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Director of the School of Nursing and Mary Jane Sursa Distinguished Professor of Nursing

Ball State University

Last Updated: 5/26/23

Job Description

The School of Nursing. A designated National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in the designation for “Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development”, the School of Nursing enjoys a solid reputation for graduating BSN students who are not only prepared for practice, but ready for challenges brought to hospitals, clinics and community settings that require nurses to interface with a variety of other health care professionals. The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing programs at Ball State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. We enroll nearly 950 students in our undergraduate program. Ranked 20th for Master’s in Nursing in U.S. New and World Report’s 2020 “Best Online Programs,” our master’s programs enroll about 120 students. We are re-envisioning our Doctor of Nursing Practice program and plan to relaunch that program in fall 2022. Built in 2019, our Simulation and Skills Laboratories provide state of the art space, including fundamentals as well as obstetrics and pediatrics. The School of Nursing’s 49 faculty are committed to scholarship and research and have strengths in a variety of areas including, for example, infant mortality, maternal mental health, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 for community organizations, depression among adults with heart failure, sickle cell anemia in Kenya, fall prevention, autism and simulation in nursing education.

The College of Health. A vital health resource for Indiana in preparing health professionals and researchers, the College of Health is now—in its 6th year—moving boldly forward in making interprofessional education, practice and research its paradigm across each of its disciplines. The College offers 32 academic programs in 7 units: Departments of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling; Military Science; Nutrition and Health Science; Speech Pathology and Audiology; and Social Work plus the Schools of Nursing and Kinesiology. Our 219 faculty and staff serve nearly 3,000 students. We partner with the communities of East Central Indiana for academic immersive learning and research. Our Health Professions Building was opened in 2019 with 165,000 square feet and is LEED Gold certified. Our Interprofessional Community Clinics offers a range of health and mental health services by students supervised by faculty as well as community health education and prevention services through the Healthy Lifestyle Center. Our faculty and students conduct research and publish scholarship contributing to the evidence base for their respective disciplines. Our research footprint includes several research and scholarship institutes, including the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. Founded in 1965, the Human Performance Lab is internationally recognized for conducting exercise physiology research on humans, with an approach that covers the whole body response down to the cellular physiology and molecular biology level—a whole body-to-gene approach. We are passionately committed to inclusive excellence in all we do and intend to contribute to an increasingly diverse health professional workforce to help decrease health care disparities. Bringing a strong history of leadership, Dr. Scott Edward Rutledge, a public health social worker and HIV researcher, joined the College of Health as dean in 2021.

The University. For more than a century, the Ball State has served the communities of Indiana and beyond through excellence in education and research. There are approximately 22,000 students, from every state in the nation as well as 60 countries, enrolled in 8 colleges. A Carnegie classified Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity with the Community Engagement Classification, Ball State engages students and faculty in the community through immersive learning and research. Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State University’s ambitious goals for our second century, including strategic imperatives for completion by 2024 and a strategic plan outlining 5 long-term goals.

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Position Function: Plan, direct, and coordinate the operational, personnel, budgetary and student activities of the school; provide leadership and direction in the development and implementation of academic programs and related activities. The appointee will also hold the Mary Jane Sursa Distinguished Professorship.

Minimum Qualifications: An earned doctorate in nursing or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education; master’s degree in nursing.

  • Evidence of teaching, scholarship, scholarly service, and professional achievement.
  • Documented healthcare experience with unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure/certification.
  • Eligible to hold an unencumbered RN licensure in the State of Indiana.
  • Evidence of a minimum of three years of academic leadership and administration, and skills in personnel and financial management.
  • Evidence of commitment to promote values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Overall qualifications that will merit a faculty appointment at senior rank in the School of Nursing.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record of success in obtaining external support for scholarly activities; state and national visibility in nursing.
  • Experience with national accreditation agencies.
  • Curriculum development, coordination, and evaluation experience in undergraduate and graduate programs with a variety of delivery methods.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills for communication and collaboration.

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: licenses/certifications, resume and cover letter addressed to Jayanthi Kandiah and Doc Hunter. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through March 24, 2022.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...