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Founding Dean, College of Health and Human Services

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08/19/08
The University of North Carolina Wilmington seeks applications and nominations for the position of founding Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. UNCW is creating a new, unified administrative unit to lead its efforts to improve the health and wellness of the people and communities of its service region.

The Dean of the College of Health and Human Services will lead an interdisciplinary and integrated academic division that includes nursing, social work, and health and applied human sciences. Programs include bachelor’s degrees in nursing, clinical research, social work, athletic training, community health, exercise science, gerontology, physical education, parks and recreation management, and recreation therapy; and master’s degrees in nursing and clinical social work.

The Dean of the College of Health and Human Services will lead an interdisciplinary and integrated academic division that includes nursing, social work, and health and applied human sciences.  Programs include bachelor’s degrees in nursing, clinical research, social work, athletic training, community health, exercise science, gerontology, physical education, parks and recreation management, and recreation therapy; and master’s degrees in nursing and clinical social work.

As the head of the college, the dean will work collaboratively with faculty from these units to ensure a comprehensive, coherent, challenging, and interdisciplinary curriculum; an excellent faculty; focused research; exemplary teaching and learning practices; and innovative and sustainable regional engagement and application.  The new college will significantly enhance collaboration not only among the academic professional education programs brought together under its roof but also with the wide array of disciplines that have instructional, research or application areas with implications for health.  These include areas such as biology, psychology, ethics, public sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and biochemistry, education and public administration. UNCW’s vision for the new college can be found here.

To support the new college, two of four facilities have been funded: the new Psychology Building and the School of Nursing facility. A third facility in the planned Health Quad and home to the new college, the Allied Health and Human Sciences Building, has received approval and planning funding. More information on these capital projects can be found here.

The successful candidate must be a dynamic, energetic, articulate, and motivational team builder and visionary with a commitment to transdisciplinary principles.  The candidate must demonstrate the ability to manage complex academic organizations, work effectively and collegially with all members of the campus and community, promote shared governance, excellent communication skills, sound judgment, and decisive leadership.  An interest in developing and implementing curricula related to culturally diverse populations is helpful.

Minimum qualifications include at least five years of experience as an academic dean or comparable senior level officer, a demonstrated history of strong leadership and successful implementation of complex initiatives, and network development in the health service area

An earned doctorate in an academic discipline related to health and human services from an accredited institution is preferred. Candidates should also possess a record of distinguished accomplishments related to health and human services consistent with an appointment as professor with tenure at UNCW.

UNCW, one of seventeen constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina, has a student population of over 12,000 and for ten consecutive years has been ranked in the top ten of public master's universities in the South by US News and World Report. For the fourth consecutive year, UNCW has received the "Best in the Southeast" designation by The Princeton Review. Further information about UNCW and its rankings can be found here and here. Located in the historic, coastal, seaport community of Wilmington, the university is ideally situated between the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean.  Wilmington has an active arts, cultural, and business environment that serves both year round residents and vacationers, and is recognized for its significant health care resources that include research, education, and clinical services.

To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at http://consensus.uncw.edu. A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Dr. Cathy Barlow, Chair, Search Committee, and attached to the online application - not emailed, mailed or faxed.  Attachments must be either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents.  For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. May Galli at 910-962-2188. Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release. Priority consideration will be given to online applications received by September 26, 2008, but they will be accepted until the position is filled.

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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