Associate Dean, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access, Zuckerman College of Public Health (T/TE)

Tucson, AZ
Apr 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Public Health Administration

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UAHS - Tucson


University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) at the University of Arizona (UArizona) invites applicants for the inaugural position of Associate Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) that aligns with the missions of MEZCOPH and UArizona. This is a senior administrative position. The successful candidate should have qualification commensurate with appointment at the level of Full or Associate Professor and demonstrated experience in university leadership and/or administrationMEZCOPH is both accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). It is a rapidly growing and dynamic college whose mission is to promote the health and wellness of individuals and communities in the Southwest and globally, with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in education, research, and service. MEZCOPH supports the UArizona’s strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives ( designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The College ranks among the top ASPPH schools with the proportion of Latinx and Native American Students and is a leader in IDEA efforts (

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

The Associate Dean will be responsible for ensuring that MEZCOPH’s IDEA efforts model social justice innovation, eliminate health disparities, and lead locally, nationally, and globally.

  • Lead faculty, staff, and students in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of goals related to inclusion, diversity, equity and access within MEZCOPH.
  • Facilitate new initiatives and activities that promote IDEA within MEZCOPH.
  • Identify IDEA strategic initiatives.
  • Monitor and assess IDEA outcomes in the strategic plan.
  • Ensure that faculty and staff searches include diverse search committees and pools of candidates; prepares recruitment and hiring reports to ensure equity and diversity goals for staff and faculty are met.
  • Collaborate with Office of Student Service and Alumni Affairs to ensure diverse recruitment and retention of graduate students, increase diversity and retention of undergraduate students, and prepare recruitment and enrollment reports to ensure that equity and diversity goals for students are met.
  • Collaborate on alumni engagement activities and reports to ensure that equity and diversity goals for alumni are met.
  • Maintain continuing dialogue surrounding IDEA with public health student interest and advisory groups and chairs the Committee on Inclusion and Equity; and utilizes anti-racism practices and principles to accomplish work.
  • Guide and support student-driven, school-wide and program-specific events related to IDEA initiatives.
  • Consult in grievance proceedings involving IDEA-related issues and work towards investigating the effects of internal and external actions on Black students and students of color, as well as for staff and faculty.
  • Provide technical knowledge of diversity and inclusive excellence theory, research methodology, and assessment and evaluation.
  • Partner with the Dean’s Council and others to track and provide an annual report on priority metrics (i.e., recruitment, hiring and retention of students, staff, and faculty) and actions that impact the learning environment.
  • Work with faculty, advising staff, and the Education committee to ensure that curriculum development and existing courses employ culturally responsive practices and utilize anti-racist and asset-based frameworks.
  • Lead recurring stakeholder meetings and trainings aimed at unifying staff, faculty and students around IDEA initiatives and creating a cohesive culture within MEZCOPH that builds value for all MEZCOPH constituents.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Qualification commensurate with appointment at the level of Associate Professor and demonstrated experience in university leadership and/or administration.
  • PhD or equivalent in Public Health, Higher Education, Organizational Leadership or a related field
  • A minimum of three years of leadership experience and demonstrated proficiency in preparing, managing, and overseeing equity, diversity, and inclusion planning.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving diverse populations/communities representing a range of social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial, and/or ethnic backgrounds.
  • Dedication to and understanding of graduate and professional education and the experiences of diverse, and historically marginalized students, staff, and faculty in higher education.
  • Experience in mentoring minority/under-represented junior faculty and graduate students.
  • Demonstrated successful history of collaborative leadership skills with proven ability to work effectively across institutional and organizational lines to build consensus and forge strong collaborative relationships with a diverse array of campus constituencies in a complex and higher education environment.
  • Record of funded research and/or scholarship in the area of inclusion, diversity, equity and access.

Preferred Qualifications:

*Qualification commensurate with appointment at the level of full Professor and demonstrated experience in university leadership and/or administration.*Track record in programmatic development and evaluation for recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities (URM) and other diverse groups across our stakeholder categories.*Experience in addressing institutionalized racism and sexism, neo-colonial legacies, and cis-gendered heteronormativity. *Demonstrated experience in actively seeking connections and solutions that assure programmatic success.*Demonstrated understanding of laws and policies related to IDEA including Title IX, EEO, ADA, and can implement and evaluate matrices related to said policies and programs.*Demonstrated experience in adopting pro-active roles in advocating for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access for marginalized groups.*Expertise in serving as an advisor and thought leader on IDEA issues with an ability to mediate important conversations within the MEZCOPH community.*Familiarity with the culture and context of the Southwest Border Region including Native Americans and Tribal Nations.*Must be results-oriented, innovative, creative, highly motivated, team-oriented, and a self-starter.*Demonstrated ability to develop strategies for diverse talent acquisition and retention of faculty and staff. *Experience in engaging with and supporting international students from Low- and Middle-Income countries. *Ability to exercise a high-degree of professionalism and integrity. *Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.



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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

[email protected] | [email protected]

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Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of MEZCOPH and is responsible for working collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and the school's communities of interest to develop and implement the strategic direction of the School's IDEA activities, including the promotion of a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment. As a member of the MEZCOPH leadership team, the Associate Dean for IDEA will serve as a liaison to the UArizona Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Health Sciences Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and will represent MEZCOPH at community and professional meetings in Arizona, nationally, and internationally. The Associate Dean will advance the culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access to reinforce our long-term goals in all aspects of education, research and service as it relates to students, staff, and faculty.Please submit: 1.CV2.Cover letter3.Equity statement – Equity statement should describe how candidates’ vision for promoting and contributing to MEZCOPH shared goals of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them for this. 4.Name and contact information of THREE References (phone and email)

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.