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Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences

Employer
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Location
Colorado, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 4, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans, Student Affairs, Health Services
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS). The College seeks a Dean who will have a strong understanding of the complex social, political, economic, and technological changes affecting higher education today and bring creativity and vision to help the College meet those potential challenges in a direct and assertive manner. The individual will also capitalize on the University’s successes and continued momentum while leveraging its mission and values to create a lasting imprint on the city of Denver, the state of Colorado and beyond.

College of Health and Human Sciences

The inaugural dean position was established out of the College of Health and Applied Sciences (CHAS). CHAS is being reorganized into two Colleges: the College of Health and Human Sciences and the College of Aerospace, Computing and Engineering to better support the academic programs and units within each division. The multi-year reorganization process has resulted in an intentional programmatic alignment and design that provides entrepreneurial opportunities for the inaugural dean.

The College of Health and Human Sciences serves almost 9,000 students annually and offers 19 undergraduate degrees, eight graduate degrees and five certificate programs in the eight departments that include: Criminal Justice and Criminology; Health Professions; Human Performance and Sport; Human Services and Counseling; Nursing; Nutrition; Social Work; and Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences. The College is also home to MSU Denver’s Health Institute, a collaboration of ten departments that creates a synergistic collaboration among the health-related programs in two colleges in the University with partners in the community. The Health Institute’s primary goal is to meet Colorado’s demand for highly skilled health professionals with the most holistically trained, diverse job candidates in the state. This goal is met through partnerships with community leaders and the implementation of programming dedicated to recruiting and graduating students for the health and mental and behavioral healthcare workforce.

The University

Established in 1965, MSU Denver was founded to serve students who were underrepresented in higher education whose life paths and experiences did not fit the traditional mold. Fifty-five years later, the University continues to serve more than 19,000 of Colorado’s extraordinary and diverse students, providing them with the foundation on which to build their unique aspirations. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only one with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, the University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. Nearly 80% of MSU Denver students work while going to school and the University is focused on making sure they have the well-rounded educational experience and wraparound services they need to excel.

MSU Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. The student population consists of nearly 55% first generation students and over 50% students of color. The University creates an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. MSU Denver greatly values the diverse identities and perspectives of its students, faculty, and staff and recognizes that to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. The University continues to strive in providing a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success. For more information about MSU Denver, please visit https://msudenver.edu/.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief administrative officer and spokesperson for the College and manages its resources. The Dean will be expected to lead the faculty and staff in creating and articulating a compelling and unified vision that leverages the College’s existing strengths and identifies new opportunities to create synergies that lead to greater scholarly productivity, fundraising, grant acquisition, curricular innovation, entrepreneurship, and statewide service. As the College’s most passionate champion, the Dean will play a key role in further strengthening the College’s commitment to improving health and eliminating health disparities and health inequities in the local Denver community and amongst underserved populations regionally, within the state of Colorado, and across the globe, with specific attention to elevating the prominence of the Health Institute. The Dean will serve as a leading voice on innovative instructional and educational programming that will continue to provide faculty and students the opportunity to engage in research and creative scholarship to expand knowledge and understanding in the world.

In serving as a vital link between the University and community stakeholders, the Dean is also responsible for developing partnerships and advocating on behalf of its faculty and students as they work toward strengthening interdisciplinary efforts and partnerships within the University and with community partners (e.g., corporations, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, etc.) within the region and the state of Colorado. In doing so, the Dean will advance the College’s and University’s reputation locally, regionally, and nationally through the relationships with these key stakeholders. With the incredible pace at which the health landscape and health education are changing, MSU Denver’s Dean and the College of Health and Human Sciences are poised to serve as influential contributors in attaining a regional and national level of prominence in these fields. For a complete list of qualifications, please visit https://www.spaexec.com/pd/MSUDenverHHS.pdf

Compensation

It is anticipated that the salary for this position will range between $200,000 to $220,000.

Application Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Robin Reyes, Senior Associate

Email: apsearch@spaexec.com

Refer to code “MSUDenver-HHS” in subject line

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Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms.

Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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