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Transitioning From a Faculty to an Administrative Role: Part 1, Moving From Individual to Collective Accountability

Thompson, Cesarina M. PhD, RN, ANEF

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e3182001eb2
Departments: Rx for Deans

Many new nursing leaders assuming deanships, assistant, or interim deanships have limited education, experience, or background to prepare them for the job. To assist new deans and those aspiring to be deans, Jana L. Pressler, PhD, RN, and Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RNC-NIC, FAAN, the editors of this department, address common issues, challenges, and opportunities that face academic executive teams, such as negotiating an executive contract, obtaining faculty lines, building effective work teams, managing difficult employees, and creating nimble organizational structure to respond to changing consumer, healthcare delivery, and community needs. In this article, the editors asked guest author, Dr Cesarina Thompson, to discuss the transition process from faculty to administrative role.

Author Affiliation: Professor and Aide to Dean, School of Graduate Studies at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven.

Correspondence: Dr. Kenner, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, 102 Robinson, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (

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