Program Director for the Doctoral Nurse Anesthesia Program

November 28, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
February 13, 2023
Newman University

Position Description

Newman University (NU), in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates (SH & A), invites candidates who share NU’s passion for educating a diverse range of students to apply for the position of Program Director for the Doctoral Nurse Anesthesia Program (DNAP). Reporting to the Dean of the School of Healthcare Professions, the Program Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program, participates in the didactic instruction, and is responsible for providing adjunct faculty to meet the needs of the program. NU seeks individuals with exceptional skill and experience in nursing education, practice, and administration to apply for this full-time, 12-month position.


  • Assumes primary responsibility for directing the program of nurse anesthesia to comply with the mission of Newman University and the standards and guidelines set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) Standards and Guidelines and the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN).
  • Works collaboratively with the Assistant Program Director, Clinical Director, Medical Director, and Clinical Coordinators in maintaining clinical activities and policies.
  • Participates as an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) and attends the Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators meetings or any other meeting that is pertinent to educational programs of anesthesia.
  • Keeps informed of requirements and standards for licensure, recertification, authorization, and accreditation.
  • Integrates ethical and professional principles of nursing practice.
  • Reviews standards and recommends changes in program operation.
  • Participates on University, departmental, program, health care agency, and other committees as required.
  • Plans/coordinates the clinical and academic affiliations and initiates clinical contracts.
  • Participates in the selection and evaluation of faculty members.
  • Oversees admission procedures including recruitment interviews and selection.
  • Participates in didactic instruction. 
  • Counsels students regarding clinical and academic performance.
  • Maintains student records in accordance with University policy and COA Standards and Guidelines.
  • Facilitates the approval and implementation of doctoral scholarly projects.
  • Provides written and/or verbal reports on the activities of the program of nurse anesthesia to the University, medical director, and other interested parties.
  • Maintains proficiency in clinical competencies.
  • Submits materials for publication in various anesthesia, nursing, or educational literature as time allows.


Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  • Graduate of an accredited program of nurse anesthesia.
  • Certification by the National Board of Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).
  • DNAP, DNP, or PhD degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in administrative, clinical, and didactic activities.
  • Kansas nursing credentials (RN, ARNP, CRNA), or eligible for Kansas licensure.
  • Current and appropriate preparation in the area of curriculum instruction, testing, and evaluation.

An Ideal Candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of principles and theory of anesthesia equipment, techniques, and procedures.
  • Professional development through: Maintaining recertification through the NBCRNA; Maintaining current membership in the AANA; Attendance at departmental and hospital in-service education programs; Reviewing current anesthesia literature; Attendance at local, state, and national meetings; and Participation in the administration of anesthesia.

About The Institution

About the School of Healthcare Professions and the Division of Nursing:
The mission of the School of Healthcare Professions is to provide high quality, rigorous educational programs that foster evidence-based practice, promote critical decision making, engender effective interprofessional cooperation, collaboration, and practice, and respond to community healthcare needs. The School of Healthcare Professions is the largest school at Newman, offering several graduate and undergraduate health programs with over 400 students and more than 20 full time faculty members. The Division of Nursing offers a BSN, LPN to BSN, and DNAP. Faculty members contribute to the effectiveness of the University by working collaboratively on instructional policy, curriculum development, and staff development. They are models of educated persons, exemplifying the virtues they seek to inspire in students -- curiosity, tolerance, honesty, fairness, and respect for diversity.

About Newman University:
Founded in 1933, Newman University is a liberal arts institution grounded in Catholic values and traditions yet is respectful of all faiths. Newman’s people, programs, organizations and activities are designed to educate the mind and inspire the spirit. The low instructor-to-student ratio and collaborative faculty contribute to a positive learning environment. NU is a sponsored ministry of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region. 

Stewardship Statement:
This position is responsible to cultivate and maintain the institution’s Catholic identity and its mission to empower graduates to transform society. As a member of the Newman University community, the individual will join with the institution’s sponsors, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC Sisters), to witness God’s love in Mission to empower others, foster oneness, celebrate life, form right relationships, and walk as compassionate companions. The individual is responsible to uphold this mission in accordance with Ex Corde Ecclesiae, fostering an environment where Catholicism is present while encouraging an impartial search for truth across multiple disciplines engaged in interdisciplinary dialogue.

About The Community

About Wichita, KS:
Ranked one of the top cities nationally for quality of life, Wichita is the largest city in Kansas with a population just under 400,000. Major highways, including the Kansas Turnpike, link the city with a large trade area that encompasses a population of more than one million people within a 100-mile radius. Affordability, easy commutes to work, and high levels of public safety are some of the numerous offerings this beautifully scenic area provides. Wichita boasts a professional opera, symphony and ballet, as well as dozens of cinematic and performance theaters that stand ready to impress with independent films, old favorites, or new drama. From traditional to contemporary, Wichita’s art galleries, varied museums, and breathtaking gardens are endlessly engaging.

Application Process

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

Danan Tsan, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

A complete application should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three professional references with contact information.

Applications received by February 13, 2023 will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Newman University is committed to hiring faculty and staff members that reflect the diversity of our region and to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees, according to all applicable equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, directives, and regulations of federal, state, and local governing bodies and agencies. In keeping this commitment, it is the policy of Newman University to base all employment decisions only on valid job requirements without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, marital status, familial status, public assistance status, local human rights commission activity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a qualified protected veteran.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Newman University will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with a disability in completing the application form or in the interview process. Please notify the Human Resources Office at (316) 942-4291, ext. 2202 or email in advance so necessary arrangements can be made.