Jackson State University — Dean, School of Public Health

Position Description:

The Dean for the School of Public Health serves as the chief academic and administrative leader of the school working collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff to integrate plans of the school with those of the university. The Dean also works to advance the school’s mission of creating and disseminating knowledge to prevent disease and promote the health of populations worldwide. This position will ensure that the policies, guidelines, and regulations established by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, the Office of the President, and the Division of Academic Affairs are followed.

The Dean will also enhance and accelerate research, discovery, and critical inquiry across the school while providing adept operational oversight of a professional school in a complex institutional environment, one that is grounded in shared governance and a deep commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. The successful candidate will be a highly respected leader in their field with a strong record of funded research in an area related to public health and will have the necessary record to be appointed as a faculty member at the level of Professor.

Additionally, the Dean is responsible for communicating the vision, goals, and all matters related to the administration of the school including: academic programs, faculty, students, staff, facilities, budget, alumni relations, and fundraising. This position reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and represents the school in collaborations with other schools and colleges within the university. The Dean will work externally to promote the School as a leader in public health research, policy, and practice in the state of Mississippi, regionally, nationally, and globally.


  • Possess a strong, dynamic vision for public health and the role of the institution in advancing research, education, and service.
  • Develop initiatives and programs that will advance the school’s state, regional, national, and global contributions in public health.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities to build effective collaborations across disciplines and schools to bring a collegian, consultative, and collaborative orientation to the role.
  • Drive multidisciplinary approaches from both the top down and the bottom up to benefit Jackson State University.
  • Capability to work effectively in a team-based organization, collaborate cross-functionally and globally.
  • Exercise influence at senior levels and build alignment around a common set of goals.
  • Engage successfully with external constituencies and develop, build, and strengthen organizational relationships for mutual long-term gain.

Organization Description:

Jackson State University School of Public Health (SPH) provides a learning environment that supports interdisciplinary communication, development of professional public health concepts, values, and the resolution of healthcare issues. The SPH offers undergraduate degrees in Healthcare Administration and Communicative Disorders and accredited graduate degrees in Public Health (MPH and Dr.PH)-recently reaffirmed by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and Communicative Disorders (MS)-reaffirmed by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CM) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

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