University of Tampa — Dean, College of Natural and Health Sciences

The University of Tampa (UT) seeks a Dean for its College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS). A medium-sized comprehensive residentially-based institution of 8,300 undergraduate and graduate students, the University is ideally situated on a beautiful 110-acre campus next to the Hillsborough River, adjacent to Tampa’s dynamic central business district. The University’s primary academic and administrative building is a national historic landmark and has long been recognized as the symbol of the city. Tampa offers a high quality of living in a growing and vibrant metropolitan area.

The CNHS consists of five departments: Biology; Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics; Health Sciences and Human Performance; Nursing; and Sport Management. It offers undergraduate majors in biology, marine science, environmental science, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, forensic science, exercise science, public health, allied health, sport management, and nursing; graduate degrees in nursing, and exercise and nutrition science; and a program for physician assistant studies is in development. The College is served by an outstanding faculty and offers its students an intimate, innovative, and active learning environment with opportunities for student involvement in research, international study, and creative applied experiences in the community.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will be an experienced academic leader with the leadership and management qualities to build on the College’s strengths and take it to even higher levels of academic excellence and student success. Candidates should possess an earned doctorate and credentials to merit tenure as a full professor in an academic discipline offered in the College; a commitment to academic excellence, including both high-quality teaching and research; prior academic leadership experience; the ability to think strategically, prioritize effectively, and act decisively; a track record of success in building academic programs and support services, prudent management of budget resources, and demonstrated ability to work collegially with diverse constituencies; excellent interpersonal, communication, and conflict resolution skills; and integrity. As important, the successful candidate will be a collaborative leader who is able to both advocate for and represent the College as a force for University-wide progress and success.

The University has experienced a period of substantial improvement, enrollment growth, and program development under the leadership of President Ron Vaughn. In the past 15 years the number of full-time faculty has doubled, academic support and services have expanded, faculty development has flourished, and over $530 million in construction has been completed or is underway. UT is currently conducting a campaign, Creating Tomorrow, which has raised $140 million toward its goal. The campaign priorities are the endowment, capital projects, annual fund, and planned giving. UT’s growing national reputation is evidenced by a “Top Tier” ranking in U.S. News & World Report and favorable ratings in other publications. The University benefits from the support of over 800 individuals involved in various advisory groups, including an excellent Board of Trustees, many community leaders, and approximately 1,500 employees. Over 90 percent of all students are full-time, with representatives from all 50 states and 140 countries. UT has a vibrant campus and co-curricular learning environment with 227 student organizations, clubs, and teams.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile available at www.wittkieffer.com, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to The University of Tampa’s consultants Robin Mamlet, Robert Luke, and Kim Brettschneider at email address, UT-CNHS@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Leslie Donahue at 630-575-6178.

The University of Tampa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, national original, religion, marital status, gender identity, veteran status, or any other non-job related criteria. The University of Tampa recognizes the importance of a multicultural community of students, faculty, and staff who seek to advance our commitment to diversity. The University invites applications from underrepresented groups and those who have academic experiences with diverse populations.


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