University of the Incarnate Word — Dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) seeks nominations, applications and expressions of interest in its search for an engaging, innovative and mission-driven academic leader to serve as the institution’s next dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions (SNHP).

Inspired to advance the mission of health across the world, the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions (SNHP) is a diverse and thriving learning community committed to preparing tomorrow’s leaders through state-of-the art skills, critical thinking, ethical decision-making, multi-cultural competencies and lifelong leadership development. Founded in 1931, SNHP responded to a call from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word pioneering the idea of a total system of support to offer the latest preventive, diagnostic and treatment facilities to care for the mind, body and spirit of all the people of San Antonio and South Texas. SNHP was the first accredited school west of the Mississippi River to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing. SNHP currently offers a full complement of nursing programs (traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, MSN and DNP), as well as community health education, healthcare sciences, kinesiology and nuclear medicine technology baccalaureate degrees and a master’s degree in sport management (in conjunction with the HEB School of Business and Administration). The SNHP dean also oversees the Nursing Cardinal Wellness Clinic.

Reporting directly to the associate provost for health professions, the dean serves as the chief academic administrator of the school providing academic administrative leadership for a multidiscipline school as a member of the provost’s council and health professions deans’ council. A champion for student, faculty and staff success and inclusive excellence, the dean will be an advocate for SNHP and all of its programs. The ideal candidate will demonstrate leadership and passion in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and global engagement, possessing a profound commitment and eagerness to embrace the healing ministry of SNHP’s Catholic mission of service with a deep understanding to address social inequities and justice through education. The dean must also understand accreditation processes and the academic process for tenure-track and tenured faculty promotion and for promotion of staff and non-tenured/tenure track faculty. The incoming dean is required to have an earned doctoral degree and a record suitable for tenured appointment in a field appropriate for SNHP.

UIW is the largest Catholic university in Texas and serves approximately 10,000 students globally. The university is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with 54% of its students coming from Hispanic/Latino heritage. UIW offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations and more than 20 graduate and doctoral programs. These include doctoral degrees in education, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, physical therapy, osteopathic medicine, vision science and business administration. 

A detailed leadership profile is available at www.wittkieffer.com. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting the University of the Incarnate Word in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 18, 2023. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed in confidence to: Ryan Crawford, Charlene Aguilar and Luis Bertot at UIW-SNHPDean@wittkieffer.com. 

Discrimination and harassment are antithetical to the mission of the University of the Incarnate Word and will not be tolerated. The University of the Incarnate Word complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethnic origin, gender, age or disability in either employment or the provision of services. As a Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word is, however, exempt from the prohibition against religious discrimination of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In accordance with 41 CFR Section 60-1.5, it shall not be a violation of the equal opportunity clause required by Executive Order 11246 for the University of the Incarnate Word to establish a hiring preference for applicants of the Catholic faith. The University of the Incarnate Word School reserves the right to exercise this hiring preference as required to maintain its Catholic identity.

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