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Associate Dean of Research- College of Dentistry

University of Tennessee Health and Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee
Compensation is relevant to work experience
Closing date
Feb 18, 2023

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As an integral part of the UTHSC- COD leadership team, the Associate Dean for Research will promote research and education by:

  • Providing oversight, prioritization, and management of COD research programs and resources
  • Growing the basic, clinical, translational, and educational research portfolios of the COD
  • Facilitating collaborative research and scholarly activities within the COD, across UTHSC colleges, the state of Tennessee, and the global research community
  • Providing oversight on activity and growth of the COD’s Research programs and centers, including Clinical Research, Craniofacial Research, Biomaterials and Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology.
  • Ensuring the COD remains current in research trends and applications
  • Oversight of faculty and student research programs
  • Providing direction, integration, and support of student research programs
  • Providing oversight of and promoting research events, such as the annual COD Student Research Day, Showcase, and IADR/AADR receptions
  • Representing the COD on the UTHSC Research Council and related University committees
  • Representing the COD Office of Research to internal and external academic communities, alumni, business and industry, government, foundations, patient and practitioner groups, and the general community
  • Coordinating with Department Chairs to develop departmental research plans and Faculty Affairs concerning faculty development
  • Cultivating an environment of inclusion and respect for students, faculty, and staff

The successful candidate will develop and lead a major research program within the College of Dentistry; engage the substantial expertise throughout the UTHSC campus and take a leadership role with research activities and initiatives; provide leadership and management of the college’s research enterprise, which includes strategic planning for research, assisting with recruitment and retention of research faculty and staff, mentoring and advising, review and approval of research proposals and oversee compliance with university research policies and procedures, while continuing to conduct a strong, well-funded research enterprise

Minimum Education / Required Certification/Required Licensure

  • DDS/DMD, PhD, and/or equivalent degree
  • Current rank of associate or full professor
  • A distinguished record of sustained externally funded oral health-related research supported by NIH RO1, P, or U award mechanisms or equivalent funding source(s) is required.
  • Demonstrated administrative or leadership experience
  • Evidence of leadership in collaborative research addressing complex oral and medical conditions, including collegiate, university, national and/or international academics and scientific experience in teaching and research mentoring of faculty and students
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in a diverse environment.

Background/Experience/Special Skills

  • A distinguished record of sustained externally funded research, preferably in the areas of Regenerative science, Oral & Craniofacial-related research, or other related areas as measured by previous and current grants (active NIH RO1, P, or U awards) and peer-reviewed publications is highly preferred

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the flagship statewide, public, academic health institution in Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service. Employing more than 4,600 people on its faculty, staff, and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, and with more than 3,200 students across the state, UTHSC contributes $4 billion to the economy of Tennessee.

Part of the University of Tennessee System, the Health Science Center is headquartered in Memphis and includes all six of UT’s doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges -- Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions. UTHSC spans the state with its four major, regional clinical health science locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, as well as more than 100 clinical education sites across Tennessee. UTHSC is the largest educator of health care professionals in the state and operates the state’s largest residency and fellowship advanced training programs.

Located in West Tennessee on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is the second-largest city in the state and among the largest cities in the Southeast. The Greater Memphis metropolitan area has more than 1.3 million residents, and the city ranks among those with the lowest cost of living in the country. It is home to a vibrant restaurant scene, a revitalized Downtown, the Midtown Arts District, many scenic neighborhoods, an active medical district, and a burgeoning airport in the midst of a $214 million modernization.

Memphis boasts attractions, including Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Memphis Grizzlies, historic Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, the second largest urban county park in the United States, and the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.



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