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Dean, School of Health Professions

The College of St. Scholastica - Duluth
Duluth, Minnesota
Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Jan 3, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The College of St. Scholastica (CSS), a regional comprehensive Catholic Benedictine institution in Duluth, Minnesota, seeks a visionary, inspiring and transformational leader to serve as its next Dean of the School of Health Professions. The programs offered through the School of Health Professions have strong enrollments, reputations of disciplinary excellence, and opportunities for growth. Several of the programs within the School of Health Professions are located at The College of St. Scholastica Main Campus and Health Science Center (HSC), both in Duluth, MN. Nursing programs are also offered at the St. Cloud, MN site. Main campus includes 10 simulation suites within the simulation lab utilizing cutting edge instructional technology. The HSC includes state-of-the-art classroom space, a research laboratory, meeting rooms, faculty offices, and lounge areas overlooking Lake Superior. The maurice’s ® Community Clinic is also located in the HSC, providing students with mentored hands-on learning and interdisciplinary training. The College requires an academic leader who brings a passion for and relentless pursuit of academic excellence while ensuring alignment with the College’s mission, vision, strategic plan and goal of inclusive excellence. Our Carnegie classification is Doctoral/Professional.

The Dean reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership in all aspects of the academic programs in the School of Health Professions including athletic training, exercise physiology, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant medicine. Degrees offered include undergraduate and graduate levels and traditional, extended, and online formats: Bachelor of Science (exercise physiology, nursing – traditional undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and RN to BS), Master of Science (athletic training, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physician assistant medicine), Doctor of Physical Therapy (including transitional DPT), and Doctor of Nursing Practice with a major in Healthcare Leadership in three concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Ensuring the quality of all academic offerings within the School of Health Professions and working collaboratively with the School’s 79 faculty and 13 staff is essential.

In addition to managing the day-to-day business of the School, the Dean provides leadership in offering students a mission-driven education in the Catholic intellectual tradition through a qualified faculty and appropriate academic program. The Dean appoints department chairs and works collaboratively with the chairs to meet the Schools strategic priorities, recommends faculty for tenure and promotion, manages budgets, and plays a key role in hiring, retaining and evaluating faculty.


The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate cultural fluency through continuous participation in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) during multiple career stages.
  • Possess a proven record of advocacy for and commitment to EDI and ability to advance the College’s Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan.
  • Demonstrate a record of strategic leadership, experience with assessment and accreditation, ability to support professional development and encourage new initiatives across all departments within the School of Health Professions.
  • Demonstrate working with external partners, clinical sites, the School’s Advisory Board(s), funders, and donors.
  • Advance the Catholic Benedictine identity and values of the College.


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