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FIU Seeks Dynamic Leader for Dean Position

Florida International University seeks a dynamic leader for the position of dean for the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work.  FIU is a comprehensive university offering 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in 12 colleges and schools. FIU is Carnegie-designated as both a research university with high research activity and a community-engaged university. Located in the heart of the multicultural south Florida urban region, FIU’s multiple campuses serve over 50,000 students, placing FIU among the ten largest universities in the nation. Annual research expenditures in excess of $100 million and a deep commitment to engagement have made FIU the go-to solutions center for local to global issues alike. FIU leads the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees, including in the STEM fields, to minority students and is first in awarding STEM master’s degrees to Hispanic students. FIU’s students, faculty, and staff reflect Miami’s diverse population, earning FIU the designation of Hispanic-Serving Institution.

The Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (RSCPHSW) aims to advance and integrate health and social welfare by seeking excellence in education, research, and services that benefit diverse communities in South Florida. RSCPHSW comprises the School of Social Work and six academic departments (biostatistics; dietetics and nutrition; environmental and occupational health; epidemiology; health policy and management; and health promotion and disease prevention) and offers fully accredited undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs. In Fall 2014, these programs enrolled 1,538 students supported by 82 full-time faculty. In the last decade, the College has experienced rapid growth and organizational change in the shape and configuration of programs, research profile, and collaboration with academic units and community agencies.

Reporting to the provost, executive vice president, and chief operating officer, the dean is the chief executive and administrative officer of the College.  The dean provides active leadership in the promotion, direction, and support of educational and research activities of RSCPHSW, in the maintenance of a high level of morale among the faculty, and in the encouragement of the spirit of learning among the students. The dean provides representation and visibility in the community and leadership in identifying and hosting relevant community leaders and activities on campus. The dean has general administrative responsibility for the College, including its compliance with accreditation standards, community outreach, fundraising, marketing and enrollment, interdisciplinary initiatives, and the effective management of its administrative and financial affairs. As described in the RSCPHSW Constitution and Bylaws (available at, the dean consults with the faculty in designing the RSCPHSW strategic plan. The dean sets the tone for the College in encouraging excellence, recognizing achievement, and supporting appointments and promotions based on merit. The dean is responsible for increasing research, growing entrepreneurial activity, creating opportunities for students, and fostering a collaborative spirit in the College.

RSCPHSW is part of FIU’s Academic Health Center, which includes the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the School of Integrated Science and Humanity, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The dean will be expected to work closely with the Academic Health Center leadership team.

The University seeks an innovative leader and strategic thinker with a breadth of knowledge and experience across a diverse range of disciplines relevant to RSCPHSW. S/he will demonstrate a broad understanding of the future of public health and human services and the impact of health disparities while articulating a vision for the College within a complex urban university. S/he must demonstrate strength in financial and human resources management; collaborative skills; a spirit of innovation in positioning the College to take advantage of opportunities; a strong external focus; an understanding of fundraising; and a commitment to diversity and social justice. The successful candidate will have a track record in funded research along with proven experience in helping others to grow their research activity. An earned doctorate or other terminal degree is preferred with a record of scholarly contribution that merits appointment as a tenured professor. Candidates with experience as successful leaders within complex academic, health and human services delivery, or policy settings that involve multiple stakeholders will be considered; academic experience is preferred.

Screening will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically to

Dr. Kim M. Morrisson, senior managing director or Mr. John Mestepey, managing director

Ms. Nancy Helfman, vice president and senior associate

Diversified Search

One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA  19103


FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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