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Dean of the College of Health Professions
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  • Feb. 7, 2018
  • Dean of the College of Health Professions
  • College of Health Professions
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    Little Rock, AR
    United States
  • Apr. 30, 2018
  • Jul. 1, 2018
  • Dean
  • Allied Health Professions
    Nutrition and Dietetics
    Medicine/Laboratory Medicine
    Speech/Hearing Sciences
    Physician Assistant
    Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation
    Occupational Therapy
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The University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) seeks a dynamic and innovative academic leader with a national reputation and strong interpersonal skills to serve as the next Dean of its College of Health Professions (CHP). The Dean is responsible for ensuring the highest quality academic, administrative, research, and fiscal leadership for the CHP, including strategic planning, continuous quality assessment, student and faculty recruitment/retention and diversity, resource development and allocation, and representation to external entities.

The Dean of the College of Health Professions will have responsibilities for program development, fundraising, curriculum, hiring/firing of faculty/staff and disciplining of faculty/students, annual evaluations for the department chairs and associate deans, serving on appropriate UAMS committees and representing the College in the Chancellor’s Cabinet and other state and national associations, and all budgetary matters for the College. The duties of the Dean of the College of Health Professions contribute in the effort to further the mission of UAMS: To improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and world.

About UAMS:

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock is the only academic health sciences university in the state of Arkansas. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees in 73 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. UAMS and its clinical affiliates, Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion.

UAMS offers 73 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs and certificates through our Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Public Health and graduate school. Students attend classes at the UAMS main campus in Little Rock and our regional campus in northwest Arkansas.
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About the UAMS College of Health Professions:

The UAMS College of Health Professions is the primary source of education for allied health professionals in Arkansas, with 19 programs offering degrees ranging from certificates to doctoral degrees. The college includes an enrollment of 616 students (369 undergraduate and 247 graduate), six dental residents and 136 faculty/staff members.

The college’s departments include Audiology and Speech Pathology, Dental Hygiene, Dietetics and Nutrition, Emergency Medical Services, Genetic Counseling, Health Information Management, Imaging and Radiation Sciences (includes sonography, nuclear medicine imaging and radiologic imaging), Laboratory Sciences (includes cytotechnology and medical laboratory sciences), Occupational Therapy (under development), Ophthalmic Medical Technology, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Respiratory and Surgical Technology (includes respiratory therapy and surgical technology). The college also is home to the Center for Dental Education, which includes a general practice residency program and operates an oral health clinic.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and develop outstanding academic and administrative leadership teams to lead the development of the College’s vision and agenda related to research and education in alignment with the University’s objectives and mission.
  • Work collaboratively with College leadership, Provost and the executive leadership team at UAMS to design a College budget that aligns with strategic plan of the College and institution. Oversee annual capital and operating budget of the College.
  • Represent the College in the Chancellor’s Cabinet; the UAMS search committees, various internal and external planning groups, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, the national Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, and other institutions in the state both within and outside of the University of Arkansas System.
  • Demonstrate innovation in advancing the College’s national prominence in its various disciplines and exhibit a central role in building academic collaborations and partnerships across the University and with external partners.
  • Develop, review, and maintain curriculum through interpretation of rules, regulations, and laws that apply to the individual college programs. Assure curriculum accreditation standards and guidelines, certification and registry requirements.
  • Foster the College’s continued innovation and leadership in the use of learning technologies.
  • Evaluate annually each chairman and associate dean in the College and determine promotion and tenure decisions. Serve as final authority for serious disciplinary actions involving students or faculty.
  • Serve as the model for demonstrating integrity and the highest ethical standards across the College enterprise.

Personal characteristics sought in candidates include:

  • Collaborative and strategic thinker
  • Academic visionary and strategic integrator
  • Mentor, role model and champion for faculty and students
  • Personable, engaging and strong communicator
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Team player and leader
  • Transparent
  • Accountable

The Candidate Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have a Doctoral Degree in a field relevant to the CHP and 5 or more years in a full-time faculty position with credentials required for an appointment as a full professor with tenure, a strong record of senior leadership and administrative experience in an academic health sciences center or equivalent setting (such as a Dean, Department Chair, Program Director, Division Chief, etc.), and strong financial and budgetary oversight experience. The candidate should have: proven success in recruitment, retention and development of a diverse faculty and student body, mentoring and strategic planning; demonstrated experience in philanthropic efforts; and a record of academic scholarship including research and publications. Important qualifications also include proven experience in contributing to research publications, presenting on a national level and obtaining extramural grant funding. The person must have successful experience in accreditation, exceptional written and oral communication skills, and an understanding and vision for the changing landscape of education, research and health care delivery.

For more information, including more about UAMS, the college and the position, visit

Submit inquiries, recommendation and letters of interest to Dr. Patricia Cowan, chair of the search committee, at or to Julian Tunno, UAMS Office of Human Resources, at Contact Dr. Cowan by phone at (501)686-8493 or Julian Tunno at (501)686-2590.

Written nominations, inquiries, and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

  • UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

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Contact Information

  • Julian Tunno
    Office of Human Resources
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    4301 W. Markham
    Little Rock, AR 72205-7199
  • 501-686-2590
  • 501-603-1317


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