The Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences will be an energetic, self-assured leader of stature with a deep knowledge of and commitment to research, teaching and engagement. The Dean will also be a capable executive with skills in fiscal and human resource management and fundraising development. The candidate must have the personal leadership style necessary to advance the college and inspire faculty and students as well as possess qualifications appropriate to a tenured professor in a department in one of the schools in the college. The candidate will enhance the College’s growing reputation as a leader in healthcare education and research, and build on the institution’s substantial strengths in academics, engagement, and outreach.
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
The Dean is the chief advocate and intellectual leader for the mission and purpose of the College of Health and Human Sciences and provides leadership in formulating and implementing a vision for the college, within the framework of the goals and mission of the university.
- Developing a Unifying and Shared Vision for Academic Excellence
The Dean will engage with faculty, staff and students to develop a strategic vision for the college that integrates the various disciplines, schools and programs within college including developing strategies that support the research, teaching and engagement excellence of the college, and further the integration of this tripartite mission.
- Strengthening and Supporting a Culture of Inclusive Excellence
The Dean will be engaged in achieving NIU’s mission, vision and values regarding social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and will support processes for the hiring, development and retention of faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of NIU’s student population.
- Leveraging the Promise of a New Health Informatics Technology Building
NIU has recently begun the process of planning for a new building that will co-locate dispersed health profession programs, increase opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in which the dean will play a critical role in the planning process for this facility.
- Enhancing Community Engagement and Resource Development
The college plays in integral role in supporting the health care needs of DeKalb and the state of Illinois. The Dean will establish and strengthen mutually beneficial partnerships with community partners to further the academic life of NIU’s students.
- Fostering a Culture of Honesty, Transparency and Collaboration
The Dean will embrace an inclusive, collaborative approach to managing the college and will foster a culture of transparency and integrity as well as play a critical role in formulating recommendations for consideration by the President and Provost on administrative, educational policy, financial, governance, institutional advancement, and other matters.
Minimum Required Qualifications for this position
- Earned terminal degree from a regionally accredited university.
- Record of teaching and scholarship that would qualify an appointment as a full professor with tenure in an academic department in the college.
- 5 to 10 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)
Education and Experience Preferred
The candidate will have the following preferred qualifications, demonstrating knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
- Provide creative and distinctive academic leadership to the academic programs, continually seek opportunities to advance academic excellence and innovation in teaching and research.
- Manage the resources of the college to ensure the financial resources are adequate and prudently managed through an effective annual operating budget and long-term financial planning.
- Articulate the vision and mission of the college to enhance the reputation of the college.
- Strong and effective administrative skills, with a capacity to build and develop working teams.
- Experience with, and deep respect to diversity, equity and inclusion as exhibited by a record of promoting diversity within a student body, faculty and administrative team.
- Possession of the intellectual leadership to provide guidance to a vibrant community of scholars.
- Knowledge and understanding of the changes taking place in health care education, while working with the faculty, curriculum and program development to meet the needs of the students.
- Work collegially with members of the university’s executive administration.
- Develop collaborative programs with other university colleges and departments, managing growth and change, and resolving conflict and building consensus.