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Associate Dean

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) seeks a dynamic academic leader for the position of Associate Dean of Research and Innovation beginning July 1, 2014. The College of Health and Human Services was created in July 2010 to provide UNCW with a new mechanism to link and focus its health-related research, professional continuing education, and knowledge dissemination and application. In the formative stage of development, the CHHS is currently home to three professional schools: School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.


Applicants must hold a terminal degree in a discipline within the umbrella of health and human services or in a closely-related field, with a distinguished teaching record, significant professional service, a scholarly record of research publications/presentations, and external funding suitable for tenure at the rank of full professor. Strong communication, management and team building skills and a successful record of effective administrative leadership are compulsory. Most importantly, the successful candidate must be an active scholar with a history of successful external funding for research and/or innovative programs within health and human services. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience with inter-professional and/or trans-disciplinary and innovative approaches to scholarly activity within health and human services.


The Associate Dean reports directly to the Dean of the CHHS. The Associate Dean will work closely with the CHHS Leadership Team and the CHHS faculty on research, interprofessional collaboration and innovations. Successful candidates will support and nurture the development and maintenance of faculty and student research programs, publications, community-based research collaborations and externally funded research and service activities across CHHS. The Associate Dean will facilitate management of research space/labs and assist with procurement of research equipment for faculty and students. The Associate Dean will also serve as the CHHS liaison with the UNCW Office of Research Services, the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the Associate Dean will mentor faculty in publishing and grant writing as well as facilitate innovations and product development that advances health and human services.

The faculty, staff, and students in CHHS embrace an interprofessional collaborative approach to meeting human needs and improving the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities through prevention, promotion, maintenance, and restoration of physical, mental, and social well-being. As a College we pride ourselves and seek to be recognized for high quality teaching, research, and service.  CHHS students learn to apply theoretical knowledge regarding health, wellness, and human needs, into relevant practice via in-class and clinical/field experiences. CHHS students and faculty work in close partnership to pursue scientific knowledge that will produce tangible benefits for individuals, families, and communities in all their diversity. We seek to prepare the highest quality professionals who possesses a unique understanding of how to synthesize and translate knowledge in transdisciplinary teams to address real community problems while recognizing and building on the innate strengths and dignity of individuals and communities in which they learn and work.

UNCW is one of 17 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina system with an enrollment of nearly 13,000. It offers over 70 undergraduate, 31 master’s, and two doctoral degree programs. At UNCW, passionate and engaged teaching, learning and research are valued. UNCW, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. UNCW is unique in its dedication to combining a commitment to excellence in teaching with research opportunities for student involvement. Located in the port city of Wilmington, the university is situated between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. 

To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at A letter of application; a brief statement that describes leadership style; a curriculum vitae detailing teaching, research, service, and leadership experience in health and human services related programs; and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Chair, Search Committee for the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, College of Health and Human Services, and attached to the online application - not emailed, mailed, or faxed.  Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Linda Ferrell at (910) 962-3317. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by February 21, 2014; however applications will be accepted until the position is filled. More information about the institution is available through

UNCW is an EEO/AA employer encouraging women and minority candidates to apply.

posted february 2014