Vice-Dean, Health Sciences and Director, School of Nursing

Queen’s University 

Location: Kingston, ON


Queen’s Health Sciences (QHS) invites applications for the position of Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, School of Nursing. This Tenured faculty position will be at the rank of Associate or full Professor in the School of Nursing, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2024.

In 2021, Queen’s School of Nursing celebrated the 80th anniversary of its founding, which is a true milestone for a Canadian nursing school. There has been substantial growth over the last decade in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The School is now home to approximately 643 undergraduate students and 295 graduate students. The School has the unique advantage of being an integral member of QHS, which also includes the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy. Additional information is available at

Position Summary

Reporting to the Dean, QHS, the Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, School of Nursing is a pivotal member of the QHS Executive team. They will provide strategic direction, academic leadership and evoke the mission of the School to achieve the highest possible standards in nursing and health quality education. The Vice-Dean and Director will promote a positive working and learning environment and will provide academic and administrative oversight for the financial, education, research and human resources of the School. Serving as a member of the QHS decanal team, the Vice-Dean and Director will engage with colleagues in the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy to promote collaboration and synergy across disciplines while promoting interprofessional and interdisciplinary activities of the School of Nursing. The Vice-Dean and Director will also contribute to the advancement of long-term mutually beneficial partnerships with members of the University, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and Providence Care as well as with alumni and community constituents. Overall, this position is critical in advancing the School of Nursing's mission and contributing to the broader goals of academic excellence and community engagement within QHS.

Required Qualifications and Skills

Candidates must hold or be eligible to hold a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing. A PhD in Nursing or a related field is required. Candidates must also be eligible for registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.


The Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing will be a visionary, strategic leader with proven administrative leadership experience in a comparable, multidisciplinary, interprofessional educational environment, with the ability to develop and manage teams that will foster excellence in research and teaching at all levels of education within the School. The successful candidate must have the ability to establish credibility as a senior leader with internal and external collaborators. They will promote a culture of allyship and demonstrate the ability to support the principles of Indigenization, equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and accessibility within an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment.


As a member of the Nursing faculty, the successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output with demonstrated independent research leading to peer-assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the School’s programs. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The Vice-Dean and Director will also possess strong knowledge of curriculum development and evaluation, accreditation, and academic review processes.


The Vice-Dean and Director will have the ability to build consensus, motivate and influence to successfully operationalize goals. This will require excellent relationship building, and interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills (both verbal and written). They will be a mindful listener with a high degree of emotional intelligence, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills. The successful candidate will bring demonstrated financial management skills, fundraising experience, and the ability to mobilize and advocate for resources. They will demonstrate sound judgement, open mindedness and integrity in decision-making processes, with the ability to be objective and flexible in problem-solving, while upholding the interests, policies, and processes of the School, QHS and the University.


Vaccination Requirements

Prior to May 1, 2022, the University required all students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status and provide proof they were fully vaccinated or had an approved accommodation to engage in in-person University activities. These requirements were suspended May 1, 2022; however, they remain in effect for students, staff, and faculty in workplaces, including hospitals, where patient care is provided and/or where the work duties or educational requirements of the position involve or support patient care.


About Queen’s University

Queen’s University has a long history of scholarship, discovery, and innovation that shapes our collective knowledge and helps address some of the world’s most pressing concerns. Home to more than 25,000 students, Queen’s offers a comprehensive research-intensive environment. Diverse perspectives and a wealth of experience enrich our students and faculty, while a core part of our mission is to engage in international learning and research.

In 2023, for the third year in a row, Queen’s University has ranked in the top 10 global Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, securing the position of third worldwide and first in North America. The rankings measured over 1,700 post-secondary institutions on their work to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

From Nobel Prize-winning research exploring the building blocks of the universe to cancer care and treatment to sustainable technologies, our university is tackling humanity’s most pressing challenges.

A member of the U15 group of Canadian research universities, Queen’s is home to a vibrant research community that includes 33 Canada Research Chairs and over 20 research institutes who work in partnership with communities, governments, and industry to advance research and innovation, making a measured impact on Canada and the world.

Faculty and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits package including prescription drug coverage, vision care, dental care, long-term disability insurance, life insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. Employees also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying employees, their spouses and dependent children. Queen’s values families and is pleased to provide a ‘top up’ to government parental leave benefits for eligible employees on maternity/parental leave. In addition, Queen’s provides partial reimbursement for eligible daycare expenses for employees with dependent children in daycare. Details are in the Queen’s University-Queen's University Faculty Association Collective Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’s Human Resources.


About the City of Kingston

The University is situated on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Queen’s is an integral part of the Kingston community, with the campus nestled in the core of the city, only a 10-minute walk to downtown. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life, with a wide range of cultural and creative opportunities and access to many natural areas and proximity to vibrant First Nations Communities including Tyendinaga and Akwesasne. Kingston is a unique Canadian city of 125,000 with a distinct blend of history, recreation, industry, and learning. Kingston offers waterfront living with many recreational opportunities. It is within a two-and-a-half hour drive (two-hour train ride) to the commercial, industrial and political hubs of Toronto, Montreal, and the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and a thirty-minute drive from the international bridge linking Ontario and upstate New York. The city is also the origin of the historic Rideau Canal system—a UNESCO International Heritage site—and is close to Frontenac Provincial Park, the Thousand Islands National Park, and the Frontenac Arch UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The Queen’s University Biological Station, north of the city, encompasses 34 km2 of diverse lands, affording premier learning and research opportunities. Visit Inclusive Queen’s for information on equity, diversity and inclusion resources and initiatives.


How to Apply

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Applications from all qualified candidates will be considered in the applicant pool. In order to support your employment at Queen’s, we require you to indicate whether or not you will need a work permit. In addition, the impact of certain circumstances that may legitimately affect a nominee’s record of research achievement will be given careful consideration when assessing the nominee’s research productivity. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.


The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Katie Roberts at


Those interested in this position should submit a complete application package, including the following documents:

  • a cover letter, indicating whether you will require a work permit and/or require support with an extension of your work permit in the future;
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available);
  • a statement of experience with, and commitment to, facilitation and promotion of Indigenization, equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and accessibility; and,
  • three letters of reference (references will not be contacted without the applicant’s consent).

The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately. The deadline for applications is April 7, 2024. Complete applications are to be sent to the attention of Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean, Queen’s Health Sciences c/o

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.