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Marquette University, School of Dentistry

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


“Marquette University aspires to be, and to be recognized, among the most innovative and accomplished Catholic and Jesuit universities in the world, promoting the greater glory of God and the well-being of humankind. We must reach beyond traditional academic boundaries and embrace new and collaborative methods of teaching, learning, research and service in an inclusive environment that supports all of our members in reaching their fullest potential. Marquette graduates will be problem-solvers and agents for change in a complex world, so in the spirit of St. Ignatius and Jacques Marquette they are ready in every way to ‘go and set the world on fire’.” – Marquette University vision statement


Marquette University (Marquette), a private, coeducational, Catholic, Jesuit institution, seeks an innovative and collaborative leader to assume the position of dean of the School of Dentistry. Marquette was founded in 1881 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and has grown to be a major private research university. The university community includes 11,320 students (68% of whom are undergraduates), 1,222 faculty, and 1,420 staff who believe in transformational education that embodies the Jesuit ideal of being “a person for and with others.” Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares students to thrive as agents of positive change. Marquette has achieved recognition for connecting academic excellence and service to others, which is intrinsic to a Jesuit education. The university is ranked 83rd for national universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2023 edition of America’s Best Colleges. Marquette is deeply connected to the community with 80% of students participating in community service.


The Marquette University School of Dentistry (MUSOD) values of healing, teaching and serving others have helped the school shape its dental education to one that is clinically focused, patient-centered, and committed to serving the community. Ranked 43rd in NIH funding for dental research by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research in 2022, MUSOD prides itself in incorporating research-based knowledge into the practice of dentistry. As the only dental school in Wisconsin, MUSOD has made a substantial      impact on the public and economic health of the state, serves as the “dental home” for nearly 17,000 patients across Wisconsin, and is one of the state’s largest Medicaid and Medicare providers.


Reporting to the provost, the next dean of MUSOD will have the opportunity to usher the school into a new era with a focus on expanding clinical operations, broadening community and alumni engagement, and growing fundraising and research efforts. Marquette and MUSOD are currently undergoing the process of creating a new strategic plan, which the next dean will support by implementing and advancing those new strategic priorities. The dean will embrace Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing students with a transformational education. The dean will be a leader in dental education, bringing together strong administrative and business-minded acumen that prioritizes diversity, inclusion, communication, and transparency. Working closely with MUSOD faculty and staff and other senior leaders across the university, the incoming dean will work to address several key strategic and operational priorities:


  • Support the implementation of the Marquette University strategic plan and further the mission of the School of Dentistry
  • Position the School of Dentistry as a leader in transformative dental education
  • Increase research expenditures by cultivating externally funded research
  • Further enhance a culture of inclusion, communication, transparency and effective organizational alignment
  • Continue to strengthen the position of the School of Dentistry in Wisconsin
  • Engage alumni to further mentorship, fundraising, and community partnerships
  • Recruit and retain exceptional and highly dedicated faculty and staff


Candidates must have a DDS or equivalent dental degree allowing for licensure to practice dentistry in the state of Wisconsin, a record of accomplishments in dentistry leadership, dental education, research and clinical practice and an extramural funding record. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, and referrals should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: To apply, please submit resume/CV, cover letter and a diversity statement that includes past experience and activities as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion to the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.


Julie Filizetti, Belén Gutiérrez, Katherine Pusecker Kilcawley, and Nazia Nazim

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111


Marquette University affirms its longstanding commitment to the principle of equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin. Marquette affirms its commitment to the principle of affirmative action and its commitment to abide by state regulations and federal laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity. To learn more, see