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Department Chair, Nursing

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduates, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds, and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


California State University, San Bernardino invites application for Department Chair position in the Department of Nursing for the start of the academic year, 2022-2023.  The DON is seeking visionary candidates who can provide academic, nursing, and administrative leadership to achieve the mission and goals of the Department, College and University in a multicultural community.  Preferred candidates will be expected to meet the traditional requirements of excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the university, profession of nursing, and the community.  The goals and challenges for the new Department Chair include leading and strengthening a diverse faculty and student body representing baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing across two campuses in meeting CCNE accreditation standards and California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) regulations and approvals as well as enhancement of scholarship and development of sufficient external financial support and community involvement. CCNE requires the Nursing Department Chair to be a Registered Nurse, hold a doctoral degree and a graduate degree in nursing, and be vested with the administrative authority to administer the Mission, Vision, and Values of CSUSB and the Department of Nursing.


Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students across a wide range of disciplines. The successful candidate will:

  • coordinate and ensure that standards for national accreditation and State approvals of programs are in compliance
  • lead academic strategic program planning and curriculum development to meet community needs
  • planning, developing, and oversight of program assessment and improvement efforts focusing on teaching and learning excellence
  • develop curriculum that includes innovative instruction and technology
  • recruiting, performance evaluation, and professional development of faculty and staff
  • provide administrative oversight of retention, tenure, and promotion including faculty mentoring
  • effectively communicate and resolve/address students and faculty concerns
  • manage departmental resources including the allocated budget
  • manage and oversee faculty workload/assignments
  • secure and oversee grant funding and other financial resources to fund faculty and program initiatives
  • preside over Department of Nursing (DON) faculty meetings and serve on college/university councils and committees
  • establish collaborative partnerships with community organizations
  • advocate for the mission of the DON to stakeholders within and outside the university and to professional and academic groups at local, regional, state, national, and international levels
  • promote and engage in activities that support diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus, in local and global communities, and the profession
  • actively participate in professional organizations governing nursing education.


  • An earned Doctorate in Nursing or related field from a regionally accredited institution. A Master’s degree with a major in Nursing is required if the doctorate is not in nursing.
  • RN licensure within the United States and eligibility for RN licensure in the State of California. RN licensure in California is expected within six months of hire.
  • Sufficient qualifications and experience to warrant appointment at the rank of Associate or full Professor with tenure. 
  • History of  excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service and the ability to promote the same in others.
  • Candidates will have 5 to 7 years progressively more responsible faculty and administrative experience in baccalaureate or higher nursing education. 
  • Candidates will have demonstrated experience in CCNE accreditation and program development and maintenance. 
  • Candidates will have exceptional leadership experience in multi-departmental settings with demonstrated experience in communication, management, productive teamwork, and complex organizational dynamics. 


  • A PhD in Nursing is preferred. 
  • Preferred candidates will have an established reputation as leader in nursing and higher education with prior experience as a Nursing Chair or Dean.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in developing a DNP program with a Nurse Practitioner focus.
  • Experience in the administration of nursing programs in accordance with the State of California BRN regulations and approvals and/or the CSU System.
  • Evidence of experience with strategic and financial planning.
  • Experience with grant preparation and distance education. 
  • A strong command of macro level changes in the health care landscape including but not limited to technology, information science, and innovation.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The Department of Nursing (DON) at California State University San Bernardino is committed to continuing to build a diverse faculty, staff, and student body as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. The DON offers courses which are predominantly face-to-face for pre-licensure BSN, registered nurse, and graduate students. DON has an enrollment of approximately 400 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. The DON degree programs are BSN (prelicensure and RN to BSN) and MSN with specialty options as Nurse Educator, Population Health for Clinical Nurse Leaders, and Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing. The school is in the process of planning for a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program with a Nurse Practitioner focus to meet the healthcare needs of the communities served. For more information on the Department of Nursing visit

To find out more about the Department of Nursing at:

For more information regarding the position, please contact:

Recruitment Chair

Dawn Blue

(909) 537-7240

Department Chair

Terese Burch

(909) 537-5380



Please submit:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter that includes: 

        a.  A statement of your teaching interest/philosophy

        b.  A statement of your research experience/plans

3.   If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on   teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.  

4.   Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts and proof of licensure will be required prior to appointment).

5.   Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation.

6.   Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

7.   Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.

Formal review of applications will begin November 4, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit Hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:


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