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College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Prospectus

The Position

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) invites applications and nominations for an outstanding and innovative leader as the next Dean of our College of Nursing and Health Professions.

USI has a distinctive energy, momentum, and clarity of purpose that, coupled with the notable dedication, collegiality, and receptiveness to change by its faculty and staff, make the position of Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions a unique opportunity. As a future-oriented, learning-focused and connected institution that has a strong commitment to high academic standards, USI emphasizes teaching and interaction between faculty and students and encourages applied research that creates value for its regional community and contributes to solving society’s broader challenges. The University has created an environment where learning and intellectual development are foremost.

The Dean reports directly to the Provost, serves as the College’s chief academic officer and represents the College as a member of the Provost Council. The new Dean will provide transformative leadership for the College to build a greater depth of programming to attract high-ability students with diverse interests and backgrounds.

The Dean will work closely with department chairs, multiple other direct reports, faculty, and other University staff as they collectively pursue teaching excellence and greater national and international prominence and higher rankings through the pursuit of scholarly and creative work. Working alongside USI’s faculty and administrative team, they will implement a strategic vision for the College. The successful candidate will support an interdisciplinary focus and facilitate the development of research growth, expand and develop academic programs, enhance corporate and foundation relationships, and increase collaborative partnerships with other institutions.

Additionally, the dean must be a highly collaborative leader and effective communicator. They must support academic and research programs to achieve the university’s strategic vision.  Crucial to the position is the ability to provide strong external outreach to help solidify and enhance USI’s role as a leader in higher education and research while enhancing the external visibility of USI’s distinctive educational programs.

The Dean will advise the Provost on matters concerning academic and research issues and will keep the Provost informed of trends and developments both on campus and in the competitive collegiate environment. They will work with the faculty and staff to develop, implement, and manage programs that recruit and retain a well-qualified and diverse faculty, student body, and academic staff.  They will continue supporting a work environment in which participation, respect and excellence are fostered, and where open communication and professional relationships are valued. 

Responsibilities of the Dean

The Dean will ensure that programs retain full accreditation with respective accrediting bodies.  A demonstrated commitment to successful collaboration and cooperation with relevant University divisions and offices is crucial; these include:

  • Finance and Administration
  • Student Affairs
  • Alumni and Volunteer Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Distance Learning
  • Enrollment Management
  • Sponsored Projects and Research Administration
  • Planning, Research, and Assessment

The Dean will work in partnership with the appropriate University units, leading fundraising efforts, and nurturing relationships with alumni and other constituencies.

In conjunction with the Vice President for Finance and Administration, department chairs, faculty members, and Provost, the Dean will develop budgetary priorities for the college ensuring fiscal responsibility for decisions regarding expenditures and initiate appropriate cost containment measures for all expenses. The new Dean also will participate on University committees that serve as advisory bodies on academic and administrative issues.

The Dean exercises broad responsibilities for leadership and management of the College’s programs, finances, and people. In addition, the Dean will be responsible for:

  • Establishing a long-term vision for the College consistent with the University’s mission and strategic priorities
  • Overseeing of College facilities including representing College interests in the upcoming major renovation of the Health Professions building
  • Ensuring the College programs achieve and maintain accreditation
  • Assisting with the University’s regional accreditation
  • Analyzing, communicating, and responding to emerging global, national, and regional trends in healthcare and higher education
  • Strengthening and building connections and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Fostering a high-quality student experience
  • Nurturing an organizational culture that empowers faculty, promotes shared governance, and fosters interprofessional collaborations
  • Overseeing student recruitment and retention initiatives to ensure strategic growth of the College
  • Recruiting, retaining, supporting and mentoring faculty who will continue the College’s progress
  • Using a data-informed approach to manage and prioritize an annual operating budget to achieve the College’s strategic goals
  • Advocating for the College and increasing its visibility and reputation regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Supporting current grant programs and securing additional resources and funds to advance the College and expand student learning opportunities
  • Overseeing the College’s Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning, which provides accredited professional development opportunities for health professionals through certificate programs, continuing education conferences, and workshops
  • Support the collaborative partnership with the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center to advance their mission of recruiting, educating and retaining health care professionals in under-resourced communities

Applicant Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in a healthcare discipline OR a doctorate plus an earned terminal degree in a healthcare field
  • Academic qualifications and achievements consistent with an appointment as a tenured, full professor in the College
  • Evidence of a minimum of three years of significant leadership experience in an academic setting
  • Documented expertise in a healthcare field with unencumbered licensure/certification/registration
  • A strong vision for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion

Desired qualities:

  • Experience with developing and leading student recruitment and retention in health professions programs
  • Involvement in innovative curriculum design for in-person and online education delivery methods
  • Support the use of emerging technologies and simulations to enhance student learning
  • Experience with financial and budget management
  • Demonstrated knowledge and involvement with accreditation processes of healthcare academic programs
  • A proven record for promoting and supporting communication, interprofessional collaboration, shared governance, and team building
  • A strong record of recruiting and retaining faculty and staff
  • Established record of service with local and national professional organizations
  • Experience leading and supporting clinical track, tenure track, adjunct, and contract faculty.
  • Results-focused leadership promoting faculty, staff, and student development
  • Experience in preparing and administering grants up to and including the federal level
  • Proven results in development of donors
  • Outreach with external stakeholders to develop academic practice partnerships
  • Track record of fostering high-quality student-centered degree, certificate, and lifelong learning academic experiences

The College

The College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) offers 11 undergraduate programs, 3 master’s programs, and 1 doctoral program and numerous certificate programs that include: dental assisting, dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, food and nutrition, health administration, health informatics and information management, health services, nursing, occupational therapy, occupational therapy assistant, radiologic and imaging sciences, and respiratory therapy. Over 1,900 degree seeking students are enrolled in the CNHP at USI. Students come from multiple U.S. states and other countries.  All clinical programs are accredited by their respective accrediting bodies. USI faculty are actively involved in teaching, practice, research, and community service activities.

The college has a wide range of modern facilities.  On the USI campus, the college boasts the 100,000 square foot Health Professions building that will be undergoing $60 million renovation and expansion in May 2023.  Renovations will be made to the Dental Clinic, Anatomy and Physiology laboratory, Nutrition laboratory, and multiple classrooms; renovations and expansions will be made to Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Occupational Therapy Assistant facilities; offices and laboratories will be constructed for future program growth; and the building will be expanded to create a new administrative suite, new Radiological Therapy program facilities, and a Mitchell Auditorium extension. 

There is an established simulation center that houses six high-fidelity state-of-the-art simulators.  The college also shares space with Indiana University and the University of Evansville in the 147,000 square foot Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville.  Finally, the college is host to the award-winning Minka Learning Lab for Living Well, a 600-square-foot smart home showcase for living-in-place with integrated technology.

The CNHP’s Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning provides accredited professional development opportunities for health professionals through certificate programs, continuing education conferences, and workshops. The Center is accredited by Joint Accreditation.  Each year, over 3,400 health care professionals complete online certificate programs and participate in professional development opportunities.  The Center provides quality programming to assist the busy health professional in enhancing knowledge, skills, and professional competencies.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions also houses the Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness which was created in 2008.  The Center is a dynamic institution of interdisciplinary education, research and community partnerships that advocates for older adults and promotes careers in gerontology and geriatrics. The Center hosts the annual Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness. 

The CNHP has a long history of receiving substantial state and federal to support programs and regional health care. Recently, USI received a $3.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). The purpose of this project is to improve health outcomes for older adults in underserved communities of southwest Indiana by developing a workforce to maximize patient and family engagement and integrate geriatrics into primary care. To implement the five-year project, USI is collaborating with three Deaconess primary care clinics, the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program and two Area Agencies on Aging (SWIRCA & More and Generations).

High points of the wide variety of programs offered by the college include:

Dental Assisting & Dental Hygiene

  • Seven full-time faculty members and two administrative assistants for 24 students
  • Faculty members function as part of an interprofessional, cohesive department, with all full-time faculty teaching in both the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs
  • USI Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene graduates continually score well above the national and state of Indiana averages on their board/licensure examinations

 Dental Assisting

  • Majors:
    • Certificate of Dental Assisting
    • Associate of Science in Dental Assisting
  • 2022 Board Examination Pass Rates:
    • Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant Examination – 100%
  • Dental Assisting students complete clinical fieldwork experiences at over 30 local dental offices
  • Dental Assisting students typically have a job placement rate of 90% or higher upon graduation, with most graduates remaining in Indiana

 Dental Hygiene

  • Majors:
    • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
    • Track I: Entry level
    • Track II: Degree completion
    • Track III: Accelerated entry-level
  • 2022 Board Examination Pass Rates:
    • National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) – 96% (still in progress)
    • Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) Clinical Patient Examination – 100%
    • CDCA Local Anesthesia Examination – 100%
  • The USI Dental Clinic, which offers dental hygiene services to adults and children of all ages, is located on the USI campus. All services are performed by students and are supervised and evaluated by dental faculty

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

  • 5 full-time faculty members and 36 students
  • Major: Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • The USI DMS program is one of only 14 Bachelor of Science programs in the United States accredited in Abdominal-Extended, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vascular, and Cardiac sonography.
  • Graduates of the USI DMS program have a 96 percent 5-year average overall pass rate on national certification examinations administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). 
  • Since 2007, every graduate of the USI DMS program has been successfully employed in the field of sonography within a year of graduation.

Food and Nutrition

  • 4 full-time faculty members and over 70 declared majors and 30 nutrition minors
  • Major: Food and Nutrition
  • 3 specialty concentrations:
    • Dietetics (accredited)
    • Food Service Management
    • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Minor: Nutrition
  • 5-year pass rate on Registration Examination for Dietitians within one year following first attempt 90%
  • All students complete ServSafe® food safety training, certification as a Manage First Professional® available
  • Practicum opportunities provided in a variety of areas in food and nutrition
  • Nutrition and health assessment lab, commercial kitchen, teaching kitchen, and counseling and education facilities allow for hands-on learning
  • Faculty members function as part of an interprofessional, cohesive department and engage with multiple community partners to provide opportunities for engagement outside the classroom
  • Faculty have been recognized for their teaching as outstanding dietetic educator for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and within the CNHP, collaborative work with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, service as Director of East-Midwest Foodservice Systems Management Education Council, and completion of Board Certification as a Specialist in Sports Nutrition

Health Services

  • 6 full-time faculty members and over 155 declared majors and 100 minors
  • Majors:
    • Bachelor of Science in Health Services
      • 7 specialty concentrations:
        • Gerontology
        • Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness
        • Public Health
        • Generalist Option
        • Degree Completion Option
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Administration
    • Minors:
      • Health Administration
      • Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness
      • Interdisciplinary Gerontology
      • Public Health
    • Certificate:
      • Activity Professionals
    • Variety of engagement, simulation, and internship opportunities including the Health Services Internship and an Administrator-in-Training Residency

Master of Health Administration

  • 5 full-time faculty members and over 90 students
  • Major: Health Administration
  • Degree concentrations:
    • Healthcare Leadership
    • Post-Acute Care (PAC) Leadership
    • Health Informatics
  • Certificate programs:
    • Post-Acute Care
    • Administrator in Training (AIT) Residency
    • Health Informatics
  • Degree program is fully online with six starts a year

Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM)

  • Interprofessional program drawing faculty from multiple departments, all with HIIM experience
  • Major: Health Informatics and Information Management
  • Opportunities to conduct real-life, hands-on studies involving system modeling, workflow analysis, service innovations and project implementation provided by regional hospitals, clinical centers, and other healthcare organizations
  • A dedicated Health Informatics lab dedicated strengthens high tech skills needed to promote relationships and infrastructure to accelerate research focusing on applications
  • 300 hours of internship within a variety of organizations


  • All USI nursing programs are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), with renewal in February 2024
  • All nursing programs are adopting competency-based education as recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) “new” Essentials, 2021

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • A cohort of 130 students are admitted every January
  • A Holistic admissions process was initiated for applicants as of July 2021
  • Ranked #1 nursing program in Indiana over the past 10 years.
  • NCLEX pass rates well above the national average ranging from 94 – 100% over the past 5 years
  • Anticipated growth to 180 students spanning the next five years, dependent on community partnerships and funding

RN to BSN Program

  • 100% of courses offered online with 6 starts per year
  • Associate to Bachelor’s program offered in collaboration with Ivy Tech Community College that allows for dual enrollment for student in the Ivy Tech ADN nursing program

Master of Science in Nursing

  • Four advanced practice specialty tracks offered with an enrollment of 420 students
  • All courses are taught online
  • All clinical courses require 1000 precepted clinical hours
  • Post MSN certificates are available for the four advanced practice tracks
  • Certification rates 95-100% over the past 10 years
  • Anticipated addition of a 36-hour non-clinical MSN that focuses on leadership

Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Two entry options, post-MSN (36 credit hours) and post-BSN to DNP (78 credit hours)
  • 100% online post- MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice offered
  • Anticipated addition of Systems Leadership Program added to BSN to DNP

Occupational Therapy

  • 5 doctorally-prepared full-time faculty members and 60 students
  • Major: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy; USI Board of Trustees have approved planned transition to Doctoral Level
  • Continuous accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) since 1994
  • Certification rates 88-100% over the past 10 years

Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • 2 full-time faculty members; 1 senior administrative assistant
  • 2 Cohorts with over 40 students
  • Major: Associate of Science Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Supportive fieldwork community boasting over 179 active contracts specific to OT/OTA education

Radiologic and Imaging Sciences

  • 5 full-time faculty members and over 60 students
  • Major: Bachelor of Science Radiologic Technology
  • Degree completion option for practicing radiologic professionals
  • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
  • 1 of only 53 accredited Bachelor of Science programs in the United States
  • Students have additional experiences in advanced imaging, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and invasive procedures
  • 5-year average pass rate on the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT) 92.2%

 Respiratory Therapy

  • 3 full-time faculty members and over 48 students in the 4-year degree program and over 40 students in the degree completion program
  • Major: Bachelor of Science Respiratory Therapy
  • Degree completion option for respiratory professionals
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
  • 2021 pass rate on the National Board for Respiratory Care certification exam 90%
  • Positive Placement: 93% of graduates employed within six months of graduation

Information for Applicants

The review of credentials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit materials by December 4, 2022. Application materials must include:

  • A letter of intent describing your interest in and qualifications for the position
  • A statement of your leadership philosophy that exemplifies your achievements as a leader, including promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Five references to include the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers for each. Indicate your professional relationship with each.
  • References will not be contacted until finalists are identified

Applications and Nominations

All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential. Finalists will be publicly identified prior to campus visit.

Application materials should be submitted via the USI Human Resources website at: Nominations and questions should be forwarded to Maggie Weinzapfel: