Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - Madison, Wisconsin, United States (2023)

Job Summary:

The Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AD-HEDI) will advance innovation in the vitally important areas of health equity, diversity, and inclusion across the School of Nursing's (SoN's) academic mission and research enterprise, including the substantial internal and external communities of interest (i.e. faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners). The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and collaborative leader who guides how these ideals are integrated within and throughout the SoN using evidence-based, culturally competent approaches. This position reports to the Dean and serves as a member of the Dean's Executive Leadership Team, which is responsible for the development and implementation of the School's strategic direction.

The AD-HEDI will be responsible for leading a unified, school-wide strategic action plan that builds on the SoN central pillar of inclusive excellence, leveraging existing efforts, identifying gaps and opportunities, and developing new strategies to strengthen equity, inclusivity, and belonging across and among diverse populations. The AD-HEDI will serve as an evidence-based subject matter expert in health equity and disparities, inclusion and belonging, and inclusive teaching and research practices, representing the SoN on key initiatives across campus and beyond.


Leads the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in support of the division's strategic plan to create a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed.

  • 20% Serves as a liaison between the division and enforcement agencies and represents the division to the external community, organizations, and agencies
  • 20% Directs strategic planning initiatives and establishes divisional objectives to ensure appropriate allocation of resources
  • 20% Partners with institutional leaders, faculty, students, staff, and internal and external constituency groups to ensure programming supports the division's values and strategic goals and assesses and monitors program effectiveness
  • 5% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • 10% Develops and audits the unit budget, monitors financial activities for grant funding
  • 5% Develops operating policies and procedures to comply with regulations, institutional policies, and diversity objectives
  • 10% Develops and supports ongoing learning and professional development that promotes practices which ensure inclusive and individualized strategies for students and employees
  • 10% Leads and collaborates with key partners to obtain external funding to support diversity and inclusion initiatives


  • Provide leadership for faculty/staff/students to develop/implement strategic initiatives that promote the SoN and UW-Madison's mission for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Serve in an ex-officio capacity on SoN governance committees.
  • Review and develop policies/procedures/programs that support a diverse and inclusive community for faculty/staff/students. Provide networking/collaborative opportunities for faculty/staff/students around the areas of HEDI and belonging.
  • Serve as a content expert in the articulation of the SoN's commitment to achieving inclusive excellence and promoting cultural competence and sensitivity in communication practices, messaging, and infrastructure.
  • Oversee, design, and implement educational, training, and coaching programs for faculty, staff, and students to build capacity and skills related to inclusive excellence.
  • Use evidence-based strategies and subject expertise to serve as a collaborative consultant to School leaders, faculty, and staff.
  • Utilize organizational change models to develop a plan to further advance the School's inclusive excellence plan to embed diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging values into all aspects of the School's operations.
  • Collaborate with School leadership and partners to create/support an inclusive, healthy working and learning environment that builds community.
  • Collaborate with Assoc Deans to establish/evaluate the strategic direction for high quality professional development on diversity-related topics (i.e. inclusive teaching/student learning, student/employee climate, implicit bias, cultural competency).
  • Partner with the School's academic leaders to develop and maintain robust initiatives to enhance recruitment of students, faculty, and staff from diverse and/or underrepresented populations and to promote their academic and professional success.
  • Oversee the infrastructure for health equity, diversity, and inclusion, including the supervision of the Diversity and Inclusion Officer and additional positions that may be added in the future.
  • Manage the budget and fiscal resources allocated to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Supervise the development, implementation, and evaluation of DEI initiatives and outcomes.
  • Identify, build, manage, and evaluate relationships and collaborative opportunities with internal and external communities to enhance school and campus partnerships, and to ensure initiatives are strategically aligned.
  • Develop evaluation methodology, including success metrics to ensure value and quality, tracking, and monitoring of program/initiative effectiveness.
  • Oversee and deliver comprehensive progress reports, annual reports, and other documents illustrating the implementation and outcomes of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Exhibit exemplary stewardship of existing resources and lead efforts to obtain new revenue streams to build and sustain effective diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives throughout the SoN.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

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For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal Degree
Nursing, health care, or related field required


* More than 6 years of relevant work experience required, with increasing responsibility and demonstrated leadership in health care and higher education
* Proven ability to successfully develop, implement, and evaluate health equity, disparities, diversity, and inclusion programs/initiatives within an academic environment and research enterprise
* Proven ability to articulate a mission, vision, and related plan based on the unique needs of an institution or organization
* Excelled interpersonal and oral/written communication skills are required, with an open communication style the fosters trust, credibility, and understanding
* Ability to navigate complex academic and health care communities, building bridges and strong collaborative relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders
* Supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to interact and influence at all levels of an organization and to work collaboratively across functions and areas toward shared objectives
* Grant writing, proposal development, and data reporting experience is preferred
* Ability to:
- Build consensus, cultivate collaborative teams, and integrate multiple initiatives;
- Facilitate dialogue on sensitive topics/difficult issues in a complex and diverse environment; and
- Develop, implement, administer, and evaluate high impact practices that foster programmatic success.


RN - Registered Nurse - State Licensure And/Or Compact State Licensure

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires most work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. The person in this position may request and be considered for remote work flexibility as needed and approved by the supervisor.

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Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)
In addition to base pay, the employee in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and other paid time off, competitive insurances and savings accounts, and employer sponsored retirement benefits.

Additional Information:

For nearly 100 years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Nursing (SoN) has been committed to enhancing healthcare through teaching and research. With a mission to develop leaders for the profession and society; we make discoveries, enhance systems, and improve health through research, education, and practice for Wisconsin and beyond. The School of Nursing strives to achieve inclusive excellence and fosters an academic environment that welcomes diversity in students, faculty, staff, and the curriculum.

In the course of employment with the School of Nursing (SoN), dependent upon position and job responsibilities, employees may have access to PHI (personal health information) in order to fulfill the duties of their position. As part of the UW-Madison Health Care Component (HCC), all SoN faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and unpaid affiliates are required to complete HIPAA training as part of their orientation.

Successful candidates are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

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How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click Apply Now, from, to begin the application process. You will be asked to submit the following (PDF file format is strongly encouraged and preferred):

A letter of application referring to Position Vacancy Listing (PVL) #271006
A current curriculum vitae
A research statement (2 pages), teaching statement (2 pages), diversity statement (2 pages), and leadership statement (2 pages) (submitted as a single merged PDF file)
Three data-based peer-reviewed publications (submitted as a single merged PDF file)

You will also be asked for three letters of reference from individuals who can evaluate teaching and research. These letters should be submitted directly to Dean Linda Scott via email at

To ensure consideration, complete applications must be received by midnight on May 1, 2023. This position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled


Linda Scott
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Diversity & Incl Dir (C)(EI027)

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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