Thurston H. Struck Endowed Chair in Nursing

October 5, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
October 23, 2023
The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Position Description

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVA Wise), in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for an experienced professional to serve in the role of Thurston H. Struck Endowed Chair in Nursing. The position is a 9-month tenured position for a nursing educator and professional with advanced experience. The ideal candidate will gain a clear understanding of UVA Wise’s public liberal arts mission and maintain specific interest and have experience in the mentoring of nursing students. The Endowed Chair position offers a reduced teaching load, discretionary research funds, and competitive salary and benefits.


  • Effective classroom and clinical instruction;
  • Student recruitment and advising;
  • Participation in curriculum development and program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated evidence of research/creative/professional activities or the potential to design and complete research/creative/professional activity, including course development.
  • Service to the institution through department and College committees;
  • Participation in College and departmental programs and activities; and
  • Professional and community service.


  • Ph.D. in nursing or a DNP/FNP; board certified with current clinical practice experience;
  • Experience in nursing education, preferably in a graduate nursing program, and in advocacy for nursing and nursing education;
  • Record of scholarship on management and improvement in health care settings appropriate for a tenured appointment; and
  • Experience serving as an institutional spokesman for the nursing profession within the local and regional community. 

About The Institution

About the Department of Nursing at UVA Wise:
The mission of the nursing program is to prepare graduates with a liberal education, expanded knowledge about nursing and health care, competence in nursing practice, preparation for graduate study, and tools for lifelong learning. The program prepares professional nurses to practice in a safe and caring manner on a regional, national, and global level.

About The University of Virginia’s College at Wise:
A division of the University of Virginia and a member of the Council for Public Liberal Arts Colleges, The University of Virginia's College at Wise (located in Wise, VA) is an inspiring place to teach, learn, work, and call home. Through personalized attention and commitment to individual growth, UVA Wise prepares students to be engaged citizens. Drawing upon its foundation as a public liberal arts institution in the Appalachian region of Southwest Virginia, the College strives to build a diverse community of learners with the drive to serve and lead in their communities, the nation, and the world. The College offers access and affordability along with challenging academic work in the liberal arts tradition. The result is well-rounded graduates who earn fulfilling positions at leading organizations and pursue graduate study at prestigious institutions. And better yet, UVA Wise is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation whose students graduate with a low average student loan debt.

About The Community

About Wise, Virginia:
Home to some of the most scenic stretches of the Appalachian Trail, vital natural resources, local music and culture, and flourishing new industries, Southwest Virginia is a welcoming and growing region.

The College at Wise is located in Wise, Virginia, a small town with a rich history. The historic downtown is a short stroll from campus and features many locally owned shops and restaurants. Local farmer’s markets, summer movies in a downtown glade, and local festivals round out the variety of offerings in Wise. Just beyond Wise, you’ll find plenty to see and do, whether you love hiking, canoeing and camping or shopping local boutiques and enjoying delicious food and drink with friends. 

Wise is located approximately an hour from the Tri-Cities region of northeastern Tennessee, which includes Bristol, Va./Tenn., home to both the Bristol Motor Speedway and the Birthplace of Country Music, the organization that hosts the internationally renowned Rhythm and Roots festival each year. The Tri-Cities region boasts an international airport, the Barter Theatre, South Holston Lake, and more amenities including a wide array of shopping, dining, arts and cultural attractions, historic sites, outdoor adventures, and more!

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Thurston H. Struck Endowed Chair in Nursing at UVA Wise should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

A complete application should contain the following information:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Narrative describing teaching philosophy
  4. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)

Applications submitted by October 23, 2023 will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group and the College at Wise are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

UVA Wise is committed to helping the campus community provide for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report containing information on campus security and personal safety, including alerts, fire safety, crime prevention tips, and crime statistics is available at A copy is available upon request by calling 276-328-0190 or 276-376-3451.