The College of St. Scholastica seeks applications for Department Chair, Graduate Nursing. This is an 11-month, tenure track negotiable position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor, depending on qualifications.
The Department Chair will be responsible for the daily operation of the department and the department programs. The Department Chair will promote excellence in department programs within the College and will act as an advocate for the mission of the department to the administration and outside constituencies. The Department Chair provides leadership and mentoring of faculty, is engaged in short- and long-term planning, and is committed to providing direction toward the achievement of the highest possible level of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service activities of the department. The Department Chair will collaborate with department faculty and staff to foster a culture of civility and inclusion in support of College diversity. The School of Nursing programs respond to the health care needs of both rural and urban areas, especially underserved populations, and residents with mental health needs.
Leadership. This includes inspiring and challenging department members to excel within the discipline and foster collaboration and collegiality to promote a culture of civility among all departmental faculty and staff members. Mentor new faculty and support professional growth among departmental faculty and staff.
Department Governance and Management. Department chairs are responsible for all tasks supporting shared governance, from shaping the department mission to building consensus around department goals.
Curriculum and Program Development. Chair responsibilities for department curriculum and program development includes initiating development of new programs and overseeing continued improvement of established curricula.
Faculty Matters. Department chairs are ultimately responsible for the quality of faculty activity. Faculty include full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty.
Student Matters. Chairs are ultimately responsible for the department’s efforts to recruit and retain students.
Communication with Constituents External to the Department. The central administration, alumni, governing boards of higher education, accrediting, area businesses, granting agencies, and state legislators are some of the external constituents department chairs may need to address.
Financial and Facilities Management. Department chairs prepare and propose department budgets, seek outside funding, and administer the department budget. They set priorities for the purchase of new equipment and the use of travel funds.
Data Management. Department chairs have responsibility for managing the department’s record-keeping system, including data gathered for assessment according to the School of Nursing’s Master Assessment Plan. The chair may decide to collect and analyze additional data as needed to support student and program needs.
Institutional Support. Department chairs have responsibility for promoting and advancing the welfare of the institution. In this role, chairs have an obligation to represent accurately state initiatives for higher education, the institutional mission, the Benedictine values, and mandates from central administration.
Teaching Responsibilities. Chairs teach an appropriate load, determined by the extent of their administrative duties. Chairs should serve as models of excellent teaching.
Scholarly and Research Responsibilities. Chairs are responsible for establishing departmental expectations for scholarship and service, consistent with the mission of the College.
Service Responsibilities. Service to the department, College, and community is an expectation of all faculty at the College. Service often takes the form of committee work and work with service organizations outside the College, and in the community at large.
Professional Program Responsibilities. Chairs of departments with professional programs also have duties related to licensure or certification. This includes a wide variety of responsibilities.
RN license in the State of Minnesota, or the ability to obtain licensure in the State of Minnesota
Terminal degree in nursing or a related field or be in the process of obtaining
Prior teaching experience
Demonstrated cross-cultural communication skills, multicultural competency and experience interacting effectively with diverse students, faculty and staff
Excellent communication and human relationship skills
Administrative experience or evidence of leadership quality
Data management skills
Management and budget experience at the collegiate level
About The College of St. Scholastica
The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) is a thriving independent private college with its main campus overlooking Lake Superior in Duluth, extended campuses throughout Minnesota and vibrant online programs that attract learners from around the world. Since 1912, The College of St. Scholastica has been preparing students for responsible living and meaningful work by emphasizing the Catholic Benedictine values upon which it was founded: Community, Hospitality, Respect, Stewardship and Love of Learning. At CSS, equity and inclusion are viewed as key ingredients to academic excellence and student success.
Duluth is a beautiful and vibrant city of 86,000 set on the shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. For outdoor enthusiasts, Duluth offers four seasons of first-rate opportunities: beaches, bike paths, jogging trails, ski resorts, cross-country skiing trails, boating and fishing sites, and rinks for skating, curling, and hockey. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an easy drive. Outside magazine has recently named Duluth as the number one “Outside City” in the US. The magazine also named Duluth as a runner-up fo...r the “best adventure hub” in a worldwide survey of destinations for outdoor activities. The College was also pleased to learn that the nonprofit American Institute for Economics ranked Duluth as one of America’s best small metropolitan areas for college students. Similarly, the travel site DreamPlanGo named Duluth in the Top Ten of America’s Most Scenic College Towns. Duluth’s public schools are Minnesota’s most highly ranked, the cost of living is considered reasonable, and the city has more acres of municipal public parks than any other city in the country. The arts scene is booming with galleries, music venues, and a lively theater and dance community.