Dean - School of Health Professions

Manhattan College seeks an experienced, innovative, and collaborative leader with the vision, experience, and skills to lead and build on our current faculty and offerings and take our School of Health Professions to new levels of academic programming and excellence.  The Manhattan College School of Health Professions offers undergraduate programs in physical education, allied health (changing to health sciences), exercise science, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy technology, and public health, as well as graduate programs in marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and school counseling and a new masters in health care informatics.  The school also has articulation agreements in place allowing graduates to move into a wide variety of graduate programs at several other institutions.  We seek a new dean that can lead the school in building on these programs, adding nursing and a variety of other programs.


Manhattan College is an independent Catholic institution of higher learning that embraces qualified men and women of all faiths, cultures, and traditions.  The mission of Manhattan College is to provide a contemporary, person-centered educational experience that prepares graduates for lives of personal development, professional success, civic engagement, and service to their fellow human beings.  The College pursues this mission through programs that integrate a broad liberal education with concentration in specific disciplines in the arts and sciences or with professional preparation in business, education and engineering.


Established in 1853 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the College continues to draw its inspiration from the heritage of John Baptist de La Salle, the innovator of modern pedagogy and patron saint of teachers.  Among the hallmarks of this Lasallian heritage are excellence in teaching, respect for human dignity, reflection on faith and its relation to reason, an emphasis on ethical conduct, and commitment to social justice. 


Reporting to the provost, the dean provides leadership and support for strategic planning and policy formation, faculty development, faculty personnel matters as they relate to hiring, promotion and tenure, curriculum development strategies to enhance teaching and learning, budget, student development, academic advising, accreditation, and assessment.  Responsible for building the School of Health Professions’ reputation, the dean is expected to provide a broad vision for the health professions within the context of the College’s tradition, which places special emphasis on values-based education and on learning that engages and encourages students to cross traditional boundaries, exploring connections between the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, education, and business.  The successful candidate will have a Ph.D or equivalent academic credential, an outstanding record of accomplishment in teaching, research, and professional service, and having achieved the rank of full professor is preferred. In addition, he/she will have had significant academic leadership experience with a minimum of at least five years as a department chair ten years is preferred.  The successful applicant must represent the school’s academic programs effectively to the public, media, alumni/ae, donors, regulators, accreditors, and the Manhattan College Board of Trustees, fundraise for the School of Health Professions through grants and individual donations. The ideal candidate will also develop and foster relationships with hospital systems for clinical placements; be actively involved in professional organizations and/or hold leadership roles in professional organizations.


Qualities of the ideal candidate include,

  • An experienced academic professional with experience leading and building programs in the health professions
  •  An understanding of and appreciation for the distinctive qualities of Manhattan College, particularly its Lasallian heritage, as well as contemporary issues in higher education, including the implications of artificial intelligence in the work and education of health professionals
  • An excellent communicator and mentor who engenders trust through integrity, openness, accessibility, and transparency; a unifier who can listen well and motivate others to action
  • An administrator who has shown evidence of a strong commitment to enhancing institutional diversity
  • A “hands-on” person who possesses initiative and energy to work with colleagues in addressing school and college issues
  • A knowledgeable motivator and supporter of research, creative activity, and programs within and across academic disciplines
  • An individual who has an understanding of the importance of shared governance, collaboration, delegation, and who can model and nurture a highly effective professional environment
  • An articulate and passionate advocate on behalf of the school’s needs and aspirations, both on and off campus
  • A highly accomplished administrator with successful command of budget, management, regulatory, accreditation, and personnel  issues
  • A loyal team member who can work effectively with chairs, Board of Advisors, other deans, and the Office of the Provost to promote school initiatives
  • An open, caring, and reflective individual who possesses a  warm sense of humor


The position is available beginning July 1, 2023.  Review of applications and nominations will begin March 31, 2023, and will continue until an appointment is made.  Application materials should include 1) a letter of interest that addresses specifically how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications intersect with the college’s mission, strategic priorities, and desired leadership qualities and expectations as described above; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references for future contact—please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed.  All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews.  Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to:  Barbara Fabe, Vice President for Human Resources via the Manhattan College website.

Manhattan College is an independent Catholic coeducational institution in the Lasallian tradition. We expect our faculty, administration, and staff to be knowledgeable about our mission and positively contribute. Applicants from historically under-represented segments of the population are encouraged to apply, as well as those attracted to a college with a Catholic identity. We are committed to a diverse campus community. AA/EO Employer M/F/D/V

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Salary Range  - $180,000-250,000, depending on qualifications and