Marla Bradford

Senior Employment Recruiter
Office of Human Resources
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.6575

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    Associate Dean of Research

    The Associate Dean for Research leads Duquesne University School of Nursing's research, scholarship, and innovation mission. This position requires creative leadership that promotes growth and innovation in faculty scholarship and research. The Associate Dean for Research oversees all new strategic initiatives, academic program development, and funding activities; and serves as the liaison to external funding sources for research. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating an atmosphere that builds faculty engagement and supports collaborative research and scholarship teams across the academic divisions of the university. This administrator supports and mentors the development of faculty scholarship and provides an ongoing analysis of the school's grants portfolio, research agenda, scholarly activities, and external reputation.

    Education & Experience should include:

    • a PhD in nursing or a related field
    • at least five years of academic experience at the rank of Associate Professor
    • evidence of professional leadership and progressive leadership responsibilities
    • demonstrated record of funded grants and publications
    • demonstrated experience growing a research program
    • demonstrated track record of academic innovations
    • a current registered nurse license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the ability to secure a Pennsylvania RN license

    Essential Responsibilities of the Position:

    • Collaborate with the Dean, Associate Dean, and colleagues throughout the University in determining the direction of research and scholarship within the School of Nursing.
    • Establish a rapport and credibility with the Duquesne University SON faculty.
    • Provide oversight for all aspects of the SON's research mission, providing creative leadership that promotes growth and innovation in faculty scholarship, research, and strategic initiatives.
    • Serve as the liaison to external funding agencies and community entities that further the school's research agenda.
    • Demonstrate strong leadership skills to create and support opportunities for research teams across the university.
    • Promote cooperative and collaborative research arrangements with clinical practice partners and private industry.
    • Demonstrate ability to disseminate current information about funding opportunities and trends in nursing science and research throughout the SON.
    • Facilitate the successful preparation and submission of proposals.
    • Demonstrate strong analytical skills to provide the Dean analysis of grants portfolio, research agenda, scholarly activities, external benchmarks, and overall reputation. Ensure timely availability of accurate data related to the school's activities.
    • Work closely with the Dean and appropriate offices on matters related to the SON marketing/promotion and faculty recruitment to improve external rankings and reputation.
    • Generate enthusiasm for representing the SON in the community to garner support for new academic programs in addition to securing funding for research and program development.
    • Demonstrate ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a hands-on manner, adjusting to issues as needed in a dynamic work environment.
    • Continuously mentor faculty to develop their research and scholarship, provide guidance in funding sources and monitoring research projects to ensure they meet stated goals, in addition to guidance related to national and international presentations and publications.
    • Represent Duquesne University School of Nursing at regional, state, national and international levels to garner recognition for the SON's excellent nursing programs and further the research and reputational agenda.
    • Manage new strategic initiatives and academic program development.
    • Mentor faculty and staff in how to obtain more funding, and guide them through the process of applying for and monitoring grants.
    • Collaborate with Grants Support Person and Office of Research Administration to ensure timely document review and approval.
    • Work closely with the Dean and faculty to incorporate research and innovative projects appropriate to the skill level of nursing students into the curriculum and better prepare students to be effective researchers, scholars, and innovators.

    Our School of Nursing is a nationally recognized pioneer in online graduate nursing education that attracts students from all over the world. Our nursing faculty is dedicated to creating an educational environment grounded in the practice of ethical, holistic, culturally competent and population-based care. To learn more about Duquesne University and the School of Nursing, visit

    Duquesne University is committed to attracting, developing and keeping a diverse workforce that reflects the nature of our mission. Since increasing diversity is a strategic goal at Duquesne, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from men and members of underrepresented groups.

    Expressions of interest and applications will be treated in confidence. Candidate review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A letter of interest, research statement, teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae and three professional letters of reference should be sent electronically to

    Applicants must be willing to contribute actively to the University Mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The Mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.

    Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.