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Associate Dean for Research and Discovery

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 18, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Dentistry, Medicine, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Full Time
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The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is seeking to enrich the diversity of the University community and invites applications for a full-time tenured faculty position to serve as the Associate Dean for Research and Discovery.

The Associate Dean for Research and Discovery for the School of Dentistry (SOD) is responsible to provide strategic leadership for research initiatives, establish appropriate research metrics to ensure institutional effectiveness in research, and work as a liaison to the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Associate Dean for Research and Discovery reports directly to the Dean of the SOD and is a member of the Dean’s Executive Team, known as the Council of Chairs. The Associate Dean, in conjunction with the Research Committee and the Dean, will facilitate a vision for research within the SOD.

The Associate Dean works closely with the Department Chairs to assist in the recruitment of research intensive faculty; advises on resources necessary to maintain an outstanding research and research training infrastructure and culture; identifies and explores funding mechanisms to support research and research training; works with other schools and units to explore collaborative research opportunities for faculty; develops options for the planning and management of research space; and manages research-related regulatory and compliance activities and school-wide training initiatives.

The School of Dentistry is seeking an Associate Dean with leadership skills.  The Associate Dean is expected to lead a collaboration to redesign the existing research space to facilitate a more cooperative working environment. As a leader, the Associate Dean is expected to foster translational, interdisciplinary and interprofessional research initiatives. The Associate Dean for Research should have a strong understanding and appreciation of the role of oral health in general health and basic and translational science, which should guide new research initiatives and help shape SOD research for the next generation of faculty researchers.

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Diverse teams, perspectives, and backgrounds are necessary to create a strong and creative team that communicates effectively to the University’s many communities, on campus and beyond. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, women, veterans, and members of historically underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.

To read the full position description and to apply, please visit and search for job # 345097.

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled.

Required qualifications

  • PhD degree with sustained success as an NIH-funded researcher with ten or more years of experience
  • Knowledge of how to establish a diverse research portfolio (i.e., NIH, Foundation, Industry)
  • An awareness of future research directions and innovation in fundamental science, dentistry, and medicine
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with other campus units and external partners
  • Experience leading, supervising, or managing development teams or programs.
  • Superior communication skills and the ability to connect with a variety of audiences through clear and effective written and oral presentations.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, exemplified by the ability to lead teams, work effectively and collaboratively with multiple groups and diverse constituencies, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace

Preferred qualifications

  • D.S. or D.M.D degree with knowledge and appreciation of clinical research and the resources required to engage at a high level
  • Ability to work collaboratively with basic science, clinical science, and educational based researchers
  • Knowledge or experience in important frontiers in dental, oral, and craniofacial research, for example, oral cancer and/or salivary diagnostics
  • Knowledge or experience in designing or renovating research space
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