Dean - College of Nursing



Dean - College of Nursing



Northwest Nazarene University
Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), a comprehensive Christian university, offers over 60 areas of study, 19 master’s degrees in seven different disciplines and one doctoral degree. In addition to its 90-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers 26 online degree programs as well as courses at a regional campus in Idaho Falls. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 11,000 continuing education and concurrent credit students. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, and has been rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top master’s level universities in the West and a “Best Value” for delivering a high-quality education at a remarkably affordable price. The University’s location in the Boise valley provides a wealth of regional opportunities: easy access to local ski resorts, mountain hiking, and river rafting; and a wide array of cultural opportunities from the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra to the National Oldtime Fiddlers Festival. NNU has a long and deep association with the Church of the Nazarene, and all University faculty commit themselves to living out their faith in a community shaped by serious scholarship and vital Christian piety.


College of Nursing
The College of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University has deep roots going back to early in the 20th century. The first School of Nursing was established in 1920 to train missionary nurses. Over the years, the missionary focus remained prominent in NNU’s nursing education. The current Baccalaureate in Nursing program was established in 2000 and was soon followed by the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership/Education. The Family Nurse Practitioner program admitted its first cohort in the fall of 2016. As such the College of Nursing mission statement reflects the focus on caring for others as Christ would have us do.


The mission of the College of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University is to provide a quality nursing education and prepare nurses who excel in clinical practice by providing patient and family centered care in the context of Christlike behavior

Compassionate care is woven through each program and we proudly graduate nurses who bring those values to their work environment.  The College of Nursing offers students and faculty the opportunity to go on short-term mission trips to places like Central America, Tanzania, and Myanmar.


The College of Nursing at NNU offers the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-BSN (on-line)
  • Master of Science in Nursing Leadership/Education (on-line)
  • Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (on-line)

Both the BSN programs and the MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The College of Nursing is located in the Thomas Family Health and Science Center 


Job Description
The Dean of the College of Nursing will provide leadership to the faculty, staff, and students within the college.  S/he will lead, mentor, and provide oversight of the Chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Program and Directors of Graduate programs.  In collaboration with the College leadership, the Dean will have an entrepreneur mindset for growth and expansion of current programs within the College of Nursing while promoting an academic environment of professional growth, accountability, and success.   


Essential Functions
The Dean must be able to: 

  • Be instrumental in the compliance with program specific accreditation and regulatory requirements and be instrumental in the review process
  • Be instrumental in carrying out growth and expansion opportunities including the development of a state of the art simulation center.
  • Represent the College of Nursing at professional, state, regional, and national meetings
  • Develop and maintain community partnerships to foster on-going collaboration benefiting the various nursing programs in the College
  • Support student recruitment and orientation programming in collaboration with faculty and staff 
  • Engage faculty in the development of new curricula or in revision of existing curricula to meet the mission and vision of the college
  • Manage relationships with a variety of individuals demonstrating a high level of emotional intelligence


Minimum requirements

  • An earned Doctorate in Nursing from an accredited university (Terminal degree may be in a related discipline)
  • Four years of experience as a department head, program director, or administrator 
  • Four years of experience teaching at the higher education level in nursing accredited programs
  • Knowledge of nursing education and curricula
  • Relevant experience in graduate nursing education
  • Evidence of scholarly activities
  • Demonstrated ability in leadership and management
  • Membership and active participation in professional nursing organizations
  • A current USA license in nursing and eligibility for Idaho licensure
  • Written and verbal skills, effective interpersonal relationship skills, and evidence of leadership in the profession.
  • The university requires that all candidates have a Christian perspective (preferably in the Wesleyan tradition), and must be comfortable with and in agreement with the mission and lifestyle values of NNU.


The salary will be determined by the educational background and experience of each applicant. Full-time personnel will be offered access to a benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance for employee and family, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending plan, tuition benefits for employee and dependents, opportunities for professional development, and a retirement program.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, a complete application packet must be received. Complete application packet will include the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • NNU application
  • Resume
  • Letter of reference from current pastor
  • Two current letters of recommendation from professional associates

For Faculty positions, also include:

  • Statement describing your philosophy of Christian higher education
  • Statement describing your philosophy of teaching

Send, fax or email a complete application packet to:

Human Resources Office
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID 83686
Phone: (208) 467-8036
Fax: (208) 467-8587

Employment at Northwest Nazarene University is contingent upon the results of an independent background check.

Reviewed 15 Dec, 2020

Northwest Nazarene University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is permitted, and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended).