DWU Employment

Administrative Chair of Nursing

Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota invites applications for the full-time (i.e., twelve-month) position of administrative chair of the university’s nursing program.  The chair reports to the provost and oversees the university’s two nursing tracks (an on-campus baccalaureate track and a “hybrid” LPN-BS track on the university’s Sioux Falls campus), seven full-time faculty members, and number of part-time faculty members.  The university’s nursing program is accredited by CCNE and underwent a successful accreditation visit in February 2018. Start date is January 2022.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.


The successful candidate will:

  • Hold a terminal degree in nursing or an appropriate healthcare field.
  • Possess successful administrative experience in higher education or other professional setting.
  • Possess successful experience with overseeing assessment and accreditation processes or the promise thereof.
  • Be able to facilitate teamwork and the alignment of learning outcomes across multiple programs.
  • Be committed to innovation in higher education and the creative expansion of nursing educational opportunities to meet the needs of the region that the university serves.
  • Be willing and able to mentor nursing faculty as they move toward leadership roles.
  • Be committed to the integration of digital technology into the teaching and learning process.
  • Spend the majority of their time on the Mitchell campus.


Essential, ongoing responsibilities associated with the position include:

  • Working collaboratively with colleagues, within the department, the college, and across campus.
  • Facilitating and encouraging the ongoing professional development of nursing faculty.
  • Participating in the development and launch of new nursing programs and initiatives as necessary and appropriate.
  • Providing service to the department, college, discipline, university, and community.
  • Remaining abreast of best practices in nursing education and engaging in professional development as appropriate.
  • Coordinating curriculum development and revision as necessary and appropriate.
  • Ensuring the ongoing and appropriate assessment of student learning across all nursing programs.
  • Community outreach and the development of relationships with members of the local and regional communities.
  • Acting in a professional and collegial manner (this includes maintaining a regular and ongoing presence on campus, maintaining confidentiality as required, holding regular office hours, participating in recruitment and retention efforts, participating in various academic ceremonies, and being accessible to students and colleagues).
  • Participating in ongoing evaluations.
  • Assuming other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


All applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses) of four professional references. Original transcripts and background check will be required before the university makes an appointment.

Please submit materials electronically via email to hr@dwu.edu.  Please write Nursing Chair in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) is a private, comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church granting both bachelor's and master’s degrees.  The University’s mission is to provide a transformative learning experience that cultivates enduring intellectual growth, ethically grounded leadership, intentional faith exploration, and meaningful service.  The University serves approximately 1,000 students from across the nation and around the world, including a significant number of first-generation students from the Great Plains region. 

Under the leadership of President Amy Novak (now in her eighth year), Dakota Wesleyan’s profile is on the rise both regionally and nationally. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Dakota Wesleyan as best value school in the Midwest and as one of the best regional colleges in the Midwest.  In the past decade, university donors have made possible a new health science center; a black box theater and alumni welcome center; a 90,000 sq ft sport and wellness complex; a new residence hall; and—opening in the fall of 2021—the new School of Business, Innovation and Leadership.  In 2018, Dakota Wesleyan introduced its Digital DWU initiative.  This initiative focuses on creating learning opportunities for students that will prepare them to succeed in the digital world they will enter upon graduation.  The initiative provides all students with iPads and supports faculty in utilizing technology to create a more engaging and inclusive educational experience for all students. 

DWU is located in Mitchell, South Dakota, a town of 14,000, nestled in the heart of one of the country’s finest outdoor recreation areas.  Mitchell is the sixth-largest city in South Dakota and home to the world’s only Corn Palace. The University is within an hour’s drive of Sioux Falls, one of the Upper Midwest’s largest statistical metropolitan areas.  It is within a six-hour drive of several major metropolitan areas (Omaha, NB; Minneapolis, MN; Kansas City, MO).


Dakota Wesleyan reserves the right to modify all job postings and job descriptions.

Dakota Wesleyan is an Equal Opportunity Employer welcoming and encouraging applications from members of underrepresented groups. DWU is a tobacco-free campus.