Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

The University of Missouri – Columbia (MU), invites nominations and applications for the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship (ADRS), within the Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON).

The ADRS will serve as a visionary senior administrator and be responsible for advancing the school’s collegiate research and scholarly activities by developing and facilitating progressive, innovative, faculty-led programs of research and scholarship.

The SSON seeks an outstanding researcher and educator with strong demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills, to further advance excellence in the areas of securing extramural research and grant funding and interdisciplinary collaborations across the MU campus and the University of Missouri System (UM). We welcome profiles from candidates with outstanding scholarly records, a funded research agenda and an excellent national reputation to facilitate faculty research and scholarship efforts, with particular emphasis on leveraging the extramural funding base and the development of junior and mid-career faculty.

Reporting directly to the Dean of the Sinclair School of Nursing the future ADRS will collaborate closely with faculty, program directors, and staff and represents the school with internal and external entities.

• Developing a shared vision and strategy for the school’s sponsored research program by actively engaging faculty, leadership and staff
• Serving as a strong leader, role model, and advocate for the school to achieve the highest possible level of excellence in research, external funding and scholarly endeavors
• Providing effective mentorship for early- and mid-career faculty members as well as doctoral students to enhance scholarly and research accomplishment, and secure external funding
• Nourishing a collegial environment and promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative research within the School and across MU and UM
• Managing the day-to-day operations of the SSON Office of Research, including personnel and resource management
• Monitoring grant submissions and research productivity
• Assisting with recruitment and retainment of diverse Tenure/Tenure Track and Non-Tenure Track faculty with remarkable track records in research and/or teaching

Required Qualifications:
• Earned terminal degree in a field appropriate to the role
• Academic accomplishments that merit an appointment at the rank of an Associate Professor or Full Professor with tenure
• Substantial background and experience in securing extramural research and grant funding
• Robust record of excellence in mentoring and teaching
• Familiar with national and international research and scholarship trends
• Passionate about innovation and interested in enhancing the research environment of interdisciplinary teams
• Strong commitment to inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity in all activities

Preferred Qualification:
• Prior administrative experience or leadership at successive levels of responsibility
• Visionary, open-minded, respectful and approachable leadership style
• Strong communication and excellent interpersonal skills
• An understanding and commitment to the mission of an AAU Research 1 University, MU’s institutional values, and the land-grant mission

The University of Missouri -Columbia (MU) is a land-grant institution with a mission of research, teaching, service and economic development. MU is a comprehensive research campus that includes an academic healthcare center, and a veterinary health center. Being one of the nation’s top-tier Research 1 institutions, MU ranks among the 34 public university members of the Association of American Universities with significant investments into interdisciplinary research as well as a new emphasis on precision health. MU is also home to the MU Extension that heavily focuses on community outreach and engagement, and addresses Missouri’s challenges by improving economic opportunity, educational access, and health and well-being.

MU offers excellent employee benefits for faculty, including tuition reductions (for employee, spouse, and children), a robust retirement plan, and comprehensive health insurance.

The Sinclair School of Nursing is the home of stellar academic programs serving 1,331 students (including 670 pre-clinical students) and offering a nationally accredited BSN program, MS(N) programs, a graduate certificate in Community-Based Participatory Health, a PhD program, and a DNP program with five concentration areas. The SSON has an NINR funded T32 predoctoral training grant in Health Behavior Science. The SSON is also the primary university-based provider of continuing education for Missouri nurses.

SSON faculty is constantly growing and currently the academic home of 45 full-time award-winning, highly productive faculty members, which include members of the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Science, and Sigma Theta Tau International’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. SSON faculty received multiple outstanding grant awards including the largest grant in MU history, a $19.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aiming to identify a new payment model for nursing home care that lowers hospitalization rates. This followed a completed $14.8 million project to reduce avoidable hospitalizations among nursing home residents.

SSON is leading the nation in aging and technology research, building on the success of TigerPlace, a living laboratory and is extending those innovations into new practice models and settings.

SSON researchers are highly collaborative, leading teams from multiple disciplines including the College of Engineering; College of Human Environmental Sciences-Human Development and Family Science; School of Social Work; College of Veterinary Medicine; School of Medicine-Institute for Clinical& Translational Sciences, Child Health, Family & Community Medicine, and Health Management & Informatics; and School of Health Professions, as well as the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, several universities across the nation, and internationally.

The City of Columbia, home of the University of Missouri, has been consistently rated as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States and accommodates all cycles of life. This college city of 113,000+ residents has the best of both worlds – small-town convenience with urban sophistication and amenities. Columbia is well known for affordable housing and moderate cost of living, excellent public schools with a low student-teacher-ratio, and a huge variety of leisure time activities, including the well-known Katy trail system. The city boasts a vibrant restaurant and winery scene, a thriving music and art scene as well as diverse cultural opportunities, like the internationally known True/False documentary film festival. Located halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia Regional Airport offers direct flights to Chicago, Dallas, and Denver multiple times a day to allow easy nationwide access.

This is a 12-month full-time appointment with approximately 60 percent effort as ADRS and the remaining 40 percent effort at the associate or full professor level, with the expectation to engage in research, teaching and service. We anticipate this appointment will be made as early as Summer, 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, applicant material should be received by March, 12th 2020.

Candidates should include a cover letter outlining relevant experiences, research interests, as well as a detailed curriculum vitae. Later in the search process, statements of current and future research plans along with names and contact information for references may be requested. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

Partnering in the search is Anna Wiedermann, Senior HR Consultant for the University of Missouri System. Inquiries can be sent to

The position is posted at The job posting ID is 32874.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence. The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. To request ADA accommodations, please contact our ADA Coordinator at (573) 884-7278 (V/TTY). Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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