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UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines dean search begins

Applications and nominations sought by Jan. 14

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UND is seeking applications and nominations for dean of the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines. The full position description is available.

Applications received by Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 are assured consideration. The UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines Dean Search Committee is being assisted by Harris Search Associates.

Applications should include a letter of interest (not more than three pages) specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relationship to the qualifications described and current curriculum vitae. Please send applicant materials electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to Jeffrey Harris or Eric Christ. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in this application process should contact Harris Search Associates at 614.798.8500.

The position

UND seeks a dynamic and visionary leader who will build upon the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines’ strengths to provide exceptional professional educational experiences, recruit and develop outstanding faculty, and promote faculty-driven scholarly and creative endeavors.

The next Dean will be a committed team player who is devoted to excellence and shared governance. The selected individual will be a consultative decision-maker and will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The Dean will have unquestioned integrity and exemplary interpersonal and communication skills.

The Dean is the chief executive officer for the College and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and coordinates with the Vice President for Health Affairs/Dean of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences on clinical affairs and programmatic issues. With input from the faculty, the Dean is responsible for academic program development and review; faculty recruitment; development and evaluation of faculty; and student relations. In cooperation with the Provost, the Dean is responsible for academic and administrative planning; budgeting; administration and implementation of department, college, and university policies; fund-raising and external relations.

With an anticipated starting date of July 1, 2022, the next dean will succeed Diana Kostrzewski, who has served as interim dean of the College since Jan. 1, 2019.

The College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines

The next dean of the College will join the University during a dynamic period. Under the leadership of President Andrew Armacost (who joined UND in 2020) and Provost Eric Carl Link (who joined UND in 2021), the campus is experiencing enrollment growth and major campus improvements with several buildings under construction and/or renovation currently. Significant investments at the University in terms of research development in critical areas are propelling the University forward as the flagship research institution in the state of North Dakota. Meanwhile, the University’s ongoing commitments to student success at both the undergraduate and graduate level continue to elevate the tradition of educational excellence at the institution.

The incoming dean will have the opportunity to build on the long-standing tradition of excellence within the College, and to work alongside both internal and external partners and stakeholders to increase and enhance the mission of the College. Enhancing access and opportunity for students and faculty through alumni and donor relations will be essential in the coming years as the University engages in robust capital campaigning and relationship building, as will bringing key programmatic opportunities to the students of the College that will position them—and the College—for ongoing service to the state and the region.


  • Promoting high-quality academic programs and supporting high-quality teaching.
  • Fostering collaborative academic planning and innovative curricular development.
  • Promoting student success and advancing research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Creating an inclusive campus climate that demonstrates a commitment to inclusiveness and encourages service to underserved populations.
  • Attracting support for the University and the School through active engagement of alumni, community, industry, and other external constituents, and effectively participating in fundraising activities/alumni relations.
  • Maintaining accreditation standards and complying with other reporting requirements for accrediting agencies.
  • Managing the budget in accordance with the University’s Model for Incentive Resource Allocation, including the preparation, submission, disbursement of, and working within the budget of the School.
  • In collaboration with others, creating and supporting a plan that results in the recruitment and retention of highly qualified staff and faculty.
  • Leading the coordination of School governance.
  • Maintaining and strengthening partnerships within and outside of the University.
  • Envisioning and implementing a vision for the College in furtherance of the University’s mission and goals.
  • Building relationships across the campus and within the staff that engender trust through open communication.

The search committee

  • Robert Kraus, dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and committee chair
  • James Sperle, clinical associate professor and nurse anesthesia program director, Department of Nursing
  • Tracy Evanson, professor and director of Ph.D. program in nursing, Department of Nursing
  • Doris Wang, clinical assistant professor and dietetics program director, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Isaac Karikari, assistant professor and master of social work program director, Department of Social Work
  • Barb Anderson, RAIN program director, CNPD
  • Angie Novak, clinical placement manager, Department of Nursing
  • Robyn Bancroft, director, office of student services, Department of Nursing
  • Debbie Swanson, director, Grand Forks Public Health Department
  • Janice Hamscher, executive vice president and chief nursing officer, Altru Health System
  • Jane Christianson, president, North Dakota Board of Nursing
  • Sigrid Letcher, associate vice president of development and campaign coordinator, UND Alumni Association & Foundation
  • Tanya Trotter, CNPD student representative

Support personnel

  • Administrative Support provided by Dean Kraus’ office
  • Becca Bergee, HR Representative
  • Heather Wages, Consultant on Policy and Procedure