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Dean, Graduate School of Public Health Pittsburgh, PA

The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) seeks a forward-thinking, collaborative leader to serve as the Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health (Pitt Public Health or GSPH). Consistently ranked among the top ten schools of public health nationally in annual research support from the National Institutes of Health, and nationally recognized for its significant contributions to multiple areas of public health, Pitt Public Health has advanced its impact and reputation since its founding to meet the needs of an industrial Pittsburgh in 1948. Today, the school is home to seven academic departments and a variety of public health, joint-degree, and certificate programs providing tangible and measurable impact on the health of the region and the world; improving health equity; and building interdisciplinary collaborations within the university and beyond to improve the wellbeing of people worldwide.

Centrally located near Pitt’s five other health sciences schools and the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), as well as six universities and multiple government and community organizations, Pitt Public Health provides unparalleled opportunities for collaboration across the quadripartite mission (research, service, education, and public health practice). Well-documented disparities in social determinants of health in the surrounding region present tremendous opportunities to creatively work to improve the health of the whole populace. Furthermore, GSPH’s reach positions it to improve overall wellbeing on a national and global level.

The Dean is supervised by and reports directly to the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences (the hiring authority) for matters concerning budget, promotion and tenure, and clinical research and teaching for the GSPH. The Dean is a member of the Health Sciences Cabinet comprised of the deans of all health sciences schools and the associate senior vice chancellors for Health Sciences. The Provost is the chief academic officer of the university and as such recommends all promotion and tenure cases and approval of all academic programs to the Chancellor. The Provost convenes the Council of Deans, which is an integral governance and leadership body of the University consisting of all Deans, campus presidents, and the University Librarian.

The Dean has autonomy and authority for the management and coordination of Pitt Public Health and for implementing its plans, programs, services, and scholarly and research endeavors. The current pandemic is highlighting the critical importance of public health, and this new Dean must take advantage of this unprecedented moment to capitalize on this renaissance. The next Dean will be excited and energized by the opportunities and challenges ahead and the impact of Pitt Public Health as a leading voice in the field. The Dean should be ready to respond to and create new opportunities generated by and in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The new Dean, working closely with leadership across Pitt and UPMC as well as other members of the Council of Deans, will be able to take advantage of and create opportunities for collaborations in research, education, and teaching.

To continue to elevate the school’s impact, the new Dean will: articulate a distinctive vision and develop and implement a new strategic plan for Pitt Public Health; recruit, mentor, and retain an excellent and diverse faculty and staff; be committed to creating an institutional culture of diversity and inclusion which is grounded in principles of equity; continue to promote each area of the quadripartite mission; oversee Pitt Public Health’s operations and financial and human resources; enhance interdisciplinarity; champion interprofessional education across the health sciences schools and beyond; partner broadly at Pitt, UPMC, and beyond with government, foundations, and non- profit sectors; and play a critical role in fundraising and revenue generation. The successful candidate will hold qualifications and experience commensurate with appointment as a full-time, full professor with tenure.

Ariannah Mirick and Stephanie Fidel are leading this search with Randi Alberry. Electronic submission strongly recommended.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets. 


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