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Dean, College of Health Sciences

University of Wyoming
Wyoming, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 17, 2021

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The University of Wyoming seeks a Dean, College of Health Sciences
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Location: Laramie, Wyoming 

The Position:
The University of Wyoming seeks a dynamic, effective, and forward-thinking leader to serve as its next Dean of the College of Health Sciences. The Dean will have the extraordinary opportunity to lead the College through a time of transition and growth. The successful candidate will be a collaborative and energetic leader who will build upon the College’s previous inter-professional and clinical successes that laid the foundation for leading and managing change in a shifting higher education environment. Furthermore, the next Dean will be a distinguished researcher and academic leader capable of inspiring and supporting the faculty toward increasing the College's research productivity while continuing its commitment to preparing health care professionals for successful careers and service in the field. This position presents a tremendous opportunity for the Dean to forge new pathways of excellence in inter-professional, clinical, and inter-disciplinary efforts, strengthen existing relationships throughout the state, and enhance the national reputation of the College. With the incredible pace at which the health care landscape and health education are changing, UW’s next Dean and the CHS are poised to serve as influential contributors in attaining a regional, national, and international level of prominence in these fields. 

The Dean:

  • Is the chief academic and executive officer of the College and is responsible for providing leadership in academic, intellectual, fiscal, clinical, administrative, outreach, and fundraising activities.
  • Embraces shared governance, leading a team of innovative faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
  • Provides leadership to enhance sponsored research.
  • Ensures continuing excellence in the College’s programs that prepare and develop health care professionals.
  • Oversees the quality of the College’s academic programs and faculty and supports the faculty in creating a rewarding environment for education, research and scholarship, and service to the University, the region, and the State.
  • Has experience in recruiting, developing, retaining, and evaluating faculty and professional staff.
  • Provides oversight for the financial affairs of the College and its physical resources, including budget development and allocation.
  • Leads the faculty and staff in effectively integrating the academic and clinical missions of the CHS in a way that leverages existing strengths and identifies new opportunities that lead to greater research productivity, entrepreneurship, and statewide service, especially the area of rural health care.
  • Supports and advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion among faculty, students, and staff in all dimensions.
  • Serves as a strong advocate for the College, its faculty, and its students to work toward strengthening inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts within the University and with other community partners within the state of Wyoming.
  • Promotes the visibility and reputation of the College both inside and outside the University through interactions with a broad array of constituencies to advance the College and University’s reputation locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Drives a strong vision of innovation and inclusivity that includes a broad network of financial, campus, statewide, regional, national, and international partners.
  • Works actively to raise funds from varied sources - private donors, corporations, foundations, agencies of government – to support the research and service programs of the College and its faculty.
  • Provides leadership for effective use of technology to improve rural health care and overcome disparities in access to quality health care. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines of the College, or in a closely related field.
  • Successful academic leadership and accomplishments at the level of department head or above, in a department, center, or institute.
  • A scholarly leader with experience in fostering and supporting a culture that values interdisciplinary, applied, relevant, and impactful scholarship and research.
  • Demonstrated success in pursuing and securing external funding for research and service projects in the health sciences.
  • A record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership consistent with appointment as a full professor.
  • A record of responsibilities that include curriculum oversight, budgeting, strategic planning, recruitment and development of a diverse faculty and staff.
  • Familiarity with and ability to manage across the considerable breadth of health science disciplines represented in the College’s academic offerings. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of and a sincere commitment to the unique opportunities and challenges of holding a leadership position at a rural, land-grant university.
  • A track record of leadership in effective use of technology to improve development of health care professionals and the provision of rural health care.
  • A champion for inter-professional healthcare education in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.
  • Outstanding communication skills to articulate and advance the College’s interests within the University and with external constituencies.
  • Authentic leadership that summons the energies of the faculty and staff to maintain and build on the collegial culture of the College.
  • Charismatic leader to inspire the entrepreneurial team into the next phase of growth and success.
  • Ability to lead academic innovation that keeps pace with rapid change in health science knowledge, research, and practice. 

About the College of Health Sciences:
The College of Health Sciences (CHS) is the University of Wyoming's youngest and one of its largest colleges. The College offers degree programs in five divisions and schools: Nursing (B.S.N., M.S., and D.N.P.), Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Communication Disorders (B.S. and M.S.), Kinesiology and Health Promotion (B.S. and M.S.), Social Work (B.S.W. and M.S.W.), as well as a cooperative program in Dental Hygiene (B.S.D.H.). Faculty members also participate in inter-disciplinary doctoral programs including Biomedical Science, Neurosciences, and Molecular, Cellular Life Sciences. The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is part of the College. In addition, the College has two family medicine residency centers in Cheyenne and Casper, a federally qualified health center and a family medicine clinic and delivers first-year medical education through a cooperative arrangement with the University of Washington (WWAMI). Among the College’s assets are a strong tradition of inter-professional education, a research-active faculty committed to teaching excellence at all levels, and facilities that promote inter-disciplinary education and research opportunities.

The CHS serves the state with faculty and programs located around Wyoming, often in collaboration with the local community colleges. Health care is now team-based and the CHS has embraced an inter-professional approach to education and research throughout its programs. Students learn from contact and consultation with students and faculty in other disciplines, thereby strengthening the importance of collaboration in the provision of health care and social services. Faculty members have benefitted, as well, by their increased ability to make major research contributions addressing important national and international issues in health and well-being. 

The CHS is an extraordinary state and university asset for research, instruction, and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Addressing a rapidly changing healthcare environment and the looming healthcare-provider crisis facing the state and nation, the CHS is committed to and works to achieve its mission of "promoting excellence in health and human services through university teaching, research, and service with special emphasis on rural populations." For more information about the CHS, please visit 

About University of Wyoming:
Nestled amid the beauty of two mountain ranges in southeastern Wyoming, you will find the nationally recognized teaching and research institution, the University of Wyoming (UW). Established as a land-grant institution in 1886 when Wyoming was still a territory, UW has since grown to nearly 200 areas of study, drawing 12,500+ students from all 50 states and 90 countries. UW is known for its accomplished faculty and world-class facilities, its small student/faculty ratio and quality undergraduate and graduate programs within its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Business, Education, Engineering & Applied Science, Health Sciences, Law, School of Energy Resources, and Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. To learn more: 

Throughout its existence, UW has been the only four-year university in the state of Wyoming, though it maintains close relationships with the state’s seven community colleges. UW’s global impact begins with innovative undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and extends through state and federal partnerships and recent initiatives such as the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research and the School of Energy Resources. UW has played important roles in the lives of students, Wyoming residents, and communities for 133 years.

  • Recognized by Forbes in 2019 as one of America’s Best Value Colleges.
  • Rated as a “Top 15 Outdoor Adventure College” by Outside magazine.
  • Wyoming ranks #4 in the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best States for Higher Education.” 

The University community is working collaboratively to help the University reinforce and strengthen its reputation as it adapts to changing economic factors in the state and beyond. The University’s strategic roadmap, “Breaking Through 2017-2022: A Strategic Plan for the University of Wyoming,” shows that it’s an exciting time to be a part of UW as it embarks on new and exciting opportunities. 

Location: Located in Laramie, Wyoming, a town of more than 31,000 with a unique blend of sophistication and western hospitality, UW not only provides an environment for success but also offers varied academic and lifestyle opportunities. Laramie is a great place to live and work as it boasts a low cost of living with no state income tax as well as incredible outdoor recreational opportunities, an eclectic downtown area, and a great public school system. 

Why Consider the Opportunity:
Dynamic University. The University of Wyoming has energetic and visionary leadership that is moving the institution toward distinction, focused on increasing the level of both research activity and community engagement.

High-Performing College. The College’s people display positive morale and a passion for excellence. The faculty are collegial and collaborative. Strong enrollment, rooted in superior post-graduation career outcomes, highlights the excellence of the College of Health Sciences and its engaged students, faculty, and staff.

Land Grant Mission and Impact. This highly visible role provides the Dean a platform and an opportunity for notable impact in the University, the state, and the region. The Dean will strengthen the position of the College in its pioneering role in research and clinical professional education – both of which will have positive impacts on rural health care and overcoming disparities of access to quality health care.

Location. Laramie is a wonderful place to live and work. Laramie boasts a low cost of living, low property taxes, and no personal state income tax. The area offers incredible outdoor recreational opportunities, an eclectic downtown area, and a great public school system.

Benefits. Highly competitive benefits package, including outstanding retirement and health benefits. 

To Apply:
The University of Wyoming, in consultation with Summit Search Solutions, Inc., will begin a confidential review of application materials immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by February 4, 2022 will be given first consideration. Please submit a CV/resume and a letter of interest upon application. All applications and nominations will be held in confidence. To apply online, go to:  

For more information or to offer recommendations or nominations:
Stephanie Rivas-Fowler
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: (530) 677-9945 

Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. The University’s policy has been and will continue to be, one of nondiscrimination, offering equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, creed, ancestry, political belief, pregnancy, or other status protected by state and federal statutes or University regulations. The University’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all matters relating to its education programs and activities including recruiting, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, demotions, transfers, and all other terms and conditions of employment. To review the EEO is the Law Poster and its Supplement, please see The Diversity & Fairness page. 

Pursuant to Wyoming State law, W.S. 19-14-102, as amended, an honorably discharged veteran who has been a resident of the state of Wyoming for one (1) year or more at any time prior to the date when the veteran applies for employment, or any surviving spouse who was married to such veteran at the time of the veteran’s death, who is receiving federal survivor benefits based on the veteran’s military service and is applying for employment, shall receive an interview preference during the applicant screening process with the University of Wyoming. At the time of application, the applicant must possess the business capacity, competency, education or other qualifications required for the position. If disabilities do not materially interfere with performance of job duties, disabled veterans will be given preference over able-bodied veterans. Appropriate documentation of veteran status must be provided at the time of application as outlined in the application process. No preference will be given to a veteran currently employed by a public department. 

The University of Wyoming conducts background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check. 

Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.

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