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Associate Dean for Research
Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana
Date Posted 03/22/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Associate Dean for Research (AD-Research) provides leadership for the development and implementation of research and scholarly activities within the college. The AD-Research works collaboratively with faculty in the development of programs of research and collaborative research relationships with clinical agencies, practitioners and members of other disciplines. The AD-Research reports to the Dean and shares administrative responsibility for many College of Nursing activities with the Dean. The AD-Research participates in all aspects of the tenure track faculty role in addition to administrative duties. The role has an administrative component and instructional/research faculty component. The office of the AD-Research is on the main campus located in Bozeman.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Seeks resources to enhance the research and scholarly activities within the college.
  • Facilitates opportunities for increasing faculty knowledge and skills in seeking and obtaining grant funding, conducting research and dissemination of scholarly activities.
  • Regularly shares information with faculty regarding funding opportunities, nursing/health discipline research conferences and other information related to research funding agencies.
  • Facilitates collaborative research relationships with clinical agencies, other disciplines and health care practitioners.
  • Facilitates the development of faculty research by providing consultation to faculty (or assisting faculty to identify resources) regarding all aspects of the research process including potential funding sources, preparation of research proposals, research design and methodology, data analysis, data management, and dissemination of research findings.
  • Provides mentorship to all research-active/tenure-track faculty around research, particularly junior faculty.
  • Provides leadership and oversight to College of Nursing research office staff.
  • Seeks opportunities to involve undergraduate and graduate students in faculty research projects.
  • Facilitates acknowledgment/recognition of undergraduate and graduate student scholarly achievement.
  • Seeks opportunities to highlight CON faculty research within Montana communities and nationally.
  • Identifies opportunities for programmatic support and/or student financial aid awards (e.g., HRSA, foundation, or other funding).
  • May act as the project director for grants or other awards (i.e., write and/or oversee) that benefit the College or students.
  • Serves as a resource and university link to campus directors on issues related to support of research and scholarly activities.
  • Serves as a member of the College’s Leadership Team.
  • Serves as a member of the College’s Executive Council.
  • Serves as the College’s liaison with the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  • Serves as the College’s liaison with the Office of Sponsored Programs.
  • Serves as the College’s liaison with the Office of Research Compliance.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Must be able to be tenured through an expedited process based on the College of Nursing Role and Scope and the Faculty Handbook.
  • An earned PhD from an accredited program in nursing or a related field.
  • Licensed or ability to become licensed as a registered nurse in Montana by date of hire.
  • Experience in higher education nursing program.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Experience as PI or Co-PI on federal grants.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in the performance of responsibilities.
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Possess excellent decision-making abilities, initiative, and organizational skills.
  • Skilled at prioritizing and working on multiple projects.
  • Demonstrate innovative and optimistic thinking.
  • Consistently act with integrity and vision.
  • Be a self-starter who is able to work productively with limited supervision.
  • Be a team player.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in interacting with diverse constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and other groups.
  • Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The entire baccalaureate program can be completed at any campus. The Undergraduate Program consists of pre-nursing and nursing students. Pre-nursing students receive advisement each semester and through the application process to upper division (junior year). In Fall, 2016 there were 520 pre-nursing students at MSU. The Traditional BSN program admits 104 students each semester to one of the five campuses. The Accelerated BSN program admits 48 students annually. Completion rates for both programs are measured from the beginning of upper division course work to completion of the program in 4 consecutive semesters and have consistently remained at > 91%. MSU College of Nursing NCLEX-RN® first time test taker pass rates have historically exceeded state and national pass rates with that rate averaging over 90% for the past 20 years. The College of Nursing has also earned national recognition for excellence in programs that support the recruitment and success of Native American nursing students.

The graduate program is fully accredited by CCNE and offers two degrees, each with two pathways to higher education: (1) Masters of Nursing (MN) (ADRN-MN or BSN-MN track) and (2) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (BSN-DNP or MN-DNP track). Graduate students are prepared to take national certification exams as either clinical nurse leaders (MN degree) or nurse practitioners focused on either Family/Individual or Psychiatric/Mental Health populations (DNP degree). At present 93 students are enrolled in the graduate program and the college boasts a 100% pass rate on the certification exams. The majority of our graduates remain in the state to care for Montana citizens. The graduate program is distance delivered via web-based or web-enhanced courses, teleconference, and internet video conferencing. Face-to-face classes are held in Bozeman once each year. Clinical supervision is provided across the state by board certified advanced practice faculty.

The Department

The College’s mission is to enhance the health of the people of Montana, our nation, and the global community by providing leadership for professional nursing through excellence in education, research, practice and service.

Accordingly, we:

  • Inspire baccalaureate and graduate students, within a diverse, challenging, and engaging learning environment, to become leaders in the practice of professional nursing.
  • Create an interactive environment in which faculty and students discover, learn, and integrate knowledge into nursing practice.
  • Serve as leaders in nursing by generating, translating, and disseminating knowledge through research and scholarly activities.
  • Promote health and wellness through professional practice, collaboration, consultation, civic engagement, education, and leadership.
The College

The College of Nursing was founded in 1937 and has received continuous national accreditation since 1949. The MSU College of Nursing is a multi-site program with campuses in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula.

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Screening of applications will begin on April 20, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

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