Director, Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing


The Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing (DEACFN) incorporates multiple and innovative approaches that extend the lessons learned from research in order to inform and improve the preparation of health care professionals. There is a special focus on the education and role development for the advanced practice nurse in critical care transport. As well, the Flight Program is committed to interprofessional training to provide care in unstructured environments.




The Director of the Center is responsible for the strategic planning, oversight of the day-to-day activities of the Center and teaching flight nursing students.


The mission of the Center is to facilitate education in flight nursing and critical care transport. The position contributes to developing Interprofessional Education programs; promoting collaboration and training between faculty and students in the CWRU health care professions; advancing research related to critical care and flight nursing; promoting collaboration and development of leadership in industry and military.




  1. Administration of the Center (40%)
    • Strategic planning and implementation
    • Supervise the Center staff by setting individual employee goals and conduct routine evaluation of progress toward these goals
    • Develop and oversee policies and procedures for the Center
    • Develop a budget and manage expenses of the Center
    • Maintain and coordinate Advisory Committee activities
    • Recruit faculty to teach within the DEACFN


  1. Engage in and support research and creative interdisciplinary and interprofessional scholarship on enhancing nursing practice, improving transport outcomes and enhancing/improving medical in- flight technology (20%)
    • Identify gaps in nursing knowledge
    • Write, submit and receive grants that enhance medical transport
    • Make presentations at regional, national and international conferences
    • Publish and collaborate with faculty to publish papers in peer reviewed journals each year


  1. Communication, mentoring, teaching and leadership skills (20%)
    • Coordinate and/or conduct educational programs and conferences that extend to the greater community as well as national and international collaborations
    • Promote education and training for transport professionals to improve patient outcomes
    • Think strategically, delegate responsibility, listen carefully, build consensus and communicate and advocate effectively in a complex organization


  1. Business development (20%)
    • Enhance and increase flight camp sessions from one offering per summer, creating multiple camp opportunities and generate income
    • Identify and develop working relationships with industry and military leaders to increase simulator hours of use and generate income
    • Identify and develop quarterly professional certificate programs using the simulator to generate income




School of Nursing: Students (daily), Faculty (weekly), Associate Dean for Research (weekly), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (weekly), Director of Marketing, Assistant Dean of Administration


University: Regular contact with other departments, such as Human Resources, Purchasing, student Employment (monthly)


Interprofessional: Regular contacts with leaders from the other health disciplines to develop interprofessional training programs for CASE students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels


External to the University: Faculty from other national and international universities (2-3 times per month), Clinicians and administrators from national and international health care facilities (2-3 times per month), Advisory board members, Publishers (monthly), Industry (Sikorsky, Bell, Eurocopter), and Military (Army, Navy, Air Force and National Center for Medical Readiness)




Graduate and undergraduate students and two flight graduate students per semester.




Education/Licensing: Master’s Degree required, Doctorate preferred. RN licensure required. Experience: Minimum of ten years of experience as a flight nurse; at least two years of practice experience as an RN in the United States; teaching experience preferred.

Relationship with critical care transport industry and/or military experience desirable.



  1. Excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills
  2. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills


  1. Ability to work with a diverse group of constituents
  2. Ability to exercise professionalism, sensitivity, and good judgment
  3. Ability to work independently
  4. Able to balance multiple tasks and demands
  5. Excellent computer skills




Individual must be able to meet project goals working independently with minimal supervision; irregular hours (evenings and weekends) required; requires someone who is a team player. Professional office setting with meetings and activities throughout the School of Nursing and the campus. Possible occasional evenings and weekends.  Occasional travel.



Interested candidates may send a copy of their cover letter and CV to the Interim Dean Carol Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA at




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In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.