Dean, School Of Dentistry

University of Missouri - Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 10, 2020
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Dean, School Of Dentistry
University of Missouri – Kansas City


The University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC), the largest comprehensive research university in the Kansas City metropolitan area, seeks a Dean for the School of Dentistry with the vision, experience, and energy to lead the school in its academic and clinical missions of research and scholarship, effective teaching and student success, and impactful engagement with citizens of the Kansas City region, Missouri, and beyond. The UMKC School of Dentistry seeks to appoint a dean able to help reinforce and strengthen the complex clinical infrastructure, usher in an elevated level of philanthropy and fundraising support, advance diversity and inclusion efforts, ensure long-standing student enrollment and retention, enhance the research and scholarship of the school. It is expected the dean will work collaboratively with the faculty, staff, students, alumni, community stakeholders, and school leadership to better position the school and university for the 21st century.


Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the next Dean will need to work to reestablish the school as one of the preeminent schools of dentistry in the region and country. A passionate and world-class collection of alumni, faculty, staff and students all stand ready to support the next dean as the school collectively looks to reach its vision of being a model oral healthcare education institution that maintains the highest ethical and scientific standards of care, serving patients and the profession in an evolving healthcare environment. The next Dean will need to mirror the institution’s value, support and advocacy for marginalized people and diversity, consistent with our strategic plan, and will be a leader that shows a behavioral commitment to equity, inclusion, and belonging


The Dean, serving as the chief academic and executive officer of the School of Dentistry, provides leadership and vision for the development and implementation of the School’s strategic future. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate capabilities in effective and inclusive leadership, knowledge and experience in the practice of clinical dentistry as well as the role of academic research and teaching within the field, and the ability to manage the complexities of the dental school people, programs and resources. The dean also be able to serve as a role model for dentistry and as an advocate for the school at the university, community and state levels.


Nominees and applicants should hold a DDS or DMD degree from an institution accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. An additional advanced degree is preferred, such as Ph.D., MBA, or Ed.D. Candidates should be eligible for appointment as a tenured professor.


Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, applicant material should be provided by January 31, 2021.


Candidates should include a cover letter outlining leadership qualifications as well as a detailed curriculum vitae. Later in the search process contact information for references and additional information may be requested. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.


Partnering with the school and UMKC in the search is Tim McIntosh, Director Recruitment for the University of Missouri System. Inquiries can be sent to or


The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal of collaboration and inclusion, and value the many unique qualities and experiences a diverse environment offers. The University will recruit and employ qualified personnel and will provide equal opportunities during employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.