CON Director, Undergraduate Program

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Director, Undergraduate Program Position Description Subsection: 3.2.17
Section 3.0 - Position Description Originating Date: January, 2007
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Executive Council
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General Position Description

The Director of the Undergraduate Program is the academic administrative officer responsible for all undergraduate options in the College. The Program Director ensures that the standards and policies of the College and the University are met and that the program achieves the highest standards for undergraduate education outlined by the State Board of Nursing and other national bodies in nursing education. S/he is responsible for facilitating the planning, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of undergraduate education in the College.

Organizational Relationships

The Director of Undergraduate Programs reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs. The Director collaborates with department chairs, division deans, and faculty to coordinate course offerings and program improvement, and s/he serves on the Undergraduate Committee. S/he works closely with the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and other Program Directors to facilitate efficient and coordinated use of resources. The Director collaborates with the Director of Student Services, the Director of Evaluation, the Diversity Specialist, the Marketing Specialist/Recruitment Coordinator, and with the Learning Resource Center regarding the domains of student recruitment, admissions, and student scholarships/financial aid, program evaluation, and learning technologies for instruction and testing. The Director of the Undergraduate Program oversees the liaison function with undergraduate student organizations.

Responsibilities of the Position

  • Participates with the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, other administrators, and faculty in strategic planning for undergraduate programs.
  • Provides leadership for the ongoing review of the College’s strategic plan for the undergraduate program.
  • Coordinates, in collaboration with appropriate others, the systems for managing undergraduate course offerings, class schedules, clinical teaching sites, and other undergraduate experiences.
  • Participates in and reviews the faculty’s recommendations for course, curricula and program changes, coordinates proposal development, and forwards proposals to the appropriate review bodies for approval.
  • Assists with baccalaureate student recruitment, admissions, advising, and financial aid.
  • Participates with the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in seeking and implementing training grants.
  • Collects and analyzes data to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the undergraduate program and to ensure that the policies and standards of the College and accrediting bodies are met.
  • Monitors application, admission, matriculation, progression, and graduation patterns of undergraduate students.
  • Facilitates academic services to undergraduate students.
  • Manages undergraduate program budgets, as delegated by the Associate Dean for Academic Programs.
  • Oversees clinical requests and placements, and participates in implementation of agency contract requirements and evaluation of clinical placements.
  • Gives suggestions as appropriate to Department Chairs and Division Assistant Deans regarding undergraduate teaching assignments.
  • Assists with progression review and other policies related to student progression and graduation.
  • Serves as a procedural consultant on the Undergraduate Academic Review Committee; advises the Undergraduate Academic Review Committee to assure that the appropriate procedures associated with student grade appeal and disciplinary action policies of the CON and the University are implemented.
  • Promotes rural activities for students.
  • Engages in an active program of scholarship.

Appointment Requirements

  • A bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing and an earned doctorate in nursing or a related field.
  • Experience in undergraduate teaching and curriculum development.
  • Evidence of academic scholarship.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, managerial skills, creativity, ability to make timely decisions, to collaborative effectively, and to be open to the ideas of others and to constructive feedback.
  • Rank of Associate or Full Professor.