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Vice Dean for Research/Open Rank

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Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Vice Dean for Research/Open Rank
Department SN-Center for Educational Research and Innovation
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Posting Summary

The School of Nursing is one of eight schools that make up the Rutgers biomedical and Health Sciences. As part of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences division, the School of Nursing (Newark) offers unique opportunities in education, research, and practice at a leading national research university which is the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education.

With the advent of value-based care, accountable care organizations, hospital mergers and system realignments, and changing landscape of research priorities from funding agencies, every AAU institution with a concentration on promoting the educational, clinical, and research missions is faced with tremendous challenges and opportunities. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS with eight schools and Institutes) and the Rutgers School of Nursing, critical players in the healthcare vortex nationally and across the state of New Jersey, fall in this category. Vital questions will need to be addressed. How will RBHS and its schools and Institutes capitalize on the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and Barnabas Health merger? How will RBHS realize the synergies from all of its assets, including a vibrant behavioral health enterprise? How will the Rutgers School of Nursing continue to offer innovative educational programs and to promote interprofessional education models and deliver clinical care to the most under-served populations? How do research and scholarship activities inform best practices? How does the School or Nursing’s research interests and strengths align with those of RBHS?

As one of the nation’s largest, most comprehensive nursing schools with four locations, the School of Nursing has a considerable amount of momentum and is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, evidence-based health care delivery, and the promotion of community health. There is a strong commitment and interest to build the research enterprise in a strategic and thoughtful manner, to strengthen (the six current centers and institutes) and to create new and distinct centers of excellence, and to grow research expenditures (currently $46.9 million in FY2017) with an emphasis on federal grants.

In light of its ambitions and aspirations, the School of Nursing seeks a funded-investigator with a track record with federal grants who prizes collaboration, transparency, mentorship, and teamwork to envision and to implement a research agenda that leverages the School’s signature areas and capitalizes on the research activities across RBHS to assume the position of Vice Dean of Research (Vice Dean). Reporting to the Dean, the new Vice Dean must demonstrate a passion for mentoring faculty and doctoral students, for empowering staff in the Office of Research, and for harnessing the intellectual currency of the School.

Specific Responsibilities for the Vice Dean for Research:

• Provide leadership and vision in planning and implementing the School’s research agenda, including the enhancement of signature areas and the development of benchmarks and outcomes evaluation to advance the School and University’s research goals.

• Guide and assist faculty members regarding development of their program of research, the continuation of their scholarly research agendas, and grant proposals. Develop a formal peer-review process.

• Mentor faculty and doctoral students in the utilization of research resources to enhance and increase extramural research funding with federal agencies and other community sponsors, including proposal development, funding sources, research methods, and institutional review board matters including certification in human subjects protection program.

• Manage the daily operations of the Office of Research:
o Supervise all support staff (four to six individuals);
o Prepare research reports, annual report for the Office of Research, and facilitate the work of the faculty Research Committee;
o Maintain the research resource library;
o Facilitate the complete processing of grant applications, provision of technical and clerical assistance with the development of proposals for external funding. Provision of statistical and design consultations in relation to proposal and manuscript development; and
o Develop strategies to disseminate information on grantsmanship and other scholarly activities, including national and international research meetings, calls for abstracts, papers, and proposals. Coordinate on-line postings of targeted and general funding opportunities and postings of calls for papers/abstracts and research opportunities, as appropriate.

• Annually assess overall scholarly productivity of faculty and students.

• Strengthen the IRB and post-award processes and systems.

• Maintain an active program of research.

• Develop collaborative and interdisciplinary research network and initiatives within the School of Nursing community and with other researchers, at Rutgers and beyond in collaboration with appropriate Deans and Directors:
o Serve as School liaison to Vice Chancellor for Research and other campus/University level units, including with eIRB, as appropriate;
o Actively participate as a member of the School leadership team; and
o Serve as an ex-official member of the Research Committee.

• Assure compliance with all applicable university, state and federal research policies, regulations and reporting requirements.


Minimum Education and Experience

• A Leader with A Vision for Research: Evidence and/or an ability to develop a distinct narrative outlining strengths for a research agenda and enterprise.

• Academic Credibility: Earned doctorate in nursing or health related field, such as psychology, or public health. Eligible for appointment as an Associate or full Professor rank with tenure. RN licensure and graduate degree in nursing preferred.

• Scholarship and Grantmanship: Demonstrated track record of scholarship and funded research with a preference towards federal funding. Relevant experience working with federal agencies (i.e., NIH, HRSA, etc.) is important.

• A Builder and Mentor: Evidence of mentoring post-docs and junior faculty members with positive results and outcomes.

• Collaborative and Collegial: Evidence of building interdisciplinary partnerships and research initiatives in a thoughtful and transparent manner.

• Relationship and Stakeholder Management: Demonstrated experience in building, sustaining, and deepening relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders, across a complex landscape.

• People and Project Management: The ability to inspire and empower faculty and staff, to ensure the Office of Research is effective, efficient, proactive, service-oriented, and responsive, and to meet deadlines.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Comfortable with ambiguity and embraces change with zeal and enthusiasm.

• The ability to balance the need to be strategic with the need to be opportunistic and the judgment to know the difference.

• Excellent emotional intelligence skills, culturally aware, inclusive and accepting of diversity of all dimensions, self-directed, adaptable, and flexible.

• Inspirational with a sense of humor and humility.

Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

The new Rutgers School of Nursing was birthed in 2013 with the merger of the School of Nursing from the University of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Nursing at Rutgers. Today, the School of Nursing’s mission is to educate students, advance the discipline of nursing through research, scholarship and practice, provide service to meet the health care needs in collaboration with the diverse populations and demonstrate change-oriented leadership at the local, state, national and international levels. The Rutgers School of Nursing will be broadly recognized within the health care community – and by health care policy makers – as a national and global leader in nursing education, research and scholarship, and an innovator in developing and providing clinical care that contributes to improved health outcomes. The School of Nursing is one of eight schools and Institutes that are part of RBHS and comprise New Jersey’s largest and most influential constellation of academic institutions devoted to nursing, medicine (two medical schools), dentistry, advanced health-related sciences, pharmacy, public health, and the full spectrum of allied health careers.

The School educates close to 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students at four campus locations in in New Jersey. An extensive program of continuing education is available for nurses and other health care professionals. In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Programs 2017, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was ranked 17th in the nation, and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was ranked 19th.

Six centers and institutes are the focal points for the school’s efforts in research, technical assistance, and capacity building to improve the health and well-being of diverse populations at state, national, and international levels. The school’s nurse-managed health programs include inter-professional community health centers (Federally Qualified Health Center), an ambulatory center for HIV care, a mobile health care program, and a statewide program providing health care case management for children in foster care.

The School of Nursing has recently engaged in a broad strategic planning exercise and has identified five signature areas:
• Healthy Communities/ Population Health/Public Engagement;
• Healthy Urban Families & Children;
• Better Health & Well Being;
• Quality of Care; and
• Innovative Educational Models.

School of Nursing Research Activities

The School of Nursing has a total of $46.9 million in research grants and contracts for FY2017, an increase from $37.7 million in FY2016. The largest amount for FY2017 ($35.9 million) comes from the New Jersey Department of Health, while NIH and federal Non-NIH grants account for $9.3 million. Foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Helen Fuld Foundation have also contributed significantly to the School of Nursing account for over $5 million. The School of Nursing’s six centers and institutes are:

• Center for Community Health Partnerships;
• Center for Healthcare Quality;
• Center for Urban Youth and Families;
• Center for Research on HIV Management in Families & Communities;
• Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation; and
• New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing.

With respect to the research infrastructure for the School of Nursing, there is the Office of Research and Sponsored Program Services responsible for supporting research and sponsored programs initiated by faculty and students. In addition to providing editorial assistance on grant proposals and manuscripts, guidance in pre and post-award and program management, and IRB consultation, the Office oversees compliance of research personnel with all research-related policies and regulations set forth by RBHS and Rutgers. Finally, the research function includes the Office of Institution Research and Assessment, which is charged with partnering with investigators to provide data and information and reporting a broad set of information externally to stakeholders, such as accreditors, state and federal agencies, and select publications.


Posting Details

Posting Number 17FA1001
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Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Newark (RBHS)

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Applicant Documents

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  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
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