School of Nursing and Health Studies – Dean, Professor (AA21677)

Position Overview

Organization: University of Washington, Bothell, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Bothell

Title : Dean, Professor

Search Number : AA21677

Position Details

The University of Washington Bothell provides a leading-edge student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and staff dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is just over 5,700 students. A majority of those students are the first in their family to attend college or are from underrepresented groups; 88 percent are from Washington State. The UW Bothell campus, located in the Seattle metropolitan region, builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.

Diversity is a core value of UW Bothell. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. Successful candidates will show evidence of meaningful engagement with diversity in previous teaching, mentoring, research, and/or service, and the potential to address questions of diversity in their courses and scholarship.

UW Bothell School of Nursing and Health Studies is committed to becoming a leading force for transformative higher education in the region and the nation, and seeks a dynamic and committed Dean to achieve this vision.  The position offers an exceptional opportunity for a visionary, collaborative, and community-engaged leader to lead a School that values diversity, social justice, and excellence in all aspects of education. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean will be a key member of the leadership team in Academic Affairs. The Dean is also responsible for communicating the vision and goals of the School to community and professional constituencies and for seeking public and private funds to support its vision and mission. As a campus that is part of the larger University of Washington system, this position will have unparalleled opportunities to advance innovative teaching and research in the areas of Nursing and Health Studies.



As a collaborative, scholarly and professional community, the UW Bothell School of Nursing and Health Studies is committed to supporting and improving the health of diverse communities through excellence and innovation in education, scholarship, leadership and service.   In addition to academic degree programs in Health Studies — a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies and two undergraduate minors in Health Studies and Health Education – the School of Nursing and Health Studies is home to a Master of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing that are accredited as part of the UW Tri-campus School of Nursing. For these Nursing degrees, the Dean shares with the UW School of Nursing Executive Dean and Chief Nursing Officer the dual reporting of a Director of the UW Bothell Nursing programs.

Vision: To support and improve the health of diverse communities through excellence and innovation in education, scholarship, leadership and service.

Mission:  Our three health-related degrees (Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies) are built on multiple values:

  • Community engagement and partnerships
  • Creative and innovative teaching and learning
  • Diversity
  • Ethics and social justice
  • Expanded access to higher education and professional employment
  • Global consciousness
  • Interdisciplinary and inter-professional practice and education
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Reflective practice and critical thinking.


The interdisciplinary faculty in the School of Nursing & Health Studies integrates these values to create transformative learning-centered approaches that are based on the highest professional standards. Coming from diverse disciplines with both academic and practice dimensions, our faculty build partnerships with employers, government agencies, policy-makers, educational institutions, community-based organizations, advocacy groups and other regional resources to connect students with professional practice opportunities.

General Leadership Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

Seasoned Judgment: applies broad knowledge and seasoned experience when addressing complex issues; defines strategic issues clearly despite ambiguity; takes all critical information into account when making decisions; makes timely, tough decisions; foresees obstacles and opportunities.

Empowering Others: Creates a climate that fosters personal investment and excellence; nurtures commitment to a common vision and shared values; gives people the opportunity of latitude to grow and achieve; promotes collaboration and teamwork.

Collaborating, Influencing and Negotiating: Creates a climate that engages others and fosters personal investment and excellence; helps shape stakeholder opinions; projects a positive image; works through conflicts in a timely way; negotiates win/win solutions.

Inspiring Trust: Establishes open, candid, trusting relationships; treats all individuals fairly and with respect; behaves in accord with expressed beliefs and commitments; maintains high standards of integrity.

Mature Confidence/Adaptability: Realistically appraises own strengths and weaknesses; shares credit and visibility; maintains and projects confidence, maintains a positive outlook; works constructively under pressure; responds resourcefully to change and ambiguity.

Qualifications, Qualities, and Experiences

The Dean will be committed to academic excellence and student success, and will have a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership necessary to provide visionary direction for the School of Nursing and Health Studies within the parameters of the university’s mission and strategic plan.

The successful applicant will also have (but not be limited to) the following preferred specific attributes:

  • An earned doctorate in a discipline appropriate to the School of Nursing and Health Studies;
  • Preferred but not required – a current, or eligibility to obtain a, Registered Nurse license in the State of Washington;
  • A record of academic achievement necessary for a tenured appointment at the rank of full Professor;
  • A record of academic leadership and administrative experience in higher education;
  • Experience with academic planning and implementation for undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Experience with accreditation processes and program assessment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in building a multicultural teaching and learning community;
  • Demonstrated experience in seeking external funds through philanthropy, funded research development and other revenue generating activities;
  • Knowledge and experience in fiscal management;
  • Proven track record of mentorship of faculty and staff, and of creating an environment for mentoring activities and professional development;
  • Experience in the application and evaluation of the scholarship of discovery, of integration, of application, and of teaching and learning;
  • Experience with building partnerships, and fostering collaboration between the university and a wide range of healthcare partners, as well as embrace community engagement generally;
  • Experience in engaging with community colleges in the development of innovative degree programs to increase student access to health-related degree programs;
  • The ability to listen to and respect divergent views while building consensus and collegiality;
  • Experience in developing collaborative initiatives with other units within an institution and in working collaboratively and effectively on behalf of the unit within a university system; and,
  • Successful track record of facilitating professional development and advancement for faculty across all ranks and staff across all positions.
  • Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check


Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies:  This program provides the opportunity to work with our committed faculty to develop knowledge and skills useful for improving the health of individuals and communities.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: This program offers two tracks: an RN to BSN program for transfer students who have completed an Associate in Nursing Degree with an RN license and a First Year Entry nursing program for university freshman students.

The Master of Nursing:  This program prepares nurses for advanced leadership roles in health care practice, education, administration and research settings.

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

Application Instructions

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted online at Finalists for the position will be required to provide 3 letters of recommendation. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on January 23, 2017, this position is open until filled. For inquiries, please contact Marlene Manzo,

This is a 9-month indefinite tenured position with dean duties extending through the summer months.


University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.