Home to a diverse student population of more than 21,800 students, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is located in Huntsville, Texas, on the rapidly developing Interstate 45 corridor between Houston and Dallas. For nearly 140 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. SHSU offers 95 bachelor’s degree programs, more than 60 master’s degree programs, 10 doctoral programs, one professional doctorate (DO), and nearly 50 fully online degrees. The University launched a new College of Osteopathic Medicine, which enrolled its inaugural class of medical students in Fall 2020.
The Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) seeks to prepare students for the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) with an emphasis toward primary care and rural practice, to develop culturally aware, diverse and compassionate physicians, who follow osteopathic principles, that are prepared for graduate medical education, and will serve the people of Texas with professionalism and patient-centered care. Located in Conroe, Texas, the SHSU-COM is the eighth college of the university and only the third college of osteopathic medicine in the state.
The Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine serves as the chief academic and administrative leader for the College. Reporting directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and serving on the Provost’s Leadership Team and Dean’s Council, the Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine will demonstrate strategic and visionary leadership and will strive to achieve excellence in medical education, including professional development of students, faculty, and staff members, and be a strong and energetic advocate for the College and the University. The Dean will provide creative leadership of the faculty of the College in the pursuit of excellence in research, education, service and clinical care. The Dean is further responsible for developing and directing the planning, policies, programs and operations governing the educational, clinical practice and research programs of the College.
This Dean will have many interesting and challenging opportunities to provide leadership in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s unique cultural environment. This individual joins a community of educators who serve a high percentage of first-generation and minority students on an upward trajectory both socially and educationally. The University is ranked in the top 25% in upward social mobility in the country. Because the College of Osteopathic Medicine is new to the University, the Dean will have a pivotal role in molding its future identity and reputation.
It is anticipated that the selected candidate will assume these responsibilities no later than September 1, 2022.
The successful candidate will have:
- Earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) with credentials that would warrant appointment at the academic rank of full professor with tenure required.
- Significant academic leadership experience with demonstrated success, a track record of transformative change, and a collaborative advancement within a college of medicine (osteopathic or allopathic).
- Consistent success and demonstrated skill in an academic medical institution that values all aspects of the mission (research, education, service, and clinical care) equally and leverages synergies between them.
- Experience in setting and articulating an academic vision, setting and executing a strategy, directing recruitment, overseeing finances and budgeting, and leading/valuing philanthropy.
- Have a record of responding effectively to the rapidly changing demands on academic medicine and higher education, and a passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social and racial justice.