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Position Announcement

The University of Missouri at Columbia (MU) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the position of Dean of the School of Health Professions. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and has a central role in the University’s academic administration. Through the Council of Deans, the Dean actively contributes to decisions affecting the University at large as well as the School of Health Professions. The Dean is involved in strategic planning, creating budgets, and overseeing curriculum, facilities, and research. The new Dean will provide vision and leadership to help guide this strong school toward increased national prominence and service to Missouri.

MU, part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, is one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. It is an AAU, Doctoral/Research Extensive, and Land-Grant institution with over 34,700 students. MU is located in Columbia, Missouri, one of America’s most livable cities.

The School of Health Professions provides a rich and rewarding learning environment for students. Once a school within the School of Medicine, the School of Health Professions became a free-standing unit in 2001. Since that time it has become the fastest growing unit at MU (quadrupling enrollment). The School of Health Professions enrolls approximately 2,500 students (~2,250 undergraduates) in degree programs ranging from baccalaureate through doctorate. The School is organized into six departments: Cardiopulmonary and Diagnostic Science (including clinical laboratory science, diagnostic medical ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiography, and respiratory therapy), Communication Science and Disorders, Health Psychology, Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (including athletic training). In addition to these units, the School operates two award winning senior outreach service centers (MU Adult Day Connection and The Health Connection) as well as regional resource centers for Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Policy and Studies. The School has 24 tenured and tenure-track faculty with an annual budget from all sources of approximately $16 million plus $2.8 million in grant expenditures. The School is a recognized leader in the development of unique and innovative industry and academic partnerships in the areas of teaching and service. As a growing unit, the School’s research program is developing and efforts to advance strong collaborative relationships across the University are underway.

Qualifications: An innovative/experienced candidate will be an engaged and skilled communicator; an energetic, progressive educator of academic distinction who will take initiative and provide leadership; and an accomplished facilitator of accreditation and program review processes. The Dean should have a distinguished record of teaching and scholarly or research accomplishments appropriate to academic appointment as full professor in one of the School’s departments; a strong commitment to the academic values appropriate to the School missions of teaching, research, service, economic development; and a strong advocate for diversity. In addition, candidates should have appropriate administrative experience, preferably in a research university. The dean will be expected to devote his/her time to development activities. S/he should have the highest standards of personal integrity and be committed to stimulating innovative and interdisciplinary programs. The Dean must be a compelling voice for issues in the School and be able to communicate the mission of the School to internal and external audiences.

How to Apply: Applications are to be submitted online at and should include a letter expressing interest in and perspectives on the position, curriculum vitae, and other materials supporting your candidacy, including names and contact information for four references. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening, and candidates will receive prior notification. (Your CV must be uploaded in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section. There is no restriction on file type for your attachments. Each file can be no larger than 20MG. The file name should be 50 characters or less.)

Formal review of applications and nominations will begin in late January and continue until the position is filled. Please contact the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee (via Linda Cook at 573/882-0159; with questions regarding the job duties. Questions about the application process should be directed to Human Resource Services at 573/882-7976 or

The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/ADA institution and is particularly interested in applications from women and minorities. To request ADA accommodations, please contact Linda Cook (see above for contact information).

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