Associate Dean for Research, School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry of The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio invites applications from distinguished biomedical scientists for the position of Associate Dean for Research (ADR). The appointee will be invited to join the scientific and leadership teams at UT Health San Antonio in early 2017 and will serve as a member of the School’s senior leadership team under the guidance of the Dean.  The ADR will promote, advance and lead oral health research programs within the School, with other schools at UT Health, and externally.


Role and Opportunities- The Associate Dean for Research will have unparalleled opportunities to continue her/his own research programs and to provide research leadership for one of the leading dental schools in the nation, both with extensive system, campus and school support, including readily available laboratory space, core facilities and services, and multiple ready collaborations.  Fully built out wet lab research space is immediately available to support this position, and additional faculty investigator hires are contemplated in the near future.  UT Health San Antonio’s School of Dentistry has a strong externally funded research program currently, and the ADR will be able to enhance investigations in at least three broad areas of discovery: basic oral biology research, translational and clinical investigations, and population and health promotion. The ADR will provide mentorship for faculty and trainees to pursue independent research activities and to facilitate collaborative research programs across the School, UT Health, as well as national and international research organizations.


Preferred Qualifications - This position requires a DMD/DDS, MD or PhD or equivalent doctoral degree, with research experience in areas relevant to Oral Health.  Candidates should have an outstanding track record of scientific achievements and external funding, demonstrated leadership and experience in mentoring and development of research programs, and strong organizational and communication skills.


School and Institution Profiles - The School of Dentistry is among the most distinguished academic centers for dental education, research, patient care and community service in the United States. The School recently opened a $108 million flagship clinical facility, the Center for Oral Health Care and Research, which supports the finest multispecialty patient care and clinical research. Other leading research centers are immediately adjacent to the School’s new Center and its main campus building.  The School’s research mission focuses on existing strengths in pain, oral cancer, tissue regeneration, implants, novel dental materials, effects of diabetes on oral health, and salivary diagnostics.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, please visit:


UT Health San Antonio is an outstanding biomedical research university offering a broad range of academic programs and ample opportunities for collaborative research across many fields, including neuroscience, cancer, aging, diabetes and metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, and population health. Other schools include Medicine, Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions, and the campus hosts several renowned research and clinical institutes and centers as well.  UT Health is one of only 64 institutions nationally that is home to a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), for which a School of Dentistry Professor/Chair is one of the co-PIs. For more information about UT Health, please visit:


Nominations and Applications.  Nominations and applications will be received until the position is filled, but in order to receive full consideration candidates should submit their materials by no later than January 17, 2017. The search is being led by William F. Howard, Vice President & Senior Consultant for Academic Search, Inc., who can be reached at  or 202-263-7489 for confidential discussions about this opportunity. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to  Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a detailed CV listing current and past research award and programs, administrative and other service, and other relevant qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. For a full position description, including requirements and applications instructions, please visit


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities. 


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