Arizona State University — Vice Dean of the College of Health Solutions

Arizona State University seeks an innovative and experienced leader to serve as the inaugural Vice Dean of the College of Health Solutions. 

A leading public university based in the metropolitan Phoenix area – ranked the #1 Most Innovative School by U.S. News & World Report five years in a row – ASU is realizing a bold reinvention of higher education as the New American University. Under the leadership of President Michael Crow, ASU has developed numerous new programs and units that defy and bridge disciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge while developing solutions to serve Arizona and the world at large. The university has strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, research, and teaching excellence, and assumes significant responsibility for the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its surrounding communities. 

Founded in 2012, the College of Health Solutions (CHS) is dedicated to translating scientific advances into practice to improve health outcomes through education, research, and service. CHS equips students with the knowledge and skills to influence healthier lifestyle choices; develop creative interventions to improve the health of people and populations; analyze and translate large amounts of health data into solutions; and maximize the technology, science, business and application of diagnostics. CHS research programs encompass basic/discovery science, clinical trials, intervention science and measurement of health outcomes. In addition, CHS faculty use interdisciplinary approaches to address the complex systems that underpin health problems. CHS is highly collaborative, transparent, and team-oriented, with an innovative organizational structure that includes translational teams, affinity networks, and academic programs to improve the health of people and communities.

In its short history, CHS has experienced tremendous growth in faculty, students, research, and clinical partnership. In 2017, CHS welcomed Dean Deborah Helitzer, who has since undertaken an operational redesign process driven by community stakeholders, faculty, and staff, resulting in an innovative structure that maximizes faculty and staff input and transparency. Today, there is deliberate effort underway to grow, align, and integrate the academic, administrative, clinical, faculty success, and cross-institutional programs within CHS. The Vice Dean will build on these efforts and will provide leadership and guidance to critical processes and functions pertaining to academic and faculty matters within CHS, in addition to collaborating to develop and operationalize strategic goals; and enhancing the infrastructure necessary to support the recent reorganization. 

Reporting directly to the Dean, the Vice Dean will provide senior level administrative leadership for CHS; respond to emerging issues, ideas, and challenges; and think strategically with the Dean and other members of the CHS leadership team about how best to support the success of CHS as it continues to grow its enrollment, research, clinical partnerships, and physical footprint. The Vice Dean will be responsible for collaborating to advance CHS through high-level strategic planning, thoughtful and timely implementation, and continuous evaluation. In doing so, the Vice Dean will advise the Dean on a wide array of strategic and tactical matters of policy, procedures, and operations. In particular, the Vice Dean will play a central role in ensuring supporting CHS’s academic success portfolio, including program identification, curriculum development, program implementation and evaluation, education technology, and accreditation. The Vice Dean will offer thought leadership and guidance to CHS leaders and faculty as the Grand Challenges evolve and will help to oversee ongoing initiatives, while working with faculty and leadership to define and implement new initiatives and monitor them to ensure their success. 

The Vice Dean will be a dynamic academic leader with an enduring commitment to achieving excellence through diversity of faculty, students, staff, and ideas. Successful candidates must show strong evidence of sustained visionary leadership and change management through administration and demonstrate a communicative, service leadership, and team-oriented style. Candidates must have a terminal degree in a population health-related discipline as well as a record of research and teaching appropriate for appointment as full professor with tenure in CHS. 

ASU has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Cati Mitchell-Crossley and Alanya Green
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law (See ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement and