Dean, Health Sciences and Human Performance
The University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) seeks applications and nominations for a visionary and strategic leader as Dean, Health Sciences and Human Performance with a proven commitment to academic excellence and shared decision-making. Expected start will be Summer 2023.
Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost) and serving as the College’s Chief Academic Officer, the Dean will play a central role in enhancing academic excellence and aligning priorities with the strategic plans for Academic Affairs and the University. The Dean serves as a member of the Provost’s senior leadership team and will work closely with the Provost, other university leaders, faculty, and staff in formulating the College’s academic goals and policies. The Dean is responsible for: the articulation of the College’s vision of academic distinction; the development and administration of academic programs; scholarship, research, and service initiatives among faculty; college policies relating to instruction, curriculum, and research; and faculty and academic staff appointments and performance assessments.
Working collaboratively with the campus community, the Dean supports excellence and creativity in teaching, research and service while fostering activities that improve the retention, achievement, and timely graduation of students. Additionally, the Dean works with industry and community leaders to develop research and educational partnerships that contribute to the economic vitality of the region.
- Earned Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in a field represented within the College
- Demonstrated record of progressive academic and administrative accomplishments, including credentials that qualify for a tenured faculty position at the rank of Professor
- Success in hiring, nurturing, and developing high quality faculty
- Experienced in building a successful, productive administration-faculty relationship and shared decision-making
- Success in leading programs to accreditation and maintaining the accreditation standards relevant to the Dean of Health Sciences and Health Performance, for example, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Council on Social Work Education, or Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- Experienced in developing/restructuring interdisciplinary research and academic programs
- Demonstrated success in developing partnerships with community/industry
- Success building and executing a strategic and fiscally-sound academic budget
- Eligible for discipline specific licensure in the State of Texas
- Experience as a Dean in a small to medium size College of Health Sciences and Human Performance, or strong experience as a Director or Chair leading a health-related discipline program
- Varied and extensive success securing extramural funding from state and federal agencies
- Success in promoting an academic unit to community partners, leading to significant financial support
The Dean supervises the activities within the College’s academic units. Additionally, the College houses a number of research centers and other units that support the academic mission of the University. The College is home to the School of Nursing, Department of Community and Family Health, Department of Human Performance (Athletic training and Exercise Science), Department of Social Work, and the Center for Interprofessional and Experiential Learning, including the Midland Health Simulation and Learning Resource Center. Nursing and Social Work degree programs are fully accredited, and accreditation is being sought for the Master of Science in Athletic Training and the new Masters of Social Work.
The D. Kirk Edwards Family Human Performance Center (opened in 2021) is a state-of-the-art facility with classrooms, lab space, and technology necessary to give UT Permian Basin students and athletes the best tools to excel. At a total project cost of $37 million, the building covers 63,717 square feet. The Kirk is home to the College of Health Sciences and Human Performance and features several labs including athletic training education, exercise physiology, biomechanics, clinical skills, rehab, body composition, and bone densitometry. It also features faculty offices, the Jimmie B. Todd Academic Wing, a high-tech auditorium, enviable athletic locker rooms, full-scale gym, state of the art equipment, and much more.
Home to over 7,000 enrolled students, UTPB beneﬁts from the vast resources and support of the world-renowned University of Texas System yet is lean enough to foster a connected, tight-knit community while remaining ﬁnancially accessible to any student. With an unwavering commitment to students, a strategic approach to designing higher education, and the resources to ensure academic success, UTPB is set to nurture the leaders who will go on to shape the future of West Texas and the nation.
UTPB offers 36 baccalaureate degree programs and 20 master’s degree programs in the arts and sciences, business, engineering, education, and health and human performance—and the University continues to grow. Recently added chemical and electrical engineering programs offer unique internship opportunities that are attracting new students.
UT Permian Basin offers residential, commuter, and on-line educational opportunities. Designated a Hispanic Serving Institution, almost half of UTPB’s student population identiﬁes as Hispanic. UTPB is also designated as a Minority Serving Institution. About half of the students at UTPB are ﬁrst-generation college students. Athletics are an important tradition at UTPB. UTPB participates in NCAA Division-II sports and ﬁelds 16 teams.
UTPB is located in the The Permian Basin, one of the fastest-growing, culturally vibrant, economically invigorated regions of the country - full of industry, culture, and wide-open spaces. The Permian Basin is home to the world’s largest petroleum ﬁeld, accounting for 30% of the US domestic oil production. Wind and solar developments are diversifying the Permian Basin, putting it on the map as a critical energy provider for the future. As the only major university in the Permian Basin, UTPB is positioned to be its academic center, providing leadership and skilled professionals across all of the region’s prominent and growing industries.
The area is known for its laid-back, inviting communities that people around the country have come to associate with Texas towns. Midland and Odessa form a thriving metropolis (home to 300,000) with plenty to do and see in the growing region – from a great variety of restaurants, museums, and theatres, to hiking, hunting, and enjoying the area’s natural wonders. Midland International Airport provides convenient air travel as well.
The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate for the promotion of excellence; an academic leader with a track record of effective academic and administrative experiences; and a visionary and strategic thinker who can demonstrate collaboration and administrative accomplishment.
The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and should be submitted to:
Letters of interest and nominations should be submitted by February 15, 2023, to assure consideration.
UTPB is committed to providing an educational, living, and working environment that is welcoming, respectful, and inclusive of all members of the University community. An environment that is free of discrimination and harassment allows members of the University community to excel in their academic and professional careers. To the extent provided by applicable federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination against a person because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.
The University’s commitment to equal opportunity extends its nondiscrimination protections to include sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.