Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program - Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

The Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program provides general oversight of the DNP program. S/he is responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of the program and will function under the supervision of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.


  • Earned doctorate (PhD, DNS, DNP) in nursing or related field.

  • Experience in a DNP academic program or previous experience in academic program administration.

  • Meets the qualifications of Associate Professor or above in the tenure or non-tenure track.


The Director shall have the authority, accountability and responsibility that come with academic and administrative oversight of all aspects of the DNP program including, but not limited to:


Provides effective leadership, direction and support in implementing the vision, mission, strategic plan, and core commitments of the DNP program in alignment with the university’s and school’s strategic plan.

  • Develops and communicates initiatives that achieve short and long-term goals and outcomes of the DNP program.

  • Prepares DNP program budgets in concert with the school’s Budget Officer and provides oversight of the budget.

  • Leads marketing and recruitment efforts of the program in collaboration with the Director of Recruitment and Enrollment and Director of Marketing and Communication; and works with sites to develop cohorts.

  • Chairs the DNP Program meeting, holds regular meetings with DNP faculty to facilitate communica-tion concerning academic, student and course issues, and provides feedback to faculty concerning course and programmatic evaluations.

  • Represents the DNP program nationally and internationally.

  • Responsible for review and program approval processes as required by the University and accrediting bodies, including the maintenance and submission of records and reports as needed.

  • Manages faculty assignments and course coverage in collaboration with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and other Program Directors; develops the DNP course schedule aligned with other programs and cohort site requirements.

  • Chairs the DNP Program Admissions Committee and represents the DNP program on administrative committees including the Committee on Curriculum and Committee on Evaluation of Programs.

  • Engages in scholarly activities.

  • Provides leadership and is responsible for an innovative DNP program and creative curriculum design including the development and submission of funding proposals for support.

  • Develops working relationship within the larger University, and with local communities, practice partners and other key stakeholders that promotes intra- and inter school collaboration and communication.


Supports the development of faculty and staff both academically and professionally through appropriate learning opportunities.

  • Coordinates the orientation of new faculty.

  • Mentors faculty to promote effective performance and development related to student advisement, teaching excellence, scholarship, practice and professional service. 

  • Provide feedback to the ARPT on faculty academic performance for incorporation into yearly faculty evaluations.


Encourages a positive student culture that integrates rigorous individual and collaborative academic achievement and support.

Ensures comprehensive and effective student advisement and support from admission to the program to graduation.

  • Promotes an environment that fosters respect for diversity and equity.

  • Involves students in determining academic and program policies and procedures, curriculum planning, and evaluation.

  • Works with the Director, Office of Marketing and Communication to ensure systematic communication with the DNP students.

  • Acts as mediator with students and faculty on remediation of concerns.

Apply with a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Mary E. Kerr, PhD, RN, FAAN
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 
10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-4904 
Phone #: (216) 368-2545; Fax #: (216) 368-5050 
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