The University of Alaska Anchorage invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Health (COH). Reporting directly to the Provost, the next dean will provide leadership to the second-largest college in the University. The dean is expected to assume office in summer 2022.
About the University
Surrounded by natural beauty in an urban environment, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) offers a gateway to innovative thinking, learning, and exploration. The mission of the University is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement, and creative expression. As a comprehensive open-access university, UAA is committed to excellence, student success, access, and workforce development. UAA’s comprehensive curriculum offers programs leading to the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as vocational and professional certificates.
With a total student population of nearly 18,000, UAA is the largest of the three public post-secondary institutions in the University of Alaska system. The University is committed to serving the higher-education needs of the state, its communities, and its diverse peoples. While the main campus is in Anchorage, UAA includes community campuses in Homer, Kodiak, Palmer, Soldotna, Kenai, and Valdez as well as Middle Colleges for high-school students in Anchorage, Palmer, Soldotna, and Eagle River. UAA students experience a hands-on education in and out of the classroom, with unique opportunities in academics, research, and leadership—both locally and globally. UAA’s students and faculty come from diverse backgrounds, yet the university community is firmly rooted in Alaska. Together, the community celebrates the cultural richness of its Southcentral Alaska location, the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan, Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, and Eyak peoples.
With an ethnically and culturally diverse population of over 300,000, Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska. Residents have access to world-class arts, entertainment, dining, and recreational activities, including two planetariums, the Imaginarium Science Discovery Center, the Anchorage Museum, and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene including a professional opera company and symphony orchestra. The Anchorage School District is one of the 100 largest in the United States and one of the most diverse in the nation, with over 100 languages spoken by its students.
Located between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, Anchorage has a moderate, northern maritime climate with average winter temperatures around 20 degrees F and average summer temperatures around 65 degrees F. On the summer solstice, Anchorage receives 20 hours of daylight, compared to the winter solstice where it receives about five and a half hours. Anchorage offers year-round outdoor recreation and natural beauty with ready access to state and national forests and parks as well as a network of more than 250 miles of hiking, biking, skiing, and dog-mushing trails. It has more than 120 municipal parks. Anchorage residents enjoy a high quality of life, immersed (as they are) in a landscape of rugged, natural beauty yet with easy access to modern conveniences, state-of-the-art medical care, and wonderful cultural experiences. The diverse Alaskan community takes great pride in its commitment to inclusive, independent, and thoughtful engagement.
UAA is located in the University and Medical (UMED) District, which is the second largest employment center in Alaska. The UMED District includes two of the largest hospitals in the state as well as the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the state psychiatric hospital, the largest juvenile justice facility, and two universities. UAA maintains strong relationships with its UMED partners for community-engaged teaching, research, and service. These include the Consortium Library, which serves both UAA and Alaska Pacific University. UAA’s main campus also maintains close connections with Anchorage-based government, business, and nonprofit employers. These give students a wide range of opportunities for internships, research, and real-world experience.
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the largest airport in Alaska. It offers frequent flights to destinations in the Lower 48, and to international destinations also.
UAA supports Alaska’s workforce development by educating traditional undergraduate students as well as a large number of working, degree-seeking students. It enrolls nearly 18,000 at the Anchorage campus and across the community campuses. Nearly 60% of students are female and 40% male, and 91% of students are Alaska residents. 33.4% identify as a racial or ethnic minority. The average age of UAA students is 28.5 years, with 53% above age 25. There is an opportunity to increase UAA’s international-student population and increase the number of students served from out of state. UAA is largely a commuter campus, and 59% of students in Anchorage attend part time as do 86% of students at the community campuses.
UAA’s intercollegiate athletics program plays an integral role in engaging the community and the state. The University is currently home to two Division I sports teams and seven Division II sports teams. UAA Athletics has routinely ranked in the top 10% nationally in the prestigious Learfield Director’s Cup and is headquartered in the Alaska Airlines Center, UAA’s on-campus 5,000-seat, state-of-the-art sports complex. In the last ten years, Seawolf Athletics has produced 224 All-Americans, 42 Conference Team Titles, 221 Individual Conference Champions, and 15 Individual National Championships.
Students engage in over 100 academic and social clubs and organizations on campus including five Greek organizations. UAA boasts an amazing on-campus housing community that features a variety of housing and dining options. UAA is also home to a variety of engaging student-run organizations, such as Concert Board, KRUA 88.1 FM radio station, Seawolf Debate, The Northern Light newspaper, and USUAA. USUAA (the Union of Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage) is recognized by the University of Alaska Board of Regents as the governing body for students enrolled at UAA.
Student Affairs and Academic Affairs collaborate regularly to plan and review enrollment strategies, and to ensure supportive and developmental experiences that help students establish a deep sense of belonging, connections with the campus, and activities that synthesize curricular and co-curricular learning experiences.
Structure and Governance of the University
Established in 1917, The University of Alaska is a land-, sea- and space-grant system of higher education that serves more than 26,000 full- and part-time students. The UA system’s three universities-University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast-are separately accredited institutions with 13 community campuses and extended learning centers across the state.
The University of Alaska’s System Governance Council provides a forum and a mechanism whereby faculty, staff and students may present issues and positions for discussion throughout the university system; may seek mutual support, may speak with a common voice, and may act together on issues affecting the general welfare of the university system as a whole.
Council members are elected from the system-wide Faculty Alliance, Staff Alliance, and Coalition of Student Leaders. These, in turn, are comprised of members of the Faculty Senate, Staff Council, and student government organizations from the three universities. The Alumni Associations from each campus also elect members to represent them on the System Governance Council.
While the System Governance Council is a collaborative body examining and discussing issues of interest across the university system, faculty governance and responsibility for curriculum, degree requirements, and academic policy resides at UAA.
The Academic Program
The University of Alaska Anchorage is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Prior to 1974, UAA existed as an extension of the University of Alaska with no separate accreditation status. Since the merger of the University of Alaska and Community College systems in 1987, a single accreditation status has applied to all campuses of UAA. Following the 2018 self-study and site visit, in January 2019 the Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities reaffirmed UAA’s institutional accreditation with four commendations. Planning is already underway for the next cycle, which includes NWCCU’s new Eligibility Requirements and Standards. In addition, more than 40 of UAA’s academic programs have been recognized for the high quality of their programs through approval and/or accreditations based on discipline or professional standards.
UAA offers a full complement of programs and courses, including in high-demand fields such as engineering, health, and business as well as in the liberal arts, the fine arts, and the sciences. UAA career and technical education programs are closely aligned with Alaska’s core industries such as tourism, aviation, geology, fisheries, oil, and gas. Many courses are designed with the flexibility to accommodate students who work or have a family, and the campus houses a range of student success and support centers. A growing number of programs and courses are delivered using asynchronous and hybrid in-class/distance delivery modalities.
While recent statewide discussions on the university budget and restructuring have focused attention on the academic programs and possibilities for consolidation (see the Report of Expedited Program Review), the University of Alaska Anchorage has continued to offer innovative and comprehensive programs including certificates and associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees through five academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Policy, the College of Engineering, the College of Health, and the Community & Technical College. The Graduate School is home to graduate students across all academic programs at UAA, and the Honors College is a learning community funding experiential learning and research opportunities that take students beyond the classroom to engage in personalized programs and work in partnership with faculty.
The College of Health
The College of Health (COH) is among the largest colleges at UAA and in the University of Alaska system. Home to over 230 dedicated faculty members, COH serves over 3,000 students each semester in over 45 different undergraduate degree programs as well as master’s and doctoral programs. These programs are organized into numerous units or divisions: Allied Health; Dietetics and Nutrition; Population Health Sciences; Human Development; Human Services; Justice, Criminology and Legal Studies; Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Medicine; Nursing; Occupational Therapy; Pharmacy; and Social Work.
The Dean of the College of Health
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of COH is a member of the University’s management team and participates in setting direction and advocating for the College, promoting COH as an active participant in, and a principal contributor to, the quality of life in the community.
The Dean is responsible for the effective administration of the College of Health. This responsibility covers all academic and administrative matters within the College including, but not limited to, organization, planning, personnel, budget, curriculum, instruction, students, research, space, and equipment. In collaboration with the faculty and staff of the College and in full alignment with the UAA 2025 Strategic Plan and other plans and goals of the University, the Dean will establish the broad direction for the College. The Dean will lead the allocation of College resources among the various units and programs in fulfillment of those goals.
The Dean effectively represents COH and its programs to the University and (by working with staff in University Advancement) the wider community. Similarly, the Dean engages with staff and faculty in seeking philanthropic support, and effectively stewards College endowments, annual funds, and other gifts.
The Dean is currently assisted by an administrative team of three Associate Deans, 16 academic and research unit Chairs and Directors, a Compliance Officer, two Human Resources Specialists, a Senior Development Officer, a Communications Director and two Communications Coordinators, a Student Recruitment Manager, and a Grant Administration Manager.
Leadership Opportunities to Advance the Health Professions in Alaska
The Dean of the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health serves as the principal leader in advancing education, training, and research for deepening the effectiveness of the health professions in Alaska. The position can make significant progress in health disparities as it strategically prepares the college for a future in transforming the professional education of students in health.
Strategic Positioning and Partnerships
- Align the educational, research, and service assets of the College of Health in addressing the needs of groups and populations experiencing elevated health issues, historical trauma, and deprivation.
- Partner with industry leaders in deploying best practices for a diverse state that faces regional and statewide health care challenges in remote, frontier, rural, and urban areas.
- Collaborate with industry partners in using established and emergent technologies for improving health care delivery and advancing the education and training these technologies require.
- Create industry-academic partnerships that build long term capacity of the College of Health for personnel preparation in key areas of the Alaska health, human services, and justice systems.
- Locate the College of Health at the intersection of education and research in blending physical and behavioral health care for health promotion, prevention, individual and group well-being, and safe and healthy communities.
- Strengthen personnel preparation of professions composing the College of Health to advance health care delivery within Alaska.
- Diversify educational approaches for preparing an interprofessional team-based workforce using digitally enhanced simulation, experiential learning, animation, and other best practice and/or promising approaches to pedagogy.
- Create a learning context and community in which all professions and disciplines within the College of Health incorporate content on diversity and equity and address factors influencing societal oppression and exclusion.
- Expand the inclusion of underrepresented groups in education for the health, human services, and justice professions.
- Diversify the demographics, cultures, identities, and skill sets of faculty, staff, and students realizing measurable and substantial outcomes in the membership characteristics of the college.
- Support research, intellectual property, innovation and commercialization opportunities for faculty and students.
- Expand resources from industry sources within Alaska to support faculty, student, and staff engagement in innovative approaches to health care service and delivery and personnel preparation.
- Acquire resources beyond Alaska at national levels, particularly federal, philanthropic, and industry sources.
- A sincere desire coupled with a well-informed perspective to serve UAA and be part of the Alaskan experience
- Earned terminal degree in a discipline represented in the College of Health Faculty Evaluation Guidelines
- Five or more years of successful full-time experience in teaching
- Three or more years of academic administration experience at the postsecondary level
- Experience with and commitment to shared governance and faculty development
- Understanding of general budgeting, resource allocation, and fund raising
- Experience and commitment to student success efforts in a diverse learning environment
Desired Experience and Attributes
- Earned terminal degree and a combination of experience and qualification sufficient to merit the award of tenure at the rank of Professor within a discipline represented in the College
- Earned tenure and earned rank as Professor from a regionally-accredited university preferred
- Demonstrated effective supervision of faculty and/or staff within an academic unit
- Demonstrated effective management of budgets and unit resources
- Active promotion of diversity and inclusion throughout the college and university
- Demonstrated success with administration of both graduate and undergraduate education
- Demonstrated success in fundraising
- Demonstrated success facilitating effective planning processes at the post-secondary level
- Demonstrated experience in working with advisory boards and industry partners
- Demonstrated effective persuasion and advocacy skills
- Evidence of a commitment to Student Success
- Evidence of a high level of professional discretion
Procedure for Candidacy
Applications should be submitted online at https://careers.alaska.edu/en-us/job/518105/dean-college-of-health.
References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. This position is open until filled, but only applications received by November 14, 2021, can be assured full consideration.
For additional information about University of Alaska Anchorage, please visit www.uaa.alaska.edu.
Applicants must be eligible for employment under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and subsequent amendments. Application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure.
*Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.
University Non-Discrimination Statement
The University of Alaska Anchorage is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University’s commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA’s statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/titleIXcompliance/nondiscrimination.
University Diversity Statement
At UAA, valuing diversity is integral to excellence. Diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence, and outstanding service to our communities. The University fosters an inclusive, welcoming and respectful campus community that promotes diversity, civility, equity, inclusion, and an appreciation for each unique member of our academic community. UAA promotes and celebrates diversity through its academic and community support programs, committees, and councils. We honor diverse experiences and perspectives and strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments where all are treated with respect. UAA strives to support its unique and diverse community by employing faculty who come from a myriad of different backgrounds.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.