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The Lois Price Spratlen Endowed Chair (LPSEC) in Family & Community Mental Health Nursing
School of Nursing
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Hampton University seeks to identify an exceptional individual with a scientific research background and noted visionary leadership to serve as Hampton University's inaugural Lois Price Spratlen Endowed Chair (LPSEC) in Family and Community Mental Health NursingHampton University is classified as a balanced arts and sciences/professional institution by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.  The University is located in the culturally rich and diverse city of Hampton, VA.  This position is a 12 month, full time academic appointment which will be filled at the Associate Professor or Professor rank dependent upon qualifying credentials and experience.  The anticipated start date is Academic Year 2019-2020.

This is a research-centric position where the successful candidate will serve as the strategic thinker and leader in fostering excellence and providing intellectual leadership for faculty and students by establishing, maintaining and strengthening a nationally recognized research program specializing in family and community mental health.  The successful candidate will be productive, collegial, and creative.  Through their scholarship, research experiences, and teaching expertise, this colleague will be expected to bring new perspectives to the synthesis of community and mental health practice, policy, theory and research to our school and University.  This individual will report directly to the Dean of the School of Nursing. 

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity in its role and capacity for outreach dimensions to community, industry and policy audiences. The Endowed Chair shall develop, implement and oversee a research program supporting the institutional resources and make the program and the University a premier institution for training and educating researchers with an emphasis in mental health and the community.

Duties and Responsibilities

As is expected of all senior faculty members in the School of Nursing, the chair will be expected to seek external funding and mentor junior colleagues and students in developing and carrying out their research and scholarship activities. Classroom and or online teaching in the chair’s area of expertise will also be expected. The school will provide generous resources in support of the Chair's program of scholarly research and external funding.  The expected skill set is listed below:

  • The Chair will build and maintain community partnerships and must have expertise in this area;
  • Develop and administer service learning experiences for students across all nursing programs;
  • Establish a framework for faculty scholarly activities in community and mental health care;
  • Research, collect, and analyze data for research projects and to create database systems;

  • Communicate effectively with faculty, residents, students, and staff (both orally and in writing);

  • Expertise in statistics and manuscript writing;

  • Inspire and mentor individuals to achieve success;

  • Adhere to guidelines and regulations regarding the ethical conduct of research and use of human subjects;

  • Teach skills of accessing, analyzing, and applying the literature to community and mental health;

  • Participate actively as a member of a research team, including statistical consults;

  • Ability to work as part of a team yet can work individually on their own initiative; and

  • Skilled in use of Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Banner.




  • Proof of research, grantsmanship, and teaching experience;
  • Teach two classes per semester;
  • Five years of experience as a Registered Nurse (at least two years must have included direct patient care);
  • Minimum of two years of experience teaching in pre- or post-licensure nursing programs;
  • Must have experience in an administrative capacity; and
  • Experience and success with diverse populations.



General Criteria for Appointment:  Applicants must possess a doctorate, preferably a PhD, MD, or a combination of MD/PhD.  A Virginia Registered Nurse (RN) license, Compact Licensure, or eligibility to obtain licensure is a requirement. The following general criteria will be evaluated in the determination of who will be appointed to the position:

  • Earned doctorate degree in Nursing, Public Health, Epidemiology, or a Science field is required.

  • Evidence of professional achievement at the national and/or international level to enhance the stature of the program and of the University.
  • Outstanding record of leadership in productive research, publication, creativity, and/or scholarly achievement appropriate to the discipline and fields of specialization.  Evidence of NIH independently funded research is a requirement.
  • Proven track record of teaching and ability to conceptualize, develop and implement programs to enable faculty and students to successfully achieve the overall mission of the program.
  • Evidence of a continuing record of exemplary academic credentials appropriate to the discipline or profession.

The successful candidate will present a record sufficiently consistent in quantity and quality to warrant the expectation of continued performance and contributions at an outstanding level.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit the Hampton University Faculty Employment Application, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names/contact information of three (3) professional references, as well as official transcripts of terminal degrees to hilda.williamson@hamptonu.edu or send hard copy to:

Dr. Hilda Williamson, Interim Dean
School of Nursing
Hampton University
Hampton, Virginia 23668

(757) 727-5654


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