The University of Rochester School of Nursing seeks a distinguished Associate or Full Professor


Opening: Jean Johnson Endowed Professorship in Oncology Nursing

The University of Rochester School of Nursing (SON) seeks a distinguished Associate or Full Professor with expertise in oncology nursing research to become the inaugural Jean Johnson Endowed Professorship in Oncology Nursing. This remarkable opportunity is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Johnson, an eminent and groundbreaking nurse researcher. Johnson was a pioneer in oncology nursing research, whose theory of self-regulation focused on stress and coping with physical illness for cancer patients.

The key requirement for this position is an outstanding record of research excellence and national prominence, ideally with a proven track record of securing NIH funding and a productive and sustained research focus in oncology. By joining our dynamic team of scientists and clinicians at the School of Nursing and Wilmot Cancer Institute, the appointed professor will contribute to our collective mission of pursuing excellence in clinical and scientific learning, discovery, and nursing care within an environment of diversity and inclusion.

In addition to maintaining their own research program, the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in cultivating and expanding our cancer nurse research group. They will have the opportunity to mentor students, fellows, and early career scientists, fostering their growth and development.

The SON is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), a world-class academic health center where advancing research and scientific discovery is a core mission. URMC is home to more than 3,000 researchers who receive substantial research support and implementation assistance, especially in relocating an established program of research to the University of Rochester.

The SON— located across the street from URMC and Wilmot Cancer Institute —pursues excellence in clinical and scientific learning, innovative research, and interdisciplinary health care practice. Ranked among the top nursing schools nationally in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for nursing research, the School of Nursing offers a dynamic and collaborative environment for academic and professional growth. Our School of Nursing partners with the Wilmot Cancer Institute and URMC, fostering close partnerships between oncology nurse researchers and investigators to address the profound impact of cancer on patients and their families.

In addition to connection in a highly-collaborative community of investigators, the Jean Johnson Chair will have access to an array of top-notch resources including:

  • Harriet J. Kitzman Center for Research Support
  • Biostatistics and bioinformatics resource
  • URMC Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Goergen Institute for Data Science
  • Genomics research center
  • Human biophysiology resource for behavioral intervention design and delivery, physical activity and functional assessments, patient-reported outcome assessments, and molecular biological assessments
  • Office of Community Outreach and Engagement


The Wilmot Cancer Institute is an 87-bed flagship cancer center with 13 outpatient locations providing care to approximately 3 million people in a 27-county region in western and central New York. Established in 1974, it has a long history of outstanding clinical care and research breakthroughs, including significant advancements in cancer prevention, cancer care delivery, survivorship, and precision cancer care. The SON has strong ties with the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program which has been continuously funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for more than 40 years. Investigators in this Program work towards a common vision to lower cancer morbidity and mortality through primary prevention and supportive care research. Wilmot is also home to the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (URCC NCORP) research base, one of only two NCI-funded NCROP Research Bases in the United States in an Academic Medical Center.

One of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, URMC forms the centerpiece of the university’s biomedical research, teaching, patient care, and community outreach missions. URMC’s overall academic and clinical enterprise has a budget of approximately $5.2 billion, and the main health care campus occupies 5.4 million square feet of space, situated in close proximity to the university’s main campus.

URMC’s health care delivery network is anchored by Strong Memorial Hospital, a university- owned teaching hospital boasting programs consistently recognized nationally. With 886 licensed beds, Strong offers a full spectrum of tertiary and quaternary services. Strong Memorial Hospital was among the first 2% of U.S. hospitals to be recognized as a Nursing Magnet Hospital, an international quality nursing designation.

The University of Rochester (UR) is one of the country’s leading research universities. With more than 2,500 faculty members and instructional staff, UR offers more than 200 academic majors and is home to over 12,000 students.

Professional Qualifications/Experience:

  • PhD or equivalent research-focused doctorate
  • Registered Nurse
  • Eligible for nursing licensure in the State of New York 
  • History of sustained extramurally funded research in oncology nursing as a principal investigator
  • Qualified for appointment to the faculty of the School of Nursing at the rank of tenure track Associate Professor or Professor 
  • Passionate about teaching excellence
  • Prior leadership experience preferred


Personal Characteristics:

  • Builder and strategic thinker
  • Innovative, creative and visionary leader
  • Honest and open communicator
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Enjoys mentoring faculty and students
  • Promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • A strong track record of integrity and capacity to build teams


Rochester consistently receives high rankings nationally as a “most livable city,” for overall quality of life, and as one of the very best places to raise a family. The region has outstanding, highly ranked public and private schools, with a relatively modest cost of living and a stable, affordable housing market. Home to the renowned Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (among the nation’s most popular and respected), Rochester enjoys economic stability and a level of arts, culture, sports, and dining comparable to that of many larger cities. For more information about living in Rochester, see , , or

The successful candidate will receive an attractive and competitive compensation package, together with excellent benefits. 

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving culture of diversity and inclusion. The University believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances the performance of our organization and our ability to fulfill our important missions. The University is committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.

The University of Rochester is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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