Dean of the School of Health Sciences - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518-1908

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Quinnipiac University invites applications for a visionary, collaborative Dean of our School of Health Sciences, one of the most highly regarded health sciences schools in the country.

Profile of the School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences, one of eight schools and colleges of Quinnipiac University (College of Arts and Science, School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Law, School of Nursing, and School of Medicine), seeks an experienced and innovative leader to be its next dean. The School of Health Sciences is the largest school in the University by enrollment, and houses programs in basic sciences and health sciences, offers 5 undergraduate programs, 3 combined undergraduate and graduate programs, and 9 graduate degree programs. The school currently has 85 full-time faculty and approximately 1,730 undergraduate and 720 graduate students.


The undergraduate programs include Athletic Training, Biomedical Sciences, Health Science Studies, Microbiology and Immunology, and Diagnostic Imaging.

The combined undergraduate-graduate programs include Entry-Level Masters’ Physician Assistant, BSHS-MOT in Occupational Therapy, and DPT in Physical Therapy.

The graduate programs include a Master’s in Health Sciences in Biomedical Sciences, Anesthesiologist Assistant, Cardiovascular Perfusion, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Pathologist’s Assistant, Physician Assistant, and Radiologist Assistant.

In addition, there are 2 clinical doctorate programs in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.


The School of Health Sciences is located within the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. It includes 12 classrooms; 16 seminar rooms and team-study rooms; a model apartment to teach students how to provide care in residential settings; a SimMan suite of life-size patient simulators; and a pediatric and neonatal lab. It also boasts cutting-edge equipment, including magnetic resonance simulators and 3-D workstations. In addition, there are 24 teaching laboratories, including an orthopedics lab, a rehabilitative sciences lab, multiple clinical skills lab,, a health assessment lab, a physical exam suite, a physical diagnostics lab, a motion analysis lab and other special amenities that set it apart from other universities offering health sciences programs.

Also housing the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is a state-of-the-art facility, featuring an operating room suite with two additional high fidelity simulation rooms, 48 pro-section stations, 16 standardized patient rooms, multiple team study rooms, student lounges and a vending area, an expanded health sciences library, a 350-seat auditorium, 17 additional classrooms and 10 seminar rooms that seat from 12 to 150 students. The 325,000 square-foot facility is designed for collaborative learning for students pursuing degrees in medicine, nursing and the health professions. 

Mission Statement of the School of Health Sciences

The Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences offers a comprehensive spectrum of health science programs designed to address both the evolving health needs of society and the practical implementation of innovative methods and procedures based on the latest scientific discoveries. Building upon a solid foundation in the basic sciences and liberal arts, the School of Health Sciences offers a student centered learning environment with interprofessional collaboration, innovative teaching and hands-on experience. The School of Health Sciences seeks to integrate theory, research and practice to best prepare health care practitioners and biomedical scientists who can demonstrate leadership in their disciplines and in the global community.


About Quinnipiac:

Quinnipiac University is a thriving private university with 6,500 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students, located in Hamden, Connecticut, approximately 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. Consistently ranked among the best universities by U.S. News & World Report and recently named one of the 2013 Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Quinnipiac offers 58 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate and professional programs, including those leading to degrees in both law and medicine. At the core of Quinnipiac is its commitment to teaching and collaboration. Quinnipiac fosters partnerships among students and with faculty; it is a spirited, welcoming campus. For more information, please visit our website.


The School of Health Sciences seeks a forward thinking Dean who will develop and implement strategies that will position the school and its graduates as competent professionals in an evolving healthcare landscape.  Broad areas of responsibilities include leadership and the development of a guiding vision as it relates to the education of future basic scientists, healthcare professionals, and both basic and clinical research.  The Dean will have primary oversight of the academic and business operations, collaborations, institutional advancement and external relationships for the school that includes undergraduate and graduate programs.  Scope of the position includes these areas:

Academic and Business Operations

  • Operation of the School of Health Sciences including academic, fiscal, and administrative matters (e.g., develops and manage of the school’s budget, facilities, strategic planning, and relationships with other components of the University).
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the curriculum and related educational programs consistent with the expectations of the University’s leadership, the Board of Trustees, the public, and other constituents as appropriate. Ensure compliance with all accreditation standards, University policies, and all other regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee faculty and staff recruitment, evaluation, and retention, and foster a community that values balance between the triad of teaching, service and research as defined under the Boyer model.
  • Oversee student recruitment, admission, and outreach.
  • Represent the school at the local, national and international levels by involvement, with medical education, sciences, and related organizations.
  • Promote and support the use of technology in health science and science education,


  • Develop strategies and establish high quality and effective interprofessional education opportunities and training experiences with the programs in the School of Nursing, School of Medicine and outside institutions.
  • Work closely with the College of Arts and Science and across the university to support ongoing efforts to transform the undergraduate core curriculum by incorporating the learning paradigm and develop collaborations which integrate undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Support new program growth that keeps Quinnipiac in the forefront of the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.
  • Promote the school’s vision, mission, and core values, and by example, instill and nurture an institutional environment that supports these.
  • Build a diverse and inclusive community to advance learning and scholarship for a changing world; develop intellectually curious and globally, culturally competent graduates to support the diversity of healthcare; incorporate the tenets of the university IMaGinE (diversity and inclusion) Plan.
  • Communicate effectively with students, faculty, alumni, community and state leaders, the public, colleagues within the University, and other academic institutions.

 Institutional Advancement and External Relationships

  • Actively support and advance philanthropic initiatives for the institution by working with SHS, medical school and university development staff, faculty, department chairs, alumni, advisory boards and donors.
  • Cultivate relationships with key external constituents to support student career opportunities, student placement and new initiatives for the expansion of school programs and resources.

A unique opportunity and key area of focus for the new Dean will be defining, developing and sustaining robust interprofessional collaborations between School of Health Sciences, the newly launched Medical School, and the School of Nursing in fostering team-based care and serve as a national model of interprofessional health professions education.   The Dean, alongside the Deans of Medicine and Nursing, will develop frameworks, policies, initiatives, and implementation strategies that foster collaborative learning and authentic student experiences.  In addition, the Dean will be one of three leaders creating the new Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education, which serves as a think tank and coordinating point for identifying best practices for interprofessional education.  

Qualifications & Special Instructions to Applicants

The successful candidate will have meaningful experiences in the areas of Academic and Business Operations, Collaborations, Institutional Advancement and External Relationships as described.  In addition, he or she should possess:

  • A record of distinguished academic achievement, including teaching, research, service and relevant administrative experience in the health sciences. Previous experience as a Dean, Associate Dean or similar leadership in a distinguished program/school of similar scale and scope to SHS will be preferred.
  • An engaging, energetic, and distinctive leadership style which provides a creative collaborative environment and projects a strong public presence for the school
  • Demonstrated achievements in, and commitment to, a diverse and inclusive environment that supports academic and operational excellence.
  • A focus on student centered learning.
  • Experience in managing the business/operational aspects within higher education is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain strong and positive relationships with faculty, students and staff in the school, and ability to lead through shared decision-making.
  • Evidence of collaboration and program development with other schools, and working collegially as a member the Deans Council and with other members of the University’s senior administration. An ability to balance advocacy for the school with the needs of the broader university.
  • Ability to navigate the complexities of inter-school collaboration through strong relationship building and seasoned professionalism.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues in academic healthcare within the larger evolving landscape.
  • Previous experience working within an academic medical or university development environment for fundraising and other long term development initiatives.
  • Embody the University's commitment to three core values: high quality academic programs, a student-oriented environment and a strong sense of community.
  • Sound judgment, perspective, and unimpeachable integrity.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills.
  • An earned doctorate in one of the basic or health sciences (required).

The position is available July 1, 2014. Review of applications will begin January 7, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.


Applications may be submitted in confidence to the search committee through our online application system. Application materials should include a resume and a thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in, and qualifications for, the position. Contact information for three references must be included on the application form. References will not be contacted without candidate permission.


Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the university community and we welcome candidates who would enhance that diversity.Quinnipiac offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit program.

Job Code:  2013-1428


Keyword Phrases

  • School of Health Sciences - Administration
  • Dean of the School of Health Sciences
  • New programs
  • diversity
  • spirit of community
  • Health / Nursing Deans
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Associate
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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