Dean, School of Nursing

LOCATION: Wayland Baptist University (WBU)–New Braunfels Site (Start date June 1, 2022)                    

SUPERVISED BY: Vice President of Academic Affairs 


POSITIONS SUPERVISED: All WBU-New Braunfels nursing faculty and related administrative support personnel. 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Dean of the School of Nursing (SON) reports directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA). While the Dean’s primary duty is to administer the University’s Nursing Program, this position also requires teaching the equivalent of 12 undergraduate credit hours each academic year. Additionally, the Dean actively participates in university activities; creates, implements and revises a multi-year and comprehensive strategic plan for the nursing degree program and related courses; manages related faculty and staff to ensure effective teamwork; cultivates productive relationships with the campus community; actively represents the University and builds relationships with appropriate local community and corporate leaders; and works with the VPAA and other University leaders to identify, develop and refine initiatives that meet program requirements and increase enrollment. The Dean leads educational initiatives to assess, develop, oversee and implement nursing education programs based on overall University objectives, and conducts research to determine the effects and outcomes of the nursing education programs offered by the University. Functioning under limited supervision, the dean provides strategic direction and planning, by establishing standards, requesting a budget, and coordinating educational performance within the School of Nursing. While ensuring excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, community service and in the recruiting, hiring, and evaluating of faculty, the dean acts as a role model in the nursing profession by maintaining a high standard of practice. This position is also responsible for educating and engaging the nursing faculty to provide evidence-based practice and ensuring that practice is congruent with the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics. The dean also works with faculty and other academic administrators to acquire grants and contracts, and engages community leaders to establish partnerships that enhance University programs.


  1. Coordinate unit and program activities with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  2. Determine individual program staffing requirements, interview candidates in alignment with policy, and make recommendations for hire.
  3. Direct and coordinate unit's financial and budget activities to fund operations and increase efficiency.
  4. Develop and implement strategies for marketing and recruiting based on the University’s goals and objectives.
  5. Develop and implement the applicable policies, goals, objectives, and procedures in coordination with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and organization officials, and staff members as necessary.
  6. Recruit, develop, manage and evaluate faculty and staff; prepare schedules and assign specific  duties.
  7. Assign, supervise, coordinate and review the activities of applicable faculty and staff.
  8. Plan, direct and coordinate activities such as promotions, grant proposals, needs assessments, and other related activities as required.
  9. Review financial statements, activity reports, and other performance data to measure productivity and goal achievement and to determine areas needing program improvement.
  10. Communicate with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, health care organizations, the public, government, and other external sources.
  11. Advise students in the Nursing Program.
  12. Assume any other professional duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs or other appropriate administrative personnel.
  13. Develop or facilitate the development and assessment of new programs and courses.
  14. Foster and maintain partnerships with regional health care and social services organizations and agencies, civic groups, and academic institutions across disciplines to promote the development of effective leaders, practitioners, and citizens to advance healthy living within our multicultural society.
  15. Promote relationships with alumni.

The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this job. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.



Doctorate in Nursing or closely related field required.

Experience and Knowledge:

  1. Three (3) years of experience working as a registered nurse (RN) in a position of increasing responsibility.
  2. A record of teaching, professional accomplishments, and scholarship meriting appointment as a faculty member of the School of Nursing.
  3. Demonstrated experience effectively engaging with faculty, students, staff, university administrators, and members of the greater community
  4. Experience in the area of managing and supervising faculty and staff.
  5. A commitment to serving the University's ethnically and culturally diverse population and recruiting a diverse faculty.
  6. A deep commitment to Christian Higher Education and agreement with the purposes and philosophy of higher education as promoted by the Texas Baptists/Baptist General Convention of Texas in general and WBU in particular.
  7. Knowledge of the varied disciplines planned for the Nursing Program, and an accomplished record in program development.
  8. An understanding of and commitment to work with educational programs related to churches, businesses, industries, and the military.
  9. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, and the ability to build, motivate and lead a multidisciplinary academic unit.
  10. Demonstrated success in acquisition of external funding and development of community partnerships
  11. An ability to work effectively within a comprehensive university system.

Skills and Abilities:

  1. A working knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, situational leadership strategies, production methods, and coordination and empowerment of people and resources.
  2. An understanding of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests.
  3. The ability to effectively communicate information and ideas orally and in writing.
  4. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Access.
  5. Must become proficient with the University Power Campus program.
  6. Be detail-oriented and have good organizational skills.
  7. The ability to understand and interpret personnel policies and procedures.
  8. The ability to be flexible, to prioritize and to be available to work extended hours as needed including evenings and weekends.
  9. Be willing and able to travel occasionally.
  10. Be willing to lead, take charge, offer opinions and direction and take on responsibilities and challenges.
  11. Be pleasant with others on the job and display a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  12. Be creative and be able to develop new ideas.
  13. Be persistent in the face of obstacles.
  14. Be honest, ethical, reliable, responsible, and dependable.


Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance. Employee must be able to work as a team player, work indoors and in an environmentally controlled office area with florescent lighting, and on occasion work outdoors, be exact and accurate, pay very close attention to detail, and have transportation to and from work. The qualified applicant must be able to work flexible hours as needed. If hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of hire date to establish identity and employment eligibility as required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Some travel required. Must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle, have access to a dependable motor vehicle, and possess a valid state driver’s license. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver’s record. The candidate for employment will be subject to a background check and may be requested to take a drug test.

If requested, reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities for any part of the employment process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.