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Tenured: Professor/Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Research


Bryan, Texas
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The Texas A&M University College of Nursing is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the Associate Dean for Research beginning August 2022. The tenured or tenure upon hire eligible role at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor candidate will thrive in the research culture of Texas A&M, which is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1 research university and stands today as one of the largest research universities in the United States.  Texas A&M ranks 14th in total research and development expenditures in the U.S. and is designated as one of only 66 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), an association of leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. Texas A&M is one of only 17 institutions in the nation to hold the triple designation as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university.

The Texas A&M University Health Science Center is one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the nation. The Health Science Center includes five academic colleges and numerous centers and institutes working together to improve health transformative education, innovative research and team-based health care delivery. The College of Nursing is one of five health professions colleges within the Health Science Center with a vision is to educate and empower a diverse population of nurse leaders who will transform health and health systems through service, discovery and knowledge.

Who we are seeking: We desire an Associate Dean for Research who subscribes to and supports our commitments to the mission, vision and core values of the greater university, the Health Science Center, and the College of Nursing.  The Associate Dean for Research is a vital member of the executive leadership team who leads the Office of Nursing Research and facilitates programs of research and scholarly productivity among faculty and students. The successful applicant will bring an expert level of research and academic experience to the position. The College of Nursing is building research strengths and capacity in health promotion for rural and underserved populations, violence/trauma prevention and intervention, substance use, prevention and management of chronic conditions, and innovative care delivery models.

The primary position description is administrative, with 50% effort dedicated to the administrative role and service. The remaining 50% effort is dedicated to research with some teaching responsibilities.

The College of Nursing will launch its first doctoral program, the post-MSN to DNP, in the fall of 2022. A PhD program is in the five year strategic plan for development of the college, which was established in 2008. Currently, the college offers BSN traditional track on the Bryan/College Station campus and the BSN second degree on the Round Rock campus with multiple entry terms. The RN-BSN track, MSN-Education, MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner and MSN-Forensic Nursing are distance education programs. The main campus of the College of Nursing is located on the Texas A&M Health Science Center campus in Bryan, with a regional campus in Round Rock. Expansion to the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center in McAllen is in the planning stage.

Administrative Appointment Duties, Responsibilities and Associated Service

Texas A&M University and Health Science Center

1.  Represents the College of Nursing at the University and Health Science Center level in the area of research and scholarship priorities, collaboration, and scholarly development of faculty and students.

2.  Serves as the research leader for the College of Nursing with an annual plan for research growth and key performance indicators that are aligned with the University, Health Science Center and College of Nursing strategic plans.

B.  College

  1. Provides visionary and strategic direction for high impact research and scholarly activities.
  2. Facilitates and stimulates funding and implementation of research.
  3. Accountable for developing, implementing and evaluating the strategic research and scholarship goals of the College of Nursing.
  4. Provides leadership in the research and scholarly missions and standards of the academic programs of the College of Nursing.
  5. Participates in the business of the college as specified in the College of Nursing bylaws.
  6. Serves on the College of Nursing Executive Leadership Team (Deans Council).
  7. Collaborates with the Dean and Deans Council on program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  8. Develops faculty scholarship and mentorship plans and start-up packages.

C.  Programs of Research

1.  Administration

     a. Planning, Organizing and Evaluating

  • Facilitates the establishment of immediate and long-range goals for research and scholarly activities with faculty in collaboration with respective supervisors.
  • Allocates responsibility to faculty and research staff for achieving and documenting research and scholarly outcomes.

    b. Directing and Coordinating

  • Guides the faculty in research program development and implementation.
  • Leads the faculty in facilitating research to establish and achieve a dynamic research vision.
  • Mentors tenure track faculty in developing sustainable programs of research.
  • Monitors and develops research productivity among faculty and students in the College of Nursing..
  • Oversees all activities related to research in the College of Nursing.
  • Oversees the record-keeping and documentation necessary for the preparation of research productivity reports.
  • Facilitates programs of research and scholarly productivity that lead to quantifiable improvements in College of Nursing outcomes.
  • Oversees records of all extramural and intramural grant and contract activity within the College of Nursing.
  • Supervises a Research Office Director.
  • Serves as the Deans Council Liaison to the College of Nursing Research Committee.

c. Budgeting and Staffing

  • Collaborates with Principal Investigators/Project Directors on extramurally funded projects to assure that budgets are accurately developed and implemented.
  • Proposes and prioritizes budgetary needs related to research productivity in the College of Nursing.
  • Collaborates with faculty supervisors and administrators on workload effort designated for research and scholarship.

d. Extramural Funding

  • Collaborates with faculty, staff and interdisciplinary colleagues to develop grant, contract and scholarship proposals relevant to the strategic plan goals.
  • Collaborates with the Dean and other University personnel in development-related fundraising initiatives that are aligned with the College strategic plan.

e. Public Relations

  • Collaborates with College and University personnel in publicizing and disseminating the accomplishments of faculty, professional staff, students and alumni.
  • Collaborates with the Dean, the Texas A&M Alumni Association, and the Texas A&M Foundation in building and maintaining alumni relationships.      
  • Develops and nurtures professional relationships with nursing leaders, clinical partners, allied health organizations and communities throughout the state.
  • Communicates research related activities to the external public through appropriate channels.

2.  Scholarship/Research Leadership

a.    Facilitates research and scholarly development of faculty and staff and maintains own research productivity and professional stature.

b.    Promotes faculty development that includes formal academic study and activities that enhance faculty promotion and tenure.

c.     Collaborates with respective faculty supervisors to provide input on evaluation of research and scholarship outcomes as part of the annual faculty evaluation process.

d.    Maintains a program of research and scholarship.

D.  Reports to the Dean, College of Nursing, and assumes other responsibilities as directed by the Dean.

Faculty Duties and Responsibilities

Research, teaching/advising and general service includes contributing to related graduate program instruction, advising students in research, serving on assigned committees, and engaging in scholarly activities. 


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


Required Education:

Research doctoral degree.

Preferred Education:

Academic degrees granted from more than one degree-granting institution. Bachelor’s degree in nursing (unless prepared as a Master’s entry Registered Nurse). Master’s degree in nursing or related field. Master’s or Doctoral degree in nursing. Completion of post-doctoral education.

Required Experience:

Eight years of related professional experience. Must be eligible for a tenured or tenure-track appointment at the associate or full professor academic rank.  Evidence of progressive scholarly achievements including data-based publications and a program of extramurally funded research. Record of progressive leadership and development within a health-related academic and/or research environment. Excellence in graduate level teaching and mentorship. Prior experience establishing collaborative partnerships with other disciplines, health care agencies, and industry. Experience mentoring faculty in building productive programs of research and scholarship. Experience with research program development, implementation and evaluation. Evidence of sustained scholarly productivity including extramurally funded research, refereed publications and scholarly presentations in a focused area of scholarship. Evidence of community partnerships with state and local government, communities and clinical agencies related to a focused area of research and scholarly productivity. Service and leadership in nursing and health-related organizations and associations.

Preferred Experience:

Prior leadership experience in nursing, research, nursing education or health care. Evidence of practice, teaching, or research recognition and excellence through certification, awards, or advanced professional education related to research. History of NIH funded research. Teaching experience in more than one nursing program at the graduate level. Service to the profession and community. Administrative experience in directing activities and evaluating job performance. Service as a grant reviewer.

Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrates leadership competencies. Demonstrates ability to collaborate and lead transdisciplinary and interprofessional groups. Manifests qualities of integrity, professional character, sincerity, honesty, emotional stability, creativity, and discriminating judgment. Exhibits breadth of interest in people; the profession; and in cultural, social and civic affairs. Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Required Licenses and Certifications:


Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

Licensed or eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas.

Application Instructions

Applicants interested in this position must apply to http://apply.interfolio.com/104380.

Candidates will be required to submit the following documents: (1) cover letter; (2) detailed curriculum vitae; (3) statement of research, teaching, and service impact (limited to 3 pages each); (4) statement of administrative philosophy (one page); (5) statement of commitment and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion (one page); and (6) contact information for three references.

Any questions regarding the position should be directed to Mike Liske at liske@tamu.edu. Academic rank and salary are based on qualifications and experience.

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability employer committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

The University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and therefore has a Dual Career Program and implements policies that contribute to work-life balance.