Associate Dean for Practice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

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The Associate Dean for Practice reports to the Dean of the School of Nursing and provides strategic vision and leadership for the School of Nursing’s practice and community engagement agenda. The individual in this role also works closely with the associate deans for education and research/innovation to assure the integration of practice, education, and research in keeping with the School’s mission. Further, they will work closely with CNO’s within the community, including LIFE, the Penn Health Systems, CHOP, the VAMC and others to advance and synergize practice priorities and to establish partnerships with clinical practice colleagues across disciplines.

The Associate Dean for Practice will be a member of the Dean’s senior leadership team and, as such, is expected to participate and contribute to the overall strategic goals of the School. She/he will work closely with and will develop partnerships with clinical leaders at UPHS, in the community, other schools (both within and outside the University), and other appropriate offices at the University.

Essential Duties:

Provide strategic direction for the School’s practice and community engagement initiatives including the integration of practice/community engagement with the School’s education and research/innovation agendas, LIFE practice, and the School’s clinical/practice partnerships.

  • Work with CNO’s, LIFE, and others within the Penn Health System to advance the integration of evidence based practice, as well as to advance research, scholarship, and education initiatives.
  • Serve as a leader in building and fostering interprofessional practice relationships and alliances.
  • Represent the School of Nursing to Chief Nursing Officers and other senior managers at LIFE, University of Pennsylvania Health System, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other partners and affiliates in Philadelphia to foster the School’s mission.
  • Assist the Dean in developing collaborations with university leaders, public and private partners, and policy and political agencies to advance the School’s practice/community engagement agenda.
  • Collaborate with the Dean, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, and other administrators in executing responsibilities and policies for practice including the allocation and utilization of collaborative practice sites, space, and resources appropriate to the practice mission.
  • Work with the Department Chairs in mentoring and facilitating the development of the faculty at all levels, with specific efforts targeted to support Clinician Educators.
  • Participate in external and internal review processes of the School of Nursing’s accreditation and other reviews.
  • Act as an Alternate to the Dean when needed.

Minimum Requirements:

Qualified Candidates will have a research doctorate and be eligible for appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank (tenure track or clinician educator) necessitating the requirement for a well-developed program of research or other scholarship that has had significant impact on the field.

ContactDr. Patricia D'Antonio, Department Chair

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