DEAN, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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DEAN, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Tracking Code2614 Job Description

Boston University seeks a visionary, dynamic leader to become the next Dean of its Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. The Dean provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership of the School of Dental Medicine and promotes excellence in all aspects of the School’s teaching, research, and service missions. They will lead the ongoing and future development of the vision and goals of the School, integrate the plans of the School with those of the University, and effectively communicate the vision and goals to constituencies within and external to BU.

The ideal candidate will be nationally recognized with demonstrated leadership abilities, substantial administrative and development experience, strong scholarly visibility within the academic dental community, and the capacity to exercise policy leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. The Dean will have a strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and patient care and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In collaboration with the faculty and staff, the Dean will imagine, articulate, and implement a vision that builds on the rich tradition of the School while setting and achieving new goals. The Dean is responsible for effectively managing numerous programs and activities within the School, including coordination of curriculum, evaluation of teaching, and promotion of pedagogical excellence, and will design and implement strategies to foster high quality clinical, basic, and translational research. The Dean will establish appropriate mechanisms to select, support, and retain highly qualified faculty, department chairs, administrators, and other staff. The Dean will effectively communicate with students, faculty, administrators, alumni, community members, and potential benefactors. The Dean will create a healthy, diverse, and inclusive work environment, will ensure that all faculty and staff are treated with dignity and respect, and will serve as a role model for personal wellness within the community.

Boston University (BU), a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the globe. Chartered in 1869, the University today enrolls over 33,000 students including over 16,000 undergraduates and employs nearly 4,000 faculty members across 17 schools and colleges.

The Goldman School of Dental Medicine is located on Boston University’s Medical Campus in the South End neighborhood of Boston. With more than 800 students from 55 countries, and with more than 300 faculty and over 8700 alumni, GSDM is a vibrant and diverse community.

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Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For consideration, a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, statement of career goals, academic interest, and leadership goals, and a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion should be submitted. At least five references with full contact information, including emails, should be provided. References will be contacted only with the express consent of the applicant.

Those interested are encouraged to submit their materials to [email protected] please do not apply through the HR site.

While nominations and applications will be accepted until a new Dean is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials before Monday, July 12, 2021, to ensure full consideration.

Boston University is committed to fostering a diverse University community within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff is essential to our success as a leading research university with a global reach, and that diversity is an integral component of institutional excellence.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete the employment application, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at 617-358-1796 or [email protected]

Job Location Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


The Difference Is Our DNA

What compelled the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award Boston University a grant to fight newborn mortality in Zambia? Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. adopt BU as a place where he could hone his message of justice and equality? And what is the catalyst that prompts 32,557 students from 135 countries to call BU their home every semester? It’s in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.

A Community Unlike Any Other

As you can see below, it takes people, ideas, and a little luck (Boston, you’re our town) to make BU what it is today: one of the most dynamic universities in the world.

Celebrated thinkers: On any given day, students will find themselves mesmerized by Nobel Prize winners, a poet laureate, and the first biomedical engineer ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” among others.

Extraordinary teaching: When a classroom starts to percolate with new ideas, it’s because our faculty of scholars and accomplished practitioners know how to ignite students’ imaginations. That’s why we reward our best teachers with BU’s most prestigious honor: The Metcalf Cup and Prize.

Groundbreaking research: With faculty dedicated to a creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, BU has become a leading global research institution—propelled forward by over $350 million a year in sponsored program revenue.

World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 135 countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in L.A., D.C., and more than 30 other cities on six continents.

A city within a city: Today, 80% of our undergrads live on campus, which could explain the 525 student activity groups alone.

The greatest college town in the world: Boston. ’Nuff said.

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