Campus Messages

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School of Nursing Dean Search Underway

Dear Colleagues:

In November, I informed the campus community that Kathy Dracup had announced her intention to relinquish her administrative appointment as dean of the School of Nursing and return to the faculty. Since then, the members of the search committee have worked diligently to advance the search. For a list of the membership, see Their activities have included selecting a professional recruitment firm through a competitive process, obtaining input on the qualities sought in the next dean through town halls and interviews, and combining the resulting information with their own insights to define the position requirements.

Based on the committee's work, UCSF seeks for its next dean of the School of Nursing an accomplished, energetic individual, with a substantial history of decisive and innovative leadership, who will advance the school’s commitment to combining research and scholarship with high-quality clinical education at the graduate level. S/he will be expected to find new ways to sustain the growth of the school and lead initiatives to expand the revenue base and control expenses. In conjunction with the faculty, the dean is responsible for identifying priorities and resources necessary to meet those objectives, which are likely to include the following:

  • Recruit and sustain diverse and talented faculty as well as support junior faculty in a manner to ensure that the school remains preeminent in education and research among the nation’s schools of nursing.
  • Lead the school in its strong commitment to diversity.
  • Expand and diversify revenue sources through cultivating private donors and leading innovative initiatives.
  • Represent the school as a key thought leader in the national and international nursing community.
  • Support transparent, collaborative leadership, working with the participatory faculty governance structure of the School of Nursing.
  • Maintain strong working relationships with all units within the University, leveraging opportunities to collaborate both locally and across UC campuses.

The ideal candidate would be a nursing leader of national prominence with the ability and stature to address the challenges facing nursing education and who is eager to provide a vision to achieve the School of Nursing’s ambitious goals. Nominees and applicants should hold a degree in nursing and a Ph.D., or equivalent professional degree or experience, and demonstrate scholarly distinction appropriate for a tenured appointment in the school. Significant experience in nursing education and research is expected.

UCSF seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, and community service have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. UCSF is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. The University undertakes affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for underrepresented minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for covered veterans.

Nominations, inquiries, and applications may be sent in confidence to [email protected] (electronic submission is strongly preferred), or to: Michael Baer, Isaacson, Miller; 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 710; Washington, DC 20009 or Stephanie Fidel, Isaacson, Miller; 334 Boylston Street, Suite 500; Boston, MA 02116.

The committee also is pleased to receive email messages via Assistant Chancellor Deborah Brennan ([email protected]), who provides staff support to the search committee. We welcome input to the process.


Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H.