Mary W. Gulbrandsen and Carl E. Gulbrandsen Chair in Health Systems Innovation

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing in Wisconsin

Deadline February 12, 2014
Date Posted December 11, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


Pioneering efforts by nursing leaders in health systems innovation include Florence Nightingale’s redesign of battlefield hospital care for the British Army during the Crimean War and Florence Blake’s groundbreaking efforts in the 1960s to revolutionize the care of hospitalized children. The tradition continues today as nurse researchers develop, test, and implement new systems of care that improve clinical outcomes, control costs, and reduce the burden of care for individuals, families, and communities.


The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing is seeking a national leader whose program of research has led to health systems innovations that have demonstrated significant and sustained improvements in clinical as well as operational outcomes and that have leveraged the power of nursing solutions in addressing important health care challenges. Visit complete information.


Duties for this prestigious faculty position will include a full range of research, teaching, and service commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A significant program of externally-funded, interdisciplinary research is required. Responsibilities include teaching in graduate and undergraduate nursing programs; graduate nursing student advising and research mentoring of PhD nursing students; attracting and helping to support graduate students; active collaboration relationships with other campus research units and health care and key policy leaders; and school, university, and professional service commensurate with appointment. Professional nursing background and licensure as a RN in Wisconsin is preferred, but not required.  


The Mary W. Gulbrandsen and Carl E. Gulbrandsen Chair will provide leadership within the School of Nursing and at the campus level to advance health systems innovation research, education, and practice regionally, nationally, and internationally. State of the art research and teaching space will be available to the successful candidate, as the School of Nursing will open Signe Skott Cooper Hall, one of the most technologically sophisticated research and teaching environments for nursing in the country, in August 2014.


Required Qualifications:


·         Doctoral degree required with specialization in health services research and systems improvement 

·         Minimum of ten years of progressive faculty experience

 ·        National or international recognition as a leader in research designed to discover solutions for the transformation of health care

·         Excellence in teaching and mentoring and a vision for improving educational program development to prepare leaders in health systems change

·         Significant program of externally funded, interdisciplinary research related to health system innovation and improvement

·         Distinguished record of scholarship with publications in influential journals, and service to professional and scholarly organizations at the national level

·         Academic and professional credentials sufficient for appointment at the rank of professor with tenure

·         Established program of extramurally funded research in health services/health systems that can significantly affect ongoing efforts to improve effectiveness and efficiency of health care, in areas including but not limited to:


o      design and evaluation of novel system-level approaches to improve health care safety

o      understanding and improving transitions in care delivery

o      systems approaches to improving care for vulnerable populations

o      evaluation of emerging technological approaches to improve care delivery

o      improving models for team-based health care delivery

Nominations and inquiries are most welcome. Applications—mailed or electronically submitted—must be received by February 12, 2014.

How to Apply:

Please forward a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter stating interest in this position, three representative publications, and three letters of reference from individuals who can comment on the program of teaching and scholarship as well as suitability for this position, to Mary Ellen Murray, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UW–Madison School of Nursing, 600 Highland Ave., K6/234 CSC, Madison, WI 53792-2455 (phone: 608-263-6945; e-mail: Please reference PVL #77236 in cover letter. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

The School of Nursing will continue screening all candidates after consideration date until a qualified candidate is chosen for this position.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.