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Assistant/Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing, Campus Programs

South University Savannah, GA, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, Georgia, United States of America Req #593
Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Tuition Assistant Program

Long/Short Term Disability

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Program


Generous Paid Time Off

12 Paid Holidays

* includes domestic partner coverage




The Assistant/Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing, Campus Programs is a member of the full-time faculty (rank commensurate with experience). The primary responsibilities of the Assistant/Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing, Campus Programs are to supervise Department Chairs/Senior Chairs for Campus Programs, Program Directors for Campus Programs, and faculty to ensure that SACSCOC and programmatic accreditation standards and state agency regulations are met. The Assistant/Associate Dean ensures that program content delivery are of high quality and align with the pedagogy design of active and effective learning and professional standards, while supporting the student experience. The incumbent is responsible for the highest quality student experience as it relates to the faculty and curriculum. The Assistant/Associate Dean also participates in activities that promote the stature of the Academic Programs, Departments, and Colleges and abides by the mandates set by the South University Board of Trustees and Administration. The incumbent must assure that the South University philosophy is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and maintenance of an environment conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion.


Faculty Service/Administration:

  • Adheres to University policies as described in the Employee Handbook, the Faculty Supplement to the Employee Handbook, job description, or other separate guidelines.

  • Interviews and recommends candidates for Full-time Faculty Program Director, and Chair positions within the Department(s) across all campuses.

  • Ensures that credentials of Faculty meet university and accreditation requirements and are properly documented.

  • Contributes to the annual reviews of all Department Chairs (and Program Directors as necessary) with the Department.

  • Serves as liaison between Department Chairs (Program Directors as necessary) and the Dean of the College/School.

  • Supervises curricular changes/implementation for the Departments deemed necessary and in collaboration with other campuses of the University.

  • Assists with the development of curricular and policy revisions as requested by the College/School Dean, or Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

  • Assists the College/School Dean and/or Department Chairs and Program Directors with the preparation of annual budgets.

  • Ensures Department Chairs, Program Directors, and faculty are in compliance with South University’s academic policies and procedures, SACSCOC, programmatic accreditation standards, state boards of nursing regulatory standards.

  • Serves as an academic advisor.

  • Provides leadership and direction to Department Chairs, Program Directors, and Assistant Program Directors (including program assessment, strategic planning).

  • Serves the College and University on committees as requested by the College/School Dean.

  • Communicates consistently and effectively with the college dean, department chairs, and other South University administrators.

  • Identify initiatives to improve the student and faculty experience and college outcomes.

  • Provides leadership in the assessment process and insures that the South University Institutional Effectiveness Plan is applied to Campus programs and courses, with the results used to improve the student experience.

  • Provides regular assessment of strategic initiatives to attain goals and maintain accountability for self and direct reports.

  • Trains, manages, and leads the Department Chairs and Program Directors in accordance with University and College policies and procedures.

  • Investigates and resolves student and faculty educational problems requiring academic actions in consultation with pertinent individuals and departments, under the direction and approval of the College Dean according to the policies and procedures of the University (including all process and documentation requirements).

  • Supervises course scheduling, faculty scheduling, college meetings, and other pertinent operational matters, as appropriate.

  • Reviews and affirm or modify the transfer of credit decision made by the Department Chair and Program Directors.

  • Participates in the development and periodic meetings of the pertinent South University advisory councils.

  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Performs Faculty responsibilities as outlined in the Faculty job description and the Faculty Supplement to the South University Employee Handbook.

  • Teaches 4 classes per academic year.

  • Designs and delivers instruction in alignment with the South University model.

  • Relates professional/life/industry experience to learning by continuing professional/ technical skills development, and introducing professional/industry perspective into courses.

  • Promotes student success by showing flexibility and exhibiting a passion for teaching and students.

  • Manages the educational process to ensure a positive educational experience.

  • Practices effective outreach to at-risk and/or absent students.

  • Communicates consistently and effectively with Supervisors, University Administrators, Faculty, and other South University Departments.

  • Manages the learning environment through keeping accurate records and enforcing academic policies consistent with the University, College/School, Campus, or Online Division.

  • Engages in scholarly activities that contribute to the field of study and enhance the learning environment.

  • Completes professional development and in-service activities each year as outlined in the faculty supplement.


  • Successful record of increasing responsibility and leadership within a university setting, with industry setting a plus.

  • A terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution (PhD. Preferred)

  • Certification as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

  • Successful record of increasing responsibility or project/initiative leadership within a university or industry setting.

  • A minimum of 3-4 years of teaching experience at an accredited post-secondary education institution (preferred).

  • Active, valid, and unencumbered license and certification as required by the discipline

  • Membership in professional associations/organizations (preferred).

  • A minimum of 3 years post-doctoral experience (preferred).

  • Practical experience in the discipline of the program and knowledge of current best practices (in field).

  • Evidence of management experience or potential.

  • Strong leadership and strategic planning skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to build successful relationships with students and Faculty.

  • Excellent time management and attention to detail.

  • Excellent critical thinking, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills.

  • Excellent teaching skills as evidenced in prior teaching evaluations.

  • Computer based skills (i.e., software, analytical, and report writing skills) and experience with computerized learning management systems.

  • Strong analytical and change management skills.

  • Fiscal experience (preferred).

NOTE: Distinction between the Assistant and Associate position levels is commensurate with academic and professional background and experience.


The individual must be able to travel out of the local area up to 25% to participate in a variety of meetings and conferences and for campus visits. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

South University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.  #LI-GP1

Other details

  • Required Education Doctorate
  • South University Savannah, GA, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, Georgia, United States of America