Dean, School of Dentistry

Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

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Position Number F67840 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Professor Working Title Dean, School of Dentistry School/Unit School of Dentistry Department School Of Dentistry Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Tenure Eligible Grant funded position? No
Mission or Goal of Unit

The primary mission of the School of Dentistry is to educate practitioners of Dentistry capable of meeting the general oral health needs of the communities they serve. Integral parts of the mission are research and other scholarly activity, patient care, and leadership in dental education and organized dentistry, and collaboration and participation with other units with VCU and VCU Health Systems.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

Virginia Commonwealth University ( VCU ) invites nominations and applications for Dean of the School of Dentistry. Hailed for its nationally ranked programs in multiple disciplines including the health sciences, VCU is a cutting-edge teaching and research university with a commitment to excellence, diversity, innovation, and outreach. VCU is the second largest university in Virginia and is ranked by the National Science Foundation as one of the top 100 research universities, with $335 million in sponsored research in FY2020. Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies VCU as an “R1 Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity” and the University also holds Carnegie’s “Community Engagement” status.

Today, the VCU community includes over 2,500 full time faculty, 10,400 staff, and more than 29,000 students in over 200 degree and certificate programs, across its campuses: the downtown Monroe Park and MCV campuses in Richmond, with health programs in Fairfax and Charlottesville, and a School of the Arts in Doha, Qatar. Classified as a Tier III institution with the highest level of financial authority by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, VCU educates and graduates more Pell-eligible and first-generation college-going students than its Tier III counterparts in the commonwealth combined.

The School of Dentistry ( SOD ) is part of VCU Health Sciences, which also includes the College of Health Professions, Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, and the Massey Cancer Center. Founded in 1893, the School is the only school of dentistry in the commonwealth of Virginia. The GPA and DAT credentials of accepted candidates are consistently among the top schools in the nation. SOD students go on to join a passionate and loyal group of alumni, many of whom are leaders in state, regional, and national dental organizations. The School provides care to approximately 30,000 patients in its clinics and serve thousands more through community outreach activities each year.

The School of Dentistry seeks in its next Dean an inspirational leader with proven administrative experience to work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators, within the School and beyond, to foster excellence in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and outreach and service. The Dean will be a person of the highest integrity with a collegial style that engenders trust and inspires excellence, and will have exemplary communication skills. The Dean will work closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, alumni, and external agencies to achieve the goals that align with VCU’s future plans and academic mission.

School of Dentistry Dean
The Dean, who serves as chief academic and executive officer of the School, provides strategic and intellectual leadership and administrative oversight for the School’s educational, clinical, research, service, and patient care programs. The Dean collaborates with faculty, students, and staff to create and sustain a unified vision for the School and to advance the School’s quality, reputation, stature, and goals. As leader and champion for the School, the Dean works with alumni and the dental community of practitioners.

The Dean reports to the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at VCU and CEO of VCU Health System and meets regularly with the SVP and the other Health Sciences Deans to provide advice and counsel. The Dean represents the School of Dentistry in University-level discussions and strategic initiatives and works with other school and college deans as a member of the VCU Deans Council to advance the educational mission of the University and to develop joint educational and research activities.

Position Responsibilities

The Dean will have substantial opportunities to lead a school that is already well-positioned in dental education and discovery. Important opportunities and challenges for the new Dean include:

Build and support a diverse and inclusive internal community
The Dean will be expected to promote and strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral to the mission and excellence of the School. The Dean will promote a community that is highly collaborative, celebrates student success, highlights faculty and staff accomplishments, and embodies a climate that celebrates breadth and inclusivity. The Dean will inspire and lead this talented community as they deliver exceptional academic programs, provide expert clinical care, and pursue the discovery of new knowledge that enhances oral health and overall health.

The Dean will work with School leadership, faculty, and staff to oversee structures and strategies to recruit, retain, mentor, and support faculty, staff, and students from underrepresented backgrounds and across other diverse populations. This work will become increasingly urgent as the School anticipates retirements in a competitive environment for faculty, and vies for a shrinking number of highly qualified student applicants. The School provides highly competitive faculty salaries and unique opportunities for students that can help attract the next generation of faculty, staff, and students. In supporting all missions of the School, balancing its excellence in clinical education and care delivery with a desire to increase the School’s research profile through support for current faculty and recruiting new research faculty, the dean will ensure that new faculty will be mentored and all faculty will have the opportunity for further professional development.

Establish and execute on a forward-thinking strategic plan
The new Dean will engage with the VCU community to develop a strong vision and implement a new strategic plan for the School. This plan, which is currently under discussion will not be completed until the new Dean has arrived, and will foster enduring bridges between the clinical education, clinical research, and basic research areas of the School; advance the School and University goals for interdisciplinary collaborations for excellence and impact; and help ease structural barriers that may exist in the translation of discovery to clinical care. Strong working relationships and transparent communications will allow the Dean, in consultation with faculty and staff, to lead the School and the execution of this plan successfully. While seeking and carefully considering collaborative input, the Dean also will be expected to make critical and potentially difficult administrative and strategic decisions that will position the School for future progress.

Developing and maintaining critical relationships across the University and broader community
The Dean will strengthen the SOD’s position on campus, building interdisciplinary partnerships, and advocating for the School. This commitment will be evident in the Dean’s work with other deans to create an outstanding interdisciplinary environment that supports collaborative educational and research efforts. These efforts should go beyond individual faculty working together but be focused on building strong systems of interdisciplinary collaboration. The Dean will also be a visible advocate and champion for the profession, engaging with alumni, the public, community leaders, organized dentistry, state and federal policy leaders, and potential donors.

Ensure the proper resources and infrastructure to achieve the School’s goals
The School is in a strong financial position. The next Dean must bring a savvy business sense and operational acumen to ensure continued strength, and make modifications to staffing, operations, and systems as needed to ensure that the School optimally supports excellent research, teaching, and clinical care delivery. The Dean must address the current space needs and pursue a new campus building which will allow for flexible education space, state-of-the-art operatories and laboratories, and additional research space. The new building, which is high on the list of University priorities, will require state and private backing to realize, presents an opportunity for the Dean to provide thought leadership in determining forward looking change in dental education.

To support the School’s future goals, the Dean will be expected to present a compelling vision for the School and energetically seek funds from a wide range of sources, including private philanthropy, corporations, and foundations. The Dean will work in conjunction with the University’s development team to communicate the School’s achievements and an ambitious plan for the future.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have a DDS, DMD, or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant field, as well as a proven record of achievement commensurate with an appointment as a tenured professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Successful candidates also must be able to play a major administrative and strategic leadership role in a large, complex, public research university. Additionally, candidates must have demonstrated commitment and success in promoting and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students and in the training of oral health practitioners who are prepared to attend to the unique needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates will have a broad set of skills and assets deemed important for success as the next Dean. While no one person will possess them all, the successful candidate will embody many of the following qualifications and attributes:

– A track record of successful leadership in education, research, clinical care, service, and administrative management.

– A distinguished academic background. A record of scholarly achievement, a history of teaching effectiveness, a record of administrative effectiveness, and acknowledged reputation in the provision of exemplary health care.

– Demonstrated success in managing and leading a complex organization undergoing significant and persistent change.

– Demonstrated ability to build a sense of community and to actively engage faculty, staff, students, alumni, and oral health professionals in support of a shared strategic vision.

– Demonstrated success in enhancing the education and research agenda of an academic unit or program, in responding to student needs and building environments that enhance student learning, and in building programs and environments that enhance faculty research productivity.

– Demonstrated interest and ability in generating external funding, including private fundraising for the School.

– Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills; the ability to listen attentively to varied perspectives; the ability to foster a supportive and collaborative working environment.

– A collegial, consultative management style, with the ability to be strong and decisive while also taking into account the needs and perspectives of faculty, staff, and students. The ability to collaborate and to delegate along with the ability to make difficult and timely decisions based on well-considered input.

– The ability to represent the School effectively; to build strong relationships with internal and external constituents, to be an effective advocate for the School and the advancement of the profession; and to demonstrate political astuteness that allows one to be an effective liaison between the School and external stakeholders, including practicing dentists and other health professionals, affiliates, health care systems, business and industry, and local, state, and federal policymakers.

– A clear understanding and interest in embracing new pedagogical and clinical care techniques, such as use of digital dentistry, to meet current and future needs of learners and clinicians.

– A high level of integrity and professionalism, and a commitment to support the professional development of faculty and staff.

Date Posted 06/03/2021 Open Until Filled Yes Application Deadline Date Proposed Hire Date 01/01/2022 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information

Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Virginia Commonwealth University has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (a resume and cover letter) should be directed electronically in confidence to the firm at, in addition to applying via this VCU job posting. All questions should be directed to Michael Baer or Amy Segal of Isaacson, Miller.

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, and future academic and professional activities have or will contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document

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