Dean of the School of Applied Sciences

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Dean of the School of Applied Sciences

The University of Mississippi (UM) invites applications and nominations for the appointment of Dean of the School of Applied Sciences. UM is a doctoral degree-granting university with 15 academic divisions and more than 23,000 students, including more than 2,200 graduate students.The main campus is acclaimed as one of the nation's most beautiful, and its location, the City of Oxford, is recognized as one of the nation's best college towns. As an institution holding the Carnegie R1 designation for a university with very high research activity, UM is at the forefront of groundbreaking research. UM has also earned the Carnegie Classification for community engagement, collaborating and engaging with a range of community partners.

The School of Applied Sciences offers professional preparation programs that integrate academic study, clinical training, creative research, service-learning, and community engaged outreach leading to the development of leaders whose professional endeavors improve health and well-being. The School enrolls 3,009 students who are taught, mentored, and supported by 167 faculty and staff members. The School offers baccalaureate degrees in communication sciences and disorders, criminal justice, law studies, dietetics and nutrition, exercise science, hospitality management, public health, sport management, and social work. Graduate programs include master's degrees in athletic training, communication sciences and disorders, criminal justice, exercise science, food and nutrition services, hospitality management, public health, sport management, sport analytics and social work, as well as Ph.D. degrees in criminal justice policy studies, health and kinesiology, nutrition and hospitality management and social welfare. The School offers certificates in biomechanics, evidence-based policing reform, intercollegiate athletics academic success, intercollegiate athletic administration, and NCAA compliance. The School is also home to the nationally recognized Institute of Child Nutrition (the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs) and the Jackson Heart Study Vanguard Center in Oxford and many departmental centers and labs which focus on research, clinical and community-based outcomes.

The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and academic qualifications and scholarly accomplishments meriting appointment to the rank of professor with tenure in at least one academic unit within the School. Other preferred qualifications include:
  • A record of and commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service;
  • A record of success as an academic leader during periods of growth, accreditation and/or program review;
  • A record of success as an academic leader in a multifaceted school within a research-intensive university;
  • Evidence/experience of contributing to and supporting a thriving, diverse, research-forward culture;
  • An effective communicator, listener, collaborator and consensus builder who can work with multiple constituency groups with an openness and appreciation for shared governance, needed to connect the School with important areas of opportunity across the University;
  • Demonstrated expertise needed to manage successful fundraising activities and talent for identifying entrepreneurial opportunities;
  • Experience overseeing large, complex budgets, strategic planning and personnel management;
  • Ability to connect the School with important areas of opportunity across the University;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate working relationships with students, university personnel, alumni, donors, and business leaders;
  • An understanding of higher education and the importance of a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment;
  • Commitment to the diversity of students, faculty, and staff and to advancing an inclusive climate that stimulates excellence.

To receive the full position profile, as well as to submit applications and nominations, please contact:

Mr. Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner
Ms. Chelsie Whitelock, Associate Partner
Buffkin / Baker

Application materials should include a letter of interest, a full resume/CV, a one-page leadership statement, and contact information of at least five references. References will not be contacted without permission. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all applications be submitted prior to August 15, 2024.

The University of Mississippi is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer.

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