Director - School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

Wilmington, North Carolina
Mar 12, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Brief Summary of Work for this Position:
The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) seeks a dynamic, creative, and visionary academic leader for the position of Director of the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SON). The Director of the SHAHS serves as the chief academic officer of the school. Reporting to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, the director is expected to lead the SHAHS to national prominence. The director provides leadership and vision for the School; sets the standard for intellectual engagement; advocates for the School’s needs and programs; supports and mentors faculty members in their teaching, professional development, service and intellectual contributions; supports innovative means of delivering academic programs; encourages collaboration across the College and University; builds relationships within the community and the profession; ensures the fiscal integrity of the School; and assists the Dean in fundraising and resource development.

Minimum Requirements:
Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in a discipline housed within the School, with a distinguished teaching record, significant professional service, and a scholarly record of research publications, presentations, and external funding suitable for tenure at the rank of associate or full professor. Strong communication, management and leadership skills; demonstrated success in teambuilding and faculty/staff development and mentoring, with a strong commitment to collaborative leadership and shared governance; and a successful record of effective administrative leadership are compulsory. The successful candidate must be an active scholar with a history of successful external funding for research and/or service projects. Evidence of community involvement, experience in social services settings, and the capability to lead change within the academic setting is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience with interprofessional and/or transdisciplinary approaches to education within health and human services; demonstrated experience working with programs across multiple campuses; national visibility in the profession of nursing; and demonstrated experience in fiscal management, advancement, innovative teaching and practice approaches, and effective team work with administrators of different disciplines.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences houses six undergraduate degree programs including Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education/Health (teacher licensure), Public Health Studies, Recreation Therapy, and Recreation, Sport Leadership, and Tourism Management. The School also houses the graduate programs in Applied Gerontology and Physical Education and Health, and sponsors PED 101(Physical Activity and Wellness), which serves as the university wellbeing requirement.

College/School Information:
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 health 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. The College seeks to be nationally recognized for its inter-professional and collaborative approach to enhancing the health and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities in southeastern North Carolina and beyond. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leadership team that values interprofessional collaboration, community engagement and impact, and implementation science. The faculty, staff and students of the CHHS are committed to the pursuit of excellence and seek a leader that can facilitate continued positive momentum that has been developed over a proud history at UNCW.

University Information:
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 16,500 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement:
UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Priority Consideration Information:
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by April 12, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Position details and full applicant instructions can be found at

Address application documents to:
Dr. Justine Reel, Search Committee Chair

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