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Job ID: 211555

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted May 25, 2023
Title Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
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
  • Academic Affairs
The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA) primary role is to support the School of Nursing’s academic mission by providing leadership, oversight, and direction across undergraduate (BS, ABS, RN/BS) and graduate programs (DNP and PhD).

The School of Nursing is seeking a visionary leader who can inspire faculty, is a strategic thinker, 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 ADAA builds, maintains, and sustains a collaborative working environment with the school’s leadership team and fosters a community of faculty and student scholars that have a core commitment to academic excellence, high research productivity, and innovation in practice and community/professional service. The ADAA 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 ADAA 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 ADAA provides oversight and direction to the Office of Student Affairs/Services, Simulation Services and Interprofessional Education efforts, 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).


Academic Programs

Provides overall leadership and implements the strategic vision across the undergraduate (BS, ABS, RN-BS) and graduate programs (DNP and PhD) 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 in the School of Nursing and Academic leaders across the university (Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School etc.) regarding curriculum implementation, operational efficiency, and innovative academic programming.

Manages resources wisely to ensure efficiency and fiscal responsibility while maximizing opportunities for innovation and expansion (hybrid, program innovation with the School of Management [MBA] or School of Public Health [MPH])

Recruits and retains highly qualified tenured/tenure-track, clinical track, and adjunct faculty to achieve excellent educational outcomes for students.

Works with other Assistant Deans/Chairs/Program Directors to assign and balance faculty 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 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, alumni, and community members.

Monitor and work with the Dean, ADR, ADAF, and VP for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School on the use and deployment of TA/GA/RA student appointments to meet strategic and financial goals.

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.

Develops, modifies, and maintains school and academic policies as needed to support educational objectives, 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 and graduate programs (DNP and PhD).

Meet with other ADAA 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 Graduate and Undergraduate Schools regarding curriculum, students, enrollment, faculty, and student issues as needed to achieve program outcomes.

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.

Monitor/develop opportunities for Presidential and Schomburg fellowships.

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

Accreditation and Licensing

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

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

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.

Advising and Student Services

Provides oversight to direct advising and student services for pre-admitted/admitted students.

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

Engage/manage out-of-state and international student recruitment and retention initiatives as appropriate.

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

Coordinate 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, in the community, among the alumni, with the media and across professional organizations and colleagues.

Faculty Development

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

Work with the Dean and Associate Dean for Research 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 faculty appointment.

Works with the Associate Dean for Research (ADR) to provide guidance to achieve research goals so that faculty progress to achieve tenure/promotion goals.

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 ADR regarding faculty assessment for research and scholarship productivity.

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 educational programs and delivery of the curriculum.

Assess and manages the capacity of software to meet programmatic needs for education, research, scholarly productivity, student progression for undergraduate and advanced practice (APRN) programs.

Recommend securing and adaptation of new software, resources, and equipment to support effective delivery of the 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 students and faculty in the SON.

Engage with practice and community partners to secure clinical placements and maintain academic-practice partnership relations.

Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean.

About The University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo (UB) is a flagship premier, research-intensive university that is a member institution of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). It is the largest, and most comprehensive institution in the 64-campus State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University was founded in 1846 as a private medical college until it merged with the SUNY system in 1962.

Over 30,000 undergraduate, masters and doctoral students are enrolled at UB across 13 colleges/schools, making it the largest public university in New York. The academic units of the university are the: School of Architecture and Planning, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, Graduate School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Law, School of Management, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Professions, School of Social Work, and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Graduate Division. The university has more than 100 active research centers, institutes and collaborative projects that address such topics as aging, behavioral health, simulation, human rights, genomics, biomedical engineering/imaging, disability, health outcomes, medical humanities, sleep, urban studies, addiction studies, health equity, immigrant and refugee research, person-centered care, trauma, law, democracy and government, nutrition, bioinformatics, toxicology, social and behavioral sciences, genomics, and women’s health.

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 UB 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:

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.

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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