School of Nursing

McNeill Distinguished Professor of Nursing

Vacancy #12F110
Position # 4241

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) School of Nursing (SON) in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) seeks applications for the McNeill Distinguished Professor of Nursing.  The McNeill Distinguished Professor of Nursing will advance evidenced-based nursing practice, interdisciplinary research, community partnerships, and health policies that promote Nursing care and the successful aging process in older adults across diverse populations and cultures.  The UNCW SON is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service to support the development of health care professionals who are leaders in providing quality health care in a variety of roles and settings to diverse populations.  UNCW opened a state-of-the-art instruction, training and research facility for the SON in July 2010. The UNCW SON will be positioned to continue its extraordinary efforts to address the nursing shortage in the state and across the nation. More information can be found at

The successful candidate should be actively involved in a program of scholarly teaching, research, and practice that promotes the successful aging process in older adults across diverse populations and cultures.  The candidate should have an established record of external funding; be nationally and/or internationally known for service in professional and community organizations to advance the successful aging process; and be the recipient of honors or awards and innovations in improving health outcomes for older adults.  

Requirements include: master’s degree in nursing; earned doctorate in nursing or health-related discipline; minimum of five years practice as a registered nurse or other health profession; a current unrestricted license as a registered nurse in North Carolina by the hiring date, academic credentials suitable for an appointment at the level of a full professor with tenure; five years experience in higher education; demonstrated program of research; scholarly publications in gerontology journals related to older adults across diverse populations and cultures; and a distinguished record of mentoring students, faculty, and professional peers.   Preferences include: a track record of external funding from grants, contracts, or sponsored programs; clinical practice expertise, and a track record of community engagement. 

UNCW, one of seventeen constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina, has a student population of over 12,000 and for 13 consecutive years has been ranked in the top ten of public master's universities in the South by US News and World Report.  For the seventh consecutive year, UNCW has received the "Best in the Southeast" designation by The Princeton Review.  Further information about UNCW can be found at and   Located in the historic, coastal, seaport community of Wilmington, the university is ideally situated between the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean. Wilmington has an active arts, cultural, and business environment and nearby beach communities serve both year round residents and vacationers.

To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at  A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Dr. Jeanne K. Kemppainen, PhD, RN, Chair, Search Committee, and attached to the online application - not emailed, mailed or faxed.  Attachments must be either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents.  For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Annette Richards at 910-962-7410. Priority consideration will be given to completed applications submitted by February 1, 2013 by 5 pm (extended from original date of November 30, 2012) but applications will continue to be considered until a hiring decision is made.  Appointment to the McNeill Distinguished Professorship is a negotiable employment date. 

UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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