M. LaFontana, Ph.D., Chair of the Search Committee
The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, New York   10805

The College of New Rochelle is a Catholic college in the Ursuline tradition and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds who will contribute to our unique educational mission. To learn more about the College, visit our website at