Dean, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

MGH Institute of Health Professions
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 23, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
MGH Institute of Health Professions, an independent, not-for-profit graduate school founded by Massachusetts General Hospital, invites applications and nominations for Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). The successful candidate will assume leadership of a school with several nationally ranked degree programs, an impressive research portfolio, and the potential for expansion through collaboration with the School of Nursing and the newly launched School of Healthcare Leadership.

The Dean of SHRS will join a learning-centered environment empowered by recent growth, inspired by a commitment to interprofessional education and practice, and enriched by talented staff and faculty. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of SHRS. SHRS departments include communication sciences and disorders, genetic counseling, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, and rehabilitation sciences. Chairs of those programs report to the Dean along with two assistant deans.   

MGH Institute of Health Professions has announced an organization-wide anti-racism initiative to think boldly about race and bring together all members of the IHP community to address systemic racial injustice as well as oppression more broadly. The plan seeks to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment and better support the diverse communities the school serves. We are excited about this new initiative and are hiring employees who are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and will contribute to our anti-racism and anti-oppression approach. 

The successful candidate for Dean will have achieved excellence as a scholar, academic administrator, and leader with considerable financial skills and demonstrated ability to attract talent, empower colleagues, and promote growth. While no candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional and personal qualifications. 


Applicants for this position should have academic credentials qualifying them for a faculty appointment at the rank of professor. Licensure/certification in one of the professions represented in the School is preferred.


  • Strategic and visionary thinking   
  • Clear and fair decision-making capability    
  • Ability to convene leaders and build consensus around goals and implementation plans  
  • Excellent communication skills through the appropriate channels with consistency, attention to impact, and self-awareness  
  • Actively builds a school-wide identity  
  • Empowers subordinates through delegation   
  • Fluent with using data and technology to direct financial management, planning, and budgeting   


  • Leadership across multiple departments or in a cross-functional role especially in clinical education at the graduate level
  • Navigating and leading through change, creating an environment of agility to proactively prepare for and respond to evolving needs in the context of ambiguity.   
  • Promoting learning innovations to guarantee student success in an interprofessional setting.
  • Record of impactful research and demonstrated appreciation for the place of research in a higher education setting as balanced with teaching and service.  
  • Active advocacy for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, especially in policy creation, culture, and curricula.  
  • Efficient management of financial enterprises and/or experiences in diversifying and bolstering revenue streams.

For a full description of the position and its responsibilities, please see


Potential dates for this search have been outlined as follows: 

  • Presentation of qualified candidates to Search Committee: Late November
  • Round one interview dates: December 
  • Round two interview dates: February
  • Anticipated start date for Dean: July 1, 2022

Procedure for Candidacy 

Please direct all nominations and applications (including a CV and cover letter) to Joanna Duggan via email at

EEO Statement 

The MGH Institute of Health Professions values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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