National Institute on Aging

Drexel University — Dean, Dornsife School of Public Health

Drexel University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health. Drexel University seeks an accomplished and inspiring leader to serve in this key leadership position to develop and advance a vision of education, research, and practice, and provide support to a talented faculty and staff and a supportive administration. This position represents an opportunity to build on the remarkable successes the School has achieved over the past decade and extend the positive trajectory for many years to come. 

Drexel University was founded in 1891 as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, by Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel. Today, Drexel is a comprehensive global R1 research university with a unique model of experiential learning that combines academic rigor with one of the nation’s premier cooperative education programs. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a vibrant city of 1.6 million residents, Drexel is central to research and practice hubs in the academic, health, industry, and government sectors. Drexel is home to 15 colleges and schools, offers over 200 degree programs, and provides educational opportunities in person and online through Drexel Online. A hallmark of the Drexel education is the cooperative education program, or co-op. Drexel currently enrolls 22,344 students, of which 13,977 are undergraduates, 8,367 are graduate and professional students, and 4,029 are online students. In FY2019, research and development expenditures totaled over $149 million. In FY2020, researchers submitted 949 proposals, received 684 obligated awards, and were granted 36 patents.

The Dornsife School of Public Health was founded on the principle of health as a human right and the recognition of the importance of social justice as a means to achieve health for all. Dornsife is the top public health school in Philadelphia and number #19 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The School’s academic programs are fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).The Dornsife School of Public Health’s mission is to provide education, conduct research, and partner with communities and organizations to improve the health of populations. The School weaves together three public health challenges: urban health, health equity, and policy translation. Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Community Health and Prevention, Health Management and Policy, and Environmental and Occupational Health comprise the School’s four in person departments. The School is home to a dynamic community of 84 full-time faculty, 136 staff, and over 500 students; 40 percent of the faculty identify as BIPOC, 46 percent of the School’s students identify as BIPOC, and among undergraduates 20 percent identify as first-generation students. Dornsife’s annual budget is $45 million, including over $20 million in sponsored projects. The growth of research at Dornsife is one of the School’s defining features, having more than quintupled since 2014. Dornsife accounts for 39 percent of the University’s research growth since 2016 and boasts the highest research productivity per faculty member of any academic unit at Drexel.

Under the leadership of President John Fry and Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost, Paul Jensen the next dean will have the opportunity to provide strategic planning, vision, and lead the implementation of academic offerings that increase student enrollment. The next dean will build on the significant momentum in research and nurture the careers of all faculty and staff. Additionally, the dean will continue to build on the success of the FIRST initiative, the Urban Health Collaborative, the Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health and work together with faculty, staff, students, and supporters of the School to identify possibilities for national distinction and bring the best options to life. The dean will build upon existing partnerships and develop new partnerships within Drexel and beyond the University as well as seek external funding for the School by working with University Advancement leaders to identify and cultivate relationships with foundations, corporations, alumni, and donors who support the mission and vision of the School.

The full prospectus is available here 

For best consideration, please send all nominations and expresssions of interest to:
Jim Sirianni, Managing Director
Mark Halligan, Senior
Associate Storbeck Search  

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