University of Washington Tacoma — Dean of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership

The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the next Dean of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (SNHL). As the academic and administrative leader of the SNHL, the Dean will hold a full-time (100%) tenured faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in the school, in addition to the appointment as Dean. At UW Tacoma, all tenured faculty positions have a 9-month service period, and administrative appointments as Dean have a 12-month service period. The anticipated start date for the dean is fall 2023.

Ranked first among Master’s of Nursing Programs for public schools (U.S. News and World Report), the school enjoys a close relationship with the University of Washington Seattle and the University of Washington Bothell. Focusing on a RN-BSN, Healthcare Leadership (BA) and Master in Nursing as well as offering a minor in Health and Society for UW Tacoma students outside of the school’s majors, the school supports the interdisciplinary mission of the University through teaching and scholarly inquiry. Within the overall mission of the campus, it focuses on the discovery and dissemination of knowledge that promotes health within an ethic of social justice.

One of three campuses that make up the University of Washington (UW), UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university located on the southern edge of downtown Tacoma. Home to 4,814 students and ranked first as a top performer for social mobility in Washington (U.S. News and World Report), the university’s 46-acre footprint is located on a hillside overlooking the Port of Tacoma and Mount Rainier. UW Tacoma is also a member of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, a network of public, urban research universities committed to creating an educated workforce, building strong communities and improving the health of diverse populations.

As a collective unit, the UW Tri-Campus Schools of Nursing are among the top schools in the nation, with rankings in the top two among public schools for their Doctor of Nursing, Master of Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The successful candidate will report to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (EVCAA), Dr. Andrew Harris and will also report to Dr. Azita Emami, the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Executive Dean of the University of Washington School of Nursing.

The next dean will be the driver of several exciting initiatives including the establishment of a pre-licensure BSN program, as well as leading growth in graduate offerings in nursing and healthcare leadership. In addition, the next dean will be instrumental in examining current administrative and student-service processes to create a better end-user experience for students. They will lead a dynamic, research focused faculty who are leaders of impact in their fields.

The University seeks a leader who will fully embrace the urban-serving mission of UW Tacoma and guide strategic efforts to develop further the academic identity of the University in support if this mission. The next dean will be expected to manage in an urban-serving institution within a multi-campus system of higher education and will be expected to improve and promote academic excellence.


  • Must have an earned doctorate or other earned doctorate in a field appropriate for the school (or foreign equivalent) and demonstration of teaching and research ability appropriate to the rank of associate professor or professor.
  • Have a current, active, unencumbered RN license in the state of Washington by the time of hire.
  • Leadership experience in a university setting.
  • Must have documented experience in an academic and administrative leadership role.
  • Academic qualifications and achievements consistent with an appointment as a tenured associate or full professor.

Compensation and Benefit Information

  • Compensation range:  $180,000-$220,000
  • Benefits:  The University of Washington, Tacoma offers a full benefits package. Information on benefits programs is available at

WittKieffer is proud to partner with UW Tacoma for this search. Inquiries, applications and nominations can be directed to To learn more about this opportunity, please explore the full leadership profile.

EEO Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status. 

Benefits Information
A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information
Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit