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Dean for the College of Health and Human Sciences - San Jose State University

State: San Jose, CA
Position: Dean for the College of Health and Human Sciences
Deadline: January 17, 2020
Posted: October 25, 2019

Job Description / Duties

San José State University (SJSU) seeks an experienced, innovative and visionary academic leader committed to excellence in teaching, research, professional practice and service as its next dean, College of Health and Human Sciences. This is an exciting opportunity to engage the faculty in developing innovative programs that build and integrate multiple strengths within the college and SJSU that result in the college being viewed nationally among the premier colleges in the health professions and human sciences.

Founded in 1857, San José State University is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast, serving nearly 36,000 students as the only public four-year university in California’s “Silicon Valley.” This makes it the fifth largest campus in the California State University (CSU) System. It is both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific-Islander Serving Institution (AANPISI), as well as one of the largest international-student serving institutions in the CSU. As one of the 200 top research universities in the nation, San José State University has robust NSF and NIH-funded research programs and one of the highest levels of research funding in the CSU system. SJSU seeks a dean that can leverage the strength of this diverse campus community to meet the needs of its learners and advance the health and well-being of the local and global communities that this institution serves, while also attracting even greater faculty, staff and student diversity to the college.

Reporting to the provost, the dean serves as the senior administrator and is the principal champion for vision, leadership and strategic direction for the College of Health and Human Sciences. The dean is uniquely placed to create an environment within the college to support the campus’ investment in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff as well as undergraduate and graduate students. The dean must work effectively with departments, faculty, staff, other senior administrators and student leaders to define, articulate and successfully implement a distinctive mission, vision and educational philosophy for the college. The dean is responsible for leadership of the college’s strategic planning, student success efforts, accreditation, enrollment, academic program planning, assessment of curriculum and instruction, recruitment and evaluation of faculty and staff, professional development and research support, budgeting and fiscal management and the allocation and use of facilities.

The dean represents the college and university in community, corporate and professional organizations and agencies. This person is required to develop resources from internal and external connections that further the goals of the college and university in an environment where external philanthropy has become of greater importance to the sustainability of programs. The dean will play a prominent role in development efforts, actively participating in fundraising activities. The dean must exhibit solid management skills, effectiveness in resource acquisition and allocation, ability to build partnerships within the university and throughout the community and a clear understanding of state and national trends in higher education and in the disciplines. For more information, please visit

Qualifications / Required Skills

As a member of the provost’s Academic Affairs leadership team and the president’s leadership council, the dean works with the president, provost, deans and other senior administrators to manage the university's resources to accomplish the college and university’s goals.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 17, 2020. Candidates should provide a resume, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidates should also submit a Diversity Statement as part of their application materials. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Claudia Teschky at The consultants can be reached through the office of Hillary Hmura at 630-575-6959.

Additional Information

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Contact Information

Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Claudia Teschky