Saint Anselm College — Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Saint Anselm College invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of inaugural Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SONHS). The Dean will work collaboratively with the Director of the well-established Undergraduate Nursing Program, the Director of the Continuing Nursing Education Program, and the leadership of other health-related programs at the College. Responsibilities will include implementing the vision, mission, and strategic plan of Saint Anselm College’s new SONHS, and facilitating the achievement of all academic outcomes and competencies. This position is an exciting opportunity to lead the existing nursing and new health science programs, with a focus on marketing, fundraising, and publicly representing a new School with a building.

The successful candidate will be a collaborative, thoughtful leader with strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of supporting academic programming and developing community partnerships with local health-care organizations. The Dean will be charged with ensuring compliance with regulatory and accrediting bodies, including NECHE, CCNE, and the New Hampshire Board of Nursing as well as other accreditation bodies. Consistent with College policies and procedures, the Dean shall be appointed by the President of the College and will report directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The new Dean must be committed to the advancement and support of the College’s mission through its liberal arts, Catholic, and Benedictine identity (all faiths are welcome). 

Inclusivity Statement: 

Saint Anselm College affirms that the diversity of human perspectives and capabilities is essential to the fostering of educational excellence in the 21st century and beyond. In order to realize our mission as a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts institution, Saint Anselm is committed to sustaining an intentionally inclusive environment that benefits all constituencies. All members of this community are called to intentionally honor the dignity of all people, and to treat each other with the respect to which each is entitled. The College is devoted to providing students with the richest opportunities to learn, both inside and outside the classroom. Saint Anselm aspires to bring together a faculty, staff, and student body that helps enhance this educational endeavor with their diverse scholarly interests, ideas, beliefs, experience, talents, and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 


  • Ph.D. in Nursing or equivalent doctoral degree and active RN License
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in undergraduate and/or graduate nursing or health related education 
  • Teaching experience, with knowledge surrounding pedagogy and online course delivery, including the delivery of advanced practice programs 
  • Academic or administrative leadership experience 
  • Demonstrated interest in and appreciation for the liberal arts 
  • Commitment to academic freedom, and racial and social justice

Initial Priorities: 

  • Develop a strategic plan in support of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and in alignment with the strategic plan of the College. This includes ensuring initiatives are properly staffed and resourced, and working collaboratively with various College constituencies in support of new and ongoing programming (e.g., Centers, Public Health and Health Sciences curriculum and internships, a Masters in Nursing program)
  • Foster an inclusive environment which promotes engagement with a diverse student body, and support racial and social justice 
  • Act as a representative/liaison with all internal and external constituencies associated with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Focus on relationship building between current and future healthcare partners to strengthen community ties and work toward partnerships promoting experiential learning for students
  • Collaborate with the college’s Advancement team and execute a targeted fundraising and engagement plan for the new School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Collaborate with the Office of College Communications and Marketing as well as the Office of Enrollment to recruit and enroll academically qualified, talented students, including students from diverse backgrounds
  • Collaborate with Student Affairs to support and engage students
  • Support faculty in the assessment, revision, and development of curriculum
  • Develop staffing and budget plans for the SONHS in its first years
  • Represent the SONHS on College committees, as well as other groups designated by the President or Vice President for Academic Affairs 
  • Work collaboratively with the Academic Dean, Faculty Senate, and Administration to further the goals of the SONHS and the College

Programmatic Details: 

The Dean of the SONHS will

  • Supervise SONHS department chairs/directors; Those who will report directly to the Dean include the Executive Director of the Department of Nursing, the Director of Continuing Nursing Education, and the SONHS administrative staff. The Dean and the leadership of nursing and other health-related programs will work collaboratively on existing and new programs   
  • Work collaboratively with key stakeholders to  
  • Hire, evaluate, and retain qualified faculty, adjunct faculty, clinical faculty, and staff
  • Ensure program effectiveness through ongoing curriculum evaluation
  • Assess new programs which meet the needs of the community of interest and complement the mission and goals of the SONHS 
  • Represent the SONHS at events sponsored by the SONHS both on and off campus, or arranging for representation through a designee, including, but not limited to: New Student and Accepted Student Days, Sigma Theta Tau Induction, Alumni meetings, Honors Convocation, Pinning Ceremonies, Commencement, and various community and College events
  • Convene ad hoc committees of faculty, staff, and/or students necessary to the administration of the SONHS
  • Support faculty in the promotion and tenure process
  • Promote interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration within the SONHS and College 


  • Assure compliance with regulatory requirements including NECHE, CCNE, NH Board of Nursing, and other accreditation bodies


  • Work closely with the Finance Office on all matters pertaining to the SONHS budget 
  • Maintain accountability for a balanced SONHS budget 
  • Assure delivery of the curriculum through full-time, adjunct, and overload budget  


  • Work in conjunction with the Office of Advancement to lead efforts for external fundraising from philanthropic organizations/individuals
  • Actively pursue grants and other outside funding for major projects and equipment
  • Identify sources to support student research, faculty research, scholarship 


  • Expand the community engagement of the SONHS by fostering current and new partnerships 

About Saint Anselm College: 

Saint Anselm College was founded in 1889 by the Benedictine monks of St. Mary’s Abbey of Newark, New Jersey, in response to the invitation by Bishop Denis M. Bradley, the first bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire. Since the College’s founding, a monastic community has resided on-campus and the Benedictine monks of Saint Anselm are an integral part of the College and its tradition. As a community of 31 monks, composed of priests and brothers, Saint Anselm Abbey is one of the 22 houses of the American Cassinese Congregation of Benedictines, members of the Order of Saint Benedict (O.S.B.). 

Over the past quarter century, the College has dramatically grown as a residential liberal arts college, with more than 88 percent of students now residing on campus. The College celebrated the opening of the new Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex in 2018. This 53,000 square foot facility serves as a dynamic new gathering, working, and learning place in the very center of campus. In the Benedictine expression of hospitality, the Savard Welcome Center opened in the summer of 2020 and serves as the front porch of the College, welcoming visiting students and families. Construction is underway for the new home of the Gregory J. Grappone ’04 Humanities Institute. The College is also currently designing a new 40,000 square foot facility to house the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, set to open in 2025. 

About the Department of Nursing:

For more than 60 years, Saint Anselm College has had one of the most selective and respected baccalaureate nursing programs in New England. At Saint Anselm College, nursing is both an art and a science. The nursing program incorporates the Benedictine values of stewardship, humility, and hospitality to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals and society.  We seek to provide compassionate, safe, and equitable care based on the highest standards of nursing practice and scientific evidence.  

College Mission: 

Saint Anselm College is a Catholic, Benedictine institution providing all its students a distinctive liberal arts education that incorporates opportunities for professional and career preparation. It does so in a learning community that encourages the lifelong pursuit of the truth and fosters intellectual, moral and spiritual growth to sustain and enrich its graduates’ personal lives, work, and engagement within local, national, and global communities. For more than 130 years, Saint Anselm College has remained committed to its mission and tradition, constantly building on its strengths and evolving to meet the changing needs of its current and prospective students. What makes an Anselmian education distinctive and exceptional are students’ deep involvement and integrative growth guided by a Benedictine-inspired educational philosophy. 

Manchester, New Hampshire: 

Manchester is one hour from Boston, one hour from the New Hampshire seacoast, one hour from the White Mountains and is a dynamic and growing city that combines exciting urban opportunities with nearby natural splendor. As the largest city in New Hampshire, Manchester is home to leading cultural attractions including the Currier Museum of Art, the Palace Theatre, and the Historic Millyard. With many restaurants, a minor league baseball team, an airport, and an entertainment arena, there is no shortage of things to occupy one’s time.

Interested candidates should apply directly to the College’s web site at