University of Texas at Austin — Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors and we promote diversity in our recruiting, hiring and retention practices.

General Notes

Flexible work arrangements are available in the College of Pharmacy and the Assistant Dean position is expected to have a strong on-campus presence plus telework as needed. The Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion will work additional hours and weekends when required to complete time-sensitive projects or facilitate events and programs.

This role is based on the UT Austin main campus in Austin, Texas, and supports individuals in the college in both the Austin and San Antonio campus locations. This position is expected to travel to the San Antonio campus location on an occasional basis or as needed. May also travel to other regional locations to visit community members in pharmacy practice and service areas.


The Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion reports to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and serves on the dean's leadership team. The Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion leads the Diversity and Inclusion portfolio of the college and serves as the chief college spokesperson for all programs and initiatives relating to the college's diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) goal to cultivate a culture of care for every individual within our college that impact everyone we educate, the research we conduct, and the communities we serve. This Assistant Dean has the opportunity to hold a faculty position in the College of Pharmacy as well, depending upon candidate qualifications.


  • Serves on the dean's leadership team as the chief spokesperson and diversity officer. Advises the dean and the dean's leadership team on issues related to DEAI.
  • Acts as the chief liaison for the college on DEAI matters to university administration such as the Executive Vice President and Provost's (EVPP) Office and Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), and the public.
  • Works with portfolios and divisions in the college to build successful outreach programs and secure external funding mechanisms for the direct support of college efforts to meet our DEAI goals, including but not limited to: bridge programs; undergraduate summer research experiences; and graduate training and fellowships.
  • Leads with integrity and transparency to achieve the college's DEAI goals.
  • Identifies and measures benchmarks for DEAI success, reporting updates and areas of focus to the dean on an ongoing basis.
  • Partners with portfolios and divisions in the college to build support programs for students, faculty and staff.
  • Implements workshops and learning modules, newsletters, and regular communication to the community.
  • Supervises the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator role, whose purpose is to fully support the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and meeting the college's DEAI goals.
  • Serves on the Diversity and Inclusions standing faculty committee.
  • Serves or identifies qualified faculty members to serve on all faculty search committees for any 50% or higher appointments. Advises and supports faculty search committee chairs on policies and best practices for recruiting.
  • Collaborates with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Pharm.D. program for the recruitment, admissions, orientation and on-going support of Pharm.D. students.
  • Collaborates with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the recruitment, admissions, orientation and on-going support of graduate students.
  • Develop and teach course content related to diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion and cultural competence for students in the Pharm.D. and graduate programs
  • Collaborate with the Director of Assessment to measure and report on the effectiveness of DEAI initiatives
  • Produce scholarship on topics related to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence in collaboration with faculty, students and staff in the college and in other units on campus

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters degree or equivalent relevant experience
  • Excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion, and multiculturalism concepts and issues in Higher Education.
  • Evidence of understanding of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion concepts, applications and issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in expanding others' knowledge and application of intercultural competence.
  • 3-5 years of senior administrative or university academic experience.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully advancing institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, students and staff.
  • Evidence in establishing successful partnerships and developing professional alliances
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver presentations, prepare written reports and other professional communications.
  • High level of competence and accountability in providing confidential and sensitive service and support to others.

Preferred Additional Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree (e.g., PharmD, PhD, EdD, JD, DSW) or terminal degree in a related field supporting diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion efforts in an institution of higher education (e.g., multicultural education, sociology, critical race and/or gender studies, disability studies).
  • 2 years of experience as a diversity officer or other similar title.
  • Relevant experience in an academic health center, pharmacy school, or higher education is strongly preferred.
  • Thorough practical understanding of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable federal and state laws.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and expertise in change management as it relates to diversity initiatives.
  • Previous experience, understanding, and passion for diversity and inclusion in areas related to pharmacy and health disparities.
  • Scholarly record of planning and implementation especially as it relates to diversity initiatives.
  • Experience in securing external funding (grants and gifts).

Required Materials

  1. Resume/CV
  2. List of at least 3 professional references with their contact information; at least 1 must be have been a direct supervisor
  3. Letter of Interest
  4. Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion Statement
  5. Teaching Statement
  6. Scholarship Statement