Position: Dean, College of Health
Deadline: August 14, 2022
Job Description / Duties
Dean, College of Health
The University of Utah seeks an innovative and visionary individual committed to promoting and fostering excellence in teaching, research, professional practice, service, and equity as its next Dean of the College of Health.
The College of Health, one of the largest at the University of Utah, is a vital component of University of Utah Health. The College is comprised of the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health and Kinesiology; Nutrition and Integrative Physiology; Occupational and Recreational Therapies; Parks, Recreation and Tourism; Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. The College currently serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Its educational paths include 18 bachelor's degree emphases, 16 master's degree programs, three clinical doctorates, and five Ph.D. programs. Its programs in physical activity and experiential learning to explore the best of Utah's outdoors serve an additional 6,000 students from across the University. As a part of the Health Sciences Center, the College maintains collaborative partnerships with the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, the Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing, and the Eccles Health Sciences Library to achieve an integration of research, teaching, clinical practice, and service.
The Dean, as chief academic officer, will provide leadership and overall direction to the educational, research, and clinical initiatives of the College. The Dean will also oversee the equity, diversity and inclusion efforts of the faculty and staff, and will ensure that the College of Health continues to lead our institution in EDI outcomes. The Dean will be the external face of the College, advocating on its behalf and developing relationships across the University and beyond. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, the Dean, College of Health will work closely and collaboratively with the other College Deans and members of the executive administration of University of Utah Health to leverage opportunities afforded by the College of Health to support the growth and quality of the Health Sciences Center.
The College seeks a visionary and dynamic leader with a demonstrated record of program development, financial management, sustained scholarship, equity, diversity and inclusion leadership and a track record of interdisciplinary team building. Candidates must have a terminal degree in an area consistent with the academic makeup of the College, a significant understanding of the fields included within the College, and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of tenured full professor. The ideal candidate will possess strong management skills and the ability to effectively partner with a broad range of internal and external constituents.
Consistently ranked in the Top 10 for quality among U.S. health systems, the University of Utah Health is the only university health system in Utah and provides patient care for residents of Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Montana, and Wyoming. It is the training ground for two-thirds of Utah’s physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care professionals. With an annual budget of $4.8 billion (FY21), U of U Health touts a $2.6 billion clinical enterprise and a $428 million (FY21) research enterprise.
Located in Salt Lake City, a progressive, diverse, urban, and high-tech industrial center with a population of 1.1 million across Salt Lake County, the University of Utah is the flagship university for the state and the higher education hub of a five-state region stretching from the Rockies to the Sierras. With revenues over $5 billion (FY20), the university is considered one of Utah’s primary economic engines. Generating more than $600 million in non-tax revenues annually for the state of Utah, the University of Utah is one of the state’s largest employers with more than 3,900 faculty members and 27,000 full and part-time employees.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Applications should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae and be sent via email to UtahDeanHealth@wittkieffer.com. Inquiries may be addressed to Claudia Teschky at 630-575-6172 or Cody Burke at 630-575-6161, the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search.
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust.
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