SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Elon University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Health Sciences. This position requires a dynamic and creative leader who has strong academic credentials; demonstrated skills as an administrator, teacher, and collaborator; and the ability to cultivate both internal and external partnerships in order to continue to develop the School of Health Sciences in innovative and strategic ways. The Dean of the School of Health Sciences will have many opportunities to lead collaborative initiatives on campus and with university partners in the broader community, while working alongside talented and motivated faculty, staff, and students.
Elon University is a top-ranked comprehensive university that is widely recognized as a leader in student engagement and experiential learning. The academic program is distinguished by a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences combined with outstanding professional programs.
The University is located in central North Carolina midway between North Carolina’s Triad and the Research Triangle. Elon’s historic 636-acre campus is designated as a botanical garden and has been cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses.
The Elon community is characterized by a strong student- and learning-centered mission, a commitment to excellent teaching, and a spirit of innovation. In its 2016 "America's Best Colleges" guide, U.S. News & World Report ranks Elon #1
among Southern Regional Universities and one of the nation's top colleges and universities “with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching”; Elon is the only university recognized for excellence in eight of eight programs that “
Focus on Student Success.
names Elon “The Leader in Engaged Learning.”
The University includes more than 460 full-time faculty members and 5,903 undergraduate and 728 graduate students from 50 states, the District of Columbia
, and 49 other nations. The University has six academic units: Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Health Sciences
; and the School of Law, which is located in downtown Greensboro. Elon offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and six graduate programs. The University sends more students to study abroad than any other master’s-level university in the nation, and the core curriculum includes a strong global focus.
Founded in 1889, Elon University has held its core values constant throughout its history: close working relationships between faculty and students, a culture that supports constant innovation, and a strong sense of community. Strong academics, active intellectual engagement outside of the classroom, and frequent cultural and social events are the hallmarks of this friendly and welcoming academic community.
Elon seeks candidates who have a demonstrated ability to support and promote a rigorous academic environment in which diversity, in all its forms, is valued and incorporated in the full range of activities.
THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
The mission of the School of Health Sciences is to provide distinctive and exceptional educational experiences for all students who enroll in Elon University’s health professions programs. An Elon education transforms the student into an outstanding professional who is ready to serve others with a respect for human differences, a passion for life-long learning, personal and professional integrity, and an ethic of work and service.
To prepare graduates who are recognized by healthcare organizations as well equipped to assume their role in the fast-paced and changing world of healthcare.
To be recognized as an educational leader in healthcare professions education.
As a collaborative, inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff, the School of Health Sciences value:
Diversity of people and ideas
Being responsive to needs of society
Caring for patients’ physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs
High ethical and professional principles
Intellectual growth and development
Application of evidence-based practice
Leadership in the professions
About the School of Health Sciences
The School of Health Sciences has been housed in the newly renovated 50,000 square foot Gerald L. Francis Center since 2012, and brings together a very talented, innovative, and creative full-time faculty of 14 from the Department of Physical Therapy Education (DPTE) and 8 from the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies. The School enrolls over 250 graduate students and offers a doctorate in physical therapy and a master’s in physician assistant studies. A holistic, patient-centered approach to healthcare is emphasized. Students have multiple opportunities to work with underserved populations and engage in global experiences. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program receives 900 applications annually to fill a cohort class of 46; the PA program received nearly 1,300 applications in the most recent cycle to fill a cohort class of 38. Both programs attract strong applicant pools from across the nation and have class profiles in alignment with some of the top programs in the country.
The DPTE was created in 1996 offering a master’s degree, and enrolled its first doctoral students in 2003. The three-year, full-time DPT program has built a reputation for excellence and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy. The program includes 48 weeks of clinical practicums and immerses students in science and research while teaching them the value of respect and communication. Nearly 100% of Elon DPT graduates have passed the National Physical Therapy Examination and have found employment in the field.
Elon’s DPT program has contacts at close to 500 patient-care settings; in addition, students work frequently with clients and standardized patients on campus. Elon and Alamance Regional Medical Center began a partnership in 1997 when the University launched its master's program in physical therapy. The continued partnership with Alamance Regional/Cone Health provides opportunities for faculty and students to have access to patient models for learning as well as the enhancement of clinical and research opportunities.
The Department of Physician Assistant Studies was founded through a partnership with Cone Health and Alamance Regional Medical Center in January 2013 when it matriculated its charter class. The program has now graduated its first two classes and achieved a 97% overall first-time Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam pass rate. Additionally, 99% of all graduates have been employed as PAs in a wide variety of primary care, medical and surgical specialties within six months of completing the program. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Elon University PA program, and the final provisional accreditation site visit occurred this past spring.
Elon's 27-month, full-time PA program prepares graduates to think critically and act skillfully to meet expanding healthcare needs in local and global communities. Students immerse themselves in a curriculum structured around active learning strategies through collaborative work with Elon's faculty, scholars and practitioners in the field. The clinical education phase consists of seven required rotations and two electives, with clinical sites located throughout central North Carolina. The required Master’s Project supports and promotes professional development in the area of accessing, critically appraising and applying the best available evidence to address a research, patient care or policy question relevant to PA practice or education.
For the faculty in the School of Health Sciences, the School promotes strong participation in campus committees and governance, and supports collaboration among Elon's academic programs. The highly qualified faculty in the School of Health Sciences share a love for teaching, mentoring, service, scholarship and leadership.
To learn more about the School of Health Sciences, please visit: School of Health Sciences.
About the Dean of the School of Health Sciences
Reporting to the Provost/Executive Vice President, the Dean is responsible for providing intellectual and administrative leadership for the School of Health Sciences. The Dean will strengthen Elon’s outstanding engaged, active, and experiential education at the same time ensuring a rigorous and challenging academic environment. The Dean will provide strong leadership in the development of the academic programs and the assessment of student academic performance. The Dean will also enhance Elon’s model of teacher-scholar-mentor, advancing faculty scholarship and professional activity while maintaining Elon’s commitment to being a student- and learning-centered institution. The position requires recruiting, developing and evaluating the faculty as they realize the mission of the School and University. The Dean will develop and administer the curricula of the School of Health Sciences in collaboration with the faculty, while also developing and recommending the academic budget for the School.
Preferred characteristics of the Dean of the School of Health Sciences:
The university seeks an individual with strong leadership skills to direct academic programs and who possesses the interpersonal skills to develop effective relationships with a broad range of constituents.
A terminal degree and a record of scholarship and teaching sufficient to qualify for tenure with the rank of full professor is required. In addition, the Dean should demonstrate:
Energy, enthusiasm and a sense of humor
Sound judgment, discernment and patience
An understanding of the integration of student and academic life
A willingness to explore and develop appropriate emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and discovery
An understanding of the nature of a comprehensive university and its mix of liberal arts, professional schools, and graduate programs
An understanding of the importance of clinical experiences
Knowledge and experience with different healthcare programs
Ability to inspire faculty and staff to utilize their expertise
Ability to model the Elon ethic of civility, inclusion, and respect
Ability to develop and implement a vision in concert with broad constituencies
Experience with resource allocation and fiscal management
A willingness to partner with the University advancement office
A commitment to shared governance and collegial problem-solving
A commitment to the Elon teacher-scholar-mentor model
A commitment to academic excellence
A commitment to diversity, including the continued internationalization of the campus
Review of candidates will begin on October 1, 2016 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest that addresses the position’s responsibilities and qualifications outlined above to the email address listed below. All correspondences relating to the position should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and addressed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Drs. Gabie Smith and Kathy Matera.
Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.