Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience
Dec 17, 2021
Jun 16, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Dean, College of Health and Human Services George Mason University (Mason)-Virginia's largest R1 public research institution invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Mason is located in the heart of northern Virginia's technology corridor, near Washington, D.C., with unmatched geographical access to the U.S. government, international organizations, and major corporations across a myriad of industries. The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is composed of the School of Nursing and the Departments of Global and Community Health, Health Administration and Policy, Nutrition and Food Studies, Rehabilitation Science, and Social Work (Rehabilitation Science is in the process of being sunsetted). Since its founding in 2006, the College has grown significantly in enrollment, academic programs, and research expenditures. Its budget has nearly doubled, and philanthropic contributions have quadrupled. The College is now positioned to become the first CEPH-accredited college of public health in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In this context, CHHS seeks an entrepreneurial, visionary Dean to propel the College forward and to advance its national reputation.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About George Mason University: Mason was founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1957 and became an independent institution in 1972. The largest public university in Virginia, George Mason enrolls nearly 39,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries on four campuses: a 677-acre campus in Fairfax, Virginia; a science and technology campus in Prince William County, Virginia; a professional campus in Arlington, Virginia; and an international campus in Songdo, South Korea. In addition to these campuses, Mason operates a site in Loudoun County, Virginia, and has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to offer a Global Conservation Studies Program at the Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia. Each Mason location has a distinctive academic and research focus that plays a critical role in the economy of the region. It is the youngest university of the 130 R1 institutions in the United States and is ranked as the most diverse young research university in the country.With over 1,800 faculty, Mason offers 200 undergraduate, master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs across 10 schools and colleges:Antonin Scalia Law SchoolCarter School for Peace and Conflict ResolutionCollege of Education and Human DevelopmentCollege of Engineering and ComputingCollege of Health and Human ServicesCollege of Humanities and Social SciencesCollege of ScienceCollege of Visual and Performing ArtsSchar School of Policy and GovernmentSchool of BusinessIn 2021, U.S. News and World Report ranked Mason among the top 35 most innovative universities in the United States and 15th nationally for ethnic diversity (#1 in Virginia). The University prides itself on being an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to making the world more prosperous, free, and just and on providing a campus atmosphere that allows its students to thrive. Mason is committed to exemplary leadership around anti-racism and promotes research that supports social justice.As a public research university in one of the most important political, economic, and intellectual hubs in the world, Mason accepts its responsibility to serve others: to help its students succeed, to enrich the life of its community, and to contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time. As reflected in its 2014-2024 Strategic Plan, Mason strives to be the best university for the world-to produce the types of career-ready graduates, research, scholarship, and service-oriented action that will best serve society. In September 2021, President Washington launched a new strategic planning initiative to define the University's target priorities, strategies, and action steps. The new five-year strategic plan is expected to be completed in June 2022.Mason's innovative and entrepreneurial attitude and its culture of diversity and accessibility have served the University well over the past four decades. These characteristics-referred to as the Mason IDEA- highlight how the University defines itself and are central to its strategic plan:Innovative - Mason does not cling to old ways just because they have worked in the past. The University honors time-tested academic principles while striving to create new forms of education that serve students better and new paths of research that can discover solutions to the world's greatest challenges.Diverse - Mason brings together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that the University does. The University's culture of inclusion, multidisciplinary approach, and global perspective benefit both education and scholarship.Entrepreneurial - Mason takes ideas into action. The University educates students to become agents of positive change, to do or create jobs, and to create value through government or business, public or private organizations, academia, or the arts. Mason pursues discoveries that can make a difference in the world and helps the community thrive culturally, socially, and economically.Accessible - Mason is an open and welcoming community. The University partners with public and private organizations in the region and around the world and proactively engages with the community. Mason defines its success by how many talented students with potential are served, not by how many are left out.Mason is a minority-majority university with tremendous diversity among its students and with comparable graduation rates across all demographic groups (contrary to nation-wide disparities in minority graduation rates). More than one-third (36%) of Mason students are first-generation college students. In Fall 2021, Mason welcomed its largest and most diverse group of students in university history; 57 percent of the first-year students come from traditionally underrepresented groups.In December 2018, Mason concluded a ten-year comprehensive campaign that raised more than $690 million to support its students through scholarships and fellowships, its faculty through endowed chairs and faculty development funds, its physical infrastructure through new buildings and renovations of existing facilities, and its commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship through the funding of big ideas that can change the world. The theme of the campaign, Faster Farther, describes the ethos of Mason and each of its academic units. It is expected that a new campaign will launch within the next year.About the College of Health and Human Services: The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) - the "public health college" of George Mason University - is leading an effort to educate its students to understand complex problems and to approach solutions critically through a broad understanding of health and health care delivery. The mission of CHHS is to engage a diverse student body and faculty in transdisciplinary academics, research, and interprofessional practice to promote the health of populations while eliminating disparities. CHHS is where public health training and research meet health care practice and service delivery. CHHS focuses on delivery of public health 3.0 by attention to biomedical and social determinants of health; this is true in terms of research, clinical and public health practice, and implementation science and policy. By integrating its educational programs, clinical-, community and population-based research, and community engagement efforts, CHHS strives to provide a rigorous and innovative learning experience for its students, to be a major provider of the health care workforce in northern Virginia, and to produce new knowledge to address critical health and social issues in delivery, etiology, policy, and practice.CHHS plays a vital role in promoting the health of the community, region, and state, not only by ensuring a critical pipeline of skilled graduates that fill important workforce needs, but also with its clinics and research partnerships with various health agencies and nonprofits. Through reciprocal partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies, international partners, private not-for-profit organizations, and businesses, CHHS is able to provide clinical internships, community placements, and community and global capstone experiences. In addition, through memoranda of understanding and other agreements, CHHS supports the development of new research initiatives and other community-based projects.Since 2017, CHHS has had strong positive trajectories in enrollment, degree offerings, philanthropy, and research funding and expenditures. The College has seen a 19% growth in enrollment, 97% increase in budget, 122% increase in research expenditures, and 254% increase in philanthropy. In addition, the College has welcomed 83 new faculty members, 30 new administrative staff, and 14 new research technical staff.Currently, CHHS is the only institution in Virginia to offer CEPH-accredited public health degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. In its effort to make health visible and to improve the public's health and well-being across the lifespan, CHHS is transitioning to become the first college of public health in the Commonwealth of Virginia. CHHS seeks to build and offer comprehensive public health academics, as Virginia is currently one of 15 states (and the most populous) without an accredited school or college of public health. CHHS is in the final stage of integrating public health across all academic departments and transitioning to become a CEPH-accredited college of public health that is focusing on public health 3.0.The College offers five undergraduate degrees, 12 graduate degrees (including four doctoral degrees), and six graduate certificates through the School of Nursing and the Departments of Global and Community Health, Health Administration and Policy, Nutrition and Food Studies, Rehabilitation Science (closing), and Social Work. CHHS provides students with access and flexibility through its many online degree and certificate programs, which have grown significantly over the past four years. In addition, it is currently developing a PhD in social work, a MS/RDN in Nutrition, and an online MPH. The breadth and complexity of disciplines represented in the College create a unique learning community that makes integrative research and professional practice possible.Global and Community Health: The Department of Global and Community Health (GCH) prepares students to become critical thinkers and successful public health practitioners through strong educational and research programs that emphasize public health 3.0. The unique interdisciplinary approach to public health education teaches students to partner across a variety of sectors to address the social, environmental, and economic conditions that affect health to address and mitigate health disparities.Health Administration and Policy: The Department of Health Administration and Policy (HAP) provides students with education, service, and research opportunities to improve the quality of care and delivery of health care services. The innovative curriculum and research -recognized both nationally and internationally-prepares students to pursue careers as executives and managers in acute and ambulatory care and senior housing/assisted living organizations, as well as specialists in health informatics, health care risk management, and health policy and research. The department also fields a PhD program in Health Services Research with concentrations in health policy and health informatics.Nursing: The School of Nursing prepares students for interdisciplinary roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and administrators. Students learn to address the challenges of a rapidly changing and diverse health care environment with hands-on experience in simulation and skills labs. Within the school's Mason and Partners Clinics ( they gain experience working with the culturally diverse patient population in the northern Virginia area which provides them with the necessary skills to deliver health care where it's needed the most.Nutrition and Food Studies: The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies prepares students to address public health issues involving nutrition and food access and is the only program of its kind in northern Virginia. The undergraduate and graduate programs train students to engage in nutrition and food-related planning, practice, and research. Research in this department combines the science of nutrition with food system to impact society and influence behavior changes that improve health and people's access to quality food sources.Rehabilitation Science: The Department of Rehabilitation Science is a research-oriented academic program that focuses on the individual development of students as leaders in the field of rehabilitation science. The Department's science aims to improve the quality of life of individuals living with chronic health conditions. With an emphasis on improving how people move and function, they educate and mentor students by translating an understanding of the mechanisms underlying disability into innovative interventions. The Department is currently active only for existing students and will be closed once the last student graduates.Social Work: The Department of Social Work prepares students to be innovative social work leaders, researchers, and practitioners in a competency-, skills-, and strengths-based learning environment. Students gain hands-on experience with diverse populations and communities through partnerships with more than 250 active national, government, and community field sites in an ideal region to directly impact social work on a local and national level. Faculty are engaged in innovative, collaborative research that leverage university and community partnerships to design, develop, and test evidence-based interventions, digital technology solutions, and computing techniques in the areas of behavioral health, older adults, children and youth, and immigration.In 2017, the College opened its brand new, state-of-the-art building, The Peterson Family Health and Human Services Hall. Located at the entrance to campus, this $73 million, 160,000 square-foot building co-locates population and clinical health and eases faculty and student collaboration across disciplines. In addition to housing university classrooms and administrative offices, the building has signature spaces, such as the Nutrition Kitchen and the Health Informatics Learning Lab. CHHS also recently opened a $1.8 million virtual reality and simulation laboratory, as well as a Population Health Center to better intersect academics, research, and clinical care.CHHS is home to nearly 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students, 97 instructional and research faculty, 30 administrative faculty, 96 adjunct faculty, and 39 administrative and research staff. Many students are non-traditional, having spent years outside the classroom before returning for a new degree. In fiscal year 2021, research expenditures totaled $8.9 million and for FY 2022 research expenditures are estimated at $9.2 million. The College has an operating budget of $44 million for fiscal year 2022. The Role of the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services:Reporting to Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Ginsberg, the Dean will provide visionary leadership to propel the College of Health and Human Services forward and to advance its national reputation. The Dean's primary objective is to provide inspirational and visionary leadership to the College (faculty, administrators, staff, and students) in all aspects of operation, including academic affairs, administration and planning, student recruitment and career placement, enrollment management and financial aid, financial management, and institutional advancement.Key Priorities:Provide leadership to strengthen existing programs and to advance the College's reputation and position it as a public health leader in the Commonwealth of Virginia;Oversee the development of a College-wide strategic plan that aligns with the University's strategic plan;Develop the financial resources of the College, especially through fundraising and external donor relations;Develop and execute plans to increase domestic and international enrollment;Further enable and promote research collaboration and productivity;Oversee the CEPH accreditation process and transition to become a college of public health, including a formal name change to become the College of Public Health;Recruit and retain the best faculty and staff, enhance their career development, and promote a culture of shared governance;Strategically expand clinical services to strengthen the College's teaching and health care delivery capacity;Continue the growth and development of the College's online program offerings;Promote collaboration with other Mason schools and colleges; andContinue to enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff, and students through the implementation of the College's Inclusive Excellence Plan.Responsibilities:Executive Leadership: Establish a vision to ensure that the College of Health and Human Services is viewed as a progressive and innovative leader among such colleges, with a focus on impact and excellence. Provide leadership in establishing the College's strategic objectives, and develop and manage all resources essential to the achievement of these objectives. Work with faculty, academic leadership, and University leadership in pursuit of broader institutional goals.Academic Leadership: Serve as a collaborative leader who empowers others and has an established record of effectively engaging, convening, and supporting diverse disciplines. Support, enhance, and promote faculty research productivity, teaching excellence, and clinical service. Promote a culture of transparency and shared governance. Advocate and lead active collaborations among other Mason units and external partners. Recruit and retain top faculty who will further the College's research and academic mission, attain high standards of excellence, and enhance the diversity of the College and University. Evaluate faculty for appointment, tenure, and promotion. Enhance the student experience by fostering excellence in programs and classroom teaching.Fundraising and External Relations: Cultivate and solicit individual donors, foundations, and corporations. Lead the development and implementation of strategies to build strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, partners, and collaborators. Articulate, communicate, and advocate the College's vision to external constituencies. Represent the College through active participation at external events.Financial Management: Ensure a strong financial future for the College. Manage the financial resources of the College through an effective annual operating budget and long-term financial plan. Oversee College-wide resource acquisition and utilization.Required Qualifications:Visionary Leadership: An established record of strong, collaborative, and forward-looking leadership. Demonstrated success at building programs and/or organizations. The capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, to persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and to engage others in its implementation. Ability to recruit outstanding new faculty as well as retain the College's strongest faculty. Ability to motivate and inspire others to strive continuously for academic excellence.Appreciation of Academic Mission: Extensive administrative and management experience. Content expertise in and an interdisciplinary understanding of public health. Genuine commitment to the teaching, research, and clinical missions. Deep understanding of the critical importance of knowledge production and scholarship, as well as the importance of providing students with the highest quality educational experience. Must understand and value the importance of a diverse student body.Financial Management Experience: A distinguished record of operational leadership demonstrating excellence, growth, and financial effectiveness. Demonstrated experience in fiscal management. Fundraising Ability: Genuine appetite and aptitude to engage in fundraising, ideally with experience in strengthening philanthropic support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.Personal Qualities: The highest standards of personal and academic integrity and ethical and professional conduct. Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, with a focus on openness and transparency. Experience working within a multidisciplinary environment. Innovative and creative problem-solver, with a willingness to take risks. Entrepreneurial drive. Ability to foster a collegial and respectful work and educational environment.Academic Qualifications: Candidates from academia will have credentials for appointment at the Full Professor level, including a terminal degree and a record of success in research. Degree requirements for candidates from outside academia are more flexible. More importantly, such candidates must have strong professional experience in Public Health, with national and/or international stature, and must understand the academic enterprise. Experience in and/or substantive understanding of related health fields is strongly preferred.Leadership at George Mason University:Gregory Washington, PresidentGregory Washington became the eighth president of George Mason University in July 2020. Prior to joining Mason, President Washington served as dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at University of California, Irvine. At UC-Irvine, Dr. Washington launched new graduate and undergraduate programs with the Paul Merage School of Business and the School of Humanities and led the development of the Horiba Institute for Mobility and Connectivity to advance next generation advanced mobility systems with an $8.5 million gift from Horiba, one of the top 25 analytical and life sciences instrumentation companies in the world.Dr. Washington is a proven leader in both faculty recruitment and enrollment, having hired one of the most diverse engineering faculty cohorts in the country in his prior leadership roles-more than 60 new faculty with more than 40% of those faculty being women or underrepresented. He expanded undergraduate enrollment by 1,100 students and graduate enrollment by more than 200 in seven years. He also launched a freshman experiential learning initiative that has led to more than 60% of UCI undergraduate engineering students conducting research. In addition, Dr. Washington established OC STEM-one of the nation's first STEM ecosystems-in Orange County, which impacts more than 2,500 students per year and more than 250 K-12 teachers and administrators.Mason's first African-American president, Dr. Washington is an accomplished researcher who specializes in dynamic systems, with an emphasis in the modeling and control of smart material structures and systems. He earned his bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees at North Carolina State University.Mark R. Ginsberg, Provost and Executive Vice PresidentDr. Mark R. Ginsberg serves as George Mason's Provost and Executive Vice President. He joined the University in 2010 as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development, where he oversaw more than 135 full-time instructional faculty and nearly 4,500 students across 30 academic programs and 10 research centers. In 2015, he was named to a list of the "30 Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States." Dr. Ginsberg's career spans more than a 35-year period as a professor, psychologist, and skilled administrator. He has published extensively in the areas of education, psychology, human development, and human services.Dr. Ginsberg served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) from January 1999 until June 2010. Prior to joining NAEYC, he served as chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the Graduate Division of Education at The Johns Hopkins University and as a member of the faculty of both the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine. He had served as a member of the Hopkins full-time and part-time faculty for more than 25 years. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Ginsberg held the position of Executive Director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy from 1986 to 1993. From 1981 to 1986, he was a senior member of the management staff of the American Psychological Association, after having been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester.Dr. Ginsberg earned his master's and doctoral degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and his bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Cortland. He also completed a Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine.Nomination and Application Procedure:George Mason University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Interested candidates should confidentially submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest (Adobe PDF files preferred) to must also apply for position number FA18BZ at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with contact information.For fullest consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible and preferably by January 24.George Mason University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.Contact:Joi Hayes-Scott Russell Reynolds Associates 1700 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20006-5208 Tel: +1-202-654-7816joi.hayes@russellreynolds.comJett Pihakis, Ph.D. Russell Reynolds Associates 1700 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20006-5208 Tel:


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