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Associate/Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Jul. 6, 2023
Title Associate/Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department School of Nursing
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Enrollment Management/Registrar
    Academic Affairs
    Administration - Academic Unit
The Associate/Assistant Dean for Undergraduate programs (ADUG) primary role is to support the School of Nursing’s academic mission by providing leadership, oversight, and direction across the undergraduate (BS, ABS, RN/BS) programs operating in the School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing is seeking a visionary leader who can inspire faculty, is a strategic thinker, continues to build and expand enrollment and community partnerships, and engages with leadership and faculty across the University at Buffalo as the School positions itself for continued growth and expansion across our shared education, research, and practice/service missions.

The ADUG builds, maintains, and sustains a collaborative working environment with the school’s faculty and with students enrolled in undergraduate programs. This includes guiding and refining the implementation of the new AACN Essentials into the curriculum to meet national, state/agency (NYSED), and SUNY educational and accreditation standards for entry level pre/post licensure undergraduate students.

The ADUG will continue to build and strengthen a core commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion to prepare the leaders of tomorrow for service to their local, regional, state, national and global communities. The School of Nursing and the University at Buffalo aspire to become one of the top 25 public institutions in the nation.

The ADUG is a member of the Executive Leadership Team (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA), Associate Dean for Research (ADR), and Sr. Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance (ADAF) and reports directly to the Dean of the School of Nursing. The ADUG works with the Office of Student Affairs/Services, Simulation Services and Interprofessional Education team, the Educational Staff Service Support team and interfaces with accreditation and professional licensing entities, Information Technology Services that manages computer/audiovisual technology and the learning management system (Brightspace) to maintain undergraduate program excellence.


Undergraduate Academic Programs

Provides overall leadership and implements the strategic vision across the undergraduate programs (BS, ABS, RN-BS) to ensure academic excellence and compliance of all programs with applicable accreditation and licensing requirements consistent with an R1 AAU research intensive university.

Collaborates with Assistant Deans and Chairs/Directors in the School of Nursing and Academic leaders across the university (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of Undergraduate Education etc.) regarding curriculum implementation, operational efficiency, Honors College, and innovative academic programming.

Manages resources wisely to ensure efficiency and fiscal responsibility while maximizing opportunities for innovation and expansion.

Recruits and retains highly qualified clinical track and adjunct faculty to achieve excellent educational outcomes for students.

Assigns and balances faculty course workload to achieve educational, research, and practice/service goals.

Works with faculty engaged in interprofessional education, simulation, and other educational opportunities to maximize instructional opportunities across programs.

Works with student leaders as needed to engage students in student organizations and obtain feedback and/or place students on school committees consistent with faculty bylaws to advance the leadership development, educational attainment, inclusive excellence, and foster research capacity of students.

Works with the Dean and other members of the leadership team to plan, design, implement, and innovate new programs/course offerings for students, plan and hold annual faculty retreats and develop faculty programming for mentoring and work with the Unit Diversity Officer (UDO).

Responsible for external and internal oversight of student handbook, course materials, and published academic materials for faculty and students sharing and use to support educational objectives across undergraduate programs.

Develops, modifies, and maintains school and academic policies as needed to support educational objectives, maintain/achieve accreditation standards, and comply with licensing requirements.

Works with faculty to obtain external funding from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), or other components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support innovative programmatic expansion and excellence in undergraduate programs.

Meets with other ADUG at UB and serve on the Associate Deans Councils across decanal units to advance the outcomes and innovate new programs, develop university wide policies, and share/disseminate information with members of the SON as appropriate.

Engages with the Vice Provosts and Deans of the other Undergraduate Schools regarding curriculum, students, enrollment, faculty, and student issues as needed to achieve program outcomes.

Undergraduate Enrollment Management

Meets as needed as part of the enrollment management team to recruit and retain excellent students with attention to achieving the goals of holistic enrollment to ensure that the SON provides an equitable and inclusive environment for diverse students, understanding that diversity encompasses a wide range of factors, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, veteran status, and other important factors (e.g., first generation attendance and economic security).

Monitors student progress, retention, and completion across the programs.

Tracks program metrics for graduation success, time to completion, outcomes and diversity.

Undergraduate Accreditation and Licensing
Provides leadership for accreditation, licensing, site visits, self-studies, and other required documents and activities as needed to meet, implement, and maintain SUNY, CCNE, AACN, NYSED and NY State Office of Professions standards/requirements.

Reviews, monitors, and evaluates program performance to lead and meet implementation of accreditation standards across accrediting entities and licensing agencies.

Provides oversight regarding curriculum evaluation and implementation.

Prepares reports for review by the Dean and leadership team as needed to meet accreditation/reaccreditation requirements.

Monitors student performance on state/national licensing exams for quality outcomes.

Undergraduate Advising and Student Services
Provides oversight to direct advising and student services for pre-admitted/admitted undergraduate students.

Provides oversight for recruitment of undergraduate students across programs and deployment of resources to ensure successful pool of applicants across programs.

Serve as a point of contact and provides oversight for any issues that impact undergraduate student success across programs including student progression, grade changes, grievances, double major requests, Academic Integrity, and student athletic team participation.

Works with the Office of Student Affairs to provide oversight of scholarship and awards to students consistent with SON and university policies.

Celebrates and promotes student/faculty success across the School of Nursing undergraduate programs, in the community, among the alumni, with the media and across professional organizations and colleagues.

Undergraduate Faculty Development
Provides oversight to ensure undergraduate faculty development/mentorship for junior/senior faculty to advance in the development of their teaching and classroom performance.

Works with the Dean and Executive Leadership Team to develop and coordinate a mentoring program to support faculty in pursuit of promotion.

Provides oversight to engage all faculty in developing, progressing, and meeting faculty academic scholarship goals consistent with a R1/AAU research intensive program with respect to their undergraduate/clinical faculty appointment.

Undergraduate Evaluation and Assessment

Provides overall oversight and guidance for annual evaluation of courses, programs, faculty, students and staff to achieve educational and practice/service goals of the SON.

Works with the Office of Student Affairs and Director of Academic Operations regarding student faculty evaluation, monitors NCLEX pass rates, reporting of undergraduate program data for annual AACN, NYSED, and US News survey reporting,

Technology, Simulation, and Learning Management System

Works with the information technology (IT) team regarding the use of computer and information systems to support operation of undergraduate educational programs and delivery of the curriculum.

Assess, manage and evaluate the capacity of software to meet programmatic needs for education, research, scholarly productivity, and student progression for undergraduate programs.

Recommend securing and adaptation of new software, resources, and equipment to support effective delivery of the undergraduate curriculum and services to advance the strategic goals of the SON.

Practice and Community Partnerships

Coordinate with the Dean and other academic unit leaders in nursing to facilitate and expand practice opportunities and community partnerships to support the academic, research and practice mission for undergraduate students and faculty in the SON.

Engage with practice and community partners to secure clinical placements, obtain in-scholarship support, and maintain academic-practice partnership relations.

Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean.

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit - all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

About The University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) #ubuffalo is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

About School of Nursing
The UB School of Nursing was founded in 1936 following the release of the 1923 Goldmark Report funded by the Rockefeller Foundation that advocated for university education for nurses and national accreditation procedures. It is one of five academic health science schools and is housed on the South campus along with the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the School of Architecture and Planning.

UB School of Nursing is a leader in high-quality nursing education and research in a dynamic university setting. Our mission is to foster an inclusive and diverse environment of academic and scholarly excellence that develops nurse leaders who will improve the health and wellness of local, national, and global communities. Our undergraduate programs prepare nurses for expanded professional roles in an increasingly complex and evolving health care environment, and our graduate and advanced certificate programs prepare clinicians, researchers, educators, and leaders to provide complex care across settings, educate the next generation of nurses, and advance nursing and health care knowledge.

The UB School of Nursing currently offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) with programs of study in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Nurse Anesthesia (DNP-CRNA); and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

The UB School of Nursing is consistently ranked among the top schools of nursing and is in the top 20% of undergraduate and graduate programs; and ranks #10 for CRNA programs, #45 for DNP; and #67 out of 681 for Bachelor of Science (top 10%); and #25 among RN to BS programs by US News.

About Buffalo, NY
Buffalo, the second-largest city in New York State (NYS), is located in the western region on the shores of Lake Erie, upriver of the majestic Niagara Falls. NYS is a welcoming region with strong support for human rights and access to a full range of health care. Western New York is an ideal place to live and work. Buffalo - the City of Good Neighbors - is a big city with a rapidly growing economy, vital academic health sciences center, outstanding public schools, and modest cost of living. Buffalo-Niagara, a region of 1.2 million people, is home to world-class art galleries and museums, a comprehensive city-wide system of parks and green space designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, a vibrant theater and music community, and major and minor league sports teams. These are just a few of the wide array of cultural and recreational elements that make Buffalo a great place to work, study and live. For more information, please see:

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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