Chair, Department of Nursing


The University of North Carolina Pembroke’s rich history began with its founding in March of 1887 as the Croatan Normal School, which opened with fifteen students and one teacher, and was founded with the purpose of training American Indian public school teachers.  In 1941, the name was changed to Pembroke State College for Indians, and until the early 1950s it was the only state supported 4-year college for American Indians in the United States.  The name was later changed to Pembroke State University.  Currently, the University of North Carolina system consists of 17 institutions and in July 1996, Pembroke State University officially became The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

From these beginnings, UNC Pembroke has developed into a master’s level degree-granting university and is one of the nation’s most diverse institutions of higher learning.  The University currently has a total enrollment of approximately 6,400 students (approximately 5700 undergraduates) and offers 41 bachelors’ and 17 masters’ degrees with the student faculty ratio of approximately 16 to 1.  As such, UNC Pembroke has the luxury of being able to treat each student as an individual.  And now, after experiencing unprecedented growth over the past ten years, the dedicated faculty and staff at UNC Pembroke are focused on enhancing academics and the services provided to the community and region so that UNC Pembroke becomes an institution of choice in North Carolina.

Located in the small community of Pembroke in Robeson Country, North Carolina and set on a beautiful campus, UNC Pembroke offers one of the safest campuses among the UNC System.  Further, the college community has a very diverse student body with a total minority enrollment of 62% and offers a stimulating quality of life.

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The University’s Department of Nursing boasts a state-of-the art 87,000 square foot facility with a cutting edge simulation laboratory, classrooms, offices, and collaboration spaces. Located in a region with acute medical needs, UNCP has strong relationships with area healthcare facilities.

With an excellent reputation and tradition of preparing world-class nurses to serve their patients, institutions, and communities, the growing Department of Nursing offers a variety of degrees including a pre-licensure BSN, RN to BSN, and a newly-established Master of Science in Nursing, with an RN-MSN option. More specifically:

  • The RN to BSN option, which is offered online, is for practicing nurses with a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing. In 2014, the RN-BSN program ranked fifth in Best Value Colleges for Nursing in the South.
  • The direct entry MSN pathway, which is offered in a hybrid format, has experienced more than 50% growth in the past year and is designed with tracks that focus on developing Clinical Nurse Leaders©, Rural Health Case Managers and Nurse Educators.
  • The RN to MSN pathway is for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma who may be eligible for early admission into the graduate program and has an approved stop-out option for students who find this necessary.



The Chair of Nursing is the chief academic and administrative officer for the Department of Nursing. This position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment and will report to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences who in turn reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Provost. The Department of Nursing currently has twenty full-time faculty members, including two endowed chairs.



The Chair of the Department of Nursing is charged with leading a collaborative approach  designed to (a) provide accessible, seamless, high-quality undergraduate and graduate nursing education to a diverse student population in order to create leaders in professional nursing practice, and (b) prepare graduates to provide safe, high-quality, cost-effective professional nursing services, to improve health across the life span, for individuals, families, groups, and communities in a variety of settings. By leveraging the strengths of the department and university, the Chair will have an opportunity to develop a range of new programs, curriculums, and strategies that continue to position UNCP as a regional leader.

Specific responsibilities for this position include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Provide leadership and vision for the program including planning, assessment, evaluation, and attainment and maintenance of accreditation and State Board of Nursing practices.
  • Direct and implement schedule and student success practices consistent with departmental operational needs and in pursuit of excellence.
  • Promote excellence in teaching, research, and service.
  • In collaboration with faculty and staff, develop and modify a state-of-the art curriculum.
  • Effectively lead department faculty including recruitment, development, and evaluation, as well as following UNCP tenure and promotion practices.
  • Work collaboratively with the College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Academic Affairs, University administration, and Facilities and Operations.
  • Effectively communicate with staff, faculty, administration, students, alumni, and university stakeholders; build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders on and off campus.
  • Manage the budget appropriately; maintain accurate records and ensure sound fiscal policies and practices.
  • Assure a safe work place and learning environment.
  • Assist in the acquisition and implementation of grants that serve the teaching, research, and service interests of the Department of Nursing and the community.
  • Represent the Department of Nursing in a variety of forums and to all stakeholders.



  • PhD in nursing or a terminal degree in a related field plus a master’s degree in nursing from an NLN/CNEA or CCNE accredited institutions.
  • Preference of five (5) years university teaching experience in nursing; curriculum development experience preferred.
  • Preference for three (3) years administrative experience; experience as a department chair at an NLN/CNEA or CCNE accredited institution preferred.
  • Preference for three (3) years, or the equivalent, of full-time clinical experience as an RN.
  • A current, unencumbered North Carolina RN license by time of employment.
  • Demonstrated competence in classroom and clinical instruction; ability to use technology as a teaching-learning tool preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability in research and other scholarly activities.
  • Ability to facilitate effective teaching, service and scholarship of nursing faculty.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; skills in conflict resolution and negotiation preferred.
  • Commitment to high professional standards.
  • Ability to work with students, faculty, communities, various stakeholders and diverse populations.



Commensurate with experience and includes competitive base salary and benefits.

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