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Founding Chair, Department of Nursing
Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina
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Date Posted 07/08/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Founding Chair, Department of Nursing

Position Summary

Belmont Abbey College announces a search for a Founding Chair of the Nursing Department, rank commensurate with experience.

Job Responsibilities

This position is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced nursing educator and administrator to develop, guide, and launch a baccalaureate nursing program (pre- and post-licensure tracks). The college is partnering with a local health-care system that is building a satellite hospital adjacent to our campus. The Chair will lead academic planning, curriculum development, program evaluation, nursing accreditation processes, recruitment and admission of students, as well as the selection and professional development of faculty. Service to the department, College, and community; scholarly development; and contributing positively to the College’s mission are expected. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and eligible for Registered Nurse licensure in North Carolina.


The successful candidate will be a talented and dedicated nursing educator deeply and enthusiastically committed to the Catholic mission of Belmont Abbey College. An earned doctorate in Nursing or in a related field is required. If the doctorate is not in nursing, the candidate must have a master’s degree in nursing. The successful candidate will also possess the following qualifications: 

  • Faculty experience (five-year minimum) in nursing education at the undergraduate level.

  • Prior administrative experience in nursing at a postsecondary educational institution at a level of department chair/coordinator, Assistant Dean, or equivalent administrative position [preferred]. 

  • Broad knowledge of nursing practice, regulatory standards, and nursing education.

  • History of positive outcomes related to CCNE and/or CNEA accreditation, licensing, and regulatory requirements.

  • Familiarity with online/hybrid delivery of academic programs.

  • Demonstrated competence in curriculum development, program assessment, assessment of student outcomes, and in working with diverse populations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of hospitals, community-based settings, and other health care environments that provide clinical opportunities for nursing education

Preference will be given to those candidates who can demonstrate 1) a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and a sense of teaching as a vocation; 2) a philosophy of teaching that supports the approach to education expressed in St. John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae; and 3) a strong desire to teach at a liberal arts institution where the academic program is “guided by the Catholic intellectual tradition and the Benedictine spirit of prayer and learning.”

Additional Information

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the search is completed. Please apply by email to facultysearch@bac.edu using the subject line “Nursing Search.” Include letter of application, vita, the names and contact information of at least three references, and a written response in which you explain how your work engages with the Catholic intellectual tradition in the context of a Benedictine liberal arts college and how your own faith tradition informs your vocation as teacher and scholar. (Evidence of teaching excellence and official transcripts are optional at this stage but required for interview.)

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