Dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions

October 3, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
December 30, 2022
Thomas Edison State University

Position Description

Thomas Edison State University (TESU), in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is accepting applications and nominations for a student-oriented and service-driven academic leader to serve as the Dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions. The Dean will play a key role in enabling the University to reimagine the School’s strategic direction, academic programming and community engagement for nontraditional adult students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. TESU seeks a scholar/practitioner possessing the academic leadership experience and expertise to build upon the University’s longstanding commitment to nursing and to envision and develop expanded educational opportunities in the health professions.

The Dean will work closely with University and healthcare industry leaders in the strategic planning and delivery of academic and professional programs that address the critical healthcare changes and challenges brought clearly into focus by the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs will serve as educational vehicles to provide career opportunities in areas of need within the healthcare industry.

TESU seeks applicants who are not only academically and professionally qualified but energized to work at a fast pace and excited by innovation and the power of education to improve lives. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to build academic communities, engage students, address the educational needs of diverse and complex constituencies, and collaborate with external organizations. The ability to attract outside funding is highly desirable. The successful candidate will bring a high level of passion for the University’s mission, a deep commitment to the organizational values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and a forward-thinking, student-first approach to their work.

Primary Responsibilities:

Program and Curriculum Development

  • Develop innovative academic and professional asset portfolios in high-demand, market-relevant degrees, certificates and customized educational offerings.
  • Lead the development, implementation and academic review of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates in nursing and other health professions.
  • Ensure that educational programs meet appropriate professional standards and oversee programmatic accreditation activities.

School- and Student-Centric Leadership

  • Lead key academic program responsibilities: strategic planning, hiring, performance management and enterprise-wide relationship building.
  • Collaboratively manage program enrollment, retention and graduation initiatives as part of the Academic Affairs team.
  • Create an academic community supporting diverse adult student populations.

Community Engagement

  • Collaborate with the Vice President of Community and Government Affairs to develop relationships with government, for-profit and nonprofit organization leaders. Construct partnerships and beneficial relationships, strengthening the University’s educational and service commitments.
  • Conceive, implement and lead initiatives associated with nursing and health professions.

Funding Expansion

  • Work closely with the Vice President for Advancement on initiatives to advance the mission of the School, including identifying and obtaining external funding to expand the work of the School.
  • Identify University-aligned grant sources and develop grant proposals in a departmentally collaborative environment, working closely with the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Deans and associated senior staff to expand grant acquisition strategies.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in nursing, health professions or other related field.
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience as faculty or administrator in a higher education or similar environment with experience in developing and managing undergraduate and graduate health-related programs. Significant leadership experience in the healthcare industry can replace 3 years of faculty/administrator experience.
  • Program oversight experience in nursing or other health professions.
  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience integrating real word learning opportunities into academic programs.
  • Experience writing grants and administering sponsored programs.


  • Strategic planning, implementation, measurement and recalibration, as aligned with institutional needs.
  • Understanding of work in the healthcare industry.
  • Data-oriented planning and coordinating curriculum development, implementation and review.
  • Willingness to engage in student recruitment and retention initiatives.
  • Experience with programmatic accreditation in the healthcare industry.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Entrepreneureal spirit.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers.
  • Commitment to student academic and professional success.
  • Ability to adapt leadership style to the unique structure at TESU.

About The Institution

About Thomas Edison State University:
Thomas Edison State University was founded in 1972 to break down barriers to degree completion. Fifty years later, it proudly serves a diverse body of adult students with innovative and professionally relevant academic programming in a predominantly online delivery. Our team of high-energy, student-focused professionals is welcoming new members who are making their mark in education and are ready to help change the lives of thousands of adult students across New Jersey and around the world. Candidates who are excited by changing lives, committed to the success of all and want to be challenged by new and innovative opportunities should submit an application.

TESU is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all its forms. The University values inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of its public service mission.

About the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions:
The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions provides innovative pre-licensure to doctorate degree programs that meet the career needs of students seeking an alternative to traditional campus-based instruction. The flexible, self-paced programs serve the educational aspirations of RNs and the nursing profession’s need for a clinically competent and technologically adept workforce prepared to assume leadership positions in the field of professional nursing. While the majority of the programs are online, TESU also offers a campus-based Accelerated BSN Program. Health Profession offerings include Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees in a variety of specialties in Health Studies, Clinical Lab Science, and Dental Hygiene, among others.

NOTE: As a condition of employment, the candidate is required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. If a candidate is unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons, he/she will be required to submit a waiver request.

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter highlighting your professional experience.
  2. Complete CV outlining your career and educational credentials.
  3. List of five (5) professional references including name, title, contact information and relationship to you.

Applications received by December 30, 2022 will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

Thomas Edison State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.