Baylor University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON). The University seeks a mission-oriented leader who will embrace the mission, values and vision of this private Christian University and nationally ranked research institution. The LHSON is located in Dallas, Texas, in a beautiful, newly renovated complex located across the street from the Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas in the heart of downtown. For more than 111 years, LHSON has educated over 6,000 graduates who are known to be academically, spiritually and personally prepared for service. Today, LHSON is home to 1100 students, 54 full-time faculty members and 48 part-time faculty.
The main campus of Baylor University provides a vibrant, community-based environment for more than 18,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. The campus is located in Waco, Texas, about a 90-minute drive from the LHSON.
This is a year-round position, reporting to the Provost. Rank and salary will be commensurate with background and experience.
Responsibilities of the Dean of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing include but are not limited to:
The successful candidate will ideally possess the following qualifications and experience:
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The University is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Baylor seeks faculty who share in its aspiration to become a tier one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission as described in its strategic vision, Pro Futuris (http://www.baylor.edu/profuturis/). As the world’s largest Baptist University, Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has more than 18,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries.
Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 89 countries to study in a broad range of degree programs among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
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LOUISE HERRINGTON SCHOOL OF NURSING
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON), located in Dallas, was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor Scott and White Health’s Baylor University Medical Center and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Baccalaureate degrees were granted in 1952 establishing the school among the earliest baccalaureate nursing programs in Texas. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made an endowment gift to the School.
LHSON offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through a Traditional program, FastBacc® (one year accelerated) and Distance Accelerated BSN. Ranked in U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) 2021 Best Graduate Schools, LHSON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program which includes programs in anesthesia nursing, executive nurse leadership, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery and pediatric nurse practitioner – is ranked No. 59 nationally. In the specialty rankings, LHSON’s U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing, is ranked No. 8 nationally, while Baylor’s nurse-midwifery program is ranked at No. 21 in the nation. To learn more visit www.baylor.edu/nursing
The School became a baccalaureate program in 1950 and students begin two years in Waco, Texas for prerequisites before coming to Dallas for two years of nursing course work.
Research and Scholarship
Faculty engagement in research and scholarship continues along an upward trajectory with ongoing funding from local, state and national agencies and private foundations. Opportunities abound for undergraduate and graduate students to work collaboratively with faculty on projects conducted in the US and abroad.
Academic Programs of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing:
Strengths of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing
Nursing Faculty Profile
The School of Nursing currently has 53 full-time faculty members, of which 8 positions are in the tenured-tenure track and 45 positions are in the clinical track.
Nursing Student Profile
Current student enrollments by option in the School of Nursing are:
|FastBacc BSN Track||77 Graduating in May|
|Total BSN Students||477|
|MSN Leadership and Innovation||10|
|DNP – EXNU||24|
|Total Graduate Students||232|
|DNP- US Army CRNA||62 (22 incoming for 2020)|
Nursing Program Accreditation
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Baylor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Nurse Midwifery Program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).
Rankings and Statistics
Dallas is the 9th largest city in the United States and the third largest in Texas with a population of 1,281,047, according to the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Dallas and nearby Fort Worth initially developed due to the construction of major railroad lines through the area allowing access to cotton, cattle, and later oil in North and East Texas. The construction of the Interstate Highway System reinforced Dallas’s prominence as a transportation hub, with four major interstate highways converging in the city and a fifth interstate loop around it. Dallas then developed as a strong industrial and financial center and a major inland port, due to the convergence of major railroad lines, interstate highways, and the construction of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the largest and busiest airports in the world.
The economy of Dallas is considered diverse, with dominant sectors including defense, financial services, information technology, telecommunications, and transportation. It serves as the headquarters for 21 Fortune 500 companies within the city limits including: American Airlines, Exxon Mobil, AT&T, Texas Instruments and J.C. Penney. The city has a population from a myriad of ethnic and religious backgrounds.
 Includes a BSN to DNP entry option, as well as a post-master DNP option for nurses who have already completed an advanced nursing practice degree. Additionally, the program is ranked by US News and World Report.
Pearl Street Collective is operating in partnership with The Hollander Group, which has been retained by Baylor University to assist in this recruitment. Applications, comprising cover letter and curriculum vitae, as well as nominations and inquiries should be submitted electronically to: [email protected]. Questions may be directed by telephone to: 202-270-8772. Review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, interested persons are encouraged to apply early.
Baylor University is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all applicable Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status and other protected classifications.