Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Associate or Full Professor


University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Associate or Full Professor


Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist the University of Wisconsin-Madison in its search for an Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at either an Associate or Full Professor rank.


This is a rare opportunity for a collaborative, energetic leader to have a profound impact at an exceptionally successful and growing R1 School of Nursing. The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs (ADFAs) serves as a member of the Dean's Executive Leadership Team, which is responsible for the development and implementation of the School's strategic direction. The successful candidate works with executive leaders and all areas of the school to coordinate faculty recruitment, retention, promotion, review, and development across the school. The ADFAs is responsible for providing overall leadership and oversight for matters related to faculty development, including the establishing of programs, policies, and processes that support faculty in their academic roles as educators, researchers, and translators.


This position is required to have a concurrent faculty appointment at a tenured professorial rank (Associate Professor or Professor). The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs (ADFAs) reports to the Dean of the School of Nursing (SoN). 



  • Coordinates Dean's Office activities focusing on academic personnel, including oversight of performance appraisal process for tenure track faculty, instructional academic staff (clinical faculty), and clinical health sciences faculty.
  • Facilitates and advances the promotion and tenure process, working collaboratively with faculty and staff across the school as well as with outside parties.
  • Oversees tenure-track faculty and instructional academic staff recruitment processes and works to increase faculty diversity; handles arrangements for visiting candidates, interviews, and tenure track submissions.
  • Oversees preparation of tenure dossiers and other materials related to faculty recognition, in collaboration with faculty committees and at the direction of the Dean.
  • Works collaboratively with other areas to ensure timely delivery and robustness of new faculty onboarding.
  • Works collaboratively with the Associate and Assistant Deans on teaching assignments, professional development, and performance management.
  • Provides leadership, guidance, and support for enhanced collaboration among tenure track faculty and instructional academic staff as well as across disciplines and academic programs.
  • Provides leadership on shared governance practices and personnel policies within the School and across campus.
  • Serves as a resource to faculty on scholarly work and advancement of research agendas, in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Nursing Research and Sponsored Programs.
  • Serves as a member and/or resource person to SoN and University committees, task forces, and work groups.



  • PhD or other terminal degree, or a degree at least one level above the level of instruction, or otherwise approved as qualified by the Dean
  • Earned research doctorate (PhD or equivalent) in Nursing or related field.
  • If earned research doctorate is not in nursing, a graduate degree in nursing is required.



  • RN - Registered Nurse - State Licensure And/Or Compact State Licensure Required


Additional Information

For nearly 100 years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Nursing (SoN) has been committed to enhancing healthcare through teaching and research. With a mission to develop leaders for the profession and society; we make discoveries, enhance systems, and improve health through research, education, and practice for Wisconsin and beyond. The SoN strives to achieve inclusive excellence and fosters an academic environment that welcomes diversity in students, faculty, staff, and the curriculum. In the course of employment with the SoN, dependent upon position and job responsibilities, employees may have access to PHI (personal health information) to fulfill the duties of their position. As part of the UW-Madison Health Care Component (HCC), all SoN faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and unpaid affiliates are required to complete HIPAA training as part of their orientation. Successful candidates are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment. A caregiver criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.


About University of Wisconsin-Madison -

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is the flagship of the University of Wisconsin system and a leader in education and research. Established in 1848 as a land-grant institution, UW-Madison comprises 8 undergraduate schools and colleges, four main professional schools, 160 departments, and 24 specialized research facilities with 49,886 students from around the globe. As the largest public research institution in the country, and as a top-ranked institution in numerous national and international rankings, UW-Madison plays an integral role in the creation, integration, transfer, and application of knowledge throughout the world.


The “Wisconsin Idea” is one of the longest and deepest traditions surrounding UW-Madison: education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of classrooms. Synonymous with Wisconsin for more than a century, this “Idea” is a guiding philosophy for university research, scholarship, and service in Wisconsin and throughout the world. 


Research / Rankings

The National Science Foundation (NSF) released its 2020 fiscal year Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) data and UW-Madison ranks 8th in the national research rankings for public and private universities. The data show the university remains a research powerhouse, with nearly $1.36 billion in annual expenditures for research across all fields, about half of which come from federal awards. UW-Madison’s federal expenditures grew by 2.5 percent compared to the previous fiscal year. This commitment to fostering a culture of research has made UW-Madison a long-standing research leader. In the U.S. News and World Report’s 2022-2023 Annual Guide to America’s Best Colleges, UW-Madison was tied for 10th among public institutions and tied for 38th overall among national universities. For the second year in a row, the Report ranked UW-Madison 14th overall in the category “A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching.” UW-Madison’s graduate programs are particularly highly ranked. UW-Madison ranks highly for its civic engagement and societal contributions as well: Washington Monthly’s 2022 College Guide ranked UW–Madison 16th based on 'contribution to public good in three categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service. Internationally, the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities put UW-Madison at number 33, the second-highest ranked of any Big Ten School, and the Center for World University Rankings has ranked UW–Madison as the 27th-best university in the world for 2022-2023.


About University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing -

For nearly 100 years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s SoN has been committed to enhancing healthcare through teaching and research. With a mission to develop leaders for the profession and society; we make discoveries, enhance systems, and improve health through research, education, and practice for Wisconsin and beyond. The SoN strives to achieve inclusive excellence and fosters an academic environment that welcomes diversity in students, faculty, staff, and the curriculum. Its nationally recognized educational programs have prepared more than 11,000 students to address nursing care for vulnerable patients and to further integrate clinical, research, and educational components, giving students wider access to experiences in areas that critically need health professionals. The SoN offers three graduate degrees (Doctor of Philosophy in nursing, an early-entry PhD option, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice) and three baccalaureate pathways (traditional and accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) programs and a BSN Completion program for registered nurses. All academic degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


The SoN is committed to building its research faculty, with recent increases in tenure track faculty from 13 to 21 with plans for further growth.  Tenure-track faculty are all prepared at the doctoral level.  Sixty percent (38/63) of clinical faculty hold doctoral degrees. Research areas of particular strength and depth within the school include care of older adults across settings, symptom science, self-management of chronic illness, impact of health systems and care delivery processes on health outcomes, health disparities, and care of children and families. External research funding in 2021-22 for SoN faculty totaled U.S. $1.65 million, with current intramural funding totaling U.S. $ 0.5 million in the same year. Indicative of the School’s tradition of collaborative research, most SoN faculty are engaged in ongoing collaborations with partners from other disciplines across campus and at 13 other institutions. UW-Madison SoN researchers are passionate investigators, taking innovative approaches, collaborating across disciplinary boundaries, and translating research into effective solutions.


Signe Skott Cooper Hall, the home for the SoN, was built in 2014, and is centrally located in the health-sciences campus. The building optimizes collaboration and technological infrastructure for high-tech and high-touch nursing science. Interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborations support a “bedside to curbside” approach as a standard of excellence for team-based, patient-centered healthcare. There are twenty-five research suites, observation/interview rooms, community-accessible rooms, and the Center for Technology Enhanced Nursing (CTEN). The CTEN space replicates an entire episode of care (well visit in a clinic, acute care in a hospital, home rehabilitation) in Cooper Hall. CTEN facilitates interdisciplinary scenarios with students from the medical school, pharmacy, social work, and other health sciences.  


SoN Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Overview The School of Nursing’s Inclusive Excellence Plan defines inclusive excellence as the social commitment to build equitable, diverse, and caring environments that ensure all nurses are equipped to embody social justice and the richness of difference to help advance the health of the nation and the global community. Nursing has a unique history with social justice and a strong commitment to health equity. The values of integrity, compassion, advocacy, and a social commitment to improve health for all are inherent to the field of nursing. Inclusive research and scholarship include a commitment to intentionally address equity and diversity in the substance of research and the participants and partners who engage in research, scholarship and dissemination.


Wisconsin Network for Research Support (WINRS) WINRS is a nationally recognized patient- and stakeholder-engagement to support recruitment, stakeholder engagement experience, and dissemination for a wide range of populations and deep commitment to leveraging voices from underrepresented communities and stakeholder groups. WINRS brings expertise in developing patient advisory boards and group facilitation.  


Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies (CARDS)® CARDS® is a patient- and community-engagement program based in the School of Nursing that partners with two community centers in Madison, WI. Community center staff recruit clients from local community groups and organizations to act as community advisors. The community advisors (“CARDS”) volunteers complete training to provide feedback to research teams on a range of materials, including surveys, recruitment materials, smartphone apps, and online content. Feedback from CARDS® improves study materials and improves participant engagement.


Other Unique Programs

Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE)

The UW-Madison School of Nursing has a particular academic and research emphasis on the care of older adults. Interprofessional education, interdisciplinary collaboration on research of older adults and statewide programming on aging is provided through this center.


The UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)

ICTR is supported by NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). ICTR serves as an interdisciplinary hub among UW–Madison clinical research partners to build capacity in all aspects of translational science with emphasis on health equity, training, and specialized infrastructure. School of Nursing faculty have a long history of leadership roles within ICTR. Training areas include early career investigators, biostats, mixed methods, dissemination, special topics for clinical trials, and certificate programs. Infrastructure includes resources for community-academic research partnerships, clinical research services networks, data management tools, data monitoring, and a variety of strategic funding mechanisms. ICTR’s Online Collaborative Research Environment-Clinical Research Management (OnCore) supports a wide range of functions, including protocol management, enrollment tracking (e.g. screening, scheduling) and safety (adverse event tracking); data management tools (e.g. electronic case report forms, data validation and exportation capabilities).


Living in the Area 

Voted in the Top 100 Places to live (#5 by Livability and #12 by US New & World Report), Madison is one of the nation’s top towns offering a trifecta of perfection, a low cost of living, low unemployment, and low crime rates. The growing and vibrant town attracts a wide range of residents ranging from new college grads to millennials to retirees. Madison and surrounding Dane County have the lowest unemployment rates in the state.


Further strengthening the draw, the capital city is routinely voted top college town, top foodie city, top music destination and offers residents outdoor recreation in every season along with a collection of cultural attractions. The area is filled with cafes, shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, and theaters. Madison combines a small town feel with a vibrant, big city feel with cultural offerings for almost every type of interest.


Madison routinely ranks high in various rankings of the “greenest” cities in the U.S. with high marks in parks-per capita and percentage of people who walk, bike, carpool or take public transit to work. Madison has more bikes than cars and more than 75 miles of bike paths. More than 15,000 acres of lakes and 200 miles of hiking and biking trails add to the environmentally conscious approach. The 1,200-acre UW-Madison Arboretum has more than 20 miles of footpaths, boardwalks and fire lanes through its gardens and restored prairies.


Madison also includes 5 lakes for year-round activities. Boating, kayaking, canoeing and miles of lakeside hiking and biking trails. The UW-Madison Memorial Union Terrace overlooking Lake Mendota has been one of the city’s most iconic and revered gathering spots since its opening in 1928.



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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7). The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report ( contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.