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College of Public Health Dean Search

The University of Iowa seeks an individual of distinguished scholarly achievement and administrative accomplishment to serve as College of Public Health dean. As the senior academic and executive officer, the dean is responsible for providing visionary and innovative leadership to a dynamic and engaged college, as well as generating and managing resources to support its mission.

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UI College of Public Health Dean Search

Position description

The University of Iowa invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean, College of Public Health.

The Opportunity

The University of Iowa seeks an individual of distinguished scholarly achievement and administrative accomplishment to serve as dean of the College of Public Health. As the senior academic officer, the dean is responsible for providing visionary and innovative leadership to a dynamic and engaged college. As the senior executive officer, the dean will generate resources to support its mission, manage its operations, and exercise authority over its programs and budget.

The dean will advance the educational, research, and public health missions of the college, working within a system of shared governance with the college’s leadership team, faculty, staff, and students, with the University of Iowa, and with core external constituencies.

About the College of Public Health

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is a comprehensive public health resource for the state of Iowa, the nation, and the world. Ranked among the nation’s top 10 publicly-supported schools of public health, the college combines outstanding educational programs, an entrepreneurial and well-funded research enterprise, and extensive community engagement.

Founded in 1999, the College of Public Health is the newest college at the University of Iowa, and the only accredited school of public health in the state of Iowa. The college’s 80 primary faculty are based in five academic departments: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health management and policy, and occupational and environmental health. More than 400 students are enrolled in the college’s highly successful and well-established graduate programs: the Master of Public Health, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. A new undergraduate program began enrolling bachelor’s degree students in fall 2016.

The college’s highly productive research enterprise is fueled by a resourceful spirit and strong research infrastructure, including an array of well-established and multi-disciplinary federal research centers, strong partnerships with state agencies, numerous pilot grant programs that nurture exploratory research, robust faculty mentoring initiatives, and a campus culture of collaboration.

As Iowa, the United States, and the world confront fundamental challenges connected to health — such as an aging population and other major demographic and economic shifts, climate change, increasing globalization, and the emergence of new infectious diseases — the faculty, students, and staff of the college are dedicated to addressing these grand challenges and assuming a leadership role in shaping the future of public health.

The Role of the Dean

The dean is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the college including the following:

Competencies for Success

The dean’s search committee has identified the following as essential professional qualifications for the successful candidate:

Required Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

Reporting Relationships

Oversight

TO NOMINATE A CANDIDATE

To nominate a candidate, please forward his/her name and contact information to one of the co-Chairs, Gail Agrawal, Dean of the College of Law (gail-agrawal@uiowa.edu) or Joseph Cavanaugh, Professor and Head of the Department of Biostatistics (joe-cavanaugh@uiowa.edu).

TO APPLY

To apply, refer to http://jobs.uiowa.edu, enter Requisition #71626 and upload your CV, letter of application, and the names of five professional references. Applications should include a vision statement of no more than 1500 words.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.

Background Information

About the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is a research-intensive university and member of the AAU. Founded in 1847 and consistently ranked among the top public universities in the country, Iowa’s oldest public university is one of three universities governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The university occupies a 1,700-acre campus in Iowa City and includes Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, Dentistry, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and a Graduate College.

As the first U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis and regardless of race, the University of Iowa also boasts the first College of Law west of the Mississippi River. The university has often led the country in academic innovation. The MFA degree was invented at the University of Iowa, thereby making it the first to accept creative work in theater, writing, music, and visual art as theses for advanced degrees. The university established the first educational radio station west of the Mississippi; broadcast the world’s first educational television programs; and developed educational testing, in which the university continues to hold preeminence.

More than 30,000 students are currently enrolled at Iowa. Approximately fifty-four percent come from Iowa, 28 percent from adjoining states, and 5 percent from the remaining states. International students from 114 countries make up approximately 12 percent of the University’s enrollment. The university, with an annual operating budget of more than $3.5 billion, is the area’s largest employer with approximately 2,800 faculty and 13,000 staff members.

Living in Iowa City

A diverse community, an affordable place to live, a vibrant cultural life make Iowa City an attractive home for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds. A growing community of about 72,000 people, Iowa City takes pride in openness, inclusion, and safety.

Iowa City is also a cultural hub, a gathering place for artists of every medium, the home of some of America’s most inventive minds, and so much more. Iowa City is one of just 20 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and the only one in the U.S., establishing it as an international destination for creative thinkers. That energy fills the streets, creating a vibrant place that we love to call home.

With outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a downtown filled with a lively mix of restaurants, shops, theater, music, and festivals, Iowa City is a casual, vibrant college town. Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are within easy driving distance, while the nearby Eastern Iowa Airport connects travelers to the world.

For all these reasons, Iowa City is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S.

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Apply or nominate

If you are interested in the deanship, would like to nominate someone for the position, or have other questions, feel free to contact our search committee co-chairs:

Candidates are invited to apply for the position directly by filling out an online application at the University of Iowa jobs website. All candidates will need to fill out the application to be considered and are also required to submit the following materials:

The electronic application can be found at jobs.uiowa.edu. You must first create an account on the site, then refer to requisition #71626 to access the application.

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About our college

The University of Iowa College of Public Health (CPH) is one of the eleven colleges within the University of Iowa, a research-intensive public university and a member of the American Association of Universities. With a culture of inclusiveness and a motivation to excel, the university and CPH are dedicated to exploration, discovery, creation, and engagement.

Founded in 1999, the College of Public Health is the newest collegiate unit at the University of Iowa, and the only accredited school of public health in the state of Iowa.

The college is home to nearly 80 full-time faculty, more than 400 graduate students, and a new and growing undergraduate degree program. The CPH is composed of five departments: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health management and policy, and occupational and environmental health.

The college takes pride in its multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to addressing public health challenges and training the next generation of public health leaders, educators, and researchers.

Education

  • The college’s graduate level programs offer advanced study in public health as well as combined degree programs in business, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.
  • The new bachelor’s degree program, which began admitting students in fall 2016, makes UI the first Iowa Regents institution to offer an undergraduate public health major in this rapidly growing discipline.
  • An innovative “undergrad-to-grad” (U2G) program allows incoming undergraduate students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years, rather than the typical six years – saving students time, money, and expediting their pathway to a career in industry, policy, research, or public health administration.
  • Certificate programs, in areas such as Agricultural Safety and Health, Biostatistics, and Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology, provide focused curriculum to strengthen knowledge and skills in these disciplinary areas.
  • The CPH alumni body consists of more than 2,900 graduates who have made their marks across the globe, influencing policy, conducting research, guiding communities toward healthier outcomes, and training future public health educators and leaders. Alumni are involved in the college as mentors, lecturers, board members, practicum site hosts, and guests at special events.
  • The college provides a wide range of workforce development opportunities for the public health workforce. More than 19,000 individuals participated in the college’s continuing education programs in FY2016.

Research

  • The college’s highly productive research enterprise is fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and strong research infrastructure, including an array of well-establish and multi-disciplinary federal research centers, numerous pilot grant programs that nurture exploratory research, robust faculty mentoring initiatives, and a culture of collaboration.
  • College of Public Health faculty members secured $38.1 million in external funding for public health research in FY2017. In FY2017, CPH research productivity amounted to $482,090 in research dollars per faculty member.
  • Across all funding sources, public health investigators have a 45 percent success rate in securing new and competing awards (3-year average for the period ending June 2016). The success rate for only NIH new and competing awards is 41 percent.
  • The college’s research success occurs both through grants to individual investigators and through its 26 multi-disciplinary research centers. Examples of research innovation include:
    • Clinical Trials Research – The Clinical Trials Statistical Data Management Center is a national leader in providing statistical and data management support for large, multicenter clinical trials. The center serves as the national data coordinating center for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke's NeuroNEXT initiative, an innovative partnership involving academic centers, industry, and private foundations working to speed development of promising treatments for people with neurological disorders.
    • Population-based Cancer Research – The State Health Registry of Iowa, the state of Iowa’s cancer registry for more than 40 years, is the gold standard for determining the burden of cancer on Iowans and assessing trends in cancer occurrence and survival. It is one of 14 population-based registries nationwide reporting data to the National Cancer Institute’s SEER program. Each year, the registry’s extensive data resources support dozens of cancer research, prevention, and educational activities, ranging from studies of agricultural exposures to pesticides to cancer cluster investigations.
    • Place-based research: The college’s Prevention Research Center for Rural Health, funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collaborates closely with the southeast Iowa community of Ottumwa to conduct applied public health research addressing issues related to obesity.
    • Iowa Superfund Research Program – A recent five-year, $12 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will fund studies of the health effects of environmental pollutants, especially semi-volatile polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in water, former industrial sites, and the atmosphere. With this new grant, this program has received funding of approximately $40 million since 2005 for PCBs research as well as training support for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
    • Rural Policy Research – The Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, a program within the CPH-based national Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), provides timely analysis to federal and state health policy makers assessing the impact of health policy in America’s rural areas. Recent analyses include comparisons between rural and urban enrollment in health insurance marketplaces, the impact of health care reform on rural communities, telemedicine use, and the role of rural pharmacies in providing essential clinical services such as blood pressure monitoring, immunizations, and diabetes counseling.

Community Engagement

The college’s innovative community engagement activities reach people throughout all 99 of Iowa’s counties, across the United States, and around the globe. At the state level, programs help to monitor and prevent birth defects and cancers, train the local public health workforce in areas such as emergency preparedness and mandatory reporting requirements, engage local business leaders in community health initiatives, and assist elderly residents to maintain their independence.

Nationally, the college routinely convenes experts and policy makers to address current topics such as health disparities, opioid addiction, and health system reform. The college’s service function also includes commitment to train health specialists around the world, facilitating exchanges with professionals in Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and West Africa.

Some examples of the College's commitment to community engagement include:

  • The Business Leadership Network is a flagship initiative to foster relationships between the college and small- and medium-sized businesses and communities across Iowa. College faculty and students regularly engage with business leaders in community forums and through a statewide Steering Committee. The BLN’s small grant program provides support for local community health initiatives in areas such as healthy lifestyles, nutrition, children and youth programs, and workplace safety and wellness.
  • Faculty with expertise in community-based participatory research currently lead projects focusing on cancer prevention and increasing adults’ physical activity. The Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL), based in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, seeks to improve health through CBPR with communities who experience health inequities.
  • The college has established unique collaborations that integrate the arts with public health research and education. Partners have included the Iowa City-based Working Group Theatre, the University of Iowa’s Hancher Performing Arts Center, and individual artists working on projects that address bullying, aging, mental health, and other issues.
  • The college regularly participates in state-level events where faculty and students connect and discuss their work with public health practitioners, state legislators, and local communities. The college also frequently hosts free community events on-campus, including films, panel discussions, and invited speakers.
  • The college’s Iowa Public Health Heroes Award recognizes practitioners whose work promotes better health and prevents disease in the state.

Collaboration

The College of Public Health engages in innovative academic collaborations with units across the university, and partners at the state, national, and global levels to advance education, research, and public health policy.

  • A number of combined degree options are offered in conjunction with the UI Colleges of Business, Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy, and the Veterinary Medicine Program at Iowa State University. Additionally, CPH faculty are closely aligned with the Interdisciplinary Program in Human Toxicology.
  • The college offers undergraduate-to-graduate programs in partnership with the University of Iowa, Coe College, Cornell College, and Grinnell College.
  • The CPH is a leader in promoting interdisciplinary team-teaching across departments and encourages interprofessional education opportunities.
  • Our faculty conduct multidisciplinary research across campus with colleagues from the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Faculty also collaborate on research with investigators nationally and internationally.
  • The college’s Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) fosters new collaborations, within and outside the University of Iowa, by bringing together researchers, health care organizations, providers, citizens, community leaders, private partners, and policy makers to help shape and inform public health policy.
  • The College of Public Health and the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication recently collaborated to establish the University of Iowa as a member of the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium Network. The network provides opportunities to highlight critical public health issues in the media, sponsor campus visits by journalists and international reporting fellowship opportunities for public health and journalism students.

Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Public Health interprets diversity as embracing and respecting all races, nationalities, colors, creeds, religions, age, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference.

The college believes that diversity in the classroom is a vital component of educating future public health professionals and scientists. A well-rounded, culturally competent public health workforce is required to meet the health needs of the nation's growing ethnic and racial populations and to address the pressing health disparities faced by many groups. The college is committed to facilitating an atmosphere rich in cultural perspectives and actively supports and promotes diversity in the college and public health workforce.

  • The CPH Diversity Committee includes faculty, staff, and student representatives. This committee aims to promote and develop a culture of collaboration and inclusion in the college and university and works towards greater representation of those currently underrepresented in the college and in the public health workforce.
  • The Diversity Committee annually selects a number of incoming students to receive Underrepresented Student Recruitment Scholarships.
  • The college participates in two programs – the Summer Institute in Biostatistics and the Summer Health Professions Education Program – that introduce underrepresented undergraduate students to public health education, research, and careers.
  • The college regularly offers films, workshops, lectures, and other programs and activities that focus on diversity topics.

Philanthropy

Engaged and generous supporters have contributed to the success of the college’s philanthropy. At the conclusion of the University of Iowa’s recent For Iowa. Forever More campaign, more than 1,913 donors had contributed a total of $40 million to the College of Public Health, surpassing the $25.8 million goal.

Donors included many alumni, current and former faculty and staff, students, community members, and corporate and foundation partners. Their gifts supported a wide array of sectors, including students; faculty; the CPH leadership fund; rural health, comparative effectiveness research, and community engagement; the community outreach fund; facilities; and unrestricted support for the college’s greatest needs.

The College of Public Health works closely with the UI Foundation to support advancement initiatives. The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the UI, and its mission is to promote the UI’s commitment to excellence through engagement and philanthropy.

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About the
University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is a major national research university and member of the AAU. Founded in 1847 and consistently ranked among the top public universities in the country, Iowa’s oldest public university is now the largest of three governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Today, the University occupies a 1,700-acre campus in Iowa City and includes Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, Dentistry, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and a Graduate College.

As the first U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis and regardless of race, The University of Iowa also boasts the first College of Law west of the Mississippi River. The university has often led the country in academic innovation. The MFA degree was invented at the University of Iowa, thereby making it the first to accept creative work in theater, writing, music, and visual art as theses for advanced degrees. The university established the first educational radio station west of the Mississippi; broadcast the world’s first educational television programs; and developed educational testing, in which the university continues to hold preeminence.

Over 30,000 students are currently enrolled at Iowa. Fifty-four percent come from Iowa, 28 percent from adjoining states, and 5 percent from the remaining states. International students from 114 countries make up 12.7 percent of the University’s enrollment and that figure continues to increase each year. The university, with an annual operating budget of more than $3.5 billion, is the area’s largest employer with approximately 2,800 faculty and 13,000 staff members.

Living in Iowa City

A diverse community, an affordable place to live, and a vibrant cultural life make Iowa City an attractive home for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds. A growing community of about 72,000 people, Iowa City takes pride in openness, inclusion, and safety.

But it’s also a cultural hub, a gathering place for artists of every medium, the home of some of America’s most inventive minds, and so much more. Iowa City is one of just 20 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and the only one in the U.S., establishing it as an international destination for creative thinkers. That energy fills the streets, creating a vibrant place that we love to call home.

With outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a downtown filled with a lively mix of restaurants, shops, theater, music, and festivals, Iowa City is casual, comfortable, and cosmopolitan. Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are within easy driving distance, while the nearby Eastern Iowa Airport connects travelers to the world.

For all these reasons, Iowa City is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S.

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