Northern Arizona University — Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as its next Dean of the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). The Dean will have the extraordinary opportunity to lead the College and serve as its primary advocate and champion.

The College of Health and Human Services

Currently NAU’s third largest college, the CHHS serves as home to a diverse set of academic programs, highly engaged faculty, and motivated undergraduate and graduate students. CHHS has experienced the fastest rate of growth amongst the University’s colleges and over the past nine years the number of degree seeking students has more than tripled in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Students are supported by 35 tenured/tenure track, 77 non-tenure track faculty, and 49 full-time staff. The College’s budget is over $12 million (FY16). The College offers programs at multiple locations including: NAU’s main campus in Flagstaff, the state-of-the-art Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix, Yuma, Tucson, and the Navajo Nation. In all, the College offers sixteen baccalaureate and five clinical graduate degree programs. In addition, the College offers online programs in Nursing, dental hygiene degree completion, public health, speech-science and technology, and multiple allied health degree options. The CHHS is comprised of the following units: School of Nursing, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of Dental Hygiene, Department of Health Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, and the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

The CHHS is dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities to its approximately 3,400 undergraduate and 700 graduate students in locations and formats that are both convenient and designed for students’ optimal learning. Ensuring the success of these students is an outstanding, nationally and internationally known faculty passionate about their disciplines and committed to quality engagement and rigorous learning opportunities for students while emphasizing evidence-based education and clinical practice. Congruent with the College’s enrollment growth, CHHS faculty members are on a positive trajectory of scholarly productivity. Since 2010 CHHS faculty have published over 450 journal articles and received 54 awards totaling over $18 million. For more information about the CHHS, please visit

Position Summary

The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the College and is responsible for the College’s leadership, strategic, and fundraising initiatives. S/he is also responsible for managing the faculty and staff, fiscal resources, and physical facilities of the College. The Dean oversees the quality of the College’s academic programs and faculty and supports the faculty in creating a rewarding environment for education, research and scholarship, and service to the University and the community. The Dean will be expected to lead faculty and staff in further integrating the academic and clinical missions of the CHHS in a way that leverages existing strengths and identifies new opportunities to create synergies that lead to success.

The Dean will serve as a strong advocate for the College, its faculty, and its students to work toward strengthening inter- and intra-professional efforts within the University, among Tribal and state institutions, and other community partners within the state of Arizona. In addition, the Dean will also promote the visibility and reputation of the College both inside and outside the University through their interactions with a broad array of constituencies in order to advance the College and University’s reputation locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. With the incredible pace at which the health care landscape and health education are changing, NAU’s next Dean and the CHHS are poised to serve as influential contributors in attaining a regional and national level of prominence in these fields. For a complete position profile and list of qualifications, please visit

The University

Northern Arizona University currently serves over 20,000 students at the Flagstaff campus and approximately 7,500 students at more than 30 statewide locations and online. The Flagstaff campus is one of the largest residential campuses in the western United States. Over 70% of NAU’s student body come from the state of Arizona, with 29% from other states and countries. With its proximity to several Native American reservations, NAU hosts students from over 100 tribes. In addition, NAU is an officially designated Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution, with a rapidly increasing population of Hispanic students. The University also enjoys a robust international student population. NAU has a Carnegie classification as a “doctoral, high research” university, with research expenditures totaling $30.5 million and an endowment of over $110 million. Additional information about NAU, its history, and programs can be found at:

Application/Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and a list of three professional references. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include contact information for the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
562-360-1353 (FAX)

Refer to code “NAU-CHHS” in subject line

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.