About the Position

The University at Buffalo (UB) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of the School of Nursing (SON). A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), UB is an internationally renowned center for academic excellence and the largest and most comprehensive research university within the State University of New York (SUNY). With faculty and academic programs consistently ranked among the nation’s best, UB’s SON is a leader in nursing research, education and clinical care.

The Opportunity

The SON dean is a member of the university’s senior leadership team, working with the president, provost, vice president for health sciences, deans and other senior leaders to advance the university’s mission of excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As the academic and administrative head of the school, the dean reports to both the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and also the vice president for health sciences in the areas of interprofessional education, health sciences collaborative research, and clinical programs. The dean is responsible for providing overall leadership to the school to promote academic excellence, foster an inclusive environment, and advance its prominence in research, education, and engagement activities.

UB seeks an accomplished professional, educator, researcher and leader with a strong commitment to advancing nursing education in the 21st century. The ideal candidate will be an individual of integrity, an intellectual driver, an advocate for the school and the university, a facilitator of interdisciplinary work within the school and across the university, an energetic and engaged partner in building and enhancing relationships with the school’s many constituents and the larger community, and a skilled administrator.

The dean should have substantial experience in a distinguished academic or comparable setting and the capacity to formulate and articulate a vision and academic plan for the school. The dean will be a distinguished academic in nursing and will have a strong record of important scholarly/research accomplishments, excellence in teaching and mentorship, and a service record appropriate to the rank of full professor at a research university.

In addition, candidates should demonstrate significant capacity for and a clear vision for progress in the following areas:

  • Leading faculty and staff in defining the school’s vision and direction and advancing its standing in research, education and nursing practice
  • Recruiting, mentoring, and retaining talented and diverse faculty
  • Providing leadership in expanding the research mission of the school and promoting increased sponsored research in concert with UB’s goals and aspiration to be recognized among the Top 25 public research universities in the nation
  • Identifying, participating in and promoting integration of innovative and evolving directions in healthcare practice, research and service access and delivery.
  • Providing leadership and oversight for all educational, training and clinical activities,  enhancing opportunities for student success
  • Maintaining the highest standards of quality through ensuring the integrity and clarity of the tenure and promotion processes
  • Providing resourceful and sound financial, structural and human resources management for the school
  • Advancing interprofessional education and collaborative healthcare practices
  • Enhancing research, experiential learning, and clinical opportunities by drawing on the support of the school’s relationships with alumni, the regional healthcare system, community members and other external constituencies
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Advocating for the school and university and widely promoting the accomplishments of faculty, students and programs
  • Providing leadership and influence at the national level within the field of nursing to broaden access and networks for SON
  • Devoting substantial effort to alumni relations and philanthropic activities in support of the mission of the university and school
  • Providing leadership and support for faculty, staff and student community engagement activities

Applications and nominations should be submitted as indicated at the end of this profile.

Opportunities and Challenges

The successful dean will have a deep understanding of trends and issues in nursing and health care, and the professional experience to address opportunities and challenges that are central to the school’s future success:

 

Recruit and retain outstanding faculty and foster faculty excellence and recognition in scholarship, education, clinical practice, and service

The dean is responsible for the recruitment, appointment, promotion and tenure of an outstanding, diverse and productive faculty in the school. The dean will seek creative ways to maximize school, university and SUNY resources to recruit and retain faculty and support faculty activities and development. The dean will invest in promising new faculty, increase the presence of accomplished senior faculty, and provide incentives and encouragement to retain the distinguished scholars who are already within the school. As an academic and administrative leader, the dean must provide visionary, collaborative, and inspiring leadership in the ongoing support and development of all faculty members in their roles of teaching, research, and service. In addition, the dean will enhance the impact of scholarship by encouraging faculty to seek prestigious grants, fellowships, awards and honors, and developing strategies to support and increase this kind of recognition.

Develop and implement academic and academic support programs aligned with school strengths and students’ and society’s needs

The dean provides leadership to the school’s varied educational programs, while exploring opportunities for curricular change and innovation. The dean will value the school’s teaching mission, and work with faculty to develop processes to continually evaluate academic support programs to ensure these programs instill students with the knowledge, skills and professionalism necessary to be tomorrow’s nurses, researchers, teachers and leaders. The dean will ensure that SON offers academic support programs that enhance student retention and success while at UB and beyond.  The dean will lead initiatives to develop new, innovative and distinctive academic programs, as appropriate. This includes increasing experiential learning, clinical opportunities, interprofessional education, and international experience opportunities; developing interdisciplinary programs with other units on campus; and launching innovative programs that may expand beyond existing academic structures.

Develop innovative enrollment strategies

With strong interest in nursing programs nationwide, SON has an opportunity to enhance the quality and diversity of the student body through program innovation and excellence. While demand for nursing programs at UB and nationwide is currently robust, the field is not immune to future enrollment challenges. The dean will have a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing nursing schools around the nation. The ideal candidate must be creative, flexible, innovative, and willing to meet these challenges with new ideas and optimism. This includes finding ways to increase and leverage resources in order to consistently maximize opportunities for enrollment optimization, growing enrollment in high demand areas, and working with faculty to develop programs and experiences that represent unique and distinctive areas of excellence at SON.

Foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive community

The new dean must have a vision for, as well as a record of success in, recruiting, supporting, mentoring and retaining faculty, staff and students from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives and ensuring the sustainability of these efforts.  Diversity, inclusion, and respect are core values of the UB and SON communities. SON is committed to providing an environment that supports all individuals and that values diversity, inclusion and equity. UB recognizes that a diverse, equitable and inclusive community is an essential foundation for achieving academic excellence and success. One of the university’s top priorities is to improve the hiring and retention of faculty members from diverse sociocultural backgrounds and our goal is to at least double the number of faculty from underrepresented backgrounds at UB in five years.

Enable impactful faculty research

The dean will help increase extramural research funding in alignment with UB’s goal to be recognized among the Top 25 public research universities in the nation.  The dean will foster a culture of excellence related to academic productivity, actively pursue new external and internal partnerships in support of SON research, and work with faculty to identify additional opportunities.

Encourage and support interdisciplinary relationships across departments and schools

While the dean’s central responsibility is the success of the School of Nursing, the dean is also a leader in the UB community at large. UB is committed to using its strengths and comprehensiveness to address the world’s grand challenges through transdisciplinary research and education. We seek a dean who will continue to support UB’s interdisciplinary research and educational programs, promote faculty participation in them, and develop new opportunities for future partnerships. SON faculty members are currently integral partners and leaders in a variety of innovative campus-wide and multi-school research, education, and engagement initiatives.

Maintain and enhance external partnerships

The dean represents SON to internal and external constituents, as well as national and international groups to promote and create support for educational and research programs.  The dean sustains and cultivates the school’s relationships with clinical associates and healthcare systems, providing student training and faculty research opportunities. The dean will also be an engaged community member, enhancing the school’s existing relationships, while developing new relationships and collaborations for the school. In addition, the dean will encourage and support research, educational programs, clinical programs, and engagement activities that make a difference beyond the campus.

Advance alumni relations and philanthropic support

Now more than ever, universities must engage alumni and friends as strategic partners. SON’s approximately 8,000 alumni are one of the school’s greatest resources in recruitment, community relations, clinical care, research, mentorship and career support, and philanthropy. SON alumni can serve as preceptors, mentors and volunteers for the school. In cooperation with the university development and alumni groups, the dean will champion alumni engagement for SON. As part of the Boldly Buffalo campaign and beyond, the dean will be an energetic, enthusiastic and convincing advocate with alumni and other donors to explore mutual interests, needs and opportunities, and thus broaden and deepen the school’s fundraising efforts. 

School of Nursing

Overview

Founded in 1936, the University at Buffalo School of Nursing is consistently ranked among the top nursing schools, with renowned faculty experts who cultivate students’ knowledge and skills in diverse areas of professional nursing practice and patient care. SON programs are ranked among the top 20% by U.S. News & World Report—including a top ten ranking for the online RN-to-BS and the Nurse Anesthesia program. Student scores on state board and national certification exams are routinely high.

The mission of the school is to foster an environment of academic and scholarly excellence that develops nurse leaders who will improve the health and wellness of local, national and global communities. SON’s vision is to be in the top 25 schools of nursing in the nation with a highly collaborative faculty recognized for excellence. Building on a culture of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence, SON is dedicated to promoting health and quality of life through collaborative and interdisciplinary research; delivering innovative nursing education programs that prepare graduates for success in research, education, practice and service opportunities in diverse, global and underserved populations; and leveraging partnerships and collaborative initiatives to enhance the school’s reach and impact. The SON Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee, a formal committee in the school’s bylaws, is committed to maintaining momentum to fulfill the school’s mission of fostering an environment that supports all individuals and values diversity, inclusion and equity. The school’s Unit Diversity Officer serves as a liaison with UB’s Office of Inclusive Excellence.

Offering the greatest breadth of academic programming among nursing schools in New York State with programs that culminate in baccalaureate and doctoral degrees and advanced certificates, SON is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2027. The Nurse Anesthetist Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) through 2031. With 72 faculty and 41 full-time staff members, the SON’s current enrollment is more than 300 undergraduate students and 240 graduate students.

Since 2009, SON has been housed in historic Wende Hall on UB’s South Campus. Constructed in 1885, expanded in 1955 and extensively renovated in 2008-09, the over 76,000 square foot building includes state-of-the-art conference rooms and classrooms, which have been outfitted with technology and software to enhance virtual conferencing and increase collaboration; research space; study areas; faculty offices; and the dean’s suite. In addition, Wende Hall houses SON’s high-fidelity simulation laboratories including the clinical skills labs, where students hone their clinical skills to gain confidence before working with patients; the health assessment lab, which simulates an outpatient physical assessment environment; and the operating room simulation, which supports the research and practice needs of our nurse anesthetist students. SON student services and communications offices are located in nearby Beck Hall.  

UB is a member of the Association of Academic Health Centers, an elite group of national health professional schools that leads on issues concerning health science education. SON is part of the university’s Academic Health Center (AHC), which also includes the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and School of Public Health and Health Professions. One of the most comprehensive academic health centers in the nation, UB’s AHC brings together the talents of clinicians, educators and researchers to provide a superb research and educational environment to foster basic discovery in the biosciences, health-sciences translational research, preventive and interventional clinical trials, superb clinical care, and training of the next generation of health care practitioners. The comprehensive character of the AHC and the broader university represents a major intellectual, clinical and physical advantage to SON. It increases available resources for all faculty and students and facilitates research collaborations and innovative interprofessional education.

Faculty

SON employs 72 faculty members, including 38 full-time faculty (15 tenured/tenure track, 21 clinical and 2 research) and 34 part-time faculty. In 2020-21, SON faculty generated $2.7 million in total research expenditures. UB nursing faculty and students conduct research in emerging areas that advance nursing practice, shape health policy and impact the health of people, families and communities.

The SON faculty currently includes one member who holds an endowed professorship. SON faculty members occupy leadership roles in professional organizations, serve in editorial positions for journals, and serve as NIH grant reviewers. The faculty includes six fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, as well as fellows of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Gerontological Society of America, and International Academy of Addictions Nursing. In addition, one faculty member is in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. For more examples of the SON faculty’s myriad accomplishments and recognitions, see the school’s news webpage.

Research

SON faculty conduct impactful research in a wide variety of high-impact areas including health disparities, global and refugee health, LGBTQ+ health, sleep disorders and medicine, behavioral and mental health, addiction and substance abuse, aging, dementia care, cancer care, reproductive/sexual health, trauma/victimization, pain management, care transitions, biostatistics, telehealth, technology-based clinical intervention and training, and interprofessional education and teams, among other areas. Among ongoing projects, the school recently received a $2.3 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to reduce burnout and promote resilience among health care workers in rural and underserved areas.

The University at Buffalo’s long-range strategic vision to be recognized among the Top 25 public research universities in the nation is focused on continually pursuing academic and research excellence, and expanding the university’s engagement and impact locally, nationally and globally. A key UB effort has been to promote and support collaborative, cross-disciplinary research dedicated to addressing the most critical issues, ideas and challenges of our time. SON faculty members are integral partners and participants in a variety of innovative campus-wide and multi-school initiatives, including:

  • Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention: Housed in the Graduate School of Education and the only center of its kind in the US, the Alberti Center focuses on developing evidence-based tools to change the language, attitudes and behaviors around bullying and to educate parents, students and community partners in using these tools.
  • Center for Successful Aging: Advances transdisciplinary knowledge of aging through community-responsive research and facilitates the translation of research into local and regional policy and practice.
  • Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions: Includes more than 85 faculty members and scientists from throughout the university who investigate addiction, from exploring its basic biological mechanisms to developing new approaches to patient care.
  • Clinical and Translational Science Institute: Accelerates the delivery of basic scientific discoveries from the laboratory to clinical trials, and from clinical trials into general practice.
  • Community Health Equity Research Institute: Conducts research into the root causes of health disparities in the City of Buffalo, developing and testing innovative solutions to reduce these disparities.
  • Gender Institute: A university-wide research center that promotes research and teaching related to women, gender, and sexuality and is dedicated to advancing women's and LGBTQ+ leadership, vision, and influence.
  • Global Health Equity: Approaches the challenge of reducing global health inequities by bringing together faculty and students from the health sciences and disciplines that are focused on social, economic, political, and environmental conditions that lead to health inequities.
  • Immigrant and Refugee Research Institute: Housed in the School of Social Work, this institute creates and disseminates information on improving the lives of immigrants and refugees worldwide, with a particular focus on refugee issues in Western New York. Based on a human rights perspective, the members of the institute work to promote the dignity of every immigrant and refugee.

In addition, SON hosts several research centers and programs that support developing cutting-edge nursing knowledge to care for patients from beyond the bedside:

  • Center for Nursing Research (CNR): Dedicated to providing resources to support faculty and students in developing and advancing nursing and interprofessional science. The CNR provides theoretical, methodological and clinical research consultation to SON faculty, students and staff. CNR is a repository for information on internal and external sources of funding, including guidelines and application forms, and it houses a research library and research instrument repository.
  • Institute for Person-Centered Care: This community-university, cross-disciplinary research center promotes understanding the sustainable and systemic transformation of cultural perspectives and understanding within and between institutional and community eldercare providers based on person-centered care values.
  • Joining Forces-UB: This one-of-a-kind program supports students who want to make a positive impact on U.S. veterans and military families. In alignment with the national “Joining Forces” initiative, students in UB’s nationally recognized nursing and social work programs receive training in caring for veterans and military families.
  • Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Scholars Program : In partnership with several departments and schools, this program provides advanced training to the next generation of behavioral health counselors, with a focus on integrated and team-based care and substance abuse counseling.
  • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program: In partnership with several departments and schools, this program facilitates the interprofessional integration of interventions and/or prevention of opioid use disorder in primary care and interdisciplinary behavioral health settings.

UB’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and its constituent units and programs guide and support faculty research, technology transfer and entrepreneurial activities.

Students and Academic Programs

SON consistently attracts smart, ambitious and passionate students. SON’s current enrollment is over 300 undergraduate students and more than 240 graduate students (196 DNP, 36 doctoral, 1 masters and 14 advanced graduate certificates). Women comprise 82% of SON students, 19% are students from underrepresented minority backgrounds, and 2% are from international backgrounds. In 2021, SON conferred 155 undergraduate degrees, 40 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees, 1 PhD, and 5 advanced certificates.

SON graduates excel in their licensure examinations, with first-time pass rates consistently above 95%; FNP certification rates are 100% and CRNA first-time pass rates are above 90%. The 2021 graduates of the undergraduate program have a pass rate of 97%.

SON offers 14 academic programs, including 11 hybrid or online programs, that culminate in baccalaureate and doctoral degrees and advanced certificates. These include a traditional baccalaureate in nursing, an accelerated baccalaureate degree in nursing, and an online RN to BS program, which is ranked #8 among all online bachelor’s programs in any discipline by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, SON offers a post-baccalaureate DNP in four programs of study, including Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; and a post-master's DNP in seven programs of study, including Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Child Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. SON also offers a PhD degree program; advanced certificates in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, and Nursing Leadership; as well as interdisciplinary micro-credentials in Addressing Public Health Disparities and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.

To allow students to hone their clinical skills before interacting with real patients, SON employs high-fidelity simulation technologies. Simulation is incorporated in the school’s undergraduate programs and clinically focused graduate programs. In addition to the nursing simulation labs, SON students participate with students from all five health sciences disciplines to learn as members of a team in UB’s state-of-the-art Behling Human Simulation Center.

SON students participate in UB’s nationally recognized interprofessional education program, through which nursing students train with other students in professional health sciences programs, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and public health and health professions, as well as students in social work, law and management.

Engagement and Community Impact

The School of Nursing is deeply engaged in community-based problem solving and health promotion. SON encourages faculty, staff, and students to engage in regional, national and global communities through partnerships, research, education, economic development, and outreach activities, recognizing the importance of engagement as vital to SON’s and UB’s missions.

SON partners with numerous community healthcare organizations to provide clinical experiences for nursing students.  The school’s clinical partners include Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Erie County Medical Center, comprehensive healthcare providers including Catholic Health System and Kaleida Health, BryLin Behavioral Health System, Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo, and the Buffalo VA Medical Center.  Additionally, SON students have learning opportunities in many community and home care settings through dedicated education units (DEU), an innovative clinical education model.

SON offers life-changing, immersive experiences around the world for students and faculty to provide care and advocate for health equity for all people. The school has offered a variety of opportunities to provide health care and medical screenings to underserved populations around the world, including Haiti, Ghana, Senegal, Belize, the Philippines, and refugee camps in Greece.  In addition, through the Remote Area Medical (RAM) program and through clinical sites established through HRSA grants, students and faculty provide clinical care to underserved populations in rural areas of the United States.

UB Overview

Impactful research, scholarly distinction, transformative student experiences, and far-reaching service to local, state, national, and international communities define UB’s mission as one of the nation’s leading public research universities. UB was founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo and joined the SUNY network in 1962. SUNY is the largest state university system in the United States, and UB is a flagship campus and the largest and most comprehensive public research university within the system. In 1989, UB was among the first public universities in the Northeast to be admitted into the AAU. Over the years, UB’s scope and mission have expanded significantly as it has grown into a world-renowned research university that is the thriving heart of the regional community, a national leader in public higher education, and a global hub for excellence in research and education.

UB enrolls more than 32,000 students (approximately two-thirds undergraduate and one-third graduate and professional students), and offers more than 500 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional, and doctoral levels across its 12 decanal units. UB is a global community of scholars, ranking among the nation’s top 30 universities for the enrollment of international students in the Open Doors census for nearly two decades. International students currently represent 18% of total enrollment at UB. The university enjoys a strong presence abroad, maintaining affiliation agreements with 100 universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. UB’s more than 280,000 alumni live in 150 countries worldwide.

UB has a distinguished faculty of over 1,500 full-time and 970 part‑time members. UB is home to more than 80 research centers and institutes; its current annual research expenditures, including those in affiliated institutions, exceed $400 million. The University Libraries hold more than four million volumes and provide access to an exceptionally wide array of digital information resources.

UB’s academic programs and facilities are located on three distinct campuses in the Buffalo metropolitan area. UB’s North Campus, located in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, is the university’s main undergraduate campus and home to the university’s primary athletics and cultural facilities. Three miles to the south, on the northern edge of the City of Buffalo, is the university’s historic South Campus, home to many of the university’s professional schools including the School of Nursing. UB also has a rapidly developing third campus center in downtown Buffalo. The focal point of UB’s downtown presence is the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, on which UB’s new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility is located in proximity to the university’s health and life science partners.

Recognizing the key role that a vibrant 21st-century physical campus environment plays in enhancing education, research, and learning, UB is realizing a long-range Master Plan for enhancing its North, South, and Downtown campus spaces and connecting them more effectively to their surrounding communities.

With an annual operating revenue of $826 million, UB and its affiliated entities generate an estimated economic impact of $1.7 billion annually in New York State. The university’s total workforce of over 7,400 full-time equivalent employees makes it one of the region’s largest employers. UB is also a leader and an active partner with the more than 20 public and private colleges and universities in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

UB leadership

Satish K. Tripathi, President

Internationally recognized as an accomplished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Satish K. Tripathi, PhD, was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011.

Dr. Tripathi, who served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-2011, was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic excellence and has led the university to achieve significant growth in research and scholarly activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence. Building on this strong foundation, Dr. Tripathi has a vision for UB’s future that focuses on moving the university into the highest ranks of the nation’s leading research universities through expanding its reach and impact locally as well as globally.

The first international-born president in UB’s history, Dr. Tripathi served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside prior to coming to UB. Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where his 19-year tenure as a faculty member included serving as chair from 1988-1995. A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he holds honorary degrees from the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, and Brock University in Ontario, Canada. In 2009, he was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Banaras Hindu University.

An active leader in the national higher education community, Dr. Tripathi is chair of the Mid‑American Conference Council of Presidents and serves on the boards of the NCAA Division I, NCAA Board of Governors, College Football Playoff Board of Managers and Internet2. He has also served on the board of directors for the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Among his numerous community leadership roles, Dr. Tripathi serves on the boards of directors of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Great Lakes Health. Appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2011 as an inaugural co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, he served in this position until 2017.

A. Scott Weber, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

As Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, A. Scott Weber, PhD, serves as the university’s chief academic officer, responsible for leading the development and implementation of the university’s academic vision. Dr. Weber provides leadership across the academic enterprise including research, scholarship and creative activities; undergraduate, graduate, professional and international education; faculty development; diversity and inclusion initiatives; and university libraries.

A member of UB’s faculty since 1983, Dr. Weber is an innovative scholar and teacher and former chair of UB’s Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, where he helped establish UB’s transportation engineering program and oversaw the department’s significant rise in national rankings among U.S civil engineering programs.

Dr. Weber has held progressively responsible administrative roles at UB, including senior vice provost for academic affairs, where he provided leadership for graduate and undergraduate education, centralized enrollment services, student-support services and transformative extracurricular programs.  He led efforts to ensure that students have an outstanding educational experience with opportunities to engage in truly distinctive research, creative and public service activities that are hallmarks of a top-tier university education. He was instrumental in the creation of the UB Curriculum and the nationally recognized Finish in 4 program. In addition, Dr. Weber served as vice president for student life, where he focused on providing UB’s students with exceptional programs and services that offer opportunities to build communities, encourage discovery, promote wellness, and allow students to grow and prosper.

Dr. Weber’s research focuses on biodegradation of chemicals in water and soil and the reclamation of environmentally impacted sites known as brownfields. He earned bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a PhD in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Allison Brashear, Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Allison Brashear, MD, is the vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. As dean, she oversees more than 913 faculty and staff, 2,079 students, 845 trainees in graduate medical education, and 27 departments and 25 centers within the Jacobs School.  As vice president for health sciences, she has administrative responsibility for the other four schools within UB’s Academic Health Center: dental medicine, nursing, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, and public health and health professions.

Brashear is an internationally known neurologist and researcher in movement disorders. She is an expert in ATP1A3-related diseases with continuous National Institutes of Health (2008) funding as the PI of “Clinical Genetic and Cellular Consequences of Mutations in ATP1A3” and she was principal investigator on 40 clinical trials in cervical dystonia and spasticity, leading to 3 FDA-approved medications. Before joining UB, Brashear was dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine (2019-2021) and for 14 years was the chair of neurology at Wake Forest School of Medicine (2005-2019).

She earned her medical degree (1987) and completed her neurology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine (1991), and MBA at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (2012). She completed the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans fellowship (2014), ELAM (2007).

Brashear is a trustee to the McKnight Brain Research Foundation and is a director on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the organization responsible for board accreditation for psychiatrists and neurologists. While at UC Davis, she served on the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Additionally, she has served on the boards of the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology, where she was instrumental in crafting a leadership program for women.

The State University of New York

The State University of New York is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive state university system, consisting of 64 campuses including major research universities, health science centers, comprehensive and technical colleges, and community colleges, all committed to providing a broad range of outstanding academic programs for students within New York and from around the world. It enrolls more than 394,000 students annually, employs more than 67,000 faculty and staff, and connects more than three million alumni around the world. 

Land Acknowledement

UB acknowledges that our campuses operate on land that is the traditional territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the region remains the home of the Haudenosaunee people. Further, we responsibly acknowledge the continuing impact of settler colonialism on the Haudenosaunee and their territories.

Our scholarly community values Indigenous cultures, histories, traditions, knowledge systems, and political entities and deeply appreciates the important role of Indigenous people in the history, the present and the future of our region, this country and the world.

Buffalo Niagara

As a world-renowned research university, UB’s intellectual capital and innovation are playing a vital role in Buffalo’s resurgence as a thriving city that is a magnet for talented professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators who recognize the tremendous energy and momentum gathering here. Home to one of the nation’s fastest growing populations of college graduates, the Buffalo-Niagara region, with 1.2 million residents, is the state’s second largest major metropolitan area, exceeded only by New York City. The region includes a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct personality, yet commonly characterized by a distinctly neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents. Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle, and affordability regularly place it in top ten lists from a variety of national publications for its overall quality of life.

Buffalo offers an impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities uncommon for a region of its size. Buffalo’s rich cultural resources reflect its distinguished history and commitment to sustaining the arts, including the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; the world-class collection of modern painting and sculpture at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; an extensive array of historic architectural treasures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Eero and Eliel Saarinen; an expansive park system (including Delaware Park), considered to be the very best work of designer Frederick Law Olmsted; and a variety of summer festivals. The city is home to the state’s largest concentration of theaters outside of New York City. From the Michigan Street Baptist Church, to the Underground Railroad, to jazz history at the Colored Musicians Club and Museum, Buffalo has a rich African-American heritage to explore. Buffalo is a family friendly, livable and affordable city, with Niagara Falls, one of the major tourist attractions of the world, a short drive away. Buffalo is close to two significant wine growing regions—Niagara Escarpment and the Finger Lakes region—and it was named one of the Top 10 Food Cities by National Geographic. In addition, the Adirondack Mountains are half-day’s drive from Buffalo.  

Rich in natural resources and beauty, the Buffalo-Niagara area is a four-season region that offers the best for seasonal sports enthusiasts. University at Buffalo fans enjoy a full complement of NCAA division I sports with the UB Bulls, as well as the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Triple-A baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, and the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits.

Less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo across the United States-Canada border is Toronto, the cultural, entertainment, and financial capital of Canada. Buffalo is also ideally located for easy access to many of America’s greatest cities. The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport offers direct flights to more than 20 cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, DC, all only an hour’s flight away.

UB has played a central role in the creation of a strong, sustainable knowledge economy and thriving entrepreneurial culture that are driving Buffalo’s revitalization. Exemplified and driven by the centrally located Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus , UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility, and the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (as well as UB’s Genomics, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence), Buffalo is experiencing a period of tremendous progress and momentum as well as unprecedented regional investments in the industries of the future and in the assets that ensure a satisfying quality of life for all its citizens.

UB and the School of Nursing are vital and enthusiastic participants in Buffalo’s economic resurgence, healthcare and education communities, and the dean will be a visible representative of the school and university. Within the local business community, UB has well-established ties with major partners and is also making a mark in the areas of health and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and renewable energy. The dean will encourage and support faculty, student, and staff research, education, and engagement activities that make an impact in Buffalo and around the world.

Nomination and application procedures

Additional information about UB School of Nursing can be found at https://nursing.buffalo.edu/ or at the search website: www.buffalo.edu/leadership-searches/current-searches/school-of-nursing-dean.html

Interested individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae (Microsoft Word or PDF strongly preferred).  A letter describing interest in, and qualifications for, the position is recommended, but not required. All inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent electronically via email to:

Joi Hayes-Scott

Consultant to the Search Committee

Russell Reynolds Associates

UB.Nursing@russellreynolds.com

To ensure full consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible but no later than March 14, 2022. Review of nominations and applications for the position will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To assure sensitivity toward the positions presently held by nominees and applicants, the search will be conducted in strict confidence until finalists participate in campus visits. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidates.

Compensation for this position is highly competitive. It is anticipated that the dean will begin service by the start of the 2022-23 academic year. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a dean of the School of Nursing is appointed.

The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.