Dean of the College of Public Health

Dean of the College of Public Health

locationFayette County, Lexington, KY, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/18/2023
Full Time

Job Title
Dean of the College of Public Health

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Department Name

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Tenure Track Status
Tenure Track

Required Education

Candidates must possess a PhD, DrPH or equivalent degree

Required Related Experience
  • Nationally-recognized achievement in academic pursuits that would warrant appointment as a tenured, full professor.
  • Progressive and broad academic administrative leadership experience arising from a senior-level administrative role such as department chair, center director, associate dean, or dean.
  • Distinguished record of extramural funding and scholarship aligned with the College of Public Health’s robust program in community-engaged research and team science.

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Job Summary

The Dean for the College of Public Health reports to the University’s Provost and has responsibility for all students, faculty and staff in the College. As a chief administrative officer within the University, the College of Public Health’s Dean meets with the Provost individually and collectively with other deans. The Dean has autonomy and authority for the management and coordination of the College of Public Health and for implementing its plans, programs, services and scholarly and research endeavors. The College of Public Health’s academic department chairs, associate deans, assistant dean for finance and research center directors report directly to the Dean.

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At the time of application please attach a letter of interest, a complete CV, a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the University (upload as Specific Request 1), and five references when prompted in the application.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

All applications will be handled in a secure, sensitive, and confidential manner.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience
  • Mission: Passionate advocate for the University and the College of Public Health and strong identification with the mission of both; commitment to the transforming power of public health, particularly as applied to community engagement, health disparities, social determinants of health and rural health.
  • Commitment to Excellence: Deep understanding of the foundations for excellence and integrity in teaching, research and service, especially in the context of the College of Public Health’s mission, and the ability to attract, retain and develop outstanding faculty, students and staff and to support them in building and sustaining programs of the highest caliber amidst a dynamic and increasingly politicized educational landscape. A record of facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations. Ability to build partnerships within the University, with state and local agencies and with external stakeholders to enhance the College of Public Health’s programs, offerings, research and contributions to the field.
  • Authentic Investment and Interest in Students: Commitment to understanding evolving student needs and concerns and to providing students with meaningful experiences that lead to their academic and professional success. Decision-making that puts student interests at the forefront.
  • Community Engagement: Ability to engage and build meaningful partnerships with a wide variety of external constituents including community leaders, public health practitioners and community members; and an ability to support and enhance the College of Public Health’s national presence while honoring its commitment to prioritize community building in the region.
  • Managerial, Operational and Fiscal Acumen: Ability to work, thrive and successfully manage faculty, staff, programs and change in a large, complex environment. Experience with budgets, financial planning, market research and strategic resource allocation.
  • Experience or Demonstrable Potential for Success in Fundraising: Capacity and experience to lead an effective fundraising effort that inspires alumni and others to strengthen and support the College of Public Health and its mission.

Deadline to Apply

Open Until Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.