Dean of Health Sciences - Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta Georgia

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Georgia Perimeter College

Atlanta, Georgia 30021

United States


Detailed Job Description

Georgia Perimeter College,the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, seeks a visionary and well-qualified nurse educator who will provide exceptional leadership for its Division of Health Sciences. The review of applications begins immediately.

The Opportunity

The Dean of Health Sciences has oversight for the Nursing and Dental Hygiene departments and the Allied Health Programs at the college. An advocate for the Department Chairs and faculty, the Dean reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Dean works with the Health Sciences Department Chairs and faculty to maintain high academic standards in the course offerings. Other responsibilities include evaluating the Department Chairs, and overseeing of their evaluations of faculty.

In coordination with the Department Chairs and faculty in the Health Sciences Division, the Dean is responsible for managing resources and for overseeing the budget of all departments. In addition to serving as the liaison between GPC and external organizations, the Dean collaborates with the College’s Grants and Sponsored programs, Institutional Advancement, and community initiatives to obtain external funding.


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Qualified candidates will have a doctorate from an accredited college or university in a health science, science, or higher education field, and a minimum of five years of full-time, progressively responsible administrative experience in a health field or in higher education. Candidates must be SACS qualified to teach in the Nursing program at the college, which is a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter graduate hours in Nursing.

Experience in college or university setting with knowledge of assessment and external professional accreditation is preferred.

Other preferred qualifications are:

--Knowledge and skills in the management of fiscal and personnel resources

--Knowledge of and commitment to the community college philosophy

--Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing

--Clear understanding of quality curriculum assessment, development, evaluation and promotion, and tenure processes

--Broad knowledge of allied health professional program accreditation requirements

--Ability to provide leadership in academic planning and program development

--Excellent human relation skills

--Ability to nurture and promote a collegial environment that encourages the scholarly exchange of ideas and initiatives and to work collaboratively with counterparts on other campuses

--Experience obtaining and administering federal grants

--Experience with program accreditation

The Dean travels between campuses to perform required duties, attend meetings, and fulfill other responsibilities. The Dean also must have the ability to receive detailed information from others through oral communication and to interact with people in person, on the phone, by e-mail, and in writing. Some work in the evenings and on weekends is required.

Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia Perimeter College, a multi‐campus, non‐residential higher education institution, serves diverse populations of traditional and nontraditional students in Greater Metropolitan Atlanta. Placing learning first, the College provides accessible and affordable high-quality undergraduate credit and non‐credit programs for students seeking to complete an associate degree, transfer to a senior college or university, prepare for immediate entry into a career, pursue personal goals or enhance current workplace skills.

The curriculum specializes in liberal arts and professional preparation and promotes international and intercultural understanding. The College also serves the broader community as an educational, cultural, and economic resource.

Georgia Perimeter College is one of America’s fastest-growing, metropolitan two-year colleges. As the third-largest institution in the University System of Georgia, GPC has four campus locations - Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton - plus one center in Alpharetta. The College has the most diverse student population in the state with almost 24,000 students representing 157 countries.

Award-winning faculty teach Georgia Perimeter College students in small classes. Thirty faculty members have received the National Teaching Excellence Award since 2001, and Georgia Perimeter College has 18 Governor’s Teaching Fellows, the largest number in Georgia since 2001.

The institution has 37 Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs) with four-year institutions. These agreements guarantee Georgia Perimeter College students seats at some of the best institutions in the state. Research shows 60 percent of Georgia Perimeter College’s students transfer to four-year colleges.

In 2008, Atlanta Magazine ranked GPC #18 in its article of the “Top 40 Best Places to Work.” It was the only institution of higher learning that made the top 40 list.


Division of Health Sciences

The Division of Health Sciences includes the Departments of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and four programs in Allied Health.

The Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs are designed for students who wish to prepare for a career through a short, intensive, specialized study with general education. Both programs lead to Associate of Science degrees. The College has 6,000 pre-nursing students. In 2012-2013, the College’s Department of Health Sciences had 905 students, with 195 in Dental Hygiene and 706 in Nursing. The Dental Hygiene program is located on the College’s Dunwoody Campus, and the Nursing program is offered on the Clarkston and Dunwoody campuses and online.

The Dental Hygiene Program prepares graduates to provide delegated services consisting of scaling and polishing natural and restored teeth; exposing, processing, and mounting dental radiographs; providing preventive services; and planning educational experiences for individuals and groups. The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation approves the curriculum, which includes both general educational and professional dental hygiene courses. Satisfactorily completing all program requirements qualifies students to apply for the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and individual State Board Exams for licensure.

GPC’s Nursing program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCLEX examination for registered nurses. Since 2003, the College’s annual pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination has been 95 percent and above, and GPC nursing graduates are highly sought by metro Atlanta hospitals. Students who desire to continue their education may transfer credits to a number of institutions of higher learning in Georgia.

The Georgia Perimeter College Nursing Department also offers an LPN to RN Bridge Program, which upon completion, confers an Associate Degree in Nursing.

GPC also offers four associate degrees in Allied Health that fulfill part of the requirements for the Georgia Regents University’s four-year Health Sciences degree:

--Health Sciences with a Concentration in Health Information Administration

--Health Sciences with a Concentration in Medical Technology

--Health Sciences with a Concentration in Radiologic Sciences

--Health Sciences with a Concentration in Respiratory Therapy

These Associate of Science degrees constitute the first two years of a four-year Allied Health degree that must be completed at Georgia Regents University. Students who earn a GPA of at least 3.0 are given preferential consideration for admission to these highly competitive programs at GRU.

The University System of Georgia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Nomination and Application Process

Confidential inquiries are welcomed and nominations are invited. They should include the name, current position, e-mail address, and phone number of the individual being nominated.

Application materials should include a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a resume, and contact information for at least four references.   

Review of applications begins immediately.

The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting Georgia Perimeter College with this search. The consultant team leaders are:

Emily Parker Myers, President and CEO

Hunter Godsey, Vice President

Robb Myers, Vice President

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting

515 Mulberry Street, Suite 200 | Macon, Georgia 31201

(478) 330-6222 |

Keyword Phrases

  • Nursing
  • Department Chair
  • Dental
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dean
  • Allied Health
  • Atlanta
  • Health Sciences
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: At least 5 years
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter