Dean - College of Health and Human Sciences

Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences

Colorado State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.  This position is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding individual to provide visionary leadership for a growing college at one of the nation’s leading research universities.  

The Dean is the principal administrative and academic officer of the College and reports to the Provost/Executive Vice President of the University.  This position provides leadership to the College by working with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders to establish a strong vision, and collaborating with others to achieve that vision.  The Dean is responsible for managing and ensuring the quality of the College’s academic programs and curriculum, fostering a strong research culture, implementing policies, managing personnel and financial resources, and providing strong leadership for development and fundraising initiatives.  Colorado State University is committed to creating a university community that values and supports diversity.  


With a commitment to the principles of equity and inclusive excellence, the College of Health and Human Sciences provides transformative academic, research, and outreach programs that promote the health and well-being of people, their environments, and communities in which they live. The College is comprised of eight academic units: the Departments of Construction Management, Design and Merchandising, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Health and Exercise Science, Human Development and Family Studies, and Occupational Therapy, and the Schools of Education and Social Work. Total undergraduate and graduate enrollment is over 5,000 students, with 125 tenure-track and 60 full-time non-tenure track faculty members.  This includes primary and secondary majors, minors and certificates. The College has the highest undergraduate enrollment on campus and is home to 11 undergraduate majors, including three of the most popular at CSU. Several of the College's academic programs are nationally recognized or ranked. Each of the eight academic units in the college has a program leading to the master’s degree and six offer a Ph.D. option. The College of Health and Human Sciences houses 20 different Institutes, Centers, Special Units, and Extension offices, designed to provide a broad range of outreach activities, to support social, economic and community development in Colorado, the nation, and the world. 

University and City

Colorado State University, a prestigious Carnegie Doctoral Research University, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff and students. CSU enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in Fort Collins with more than 7,400 faculty and staff.  Colorado State University is located 60 miles north of Denver in the city of Fort Collins situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Fort Collins is an active community. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Fort Collins residents enjoy pleasant weather year-round.  Indoor and outdoor activities are enjoyable in every season. Colorado has earned a worldwide reputation as an area that offers an unparalleled lifestyle, and Fort Collins represents the very best of Colorado with top award rankings from Forbes for Best Place for Business/Careers, Gallup Well Being Index for Healthiest Mid-Size City in America, CBS Moneywatch List of Top 10 Best Places to Retire, Outside Magazine Best Towns in America, among other select recognitions:



  • An earned doctorate, terminal degree or equivalent professional experience in a discipline within the CSU College of Health and Human Sciences, or a related discipline;
  • An outstanding record of achievement that merits appointment as tenured full professor in one of the CSU College of Health and Human Sciences’ academic units;
  • Administrative and/or leadership experience at the level of dean, department head, director, or equivalent;
  • Demonstrated personnel and fiscal management/budget experience.
  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion, as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.


  • Significant and successful administrative experience, with a record of progressive leadership, in a large, complex higher education institution or comparable organization;
  • A clear commitment to academic excellence and demonstrated leadership in undergraduate or graduate education and scholarly activities;
  • Demonstrated evidence of experience and/or ability in leadership of successful fundraising initiatives;
  • Experience working with and across a diverse set of academic disciplines in a scholarly and/or administrative capacity;
  • Ability to implement a shared strategic vision for the College;
  • Personal qualities that will facilitate open, participatory and collaborative relationships with the University community and external constituencies;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, supervisory, and problem-solving skills.

Application Details

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications must be submitted by December 10, 2018. 

Desired start date is July 1, 2019.  Applicants should send a letter expressing their qualifications and vision for the position, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications for this position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five professional references. Submit applications electronically to:

Questions and Nominations

Questions regarding the search may be directed to Dr. Beth Walker, Dean, College of Business and Search Committee Chair, at (970) 491-2398 or

Nominations are encouraged and should be sent by December 3, 2018 to:   Please include the name, e-mail address and phone number of each nominee.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications will be kept confidential within the committee until finalists are named for campus interviews.  References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening and candidates will receive prior notification.

Background Check Policy

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

CSU – An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental, unit and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the College and University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.