The College of Dentistry seeks an inspirational academic leader with proven administrative experience to guide the College in meeting its strategic goals. The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College; provides strategic leadership with a unified vision that advances the College's quality, reputation, stature, and goals; and collaborates with faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders to carry out the business of the college. Key activities of the Dean include: streamlining patient access and care; reinforcing an innovative curriculum that continues to attract top students and takes advantage of technological advances in dentistry; promoting interdisciplinary research; providing opportunities and support for clinical training and practice; supporting the rapid translation of research to groundbreaking treatments; recruiting and retaining distinguished faculty and students; managing capital, human, and fiscal resources; and implementing continuous process improvement to reduce costs.
As leader and champion for the College, the Dean works with alumni and the dental community to secure philanthropic support for the College's academic mission and engage in state, national and international issues. As an institutional leader reporting to the Provost, the Dean represents the College of Dentistry in University-level discussions and strategic initiatives. The Dean will work closely with University senior leaders, the deans of the other colleges, and Executive Vice President of Health Affairs to collaboratively support clinical work, research, and interprofessional education.
The Dean heads the faculty and is the senior administrative officer for the College. The Dean reports to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer and collaborates with the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs on clinical matters. The University seeks a courageous, humble leader capable of leveraging the College's significant strengths to advance research and scholarship, education innovation, clinical care, and public service. We seek an individual with both a far-sighted strategic view and the ability to leverage the talented leadership team. The Dean will lead the recruitment of a diverse and talented student body, oversee the development and mentoring of faculty at all levels, and support the collective governance structure. Excellent listening, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential. The Dean will foster an environment of collegiality that attracts and retains the best faculty, staff, and students who can meet the changing needs of the profession, and who will implement the College of Dentistry's commitment to serving the public and vulnerable populations. Finally, the Dean will lead efforts to solicit philanthropic support for the college—through private donors and new partnerships—enhancing vital relationships with alumni, colleagues, and the community.
Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
The highest level of integrity and professionalism.
A sense of humility and humor
Demonstrated knowledge of advancements in dental education and clinical practice, compliance and regulatory requirements, and the challenges of rising costs and operating within dynamic and rapidly evolving healthcare and education systems
Demonstrated success in managing and leading a complex organization evolving constantly
Demonstrated ability to build a healthy sense of community and to actively support the success of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and oral health professionals in support of a shared strategic vision
Demonstrated commitment and success in promoting and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students and in the training of oral health practitioners who are prepared to attend to the unique needs of an increasingly diverse patient population
A clear understanding and interest in embracing new pedagogical and clinical care techniques, such as use of digital dentistry, to meet current and future needs of learners and clinicians
A clear understanding of the importance of research activities growth in order to advance clinical care through an evidence-based approach
Position Time Status: Full-Time
DDS, DMD, PhD or other equivalent doctoral degree and demonstrate scholarly distinction appropriate for a tenured appointment in the College of Dentistry
Required Related Experience:
A track record of successful leadership in education, research, clinical care, service, and administrative management
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University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
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