College of Health Professions Dean Search

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Wichita State University seeks an experienced administrator and seasoned academic leader to serve as Dean of the College of Health Professions. This senior administrative appointment will assume leadership of a very strong and diverse academic unit.

As one of Wichita State University's six degree-granting colleges, the College of Health Professions offers twenty-three health professions programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degree levels. The College enjoys excellent physical facilities, and its health professions programs receive outstanding support from the surrounding health care community, which includes three major medical centers, a Veteran's Administration Center, a state medical school, and numerous clinical facilities and practitioners.

The University is located in a diverse metropolitan area of approximately 640,000. The economic base of the region is in technology-based manufacturing and health care and a higher percentage of Wichita's metropolitan GDP is derived from exports than any other metropolitan area in the country. Wichita State University expects to take a leadership role in diversifying the region's economy and enhancing the quality of life.

The Dean, who reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Health Professions and has the responsibility for advancing the academic quality and stature of the College. The Dean must be a visionary leader who is committed to strategic planning, inter-professional collaboration, ethical leadership, and is skilled in human and financial resource management. The new Dean will be charged with advancing the educational and research agenda of the academic units within the College and working closely with the major health care providers in the greater Wichita metropolitan area.

The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:

  • terminal degree in a health sciences or related discipline from an accredited institution;
  • a distinguished track record of teaching, research and service, or clinical experience;
  • effective interpersonal skills and highly proficient oral and written communications skills;
  • five years of significant administrative and leadership experience;
  • experience with accreditation processes common within colleges of health professions;
  • ability to clearly articulate the nature of the college mission in an urban setting;
  • demonstrated entrepreneurial skills combined with the ability to leverage the expertise of faculty to enhance the health of the citizens who reside in the greater Wichita metropolitan area and the state of Kansas;
  • demonstrated success in securing external funding;
  • demonstrated understanding of and a commitment to working as a member of the senior academic leadership team that consists of the vice president for academic affairs, the associate vice presidents for academic affairs and the college deans;
  • Experience in and/or expertise with the development of online curriculum.

The successful candidate will have the following preferred qualifications:

  • an innovative leadership style;
  • a combined passion for teaching and research;
  • prior success in leading and growing a major program, department, college, or business, including the recruitment and mentoring of researchers, practitioners, and educators who embody high caliber professionalism and diversity;
  • experience supporting technology transfer;
  • experience with public/private partnerships and engagement with the external community;
  • a commitment to inter-professional health education, health care and life sciences research, and to building a stronger community of healthcare practitioners, researchers, and students.

The new Dean will arrive at Wichita State University at an extremely exciting time in its history, as the University embarks on an ambitious plan for enrollment growth, enhanced research, the increased development of technology transfer opportunities under new leadership, and a capital campaign. Wichita State has an aggressive agenda in critical areas of academic quality, enrollment growth, research and innovation, technology transfer and the quality of student life. The College of Health Professions seeks a visionary leader to guide the college through this period of growth.

As online learning becomes an integral part of the growth of Wichita State University, the Dean will advocate for the development of high quality online and flexible courses within the College of Health Professions. The Dean will ensure continuous improvement of faculty through professional development to support the quality of curriculum and instruction in face-to-face, blended, and online modalities within the College of Health Professions. In support of WSU's mission, the Dean will advocate for and incorporate university systems and processes that support faculty and students both on-campus and off-campus.

Priority will be given to applicants who apply by January 10, 2014. Please go to https://jobs.wichita.edu for more details about the requirements for the position and the application process. For full consideration, applicants must submit on-line (1) cover letter of application describing abilities to meet required qualifications, (2) Curriculum Vitae, and (3) names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for five individuals who can be contacted for professional references, including current supervisor. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of background checks as required by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Search Committee

Don Gilstrap – Chair Dean, University Libraries
Denise Maseman Assistant Professor and Chair, Dental Hygiene
Rob Manske Associate Professor and Chair, Physical Therapy
Sue Nyberg Associate Professor and Director of Assessment, Physician Assistant Program
Victoria Mosack Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Tony DiLollo Associate Professor, Communication Science & Disorders
Ngoyi Bukonda Professor, Public Health Science
Jessi Raburn Senior Administrative Assistant, Dean’s office
Brandon Findley Undergraduate Student
Heidi Bell Graduate Student, Communication Science & Disorders
Lynette Murphy Director of Development, WSU Foundation
Laurie Labarca Administrator for Hospital Operations, Via Christi – St. Francis

 Wichita State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.