Drexel University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health. Drexel University seeks an accomplished and inspiring leader to serve in this key leadership position to develop and advance a vision of education, research, and practice, and provide support to a talented faculty and staff and a supportive administration. This position represents an opportunity to build on the remarkable successes the School has achieved over the past decade and extend the positive trajectory for many years to come. With a focus on sustaining and advancing the School’s academic excellence, research agenda, and community partnerships, the next dean will lead the Dornsife School of Public Health to its next era of impact and renown.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
Drexel University was founded in 1891 as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, by Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel. Coeducational since its inception, the original mission of the institution was to provide educational opportunities for women and men of all backgrounds in the "practical arts and sciences" while responding to societal needs.
Today, Drexel is a comprehensive global R1 research university with a unique model of experiential learning that combines academic rigor with one of the nation’s premier cooperative education programs. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a vibrant city of 1.6 million residents, Drexel is central to research and practice hubs in the academic, health, industry, and government sectors. Drexel is home to 15 colleges and schools, offers over 200 degree programs, and provides educational opportunities in person and online through Drexel Online. A hallmark of the Drexel education is the cooperative education program, or co-op. Most undergraduates and graduates from select graduate programs alternate classroom study with up to three periods of full-time, paid, or unpaid employment in their field. Co-op programs enable students to gain hands-on experience locally, nationally, and internationally, and many students will ultimately find post-graduate employment with the industry leaders who partner with Drexel to offer co-op programs.
THE DORNSIFE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The Dornsife School of Public Health was founded on the principle of health as a human right and the recognition of the importance of social justice as a means to achieve health for all. Dornsife is the top public health school in Philadelphia and number #19 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The School's academic programs are fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The Dornsife School of Public Health’s mission is to provide education, conduct research, and partner with communities and organizations to improve the health of populations. The School weaves together three public health challenges: urban health, health equity, and policy translation. Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Community Health and Prevention, Health Management and Policy, and Environmental and Occupational Health comprise the School’s four in person departments.
THE ROLE OF THE DEAN
Drexel University seeks a visionary dean who is creative and inspirational to lead the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) and continue the significant momentum established over the last decade. Reporting to the Provost, the dean of the School is a member of the University’s academic leadership team and is the School’s principal academic and administrative officer. The dean will lead the vision of DSPH, integrate that vision with the mission of Drexel University, and communicate this vision to internal and external partners.
The dean will provide leadership for School-wide and institution-wide efforts that contribute to the advancement of Drexel University’s excellence in teaching, research, and service. The dean will develop external relationships with partners; work internally to foster collaboration with other academic units; and create a welcoming environment within DSPH to recruit, develop, and partner with faculty, staff, students, and administration to continue the University’s tradition of producing students who are well prepared for rewarding careers and service to advance population health equity.
The School’s department chairs; associate deans for education; public health practice; research; diversity and inclusion; finance and administration; faculty affairs; and the directors of global health, the Urban Health Collaborative, and the Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity are among the faculty and staff who report to the dean. The dean has financial and administrative management responsibility for the School. This position will also oversee the School’s research output and expenditures, which are roughly $20 million annually. The dean will lead a group of 84 full-time faculty and 136 full-time staff. The dean also chairs the school council, a body made up of faculty, staff, and students who provide insight and support to decision making.
For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:
Jim Sirianni, Managing Director
Mark Halligan, Senior Associate
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