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Employer: St. Catherine University
Located in: St. Paul, Minnesota
Degree Required: PhD
MISSION AND IDENTITY
Transformational leadership, as called for in the mission, requires the support of strong academic programs and student services. The mission threads through the curriculum and co-curriculum at all degree levels so as to articulate and promote St Catherine University’s tripartite mission—women, Catholic, and liberal arts.
Built on a tradition of strong women, St. Kate's develops ethical, refective, and socially responsible leaders. As a women-centered institution, the University offers a learning environment that is collaborative, respectful, and recognizes the contributions of women. The commitment to women is woven into the fabric of the institution and the everlasting connection to the CSJs. The Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women’s Research, Resources, and Scholarship—led by the Endowed Chair for Women’s Education— serves as a central point for fostering this pillar of the mission within the University and the community
The Catholic tradition of seeking truth through the meaningful integration of faith and reason provides direction as well as philosophical and spiritual grounding for the curriculum, and its integration of the liberal arts and professional studies. Effectively combining rigorous academic and scientifc inquiry with refection on the core values of justice, compassion, and excellence, the educational infrastructure prepares graduates to translate knowledge and values into productive lives of commitment and service. The University has taken action to ensure that the mission threads through the curriculum and co-curriculum at all degree levels, as well as the University community. Central to this work is the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice, led by the Endowed Chair for Catholic Identity.
Since its founding, St. Kate’s has been committed to the liberal arts as the broad base of learning and to the pursuit of excellence for our students. St. Kate’s offers academic curricular and co-curricular programs in an atmosphere that stimulates students to make their lives full and meaningful and provides opportunities, both intellectual and personal, for them to develop leadership abilities, spiritual values, and responsible commitments to society. Along with the depth of knowledge provided by a chosen discipline, students have opportunities to acquire a broad knowledge in a variety of disciplines and transferable skills to serve as a foundation to a life-long process of learning. This important work is centralized in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences, and led by the Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts.
St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s), a Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs), seeks a dynamic and committed leader to serve as the Dean of Health Sciences for the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health (HSSH). The successful candidate will serve as the leader of an outstanding faculty deeply committed to teaching, scholarship, and service. The Dean has the primary responsibility for enhancing the quality of, advocating for, and building new academic programs, ensuring strong management and oversight of existing academic programs, including accreditation processes, managing budgets effectively, and strengthening partnerships in the health sciences. The Dean of Health Sciences reports to the Provost and works collaboratively with the Dean of Nursing and the Provost to provide leadership across all health science departments within HSSH. The Dean serves on the Deans’ Council and works closely with the Provost and other academic deans to shape an environment of enhanced collaboration among schools and colleges, and to cultivate consistent university wide policies. It is anticipated that the Dean will begin duties summer 2019.
THE LEADERSHIP AGENDA FOR THE NEXT DEAN OF HEALTH SCIENCES
The Dean of Health Sciences is responsible for providing leadership and overall management of health sciences, including strategic planning, support for instruction and research, personnel evaluations, preparation and management of budgets, curriculum development, and fundraising.
The Dean is supported by an associate dean working in close alignment on key areas of oversight and responsibility. The position reports to the Provost and has extensive collaborative relations with members of the University community, in particular, the Dean of Nursing. (As noted above, while Nursing is housed within HSSH, the Dean of Nursing is also a direct report to the Provost and works in tandem with the Dean of Health Sciences.)
The Dean of Health Sciences is responsible for building community partnerships with stakeholders in the health and human services communities. The Dean will also raise funds, including grants, and fnd other resources to support partnerships, scholarships, and service projects.
The Dean should be a visionary leader possessing the personal and professional skills to lead HSSH into a new era of scholarship, teaching, and learning. They will support the University and School of Health’s missions, build programs, and, along with the Provost and the other Deans, work collegially with faculty, staff, and others in a spirit of shared governance.
KEY PRIORITIES FOR THE HSSH DEAN
Integration of Social Work
Social Work is a new component of HSSH and the Dean will work with the Provost and faculty to integrate the social work program into HSSH. Up through this academic year, there has been a stand-alone School of Social Work (SSW), sponsored jointly by St. Kate’s and the neighboring University of St. Thomas; but the joint SSW is undergoing dissolution. Consistent with the University’s mission, the St. Kate’s nationally ranked BSW and MSW degree programs are rooted in a philosophy of social responsibility, respect for human rights, and an emphasis on social justice. Self-studies for the BSW and MSW programs will be submitted in March 2019 to the accrediting body.
Clinical and Community Partnerships
The Dean will work to expand partnerships with the clinical community, pursing innovative alliances that will strengthen University programs, enhance connections with the city and the region, and support St. Kate’s mission through community outreach endeavors. The efforts will strengthen the pipeline for students and workforce development, creating mutually beneficial partnerships for students, St. Kate’s, employers, and the community.
The Dean must have a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. This includes a commitment to the core principles of diversity and inclusion with an explicit emphasis on equity and excellence in student learning. The Dean will be a champion of creating learning and working environments that are rich in diversity and inclusive. The Dean will work to decrease racial and cultural disparity in healthcare through inclusive admissions, faculty recruitment and retention, and training with an emphasis on social determinants of health. St. Kate’s is committed to making Inclusive Excellence a reality and has identifed “Drive a Culture of Inclusive Excellence” as one of the six strategic priorities in the new University strategic plan. Goal areas identifed relate to the need to increase the number of faculty of color in HSSH by implementing new recruitment strategies and training for search committees. Furthermore, the plan calls for a focus on increasing the retention rate of faculty of color in HSSH with additional resources for ongoing professional development, including mentorship opportunities for St. Kate’s new leaders. Additional initiatives include the expansion of equity and inclusion-centered curricular content in specifc courses and in each program of study. Finally, the plan has an explicit focus on the articulation and development of the essential skills students must possess to succeed in diverse and inclusive workplaces and communities, and defining how the educational program and co-curricular student experience will foster these outcomes.
An overriding responsibility of the Dean is to lead efforts that will further strengthen the HSSH academically, financially, and administratively. The Dean is simultaneously a faculty advocate and a colleague with both School- and institution-wide perspectives and responsibilities. Teamwork, including working in close tandem with the Dean of Nursing and collaboration with the other school deans, as well as respect for equity among the University’s two other schools in terms of recognition and support, will be essential. Balancing the demands of these roles is important in succeeding in this position. By serving on the Deans’ Council, the Dean will have an opportunity to shape an environment of enhanced collaboration among the three schools and three colleges, contributing to the development of consistent and key University-wide policies.
Accreditation and Enrollment
The new Dean will have oversight of all accredited programs in HSSH (other than Nursing) and must have a deep understanding of accreditation processes. Related to that, enrollment challenges and opportunities face the new Dean. An understanding of how to attract students at different degree levels and of demographic shifts has been enhanced with the work of a recently appointed Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and an increase in data driven decision-making. The Dean will help build the college’s regional and national reputation for academic excellence. A major effort will involve strengthening existing interdisciplinary programs, developing new programs, assessing viability of existing programs, and building on existing interdisciplinary strengths to form strong collaborations with other academic divisions at the University. There is signifcant opportunity to grow programs and increase enrollment in a number of areas within HSSH, and in particular, in the College for Adults.
The Dean must help enrich and sustain a culture of excellent teaching, scholarship, and service, and support productive faculty careers. A key to the Dean’s leadership effectiveness will be to quickly establish an understanding of the people, programs, and relationships that constitute the HSSH community. The Dean will lead in the diversifcation and mentoring of HSSH faculty and staff across race, class, gender identity, nationality, age, ability, sexuality, and religious affliation. The Dean will model transparent and inspirational leadership that fosters a strong sense of trust and respect for and from faculty, staff, administration, and students, all within the framework of shared governance. The Dean will have a proven record of effective mentoring, particularly of faculty of color, new faculty members, and faculty in new leadership positions. This is especially important for retention of strong faculty members who are at an early stage in their academic careers. While understanding, respecting, and advocating for the principle of shared governance, the Dean will lead the administration and faculty in supporting a heightened quality of academic excellence in terms of instruction, curriculum, faculty scholarship, and service.
Financial Management and Resources As economic realities affect all of higher education, the Dean will need the fiscal acumen to enable strong financial management across all of higher education, the Dean will need the fiscal acumen to enable strong financial management across all areas of the School’s academic and administrative programs. The Dean will be asked to oversee operating budgets, carefully steward existing resources, be vigilant about cost management, and utilize technology to support operational excellence. Also of importance is enhancing the quality of, advocating for, and building new academic programs, as well as ensuring strong management and oversight of existing academic programs. Furthermore, the Dean should identify new and existing resources for program and infrastructure investment, be prepared to make appropriate amendments to or reductions in programs, lead a conversation about potential new revenue streams, and raise external funds. The Dean will be expected to work with the faculty, senior administration, and the Institutional Advancement team to articulate the strengths and needs of the academic programs to potential donors and build relationships and external support. In anticipation of a comprehensive campaign, this position will be key in content expertise, donor communications, and effective communication of impact from gifts received by the HSSH in concert with Institutional Advancement, as well as set expectations for faculty to participate as requested.
Accomplished scholar and teacher in the tradition of St. Catherine University
• A record of signifcant scholarly achievement in teaching, research, and service commensurate with being tenured as a full professor in a science or health-related discipline at St. Kate’s.
• An ability to manage programs at the associate, undergraduate, and graduate levels.
• A relational presence that is consistent with Catholic Social Teaching and the HSSH mission, vision, and philosophy.
Skilled academic administrator
• The ability to foresee new opportunities for HSSH, bring groups and individuals together to chart its future, and guide the School’s progress in a collaborative, quality-driven, and outcomes-focused manner.
• Prior success as a dean, associate dean, or department chair in a high-quality teaching, research, and service-oriented educational setting who can thoughtfully assess and effectively support faculty performance in teaching, research, and service.
• Demonstrated experience with program assessment, program review, and strategic planning.
• Solid experience in accreditation process and success, particularly in programspecifc accreditations.
• Excellent technology skills and a thorough understanding/appreciation for online and hybrid learning and the innovative delivery of academic instruction in these formats.
Experienced builder of partnerships in the healthcare context
• Clinical experience, contributing to a broad and deep understanding of healthcare and the healthcare system.
• Experience in graduate and clinical education, particularly in new program development and enrollment growth.
• Understanding of and appreciation for an interprofessional, team-based approach to teaching and learning, and the broad societal impacts of science and health programs. • Clear and ongoing understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, professional labor market, and changes in healthcare delivery.
• Talent for building and sustaining effective working partnerships with healthcare providers, foundations, corporations, government entities, community-based organizations, alumni, and individuals to grow support for the programs of HSSH.
Skilled fiscal planner, resource developer, and budget manager
• An ability to ensure strong fiscal oversight and manage existing financial resources.
• A reputation as an articulate and effective advocate who will grow financial support for HSSH from public and private funding sources and build needed partnerships inside and outside the School to strengthen current academic programs and develop new ones as appropriate.
• Experience and demonstrated success in grant writing.
Dynamic and inspirational leader
• Ability to be a visionary leader with versatile and engaging communication skills and a confdent and entrepreneurial leadership style.
• The ability to delegate wisely and effectively harness the contributions of others throughout the University community.
• Keen critical-thinking skills and a record of leading through shared governance, inclusiveness, listening, and a transparent management philosophy in keeping with the values and tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
• An ability to create a collegial academic climate that supports collaboration and excellence.
• Proven commitment to diversity and a demonstrated ability to fully engage the assets of a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.
• A student-centered administrative philosophy that encourages the pursuit of knowledge, emphasizes retention and successful student outcomes, and promotes a vibrant service-learning environment.
NOMINATIONS AND INQUIRIES
To apply, a candidate should prepare a thoughtful letter of interest addressing, as appropriate, the issues and desired qualifcations outlined in this profle. Include also a current, long-form resume (it should show relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments) and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least fve references and the candidate’s relationship to each reference. References will be called at a later stage and only with the candidate’s foreknowledge.
By University policy and search committee affrmation, all information from and about candidates will be kept in strict confdence in perpetuity. For full consideration by the search committee, applications should be submitted by February 27, 2019. Additional information about the institution can be found at www.stkate.edu.
Send materials as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word format to: Stkatedean@ academic-search.com. The search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Senior Consultant Maya Ranchod Kirkhope (mrk@ academic-search.com and 703 -380-9195).
Posted on 01/31/2019
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