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Section V. Other Department/School guidelines

Mission and Goals of the College of Nursing

The mission of Kent State University College of Nursing is to discover, create, apply and share nursing knowledge, as well as to foster ethical and humanitarian values in addressing health care needs of Ohio and the global community. The College of Nursing applies professional nursing standards and competencies across a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare students to reach their full potential. Students engage in diverse learning environments to foster critical thinking and attain excellence in providing care for diverse populations and advancing knowledge

  1. Prepare students with a quality education that affords them the opportunity to achieve career success through licensure, certification or other professional distinction.
  2. Cultivate an environment of collaboration, excellence, discovery, creativity promoting  learning, scholarship and professional development.
  3. Provide leadership in the community and to the profession.
  4. Advance innovation and excellence in teaching to support student success.
  5. Promote excellence in research and creative endeavors.
  6. Engage with the world beyond our campuses.

Program Objectives

BSN

  1. Meet educational eligibility requirements to take the registered nurse licensing examination (National Certification and Licensure Exam)
  2. Acquire competencies based on professional standards to assume the role of the professional nurse and for career advancement, including graduate studies.
  3. Apply the nursing process in providing evidence-based, culturally-sensitive care to promote the health and adaptation of individuals, families, groups and communities.

MSN

  1. Acquire educational eligibility to meet standards for advanced practice certification or other advanced professional distinction.
  2. Acquire competencies based on professional standards to assume advanced roles in nursing, and for leadership and career advancement, including doctoral study.
  3. Communicate, integrate and apply advanced nursing knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based, culturally-sensitive nursing care and promote quality outcomes in nursing and health care.

DNP

  1. Develop systems and strategies to promote health and fiscal outcomes across the healthcare continuum.
  2. Provide expert, advanced nursing care to select populations within a variety of settings based on evidence, ethics, theory, professional standards and models of care.
  3. Provide leadership and interdisciplinary consultation and collaboration to plan, implement and evaluate programs of care delivery to improve health outcomes.
  4. Synthesize and translate evidence for implementation and dissemination to improve healthcare outcomes.

 

Mission

To prepare nurse scientists to develop and advance nursing science using established and emerging methods to advance health, health care, and the profession of nursing. The PhD program prepares graduates to lead and promote innovative scholarly endeavors within and across disciplines, and to assume leadership roles in the profession.
 

Outcomes

  1. Generate new knowledge that contributes to the advancement of health, health care, and nursing science.
  2. Disseminate advances in scientific knowledge
  3. Use collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to knowledge generation.
  4. Assume leadership roles in health care and education as researchers, educators, and advanced clinicians.
  5. Serve as stewards of the body of knowledge for the discipline of nursing.

Student Academic Misconduct

The university’s Administrative policy regarding student cheating and plagiarism is included in the University Policy Register.

Student Academic Complaints

The university’s policies and procedures which govern student academic complaints are included in the University Policy Register.

Information regarding student academic complaints is included in the student handbooks. For complaints from students in the undergraduate program, the assistant dean for undergraduate programs shall serve in the capacity of the administrative officer for complaints as outlined in the policy. For complaints from students in the graduate program, the associate dean for graduate program shall serve in this capacity.

Student Records Retention

For information on University requirements for records retention, see University Counsel website and University policy register.

Auditing Courses

Students may audit any course subject to space availability and approval of the dean. Faculty members have the discretion to determine conditions and requirements for the audit.

Roles and Responsibilities for CON Leadership Positions

 

Dean

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs

Associate Dean, Research

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Assistant Dean of Operations and Student Services

 

Title

Dean

Reports To:

Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Minimum

Qualifications:

Earned doctorate with graduate degree in nursing or related area. Administrative and teaching experience in nursing programs of higher education required. Eligible for appointment at the professor rank. Must hold Ohio license as a Registered Nurse (RN) .

 

Duties/essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Provides strategic vision and leadership to the faculty to address the mission of the University and CON.
  2. Sets direction and leads the college consistent with new developments in healthcare and changing societal needs.
  3. Provides administrative leadership for the CON.
  4. Represents the CON at professional meetings.
  5. Acts as a liaison for the CON, University, and community.
  6. Represents the CON at:
    1. Council of Academic Deans
    2. Educational Policies Council
    3. Faculty Senate
    4. Appointed ad hoc committees within the university.
  7. Prepares and administers the budget for the CON.
  8. Chairs Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee (RTP) and CON Advisory Committee (CAC).
  9. Recruits and appoints faculty, in accordance with CON policy.
  10. Approves regional campus faculty, in conjunction with the regional directors and coordinators.
  11. Holds faculty and staff accountable for role performance and upholding of standards.
  12. Recommends faculty for reappointment, promotion, and tenure in accordance with the CON and University policy.
  13. Develops and implements a program for faculty development.
  14. Supports faculty scholarship and research.
  15. Responsible for all faculty hires.
  16. Finalizes faculty assignments.
  17. Establishes and implements a program for student recruitment.
  18. Supports student activities.
  19. Provides leadership for curriculum development for the programs in nursing.
  20. Provides leadership in quality improvement, program evaluation, and accreditation for the CON.

 

Title:

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs

Reports To:

CON Dean

Minimum

Qualifications:

Tenured member of the faculty with a terminal degree in nursing, senior rank and full graduate status. Proven track record in conducting and disseminating research, and research funding.   Previous teaching experience in baccalaureate and graduate education is required. Knowledge of curriculum development, methods of teaching, and evaluation is necessary.  Must hold Ohio license as a Registered Nurse (RN).

 

 

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Oversees graduate teaching assignments
  2. Chairs faculty group meetings.
  3. Maintains currency in trends and development in nursing doctoral education and nursing science.
  4. Develops opportunities for programmatic improvement and growth.
  5. Serves as an ex officio member of Graduate Council and committees of the Council.
  6. May teach and serve on doctoral  students’ committees
  7. Promotes student and faculty outcomes in graduate education.
  8. Works with faculty to maintain integrity and currency of the PhD curriculum.  
  9. Responsible for student recruitment, retention, and progression. 
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Title:

Associate Dean, Research

Reports To:

CON Dean

Minimum

Qualifications:

Earned doctorate with graduate degree in nursing required. Demonstrated track record in research and scholarship. Eligible for tenure track faculty appointment and graduate faculty status. Must hold Ohio license as a Registered Nurse (RN) and meet Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN),.

 

Duties/essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Facilitates research and scholarly productivity of faculty and students.
  2. Oversees and mentors junior tenure-track faculty.
  3. Secures and disseminates information to CON faculty regarding availability of federal and other grants for faculty and students.
  4. Provides leadership within the University and regional nursing research organizations.
  5. Contributes to securing and maintaining resources for developing proposals, writing grants, identifying funding sources, implementing research and disseminating scholarly work.
  6. Facilitates and promotes interdisciplinary and inter-organizational research partnerships and strengthens existing partnerships.
  7. Develops recommendations or revisions regarding the inclusion of research in the curriculum.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.
  9. May teach coursework.

 

Title:

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Reports To:

CON Dean

Minimum

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral degree in nursing or related field preferred.  Master's degree in nursing required.  Four to five years of experience in curriculum development. Previous teaching experience in baccalaureate or graduate education is required.   Must hold Ohio license as a Registered Nurse (RN).

 

 

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Oversees undergraduate teaching assignments
  2. Serves on internal and external committees and represents College at appropriate internal and external bodies, committees, councils, etc.
  3. Assists in recruitment and hiring of faculty
  4. Coordinates faculty development
  5. Provides leadership for undergraduate curriculum planning, development analysis and revision
  6. Prepares materials for submission to internal and external bodies (OBR, EPC, CCNE, etc.)
  7. Responsible for quality assurance of undergraduate programs
  8. May represent College in the absence of the dean
  9. May teach course work
  10. Perform related duties as assigned

 

Title:

Assistant Dean of Operations and Student Services

 

Reports To:

Dean

Minimum

Qualifications:

Graduate degree in Business or Education. Previous experience in higher education advisement. Knowledge of higher education and previous experience teaching. 

Qualification:

Graduate degree; four to five years’ experience in a relevant area

 

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Oversees student services.
  2. Maintains data related to students and completes reports at the request of the assistant dean of undergraduate programs, associate dean of graduate programs and the dean.
  3. Admits undergraduate students and oversees the admission of graduate students according to the CON criteria and limits set by the dean and the faculty,
  4. Implements programming as directed by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.
  5. Represents CON on university committees as assigned.
  6. Oversees outreach advising on Regional Campuses offering the BSN program.
  7. Serves as contact for regional campus BSN program directors and regional deans for scheduling and enrollment planning.
  8. Provides enrollment data to the administrative team for course assignments and scheduling.
  9. Develops and oversees programming for undergraduate and graduate student recruitment.
  10. Reviews all undergraduate and graduate students’ records for admission, progression and graduation and in conjunction with the Concentration Director and Course Coordinator prepares reports.
  11. Oversees required processes to document credentials for undergraduate students’ applications for State Board License examination Ohio Board of Nursing licensure and the licensing exam.
  12. Serves as gatekeeper for student compliance with requirements such as immunization, CPR, testing, and background checks. 
  13. Works with Manager, Information Technology, and identifies information technology needs/issues.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Procedure for Nomination and Review of Adjunct Faculty

  1. College of Nursing faculty may nominate candidates as Adjunct Faculty for one, two, or three year terms by submitting the following  information to the dean’s office:
    1. Completed Adjunct Faculty Nomination Form available from the dean’s office
    2. Candidate’s current CV 
  2. The adjunct faculty nomination is placed on the next CAC agenda and materials are distributed to the CAC members.
  3. The CAC recommends nominees for appointment based on a simple majority vote.
  4. The dean’s office confirms the appointment with the nominee and executes the appropriate forms.
  5. Adjunct faculty appointments are renewed based on University policy.