Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has been named among the “Best Graduate Schools” in the country by US News and World Report magazine and has a long-standing reputation for excellence in nursing, teaching, practice, informatics and research. The School is a leader in technological innovation with a state-of-the-art nursing informatics lab, application of evolving technologies such as patient simulators in the classroom and PDA at patients’ bedsides.  The research mission of VUSN is concentrated on advancing clinical nursing practice to improve health care outcomes through contributions to science. (

The Senior Associate Dean for Research/Endowed Chair will collaborate with Deans and Program Directors in long-range academic planning, program review, development and implementation of School policies related to, but not restricted to research.  Reporting to the Dean of the School, he/she serves as the Director, Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program and the Center for Research Development and Scholarship. (CRDS)  The Senior Associate Dean will foster a culture of research and scholarly publication within nursing by creating a research agenda that reflects the interests of the faculty and is responsive to the stated areas of interest of funding agencies.   He/she will maintain an active externally funded research program as a Principal Investigator.   It will be important to encourage and mentor faculty to perform research and in the peer-reviewed publication process.  The Senior Associate Dean for Research will act as a liaison for VUSN in research and activities that are internal and external to Vanderbilt University.

Qualifications include: an earned PhD in Nursing or DSN (or other terminal degree in health sciences);  Full Professor with tenure; eligible for an RN license in TN; a portfolio of strong achievement in research, scholarship and teaching;  deep appreciation and embodiment of the values-based framework of Vanderbilt’s nursing program; strong administrative and management capabilities; skilled leader who will identify goals in research and scholarship with the ability to support and encourage faculty member development in those areas; a commitment to the community and the ability to foster relationships with other facilities and professional associations.

Named America’s friendliest city for three years in a row, Nashville is a metropolitan city of more than 570,000 people. Nashville has been named as one of the 15 best US cities for work and family by Fortune magazine and was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the highest job growth during the next five years.

“Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.”

Please respond confidentially with a letter of interest and CV in Word format to: Jane Fischer, Tyler & Company.  610-558-6100, ext. 231 or