Dean of the School of Public Health

Boston University in Massachusetts

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 7, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Boston University seeks a visionary, dynamic leader to become the next Dean of its School of Public Health. The Dean provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership of the School of Public Health and promotes excellence in all aspects of the School’s teaching, research, and service missions.  S/he will lead the ongoing development of the vision and goals of the School, integrate the plans of the School with those of the University, and effectively communicate the vision and goals to constituencies within and external to BU.


The successful candidate will be nationally recognized with demonstrated leadership and substantial administrative experience, strong scholarly visibility within the public health research community, and the capacity to exercise policy leadership at the local, state, national and international levels.  The Dean will have a strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching and public service and lead the School in continuing its mission to improve the health of local, national and international populations, particularly the disadvantaged, underserved and vulnerable.


In collaboration with the faculty and staff, the Dean will imagine, articulate and implement a vision for the BU School of Public Health, drive strategies aimed at achieving the School’s vision, and provide leadership in advancing the mission of improving the health of local, national and international populations.  S/he will establish the School of Public Health as the source of scientific advances and best practices in public health, now and into the future. The Dean of the School of Public health is responsible for effectively managing numerous programs and activities within the School, including coordination of curriculum, evaluation of teaching, promotion of pedagogical excellence, and encouragement and enhancement of research and clinical practice.  The Dean will establish appropriate mechanisms to select, support and retain highly qualified faculty, department chairs, administrators and other staff.  The Dean will effectively communicate with students, faculty, administrators, alumni, community members and potential benefactors, and engage in fundraising as part of the University’s comprehensive campaign.   


Boston University (BU), a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the globe.  Chartered in 1869, the University today enrolls over 33,000 students including over 16,000 undergraduates and employs nearly 4,000 faculty members across 16 schools and colleges.  The BU School of Public Health is located in the heart of BU’s Medical Campus and is ranked #11 among graduate schools of public health by U.S. News & World Report.  With 1,048 students from 24 countries, more than 150 full-time and 250 part-time faculty, and over 4,200 alumni, the BU School of Public Health is a vibrant and diverse community.    


Additional information about this search is available at


Applications and confidential inquiries are welcome until a new Dean is selected: those interested are encouraged to submit their materials to:


SPH Dean Search Advisory Committee

c/o Nicole Hawkes, Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives

Office of the University Provost

One Silber Way

Boston, Massachusetts 02215


Boston University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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