Associate Dean for the Roy & Diana Vagelos Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences

Washington University in St. Louis
Saint Louis, Missouri (US)
Closing date
Oct 7, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Academic Dean/Dept. Head
Organization Type




Washington University in St. Louis seeks a skilled scientist, educator, mentor, and experienced administrator with a record of collaboration, innovation, and organizational acumen to serve as the next Associate Dean for the Roy & Diana Vagelos Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS). The Associate Dean will lead the internationally renowned and pioneering interdisciplinary DBBS research and education program at one of the preeminent biomedical research centers. The Division trains successful multidisciplinary scientists through course work and research apprenticeship. DBBS is uniquely positioned to promote science and scientific training at the interface of disciplines, where the most important breakthroughs in research occur. The program serves as an administrative umbrella and consortium for faculty, program administrators, researchers, and students engaged in PhD training programs in the basic and translational biosciences. Strengthened with a recent $15 million gift by Roy and Diana Vagelos, the Division is on an ambitious pathway of expansion, continued diversification, and innovation in student-focused, interdisciplinary graduate education.

Distinctively positioned within Washington University in St. Louis, the Division is a cross-school interdisciplinary partnership between the School of Medicine (WUSM) and the School of Arts and Sciences (A&S). WUSM has extraordinary research excellence in the life sciences and biological sciences, was recently ranked third in the nation in NIH funding, and leads research globally in a wide range of areas. A&S has been a leader in graduate education, and its STEM-focused departments are close collaborators with WUSM. DBBS is comprised of over 700 graduate students involved in 12 PhD graduate programs, of which several are ranked in the nation’s top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report. Educating and guiding DBBS students are 622 faculty members from 39 university-wide departments. Consistent with the interdisciplinary mission of the program, DBBS operates through a shared governance structure with multiple advisory and decision-making constituencies. The Associate Dean orchestrates communication, information sharing, input solicitation, collaboration, and decision-making among DBBS constituencies. Additionally, the Associate Dean is responsible for supervising the program staff; developing the strategic priorities of the program; and coordinating administrative and curricular efforts among faculty, program directors, and other stakeholders involved in program administration, education, and student affairs functions for DBBS students.

With a dual reporting role to the Dean of the School of Medicine and the Dean of Arts & Sciences, the Associate Dean is expected to carry out faculty and administrative responsibilities. As such, the Associate Dean must have a strong body of scholarly work and evidence of accomplishing best practices in doctoral student training. Moreover, the successful candidate must be a skilled administrator with demonstrated leadership in an organizationally complex environment. Such skills are necessary to elevate the DBBS community and successfully direct the continued growth and diversification of this prestigious interdisciplinary basic and translational science training program.

Washington University in St. Louis has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of the Associate Dean of Biology & Biomedical Sciences. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to Ariannah Mirick, Partner; Joanna Cook, Managing Associate; and Ivan Ceballos, Senior Associate


Washington University in St. Louis does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information.

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