The University of Oklahoma is searching for Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


The University of Oklahoma

Health Sciences Center

Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist The University of Oklahoma in its search for Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.


For full consideration, please apply by August 29th.


The University of Oklahoma, enjoying year over year enrollment growth, is currently making massive capital investments in their nursing programs and simulation labs, as well as going through a faculty hiring expansion. 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. This position will enjoy a supportive and encouraging culture from top administration, in addition to a campus wide commitment to diversity initiatives.


The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs assists the Dean in overseeing the academic mission of the College. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is administratively responsible for ensuring the highest quality of academic programs; advances innovative pedagogy; and provides leadership in curricula and program development, implementation, evaluation, and accreditation. The Chief Academic Officer of the College of Nursing, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is a key member of the Dean’s leadership team and will provide strategic insight and assist the Dean in setting institutional goals.


This is a full-time faculty position, allocation of effort is 80% Administration and 20% Instruction and/or research.




  • Oversees all College of Nursing academic programs (BSN, MSN, and DNP) in collaboration with academic program directors and track coordinators.
  • Ensure the overall quality of academic programs:
    • Provide leadership in curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, and program planning in collaboration with each department/program.
    • Provide leadership for academic policy review.
  • Foster an environment that promotes growth in academic excellence for faculty:
    • Collaborate with each department and provide leadership for professional development plans.
    • Assist each department in the recruitment of a diverse and academically prepared faculty.
    • Provide leadership to assure plans for retention of faculty for the academic programs.
  • Supervise academic program directors who are responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of each academic program.
  • Support faculty planning for the development of contemporary new degree programs and evolution of existing degree programs.
  • Oversee the compliance of the College of Nursing with all regulatory requirements (e.g., Oklahoma Board of Nursing, Oklahoma Board of Regents) as well as lead the College in all accreditation evaluation and site visits.
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan to advance the technological sophistication of distance learning offerings, including infrastructure and resources to increase and support faculty proficiency in web-based learning.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans to advance the application, integration, and evaluation of simulation pedagogies across curricula.
  • Seek resources for or facilitate faculty in seeking resources for special projects related to student education and training (government, foundation, and corporate grants or contracts), including brokering information flow related to educational grant and contract opportunities among faculty.
  • Create and facilitate alignment/partnerships with colleges, health systems, and community groups to formulate and implement innovative learning models.
  • Support and oversee student achievement initiatives such as the creation and implementation of learning opportunities focused on successful licensure.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Finance to build budgets and monitor and supervise the distribution of funds to advance the work of Academic Affairs and ensure efficient and effective use of resources.
  • Motivate, support, and guide the Office of Academic Affairs staff in relation to the needs of Academic Affairs and ensure they understand how their work interfaces with Student Affairs and other college operations.
  • Act as consultant and facilitator for the Curriculum Council and faculty groups that are monitoring curriculum and academic standards, Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions, and Academic Standards.   Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with community health partners and internal and external constituencies to advance the College of Nursing academic mission.
  • Work collaboratively with the dean and associate deans to develop, implement, and evaluate academic programs as they relate to the master plan for evaluation in the College.
  • Support the College mission and vision with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Participate in teaching, scholarly activities, and service commensurate with criteria for faculty rank.   Serve as a member of the Dean’s Executive Team and the Dean’s Advisory Council.
  • Full list of duties and responsibilities available upon request





  • Must be eligible for or hold current registered nurse license for the State of Oklahoma.



  • Graduate degree in Nursing.
  • Terminal Degree, preferably in Nursing or Health-related field, or an advanced degree in Business or Finance or a related field.



  • 3 years of higher education teaching.
  • 5 years progressive administration experience in higher education.
  • Tenure eligible at the rank of Associate or Full professor.


Required Skills:

  • Proven ability to provide leadership in a complex environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in building strong working relationships with a collaborative and inclusive leadership style.
  • Enjoys interacting with people and can easily connect with faculty and staff in the College and University, across disciplines, and among external entities in the community.
  • Evidence of successful collaborations with community partners and faculty teams in an academic setting; effective communication skills; knowledge of nursing academic curricula and programs; plan and conduct effective meetings; and evidence of leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to be engaging and persuasive with strong teamwork skills; politically astute, diplomatic, and able to manage by influence.
  • Flexible and capable of responding to multiple demands in a timely manner.
  • Ability to exercise astute judgment in all matters related to academic affairs.
  • Proficient with MS Office applications.



  • A record of scholarship, extramural funding preferred.


About the Institution


The mission of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, as a comprehensive academic health center, is to educate students, residents, and other trainees in professional and graduate programs to become Oklahoma’s future team of healthcare leaders, clinicians, researchers, and educators; to advance distinctive basic, translational, clinical, and population research; to innovate and commercialize discoveries; and to deliver exceptional patient care across the full breadth of adult, women’s, and children’s specialties.


The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is the State of Oklahoma's major health professions educational institution, training physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, public health specialists, and a wide range of allied health personnel.


With a budget of over $900 million, OUHSC employs more than 1,200 full-time faculty and nearly 4,000 staff. More than 3,500 students are enrolled in more than seventy health professions, undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Center's colleges.


The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is one of only a few comprehensive health centers in the nation with seven health professional Colleges.


The College of Medicine is the centerpiece of a 300-acre campus of the Oklahoma Health Center, which also includes the Colleges of Allied Health, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Graduate College.


Health Sciences Center faculty and students use the clinical, laboratory, and teaching facilities of the OU Medical System (which includes OU Medical Center, the Children's Hospital, and OU Medical Center-Edmond), the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, other affiliated hospitals in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, three major hospital systems in Tulsa, the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Muskogee, and clinics in various locations in Oklahoma.


Research grants and contracts and sponsored program activities at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center totaled more than $190 million in FY 2020.


Living in the Area


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is a city full of history, culture, and entertainment. Oklahoma City, the capital and largest city in the state, has a population of 675,000 and is a major center for the oil industry and related manufacturing. Residents can spend the day exploring sites like the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum or take in some incredible works of art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. For outdoor enthusiasts, residents can discover some fun outdoor activities and attractions such as Lake Hefner or book a tour to dive into the city's rich cowboy heritage. For those looking for more adventure, head out to the Black Mesa Nature Preserve or enjoy some off-roading around Little Sahara State Park. From its fascinating history to its plethora of attractions, Oklahoma City is sure to keep you entertained.


Oklahoma City is a city filled with some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. That’s why Oklahoma City is known as The Big Friendly. But their hearts don’t stop at their smiles, either. OKC has the fifth-highest volunteer rate among the 51 largest cities in the country and the second-highest volunteer hours per resident, according to a report by Volunteering in America. And compared to the rest of the country, Oklahoma City's cost of living is 15.6% lower than the U.S. average.


To Apply 


For full consideration, please apply by August 29th.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement


The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.


Diversity Statement


The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving an equitable, diverse, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.