Dean of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health

April 8, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
June 3, 2022
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Position Description

Fairleigh Dickinson University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the full-time Dean of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health.  The Dean is responsible for the administration of all academic programs and office functioning of the School of Nursing which operate on the two campuses in New Jersey (the Metro Campus and the Florham Campus).  The Dean reports to the University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The Dean oversees all academic and business operations within the School of Nursing programs that include a 4-year BSN program, 1-year and 2-year accelerated BSN programs, an RN to BSN, an M.S. in Nursing (M.S.N) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).  The School also offers a number of Allied Health Programs. In addition, the School offers a number of fully-online programs.  The Dean coordinates recruitment and retention efforts of the School of Nursing, and works with the Development and Alumni offices to assist with fund raising activities.

The Dean will be responsible to:

  • Provide vision and leadership in defining the strategic goals of the School and developing a long term strategic plan for growth and innovation;
  • Supervise the activities of the School of Nursing & Allied Health, including undergraduate and graduate academic programs (both in-person and online), Nursing skills and Health Assessment laboratories, student recruitment and retention, and faculty development;
  • Supervise the administration of selected scholarship programs;
  • Maintain relations with the New Jersey Board of Nursing, National League for Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the New Jersey Department of Higher Education;
  • Maintain proper standards, policies, and procedures required of professional nursing programs in the state of New Jersey and nationally;
  • Provide leadership in the promotion of interprofessional collaboration within the health sciences across the University and the greater community;
  • Ensure maintenance of the physical operations of the School of Nursing & Allied Health;
  • Maintain relations with health care organizations through contractual agreements and informal liaison;
  • Maintain relations with the New Jersey nursing community through membership in the Association of Deans and Directors of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in Nursing and other appropriate organizations;
  • Coordinate faculty development activities, including workshops and individual and group consultation;
  • Develop and oversee all School of Nursing & Allied Health budgets, including restricted grant and scholarship accounts;
  • Play a major role in recruitment and retention activities and in the accreditation of professional programs; and
  • Promote inter-campus collaborative opportunities for the nursing programs on each of the New Jersey campuses and maintain a presence on each campus to promote the program.


The ideal candidate should have/be:

  • A master's degree in nursing and an earned doctorate in nursing;
  • A minimum of 7 years combined teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs;
  • New Jersey licensure as a registered nurse or ability to obtain licensure in NJ;
  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in educational administration or the equivalent with demonstrated leadership skills;
  • Active in professional organizations at regional and/or national levels;
  • Eligible for rank of Associate or Full Professor;
  • Demonstrated record of excellent teaching and scholarship;
  • Administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting;
  • Academic experience with skills in instructional design and course development;
  • Administrative authority to accomplish the mission, goals, and expected program outcomes; and
  • Effective leadership to the nursing unit in achieving its mission, goals, and expected program outcomes.

About The Institution

Fairleigh Dickinson University:
The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multicampus institution. Founded in 1942, FDU achieved four-year status in 1948 and approval as a university in 1956.  The University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in pharmacy, nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two FDU locations outside the U.S.: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire in England, and the Vancouver Campus, in British Columbia, Canada.

FDU's 11,500 full- and part-time students pursue quality career-oriented programs on schedules tailored to their needs -- days, evenings and weekends.  The curriculum reflects a mission of global education and a foundation of a world-renowned University Core.

About The Community

The Metropolitan Campus, in Teaneck, NJ, has a strong career focus.  This campus is home to many of FDU's business, professional, science and health care programs. It's a celebration of diversity, too, attracting students from 63 countries. Running through the heart of campus is the Hackensack River. Quaint homes, shops, ethnic restaurants and parks are nearby, as well as shopping malls, community groups, and office and professional buildings, where many of our resident and commuter students alike find part-time jobs. You'll also like the campus' proximity to New York City, where you can study Broadway, Wall Street and the United Nations up close and in person! 

In Madison, NJ, the Florham Campus is a friendly small-college environment on picturesque grounds near historic Morristown. The campus is dedicated to giving students an exceptional learning experience, including residential and honors programs.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Dean of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health at Fairleigh Dickinson University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application should contain the following information: 

  1. A cover letter outlining your experience as a Nursing administrator in higher education.
  2. A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas. 
  3. The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications submitted by June 3, 2022, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.  Fairleigh Dickinson University takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.