Dean, Kramer School of Nursing

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Kramer School of Nursing. The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the school and reports to the provost/vice president for academic affairs. The dean is responsible for leading the school in all aspects of teaching, scholarly activity, service, advocacy, external development and student recruiting.

About Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban, private university located in the Uptown district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master's-level university category by U.S. News and World Report magazine, and the university has been recognized repeatedly as one of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.”  

Kramer School of Nursing

Established in 1981, Kramer School of Nursing is now the premier private nursing school in the seven state region in all quality measures. The school is committed to providing educational and service opportunities that prepare professional nurses who practice with integrity, knowledge, and compassion. In addition to a pre-licensure baccalaureate program offered to first and second bachelor’s degree students, Kramer also offers a RN-to-BSN (both on campus and in rural areas), a MSN with tracks in nursing education and nursing administration, a DNP (including the Family Nurse Practitioner option), and a PhD in nursing. 


  • Doctoral degree in nursing or a related field
  • Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Oklahoma (or receive licensure before start date)
  • Evidence of current practice with a minimum of two years’ fulltime-equivalent practice as a registered nurse in a clinical setting preceding the first date of first employment as a teacher
  • Two years of teaching experience in nursing, baccalaureate or higher level preferred
  • Academic administration experience preferred

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Generally oversees the academic programs of the Kramer School of Nursing (KSN), assuring all programs meet the requirements of the board of trustees, the president, and various accreditation bodies. 
  • Plans and executes the budget for KSN, assuring that funds are requested for all necessary programs for the school.  Assures that operations are executed within allocated funding. 
  • Continuously works to improve nursing educational programs.  Provides leadership in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the programs of KSN. 
  • Works with faculty to maintain ACEN or CCNE accreditation and Oklahoma Board of Nursing approval.
  • Plays an important role in the strategic planning processes of both KSN and the university.
  • Assures that adequate provisions are made to advise nursing students regarding their academic programs. 
  • Actively engages in fund raising activities for the university and KSN. 
  • Assures that well-qualified faculty for KSN are in place, assuring that new hires are adaptable to KSN and university cultures, and that their qualifications meet professional accreditation standards. 
  • Oversees faculty workload and performance issues.  Coordinates with the provost/VPAA on such issues as the promotion and tenure process, faculty development and evaluation, and faculty overload policies. 
  • Assures that KSN is organized efficiently to administer its academic and administrative programs and committees. 
  • Represents KSN with other academic and administrative offices on campus. 
  • Maintains a presence in the local, state, national, and international communities.  Represents the university and the school by engaging in public speaking and other roles as necessary. 
  • Takes part in overall campus activities as appropriate and/or as directed by university senior management. 
  • Assures that the Office of the Dean is administered in such a way as to foster responsiveness to students, faculty, senior university management, and other administrative activities in the university. 
  • Takes a leadership role in guiding KSN’s executive board and works as a liaison between KSN, the university, and the nursing community.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills required
  • Knowledge of college accreditation procedures, practices, and standards
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • High level of initiative, sound judgment, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to communicate orally to groups of all sizes
  • Ability to motivate faculty, staff, and colleagues to continually improve curriculum, programs, and services
  • Ability to raise funds and write grant applications
  • Ability to deal with diverse constituencies with multiple interests