Director of the School of Nursing and Irwin Belk Distinguished Professor in Nursing, University of North Carolina Wilmington


The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) seeks a dynamic, creative, and visionary academic leader for the position of Director of the School of Nursing and Irwin Belk Distinguished Professor in Nursing.

Academic units within the CHHS are organized as Schools. The CHHS currently houses three Schools: the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work. The School of Nursing (SON) has an outstanding legacy of serving the people of southeastern NC through education, scholarship, and service. The SON is dedicated to excellence in the development of healthcare professionals through in-depth education, professional partnerships, applied research, regional engagement, and community outreach and impact. The SON is located in McNeill Hall, a state-of-the-art facility that includes offices, classrooms, a large lecture hall, computer laboratories, student success areas and learning commons, and the Simulation Learning Center. The Simulation Learning Center uses high, medium and low-fidelity human patient simulators as a teaching and learning tool for nursing education. Through the use of simulation, we strive to create a realistic environment and a powerful learning experience that promotes cognitive, affective, physical and social development of the student as well as the incorporation of inter-professional collaborative experiences for students across the
degree programs in the College.

The SON offers the following degree programs: BS in Nursing, MS in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education concentrations), RN BS Nursing online program, BS in Clinical Research, MS in Clinical Research and Product Development, and Post-Master Certificates in Family Nurse Practice, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Over 2,500 undergraduate and nearly 600 graduate students are enrolled in programs within the SON. Currently, the SON has over 80 full-time faculty and employs over 60 part-time faculty per semester.

For more information, please visit UNCW’s SON website.


The person in this position will report directly to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. The Director and Professor of the SON serves as the primary contact for internal and external constituents of the School, including interfacing in a fundraising capacity with potential and established donors, community members, and political/community leaders. In addition, this individual must interact with community agencies to ensure that placement sites for students, as well as instructional sites beyond the main campus, are available for students. The School Director also serves as the primary interface between the School and the administration of UNCW.


The Director and Professor of the SON serves as the chief academic officer of the School and is expected to lead the SON to national prominence.

Specific duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Provide leadership and vision for the School.
  • Lead Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation efforts.
  • Set the standard for intellectual engagement.
  • Advocate for the School’s needs and programs.
  • Support and mentor faculty members in their teaching, professional development, service, and intellectual contributions.
  • Support innovative means of delivering academic programs.
  • Encourage collaboration across the College and University.
  • Build and foster relationships within the community and the profession.
  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of the School.
  • Serve as the key advocate, fundraiser, and primary point of contact for the School within CHHS, UNCW, and the external community; assist the CHHS Dean in fundraising and resource development.
  • Model and champion the culture of interprofessional collaboration in the School, the College, UNCW, and beyond.
  • Represent the administration to the faculty and staff of the School.
  • Facilitate strategic and fiscal planning as well as policy development for the School.
  • Manage School resources including personnel, facilities, scholarships and trusts, and operating/supply, equipment, and travel budgets.
  • Overall responsibility for management, implementation, accreditation, and quality assurance of academic programs in the School.
  • Oversee student affairs of the School.
  • Participate in teaching, research, and service activities.


  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in nursing OR a doctorate in a related discipline with a baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing and meet the criteria for tenure at the rank of full Professor; applicants must also have a record of excellence in teaching and professional service and a scholarly record of research publications, presentations, and external funding congruent with the rank of full Professor.
  • Must have a current registered nurse (RN) license in North Carolina or be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse in North Carolina by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
  • Three or more years of successful, effective administrative experience and leadership in an academic unit are compulsory; demonstrated evidence of effective administrative, management, and leadership experience.
  • Strong communication, management, and leadership skills; demonstrated success in team building and faculty/staff development and mentoring, with a strong commitment to collaborative leadership and shared governance.
  • Evidence of community involvement, experience in social services settings and collaboration with healthcare agencies, and the capability to lead change within the academic setting.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience with interprofessional and/or transdisciplinary approaches to education within health and human services.
  • Demonstrated experience working with large online programs and with programs across multiple campuses or within complex organizations.
  • National visibility in the nursing profession.
  • Demonstrated experience in fiscal management, advancement, innovative teaching and practice approaches, and effective teamwork with administrators of different disciplines.
  • Accreditation experience.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary and competitive benefits package.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.


To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information, please use the contact information below. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a resume/curriculum vitae (CV), and references to:

Coleman Lew Canny Bowen
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28209
Chris Shade, Consultant