Job Announcement: Dean of the UCLA School of Nursing

August 17, 2020

Dean of the UCLA School of Nursing

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of dean of the UCLA School of Nursing.

Founded in 1949, the UCLA School of Nursing prepares nurses and scholars to lead and transform nursing care in a rapidly changing, diverse and complex health care environment through academic excellence, innovative research, superior clinical practice, strong community partnerships and global initiatives. Research and scholarship aimed at advancing nursing science are critical components of the school’s mission. Among the most highly trained in the nation, the faculty (28.5 full-time tenured, and 33 FTE adjunct and lecturers) are organized in pre-licensure, advanced practice nursing and Ph.D. programs. Of the school’s 634 students, 69 percent are at the graduate level. In addition to teaching and research, the school has taken advantage of its location in the large and richly diverse city of Los Angeles to make its outreach program a model in the field. The school offers B.S., M.S.N., D.N.P. and Ph.D. degree programs.

As the chief executive and academic officer for the school, the dean sets the standard for intellectual engagement and accomplishment, providing strategic vision for and operational leadership of the academic programs, and conceiving and managing policy and resource allocation to achieve its mission. The dean ensures that the school continues to provide academic and scholarly programs of the highest quality and effectiveness, enhancing excellence through diversity in educational programs and student and faculty recruitment, and linking the work of the school’s faculty and students to other disciplines, communities and interests within the academy and in the public sphere. The dean serves as the school’s public voice, pursuing an aggressive fundraising program to build the school’s resources, and articulating its contributions in local, state, regional, national and international arenas of nursing, health care and health policy. Reporting to the executive vice chancellor and provost (EVCP), the dean serves on the deans council and the council of professional school deans, and collaborates with the chancellor, EVCP, vice chancellors, vice provosts, deans and department chairs at UCLA and across the University of California system. As a member of UCLA’s health sciences council, the dean collaborates with the deans of dentistry, medicine and public health and with the vice chancellor for health sciences in the creation of increased opportunities for education and research across the health professions, as well as with the dean of life sciences and representatives from affiliated institutions.

The successful candidate will be nationally recognized with strong scholarly visibility; demonstrated leadership in teaching, research and public service; experience as an innovator, ambassador and partner in collaborating with leaders from various institutional and community sectors; and the capacity to exercise policy leadership. Minimum requirements include a record of distinguished teaching, research and intellectual leadership in nursing; substantial administrative leadership, preferably in a research university; experience in external and alumni relations and development; an established record of advancing equity, diversity and inclusion; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor.

Situated on 419 acres, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA is enriched by the cultural diversity of the dynamic greater Los Angeles area, as well as the geographic advantages of Southern California. One of the world’s preeminent public research universities, UCLA is an international leader in breadth and quality of academic, research, health care, wellness, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs, with nearly 4,800 faculty members who teach nearly 46,000 students in the UCLA College and 12 professional schools. UCLA is consistently ranked among the top institutions nationally for research funding, having generated more than $1 billion in research grants and contracts annually in nine of the last 11 years.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, please email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to by Monday, November 9, 2020. Address inquiries to our Isaacson Miller consultants Brett Barbour, David Bellshaw and Carley Davenport ( or 415-655-4900).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy (PDF).