The University of Wyoming (UW) seeks a dynamic, effective, and forward-thinking leader to serve as its next Dean of the College of Health Sciences (CHS). 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 balancing 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.
Overview of the College of Health Sciences
The College of Health Sciences 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 DNP), 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 Neurosciences, and Molecular, Cellular Life Sciences. Other academic and administrative units include WIND (Wyoming Institute for Disabilities), and WyCOA (Wyoming Center on Aging). 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 profited, 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 health-care-provider crisis facing our 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 http://www.uwyo.edu/hs/.
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. S/he is also responsible for supervising the faculty and staff, and managing fiscal resources including physical facilities of the College. The Dean 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. The Dean will be expected to lead 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 to create synergies that lead to greater research productivity, entrepreneurship, and statewide service, especially the area of rural health care.
The Dean will serve as a strong advocate for the College, its faculty, and its students to work toward strengthening inter-disciplinary efforts within the University and other community partners within the state of Wyoming. In addition, the Dean will also promote the visibility and reputation of the College both inside and outside the University through interactions with a broad array of constituencies in order to advance the College and University's reputation locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 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 and national level of prominence in these fields.
Established in 1886, the University of Wyoming is a land-grant, doctoral/research university, Division I member of the NCAA—Mountain West Conference, set in the front range of the Rocky Mountains at 7,200 feet. UW is the only four-year public university in the state and combines major-university benefits and small-school advantages. In fall 2017 the university had a total enrollment of 12,397 students, evenly divided between male and female students, from all 50 states and 91 countries. It offers 192 majors, including 21 certificate programs, 78 bachelor's programs, 57 master's programs and 36 doctorate/professional programs. It is institutionally accredited and four colleges, including the College of Business, hold specialty accreditation. External research funding was over $95 million in FY16. Annual private giving for the same period exceeded $63 million. The University's FY18 Operating Budget is $471.6 million of which 46% comes from State appropriations. Exceptional state support makes it possible for UW to offer one of the lowest tuition rates in the country - $5,217 for resident undergraduates and $16,827 for non-resident undergraduates. In addition to the operating budget appropriation, the State funds the Hathaway Scholarship program. In 2016, the last year for which there are records, 3,174 resident students received scholarships between $1,680 and $3,360 (amount is based upon high school achievement). An additional margin of excellence is provided by UW's endowments, which rank among the highest per full time student in US public universities at over $500 million. For more information about the University of Wyoming, please visit http://www.uwyo.edu/.
Application and Nomination 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 curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications will remain confidential until the selection of the finalists, whose names and application materials will be made public.
Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:
The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness.
We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.