Nursing Program Chair
CHAIR, PROGRAM OF NURSING
THE BEREA COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF PROGRAM CHAIR
The Chair of the Berea College Nursing Program serves as the chief academic officer of the nursing program. An individual is sought who has established leadership ability and a strong record of excellence, including superb educational and managerial skills, a highly-collaborative leadership style, and the ability to rebuild a bachelor of science in nursing program to return the program to prominence among similar programs.
Berea College is organized into six academic divisions. The Chair of Nursing will directly report to a Division Chair, who oversees math, biology, chemistry, physics, and nursing, and also to the Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty. He or she will work closely with other program chairs within the division. The Chair will be responsible for overseeing a program that includes six full-time faculty, plus additional part-time clinical instructors, administrative support, and up to 70 nursing students.
The nursing program at Berea College is the oldest program west of the Allegheny Mountains. In 1963, Berea College’s BSN program received its first national accreditation approval, a distinction that it has maintained. In 2013 the College was visited by CCNE for reaccreditation. Nursing alumni hold local, state, and national leadership positions in government, military, healthcare and academic settings, as well as in professional organizations.
Berea College is located where the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky meets the Cumberland Mountains. The town of Berea, with a population of 14,000, lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. Berea College has achieved national distinction as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 60 countries The College admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a four-year tuition scholarship. The College is one of seven federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a labor position in which they work 10-12 hours per week.
Additional minimum requirements for the position include outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to connect with other academic divisions and the community at large, to articulate a strategic vision for nursing, and have a passion about education and an eagerness to work with students the College serves, including at-risk students. The individual must qualify for a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, be a Registered Nurse eligible for licensure in Kentucky, and hold an earned doctorate in nursing: Ph.D. or practice doctorate.
The search is being led by Tuft & Associates, under direction of a six-member Berea College search committee. Applications, including curriculum vitae and letter of application, should be electronically forwarded to: Marcia Stanhope, RN, DSN, FAAN, at (email@example.com). Nominations and applications will be accepted beginning immediately and until the position is filled. Off-campus interviews will be conducted in Kentucky in mid-March, with on-campus interviews mid-April.