The School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) invites applications from and nominations of highly qualified candidates for tenure-track faculty at the Associate or Full Professor level in nursing or a related field. The School of Nursing resides in the College of Health and Human Services, a multidisciplinary college, which includes the Department of Kinesiology, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, School of Data Science, and Gerontology Program. The School of Nursing currently serves over 600 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs with BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs.
The Associate/Full Professor is a nine-month, tenured faculty position with opportunities for summer stipends. Teaching responsibilities and research support will be provided and individually negotiated with the Director of the School of Nursing. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dedicated, collaborative faculty and dynamic teams of researchers focusing on innovations in the delivery of health care across continuums.
This recruitment comes at a growth moment in the institution’s lifecycle. UNCC Chancellor Sharon Gaber recently established an R1 Commission to assess the university’s potential to advance to “R1 status” according to the Carnegie Classification system. Further, the Director of the School of Nursing, Dr. Dena Evans, has advanced to the second phase of establishing a Ph.D. program, which will balance the School of Nursing’s established teaching and clinical practice with broader multidisciplinary research programs.
UNCC has no shortage of celebrated disciplinary research, scholarship, and creativity programs that have already achieved or have potential to achieve national prominence, and no group is better positioned than the faculty to help identify the areas where existing strengths align with great societal need. The School of Nursing recognizes that innovations in the delivery of health care across the health care continuum are essential. To address those needs, the School currently has research in areas that focus on innovations in the delivery of healthcare across continuums to affect disparate health outcomes. Ongoing research in cardiovascular health, care transitions, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ health issues, aging, interprofessional collaboration and mental health, support the School’s research agenda.
Moving ahead, the School is particularly interested in advancing these broad, thematic areas where it has already achieved a national level of distinction; and identifying areas where continued work, future investments, and new resources will significantly advance its research reputation, raise the profile of its research and scholarly programs, and accelerate the institution’s movement to R1 status.
The School will identify collaborations at the intersections of existing areas of strength that tackle some of society’s most complex and urgent challenges that often transcend traditional departmental or disciplinary boundaries. These areas of excellence and distinction will contribute to the current School-wide and campus-wide strategic planning effort by serving as the foundation upon which future strategic investments will build.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION
The Associate/ Full Professor will be responsible for an independent program of funded research and will collaborate with colleagues within the School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services, and across the University. The School’s longstanding relationships with the regions two largest health care organizations, Atrium and Novant Health, provide additional collaborative opportunities.
UNCC recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the following job responsibilities and essential functions for Tenured Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals.
Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work.
Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work.
Service to the University, the Public, and the Profession – All tenured faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.
Candidates are expected to present evidence of promise for contributing to the School’s research portfolio, obtaining external research funding, and teaching. The extent to which the candidate can contribute to the vision and mission of the School of Nursing and the College of Health and Human Services will be considered, as will their ability to collaborate with nurse scientists to advance the discipline of nursing.
Required qualifications include:
Master’s degree in Nursing or a field complementary to Nursing, and a completed Ph.D.
Three years teaching/mentoring experience with a diverse body of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.
Online teaching experience and a research/scholarship focus with an established publication record in an area that complements the mission of the University and the School of Nursing.
Experience in grant writing and a history of successful funding.
An active research portfolio with the potential for attracting extramural research and program funding.
If the candidate is a nurse, the following qualifications will be required:
A valid US nursing license.
Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of North Carolina.
Two years of experience practicing as registered nurse.
All faculty members are expected to have a regular on-campus presence for activities which may include but are not limited to teaching, service, clinical practice, scholarship and research.
Hollander Search, the academic nursing practice of national search firm Pearl Street Collective, is leading this recruitment. Applications including a curriculum vita and cover letter describing your qualifications, as well as nominations, can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials will be held in strict confidence.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE
The University of North Carolina takes pride in being the state’s urban research university with the distinction of being the only public four-year institution serving Charlotte — the state’s largest city and an exciting, regional hub of educational, cultural and recreational activities.
Since its founding in 1946, UNCC has transformed from a night school serving World War II veterans into a vibrant research university. Located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, UNCC is a driving force of growth, discovery and innovation for the greater Mecklenburg County metropolitan area. UNCC has more than 30,000 enrolled students, including approximately 5,500 master’s and doctoral candidates. The University continues to grow exponentially, now boasting more than 144,000 living alumni and adding more than 8,400 new alumni each year. It is the third largest university in the UNC System and offers 75 bachelor’s, 65 master’s, and 24 doctoral programs.
UNCC leverages its location in the state’s largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity; exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs; and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. The University maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social needs of the greater Charlotte region, where the University creates a positive fiscal impact of more than $2.1 billion.
Under the leadership of Chancellor Gaber, a Strategic Planning Committee recently moved through an in-depth discovery and analysis process to establish UNCC’s strategic vision for the next decade. The Committee has engaged in a deliberate iterative process to organize the emergent themes to create overarching strategic goals. The most recent draft plan is structured with the following four strategic goals:
Transform lives through excellence and opportunity.
Power the future through research and creative discovery.
Drive progress for the region, state, nation and world.
Live our values to promote belonging and engagement.
Along the lines of promoting belonging and engagement, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion was created in the fall semester of 2020 to centralize and prioritize UNCC’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and to ensure that faculty, staff and students are working together to achieve our goals. The University also created an Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement to educate, develop, and engage students regarding their various intersecting identities and provide students an affirming and equitable environment committed to fostering a campus community that celebrates and supports expansion of identities.
The institution is also currently engaged in the largest campaign in its history. Exponential: The Campaign for UNC Charlotte has a goal of $200 million. Exponential is truly transforming UNC Charlotte by providing scholarships and resources for students, research opportunities for faculty and reaffirming the University’s position as an economic engine for the Charlotte region.
THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
In the mid-1990s, three decades after the UNCC College of Nursing enrolled its first cohort for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, UNC Charlotte identified health and health-related programs and research as among the top priorities for the University. The College of Nursing expanded to establish health as a multidisciplinary mission and emerged as the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). With dynamic faculty, staff, students and programs, CHHS delivers quality, innovative educational offerings with hands-on learning opportunities and programs that include study abroad and distance education.
CSSH includes the following academic units: Department of Kinesiology, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and the interdisciplinary School of Data Science (a collaboration with the Belk College of Business, College of Computer and Informatics, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). CHHS also hosts the interdisciplinary Gerontology Program (a collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).
THE SCHOOL OF NURSING
Meet Dr. Dena Evans, the Director for the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services. She is a Wharton Fellow, nationally certified as a Nurse Educator, and Clinical Nurse Leader. Dr. Evans is actively involved in leadership initiatives at the local, state and national levels. She currently serves as President of the North Carolina Council of Higher Education in Nursing and is an AACN State Grassroots Liaison. In this role, she routinely travels to Washington, D.C. to advocate for legislative solutions to nursing issues. Dr. Evans has been a nurse educator for 27 years and has been actively involved in curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation, as well as enhancing teaching methodologies to improve student outcomes. Her special areas of interest include student and faculty retention diversity in nursing, organizational resiliency, and working to improve the health and opportunities of underserved populations. Dr. Evans has served as Principal Investigator and Project Manager on grants related to enhancing nursing workforce diversity, teaching innovations, and improving the health and well-being of disadvantaged students.
Under her leadership, diversity of the student body, and faculty have increased. She established the Academy for Clinical Research and Scholarship to expand interprofessional research to enhance the health of clinical populations. Dr. Evans remains committed to shaping a diverse and inclusive faculty that will maintain a relevant curriculum that meets the evolving needs of the community it serves. In addition to a Ph.D. program, the faculty are exploring additional programs that meet the needs of the community and will begin revising both undergraduate and graduate curricula to reflect changing local, state and national healthcare needs.
A leader in online education, the School is home to multiple Quality Matters Fellows and Reviewers. The School’s focus on quality online education has earned it high rankings with US News and World, specifically in online graduate education. Meet the Faculty and Staff at the School of Nursing.
Today, the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing prepares nursing professionals to serve as leaders, clinicians and scholars through innovative educational programs designed to meet the healthcare needs of an evolving and diverse society. With approximately 220 graduate and 330 undergraduate students, the School of Nursing relies heavily on the greater Charlotte nursing community to help maintain the quality of graduates it has produced since its beginning in 1965.
ABOUT CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 Best Places to Live, Charlotte is described as a metro area on the rise with its own culture, culinary sophistication and unique feel that's making it a more enticing place for people from all over the world to settle down. It boasts a comfortable and warm climate, with reasonable housing prices and living expenses.
Tailor-made for an active lifestyle, Charlotte’s thirty-seven miles of greenway trails provide the perfect opportunity for biking, rollerblading or running. The City is home to a thriving craft brewing scene, with some breweries hosting events such as yoga classes or running groups as well.
The region boasts a vibrant arts sceen, with places like the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, the Mint Museum and the Levine Museum of the New South. Sports fans will feel right at home in Charlotte, too, as the area features professional basketball and football teams.
Read about the City’s population growth and review demographics here.
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