Administrative Dean, College of Health Sciences
The University of Delaware invites inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Dean, College of Health Sciences (CHS). The University seeks a dynamic new Dean who will bring together vision, leadership, and innovation to advance the College’s research, educational, and entrepreneurship programs and create real-world impact.
The College of Health Sciences has experienced exceptional growth over the last 12 years in an effort to keep pace with the rapid changes in and increased emphasis globally and nationally on healthcare. The College has as its foundational elements: research, education, and clinical care. The College’s goal is to be known as a hub of interdisciplinary translational research, interprofessional education, and public engagement dedicated to advancing human health.
CHS includes seven academic units: Behavioral Health & Nutrition, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Epidemiology, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, Medical & Molecular Sciences, the School of Nursing, and Physical Therapy. The quality of the programs is underscored by their national rankings. Physical Therapy is ranked #1 in the nation by US News and World Report and Kinesiology and Applied Physiology is ranked #5 according to the National Academy of Kinesiology. In addition, the Nursing Program is ranked in the top 10% in the country. CHS is continuing to add new specialized programs as requested by its clinical partners and expanding its accelerated nursing program to meet the growing demand by its clinical community. CHS is also home to extensive research programs including programs funded by National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and various national foundations.
CHS is poised for significantly more growth in the future, as demonstrated by increasing applications to its programs. Over the past decade, there has been an overall increase of 52% in undergraduate students, and its graduate student population has grown by 64% through the addition of new programs and expansion of existing programs. As a result of the growth, CHS continues to expand the hiring of faculty and staff, and we continue to attract high caliber faculty and students from around the country. Additional information about CHS and the search process can be found here.
Candidates should be excited about thriving in an environment that encourages and cultivates strong, positive interpersonal connections; an equal dedication to pathbreaking research and outstanding teaching for both undergraduate and graduate programs; and a strong focus on translational entrepreneurship. Candidates should also have commitment to and strategy for governing at an institution that is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity and inclusivity.
The ideal Candidate should be familiar with the opportunities and challenges facing College of Health Sciences in today’s higher education world. The Dean should also have a personal track record of excellence and innovation in their own teaching and research programs.
Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately, and will continue until an appointment is made. The University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications. To be ensured of full consideration, interested individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae along with a bullet point summary of key accomplishments in each leadership role held. The University of Delaware has retained Ilene H. Nagel, Steven R. Lerman, and Charles E. Kaler of Education Executives, LLC to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent via e-mail to:
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