University of Alabama at Birmingham — Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – School of Public Health

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health (SOPH) invites applications for the position of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Associate Dean will provide visionary leadership in the development and implementation of initiatives and strategies that further promote a culture of inclusive excellence throughout the SOPH. The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in an area relevant to public health and be eligible for a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. For this senior leadership appointment, it is expected that 50% effort will be dedicated to the Associate Dean role and 50% effort to faculty responsibilities related to education, research or scholarly practice, and service. This position is also a part of the SOPH Executive Committee.

The Associate Dean will be responsible for the strategic direction of the SOPH’s programs and policies to ensure an inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students. The SOPH’s current strategic plan runs through 2023 and aligns with the University’s Diversity Strategic Plan incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion as foundational for the mission pillars of education, research, and community engagement. The Associate Dean will be expected to build upon these efforts and achievements to date and lead the SOPH into its next phase as it continues to foster a culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The primary responsibilities of the Associate Dean role will include:

  • Act as a key advisor and strategic partner to the Dean.
  • Lead the implementation, evaluation, and refinement of the SOPH Strategic Plan related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Maintain current knowledge of university and SOPH policies and procedures, including suggesting revisions and advising about the process for adopting and implementing revisions.
  • Consult and support school-wide faculty and staff recruitment and retention efforts, including collecting and maintaining information on faculty and staff hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the SOPH Faculty Affairs Committee and faculty search committees, providing advice on university guidelines and ensuring equitable practices.
  • Oversee SOPH data collection and report preparation for metrics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and school climate.
  • Support student recruitment and engagement activities both online and in-person to promote inclusion 
  • Represent the SOPH at university-wide events, including assisting with alumni and development activities.
  • Consult on concerns and grievances related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Provide seminars, workshops, and community dialogue sessions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion education for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Lead the SOPH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee
  • Serve as a liaison to the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and represent the SOPH as a member of the UAB Equity Leadership Council. 
  • Partner with key institutional offices and support units, such as Faculty Affairs Office, Ombuds Office, and Title IX Office, to advance SOPH efforts and initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Founded in 1978, the UAB SOPH has grown to more than 75 full-time faculty and 1100 undergraduate and graduate students across five departments: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, and Health Policy and Organization. Our programs include online and in-person instruction. In 2019, the SOPH had more than $37 million in research funding and has been ranked in the top 20 NIH-funded Schools of Public Health for the last 10 years. Diversity is one of the SOPH’s values and strengths, with 45% of students identifying as a member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group and 16% identifying as a first-generation college student. In 2020, the UAB SOPH received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

UAB is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB research grants and awards exceeded $602 million in FY19, with the university ranking 8th in NIH funding among all public universities. Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. In 2021, UAB was named America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer by Forbes, topping the list of more than 500 public and private corporations, hospitals, universities, Fortune 500 companies and more, across dozens of industries. Located in the heart of Birmingham, UAB has transformed the city into a nexus of medicine, business, research, and development with a thriving arts and cultural scene, and a vibrant campus that channels all the energies and opportunities of its metropolitan home.

To apply, please submit your curriculum vitae and a cover letter identifying your qualifications for the position and experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to: 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Applicants must possess a doctoral degree and be eligible for a faculty appointment in the SOPH at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. High ranking candidates will have experience and an exemplary record of leading, managing, and implementing strategic initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.