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Nursing: Department Chair

UW-Eau Claire – Eau Claire Campus
Academics, College of Nursing + Health Sciences, Nursing

Full Time, Faculty/Instructional

  • Official Title: Professor
  • Job ID: #15779
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.
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Nursing: Department Chair

The Department of Nursing is recruiting for a tenured member of the department and provides leadership for the department in consultation and cooperation with the Dean, performing duties as assigned by the Dean. The Chair is expected to be a role model for department faculty and to develop and maintain a positive and productive work environment that promotes excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Faculty and staff at the University foster student-centered learning, leadership skill development, and a strong shared governance model. There are excellent opportunities for research, leadership, clinical and professional development. The Chair is also expected to represent the department and to provide leadership through effective participation in college and university-wide policy and decision-making activities. This is an academic year position with administrative reassignment of 80% and remaining 20% teaching, service, and scholarship, with a required summer appointment. The position is located in Eau Claire, but will include some travel to other campus sites.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A successful candidate will present evidence of the following: PhD in Nursing or a terminal degree at the doctoral level in nursing from an accredited nursing program; current RN license in U.S, with eligibility for licensure in WI; RN license in WI required at start of contract; eligibility for rank at the Associate or Professor level; eligibility for Tenure at the time of hire; demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship; leadership, management, teaching, and collaboration skills; proven mentorship abilities; evidence of working effectively with faculty, staff and students; demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Formal leadership in baccalaureate and/or graduate nursing programs; formal supervisory and personnel experience; an established program of research/scholarship. 

DUTIES: The Nursing Department Chair has the authority and the responsibility for leadership in developing and supporting collective departmental mission, vision, and philosophy; anticipating, planning, establishing, and assessing departmental goals and initiatives; establishing a positive and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students and between departments, units and colleges; advocating on behalf of the department; supporting and encouraging curriculum development, scholarship, service, and career-long professional growth and development of all faculty and staff; faculty and staff recruitment, retention, promotion, and tenure, and for advocating for diversity in personnel actions; ensuring fair, complete, and procedurally sound personnel actions are conducted to ensure professional and accountable behaviors are occurring within the department. 

The Nursing Department Chair has the authority and the responsibility for management and oversight of teaching faculty and instructional staff, clinical agency coordinators, Marshfield site coordinator, directors, pre-licensure academic success coordinator, and support staff; personnel actions including recruitment, annual performance evaluation, salary, reappointment, and promotion and tenure processes in coordination with the DPC and Dean, as appropriate; collaborating with directors in making teaching assignments and nursing program class schedules and reviewing course evaluations and instructor evaluations; assuring that clinical agreements, evaluations and student placements are consistent with undergraduate program guidelines and national accreditation recommendations; orientation of new faculty and staff, in collaboration with Traditional Undergraduate Program, BSN Completion, and Graduate Programs Directors;  collaborating with directors, associate dean, and Marshfield site coordinator regarding student issues; preparation and submission of reports as requested by the Dean, Provost and/or Chancellor. 



Join an institution built on a foundation of excellence, liberal education, and inclusivity. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) fosters the transformation of individuals at the undergraduate and graduate levels into leaders in professional nursing practice, education, and scholarship. We value excellence in education, experiential learning, leadership, life-long learning, practice, and scholarship; diversity and eliminating barriers to participation; integrity; innovation; social responsibility inclusive to a positive influence on health, respect, social justice, accountability, and sustainability; finally, health and quality of life. In doing so, we endeavor to transform the lives of our students, the practice of our profession, and the health of all we serve. 

As part of the college you become a member of two communities and gain partnerships with the premier healthcare providers in the state of Wisconsin. The college is comprised of the Department of Nursing with two site locations: Eau Claire, WI located on the UW-Eau Claire campus and Marshfield, WI located within the prestigious Marshfield Clinic. In addition to Marshfield Clinic, UW-Eau Claire the College of Nursing has partnerships in place with world acclaimed Mayo Clinic Health System.  


The Department of Nursing offers four degree programs: traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion (BSNC), Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). UW-Eau Claire is the only public university in northwestern Wisconsin that offers a baccalaureate nursing degree. All programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

As a department we believe high-impact educational experiences, scholarship, and service to our communities enhance the personal and professional growth of students and faculty. We embrace equity, diversity, and inclusivity in our professional and personal lives. Faculty can develop their own student intercultural immersion experiences. Current faculty led domestic intercultural immersion experiences include working with migrant farm workers in western Wisconsin, the Somali population in northern Wisconsin, and clinical work with the Lakota Sioux nation in South Dakota. Scholarship and research are supported at the college and university levels. Undergraduate students can collaborate with faculty on faculty-mentored scholarly projects through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. 

For more information about CONHS, please visit: 


UW-Eau Claire

Become a part of a campus that truly cares about you in every way. From the faculty in the classrooms to the staff around campus, when you become a Blugold you become part of the family. 

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is consistently rated among the top 10 public Midwestern universities and recognized nationally for quality academics and high return on investment (U.S. News). Among our ranks are celebrated scholars and award winners, people who are passionate about their intellectual pursuits, critical thinkers and innovators deeply committed to interacting with and improving the world around us. 

Our campus provides a beautiful setting for living and learning. Our faculty and staff provide instruction, inspiration and the kind of challenge that makes an education extraordinary. A century of accomplished Blugolds around the world provides evidence that lives are transformed and meaningful careers are launched right here. 

For more information about UW-Eau Claire, please visit:

Eau Claire

When you come to UW- Eau Claire you join a community beyond campus. Our partnerships with business, industry and local organizations provide professional, research and scholarly opportunities. Some 67,500 residents live, work and play in Western Wisconsin’s largest city. 
Located at the confluence of the crystal clear Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, and 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Eau Claire goes its own way and encourages everyone who visits and lives here to come along for the ride. This is where farm kids grow up to be artists and entrepreneurs. Where alternative is a positive. Where attitude is more important than age. Where originality is celebrated. In other words, ideal.
Northwestern Wisconsin is known for variable weather across the board to welcome residents to any and every season.  From freshly laid snow and spring flowers to the soothing heat of summer and the crispy leaves of fall you'll experience life as it should be all year long.  We embrace our variable weather and climate by offering seasonal attractions for every interest.  For example, summer concerts and sporting events are enjoyed as frequently as our fall festivals and our winter Silvermine Ski Invitational event.  Whether you prefer to spend your time indoors or outdoors, solo or with the family, Eau Claire offers boundless opportunities all year long.  

For more information about Eau Claire, please visit:

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site:  You must create an account and login before you can apply.  If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."  Click the link to the Nursing: Tenured Faculty to serve as Chair position (Job ID # 15779) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically.  Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.  Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Unofficial graduate school transcript
  • Copy of current RN license
  • Names and contact information for three references. 

Please direct requests for additional information to:

Cathleen Wilson; 

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit Campus Security and Fire Report. Also visit our Campus Security Authority policy.

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The University reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: