Dean of the College of Health

Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 29, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Position Title

Dean of the College of Health

Additional Information

Ball State University and the College of Health seek a strategic, collaborative and community-minded leader to serve as its next dean. The incoming dean will have the opportunity to lead the college and serve as a member of an engaged and innovative academic leadership team as the University implements a new strategic plan and decentralized, incentive-based budget model.

For information on how to apply or to submit nominations, please refer to the section “Procedure for Candidacy” in the Special Instructions section of this posting.

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

Fiscal Year - FT Continuing Contract

Position Function

The dean is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the operational, personnel, budgetary, fundraising and student activities of the college and providing leadership and direction in the development and implementation of curricula and academic programming. The dean is expected to foster interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations within the college, across campus, and in the community; promote open, transparent, and inclusive communication; and facilitate strategic planning and goal development across the academic departments and units in unison with the campus’s broader strategic plan. The dean will serve as a visible and external advocate for the College, both on campus and within the local healthcare community, to sustain and deepen partnerships and generate new streams of revenue and health-related programs that support the teaching, research and service goals of the school.

Minimum Education

Advanced degree in the health professions or a relevant and related field.

Minimum Experience

A demonstrated track record of progressive administrative leadership experience in an academic setting, health profession or relevant and related field.

Academic record or equivalent experience that meets the requirements of the rank of professor in one of the units of the college.

Minimum Other

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Doctoral degree in related field or discipline.

Preferred Experience

• Proven ability to conceive, implement, and foster a shared vision; ability to imagine new possibilities for the college and develop strategic directions for the future as well as the organization-wide energy to execute and deliver on the vision.
• Record of commitment to regional and professional accreditation standards for the unit and demonstrated understanding of compliance and resource needs for accreditation and regulatory processes in the health professions
• Record of commitment to and leadership on issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, free speech, and the capacity and willingness to advance inclusive excellence
• Record of success managing a complex academic enterprise or demonstrable potential to do so; experience with appointment, evaluation, and promotion of personnel, processes, and procedures; prior success leading or supporting faculty recruitment, retention, and development efforts that enhance academic and inclusive excellence
• Sophisticated ability to manage resources and complex budgets in a decentralized environment, adjusting operational decisions based on college and unit variances; capacity to develop, implement, and administer policies and procedures that support institutional mission and goals
• Ability and willingness to play a signature role in fundraising efforts, with demonstrable success in, or potential for, securing external funding
• Ability to make timely, balanced, courageous, data-informed decisions
• Capacity for change management; agility, flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity, and experience managing organizational change

Preferred Other

• Commitment to student, faculty, and staff success, and to Ball State’s enduring values: excellence, innovation, courage, integrity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, and gratitude
• Ability to interact and communicate effectively with a broad range of constituents; ability and inclination to listen to and learn from others; and excellent relationship management skills
• Capacity for and commitment to community engagement, and a record of positive impact on underserved communities
• Commitment to advancing current graduate programs and developing innovative educational opportunities at both the graduate and undergraduate level
• Ability to represent the College of Health and articulate its mission and vision compellingly to internal and external audiences; the drive and capacity to enhance the college’s public presence, impact, and reach
• Record of success managing a complex academic enterprise or demonstrable potential to do so; experience with appointment, evaluation, and promotion of personnel, processes, and procedures; prior success leading or supporting faculty recruitment, retention, and development efforts that enhance academic and inclusive excellence

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a credit check., Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

Chairpersons of the Departments of Social Work, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Nutrition and Health Science, Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology and Counseling, School of Nursing, School of Kinesiology; Human Performance Lab; Fisher Institute for Health and Well Being; Director of IPE &P; Director of Simulation; Director of Integrated Clinics Associate Deans; and Office Manager & Secretary to the Dean.

Required Certifications

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO /AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


Exec VP Academic Affairs/Provost:170010

Department Information

The new College of Health ( COH ) opened in Fall 2016, bringing together multiple health-related disciplines that leverage may of the institution’s distinguished and highly ranked programs in health and wellness. The college’s seven academic units include: counseling psychology, social psychology, and counseling; kinesiology; military science ( ROTC ); nursing; nutrition and health science; social work; and speech pathology and audiology. The College also includes 14 clinics, centers, and labs. In Fall 2019, the COH opened a new $62.5 million Health Professions building, bringing faculty, students, and staff together in a state-of-the-art learning environment that embraces an innovative, collaborative, and contemporary learning environment.

Department Email or Phone Number

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to consultants Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Julia Venetos at

Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Develop a unifying and shared vision for College of Health. The dean must recognize and celebrate the value of each of its distinctive components, including every department, center, clinic, and lab, uniting them with a shared vision. The dean will lead and facilitate the strategic planning process for the college in alignment with the University’s strategic plan.



Job Duty

The dean must be able to understand and advocate for each unit individually and facilitate opportunities for collaborations among them to the benefit of the college, the community, and the field.



Job Duty

Foster a culture of honesty, transparency, and collaboration. Model open dialogue and communication around the decision-making process and work in close partnership with the faculty, deans, and other campus-wide constituents.



Job Duty

The dean must be capable of making timely, principled decisions in the best interest of the college. A high priority should be placed on building productive, collaborative, and constructive relationships in an effort to instill trust and teamwork that leads to positive results and effective decision-making.



Job Duty

Actively strengthen a culture of inclusive excellence. The dean is expected to advance an institutional culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion through processes for hiring, developing, and retaining faculty and staff who reflect the increasing diversity of Ball State students. Continue the University’s efforts to be an inclusive community and to foster further integration and collaboration in support of diversity and inclusiveness across campus offices and constituencies, including the diversity of ideas and free speech.



Job Duty

Attract external financial support for the college, particularly to support student and faculty needs as well as innovative initiatives at the college and unit levels. Stimulate the procurement of external grants and cultivate opportunities for fund raising.



Job Duty

Provide leadership and maintain close contacts with external constituencies that promote the college’s activities and programs.



Job Duty

Establish and strengthen mutually beneficial partnerships with community partners and organizations while enhancing the learning experiences of Ball State students.



Job Duty

Leverage opening of the new Health Professions Building,



Job Duty

Act as fiscal agent for the college and allocate funds and resources in a manner that supports the mission of the college.



Job Duty

Receive recommendations from units concerning the appointment of chairpersons or directors and, in turn, make recommendations to the Provost and President.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

Procedure for Candidacy:

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited.

Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Ball State University in this search.
For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by November 23, 2020.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal at

Questions, nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Julia Venetos

To learn more about Ball State University and the College of Health, visit and

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