The University of Iowa invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean, College of Public Health.
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:
- Advance the vision for the college. The dean will lead the effort to identify new and strengthen existing areas of education, research, and policy initiatives and serve as an advocate for the college.
- Champion diversity and inclusion. The dean will enhance the diversity of faculty, students, and staff, giving special attention to the recruitment and retention of women and individuals from under-represented groups. The dean will promote a welcoming and inclusive environment and uphold the college’s core value of social justice.
- Provide leadership for educational programs. The dean will provide visionary leadership to continue the development of a new undergraduate program and to strengthen existing graduate and professional degree programs. The dean will have a key oversight role in accreditation, program review, and other processes that support continuous improvement of the college’s educational activities.
- Advance public health research. The dean will serve as a thought leader and champion for multidisciplinary research that advances public health science. The dean will promote an intellectual environment that encourages and supports research and the creation and dissemination of new knowledge across the spectrum of public health, the health sciences, and related disciplines. The dean will recruit and develop faculty to enhance the college’s robust research enterprise, promote a national and international reputation for excellence, and produce well-prepared graduate students for research careers.
- Enrich collaborations across departments and with other colleges and programs. The dean will strengthen the already significant collaborations among researchers across departments within the college and across the University and explore new opportunities that will effectively leverage the expertise of participating faculty and graduate students.
- Steward and develop new community relationships. The dean will establish and sustain relationships to promote public health, building upon the substantial public health impact the college has made in Iowa, nationally, and internationally.
- Support institutional advancement and enhance fundraising capacity. The dean will generate private support for the college’s strategic priorities.
- Exercise sound financial judgment. The dean will manage financial resources wisely, maintain sound budgetary practices, and allocate resources to the greatest benefit of the college.
Competencies for Success
The dean’s search committee has identified the following as essential professional qualifications for the successful candidate:
- Academic accomplishment. The dean will be an individual of distinguished academic or scientific accomplishment to be eligible for an appointment at the rank of professor with tenure in the College of Public Health.
- Leadership skills. The dean will develop excellent educational and highly productive research programs. The dean will have the expertise to work with accrediting bodies and to use innovative strategies to improve upon instruction, professional practice, and undergraduate and graduate education.
- Fundraising skills. The dean will seek private support, identify philanthropic opportunities, and build and maintain relationships with individuals and institutions that can provide financial support to the college.
- Administrative skills. The dean will manage the human and financial resources and the administrative complexities of a comprehensive college of public health across its education, research, and service missions.
- Communication skills. The dean will communicate persuasively and respectfully and will inspire confidence, motivate others for engagement and innovation, address conflict constructively, and assemble a strong internal leadership team.
- Coalition building. The dean will develop and nurture significant partnerships and outreach programs with academic institutions, health systems, businesses, non-profit organizations, and with the wider community.
- Diversity advocacy. The dean will work effectively with diverse individuals and groups and advance diversity and cultural competency to support the college’s education, research, and public health missions.
- Terminal degree(s) in one’s discipline with a national/international reputation and a professional record that merits appointment as a full professor with tenure in one of the five departments of the College of Public Health
- Leadership style that is transparent and collaborative and that demonstrates integrity, instills trust, and inspires others to strive for excellence
- Leadership experience in a research intensive setting
- Achievements in promoting a diverse and inclusive environment
- Ability to foster an environment in which excellent teaching and scholarship can flourish
- Ability to develop and promote public health outreach
- Ability to work effectively with key stakeholders to manage or drive organizational change
- Strong communication skills
- Record of external research funding
- Human resources and financial management experience
- Experience in developing faculty and professional staff
- Record of assessing needs and developing and executing strategic plans
- Record of community engagement and a strong commitment to work effectively with state and local government agencies, business and health system leaders, and non-profit organizations
- Administrative experience in an academic setting in a leadership position
- Experience in shared faculty governance
- Active membership and leadership in national professional organizations
- This position reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost
- Faculty recruitment and appointment, as well as tenure and promotion processes
- Fiscal planning and management of budget
- Space and equipment utilization
- Philanthropic outreach
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joseph Cavanaugh, Professor and Head of the Department of Biostatistics (email@example.com).
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.
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.
- No. 2 Best Places to Live, Small to Mid-Size U.S. Cities (Livability.com)
- No. 3 Best Place to Live in the U.S. (Outside Magazine)
- No. 4 Best Place to Retire in the U.S. (NBC's Today Show)
- No. 5 Best College Towns in America (Business Insider)