Gwynedd Mercy University — Dean of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions

Gwynedd Mercy University seeks a dynamic and visionary leader as its next Dean of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions.

  • Founded in 1948 as a Catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, Gwynedd Mercy University is dedicated to graduating students who are committed to a life of meaning in the service of others.  Since its founding, the Maguire School of Nursing & Health Professions has grown tremendously and boasts 70 talented full-time faculty who are passionate about the education of future nurses and health professionals who are caring, and compassionate.  The School offers a wide variety of baccalaureate-level degrees in Nursing and in Health Sciences, all grounded in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Specialties include respiratory care, radiologic technology, radiation therapy, medical laboratory science, and occupational science. In addition to the traditional entry-level BSN program, the School offers an accelerated BSN, an online RN to BSN program, MSN programs that include pathways to becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Practitioner, as well as a post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).  Finally, the School expects to be admitted to candidacy this year to offer a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, In addition to the University’s Middle States accreditation,  the University’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and all other programs in the School have special accreditation through their respective accreditation bodies.

Responsibilities.  Reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean is the chief academic officer of the School and serves on the Deans Council and Academic Council.  The dean provides collaborative administrative leadership, vision and support for the Maguire School faculty, staff, and students, manages the daily operations of the School, and represents the School both within the University and externally at local, state, regional, and national levels.  The successful candidate will bring a collaborative leadership style combined with a spirit of innovation, as well as a desire to cultivate new programs and to build on existing relationships with alumni and benefactors.

The Dean is responsible for leading the effective administration of the teaching, research, clinical practice, and outreach programs in the School. The Dean works collaboratively with the faculty and staff to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive strategic plans for the School, including the assessment of student learning and the enhancement of faculty, staff and student diversity and inclusion. He or she will work to identify, facilitate, and promote multi-disciplinary, inter- and intra-school, and inter-professional educational, research, scholarly, clinical practice, and creative activities.

Qualifications.   The successful candidate will have:

  • A doctoral degree in nursing or related field
  • An unencumbered Pennsylvania Registered Nurse license (nursing candidates)
  • A distinguished record of research and excellence in teaching
  • A commitment to development and external funding
  • Familiarity with strategic planning
  • At least five years of administrative experience in higher education

Reputation.  Graduates of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions are excelling as:

  • Chief nursing officers in major medical centers such as Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and area community hospitals, home health agencies and long-term care facilities
  • Staff nurses and nurse specialists in area hospitals, and nationally known specialist hospitals such as The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • National scholars in gerontological nursing through a collaborative Mentoring for Leadership Program between the John Hartford Foundation and Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Deans, faculty members, and senior college and university administrators around the country
  • Nurse researchers in hospitals and pharmaceutical corporations
  • Executives in publishing companies specializing in texts and periodicals focusing on nursing and healthcare

Programs in the School boast prestige in many areas including:

  • The first formal educational program for radiation therapy in the country. Our program is renowned for graduating clinically competent radiation therapists throughout the country.
  • One of only 34 nationally accredited radiation therapy programs by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), to offer a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • The only University in the region that offers a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science as a bridge program into an Occupational Therapy Master’s Program.
  • Program received the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care for 4 consecutive years (award is provided to a select number of programs throughout the country that achieve an overall pass rate exceeding 90%).
  • Program graduates enjoy 100% employment at such prestigious institutions as
  • The School boasts the first degree program in Radiation Therapy in the nation, the first Associate degree program established under Catholic auspices in the nation, and the first in Pennsylvania.

Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania.  Located in the beautiful Delaware Valley roughly 20 miles from Center City Philadelphia, it is an easy 40-minute regional rail ride to all of the historic, financial, cultural, and entertainment sites in the city.  It is also within easy driving distance to New York City, Washington, D.C., and the bucolic Pocono and Adirondack Mountains recreational areas.  The Philadelphia area is rich in medical facilities and students engage in clinical training at more than 200 clinical sites, among them some of the most prestigious health facilities in the nation including in The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  It is also home to many technology and pharmaceutical companies.

Gwynedd Mercy University believes strongly that diversity in our campus community enriches the educational experience of its students by providing them with the opportunity to learn from individuals of various backgrounds. Gwynedd Mercy University strongly encourages applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups who are committed to our mission to apply for this position. Please visit for information regarding our mission, core values, and beliefs.

The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2018.  Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2018 and applications and nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

For full consideration please be prepared with all documents listed below at the time you submit your application. All documents can be uploaded in the upload documents page during the application process. Please note once you complete the application you will not be able to return to upload additional documents. To apply please follow this link

Required documents

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position
  • A statement of how they would contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their leadership
  • A list of five professional references