Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

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The College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky (UK-CPH) seeks an experienced, creative academic leader to serve as Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AD-DEI) and Chief Diversity Officer. DEI and social justice are core values central to the work of the college and maintaining a focus on health equity enables our work to improve the health of individuals and populations. We seek a skilled, committed AD-DEI to both develop strategies to facilitate the success of and address concerns of individuals who have been historically underrepresented, underserved, and/or marginalized in higher education. In addition to the administrative appointment as AD-DEI, the successful candidate will be appointed as a Full Professor (preferred) or Associate Professor in one of the College's academic departments.

Position Description

As AD-DEI, the successful candidate for this position will develop and champion initiatives to proactively build and sustain a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive UK- CPH across all areas of college activities, enabling UK-CPH to become a leader in DEI among schools and programs of public health. The AD-DEI will advance equity and inclusiveness across students, staff, faculty, and administrative stakeholders; promulgate values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice; and provide strategic direction to the UK-CPH senior leadership team on incorporating DEI perspectives across college activities. The AD-DEI will advocate for structures that ensure that UK- CPH is an inclusive, welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, and community partners across (but not limited to) race/ethnicity, gender, LGBTQIA+, national origin, (dis)ability, and age. The AD-DEI will report to the UK-CPH Dean and will be a member of the College’s senior leadership team.

Specific duties include:

  • Collaborate with the Dean and Department Chairs to develop, implement, and evaluate strategic planning for DEI in order to incorporate high impact, promising practices for DEI efforts across UK-CPH, including research, education, outreach, and administration;
  • Collaborate with the Dean and Department Chairs to develop and promote strategies for successfully hiring, retaining, and promoting talented faculty and staff from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education;
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and faculty to incorporate inclusion, equity, diversity, and justice in educational programs and individual courses across UK-CPH;
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Research to encourage research initiatives to address DEI and social determinants of health in the UK-CPH research portfolio;
  • Develop sustainable pipeline programs to increase the pools for recruiting highly talented students, staff, and faculty from underrepresented groups;
  • Serve as an advocate for staff, faculty, and students from underrepresented and underserved groups in DEI concerns;
  • Serve as a resource for faculty, students, staff, and administrators about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Develop and monitor metrics for assessing the effectiveness of DEI initiatives in UK- CPH;
  • Serve as a liaison between UK-CPH and university-wide DEI offices and efforts to align UK-CPH efforts with broader UK goals;
  • Develop educational programming for faculty, staff, and students to promote and enhance understanding of DEI issues and skills for working effectively to address DEI in public health settings;
  • Pursue external funding, when appropriate, to finance UK-CPH DEI initiatives.

Qualifications For Position

  • Doctoral degree (i.e., PhD, DrPH EdD, MD, JD, etc.) in Public Health or a related discipline;
  • Professional accomplishments commensurate with eligibility for appointment at the Full Professor (preferred) or Associate Professor rank in one of the college's academic departments;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DEI concerns and best practices for promoting DEI in higher education;
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and justice through experience in DEI activities and leadership roles and/or through scholarly activities;
  • Demonstrated experience leading and collaborating with diverse faculty, staff, student, and community stakeholders.

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with (dis)abilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Applicants must apply for the position through the university’s Integrated Employment System at . Applicants should submit a letter of interest that includes information about the applicant’s accomplishments in leadership in DEI as well as the applicant’s accomplishments in research, teaching, and service; a current curriculum vitae; a statement of leadership philosophy and summary of leadership experience; a diversity statement outlining the applicant’s approach to DEI; and the names/contact information of three individuals who can serve as professional references. Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair Marc T. Kiviniemi, PhD CPH, Search Committee Chair, [email protected].


Fast Facts

Location: Lexington, Ky.
Founded: 1865
Endowment: $1.1 billion
Budget: $3.5 billion
Research Grants and Contracts Awarded: $316.5 million
Library Holdings: 4.3 million volumes
Enrollment: 30,76
President: Dr. Eli Capilouto
Provost: Dr. David W. Blackwell
Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration: Dr. Eric Monday
Executive Vice President for Research: Dr. Lisa A. Cassis
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs: Dr. Mark F. Newman

About the University

Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.


The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.

Our Guiding Principles

The University is driven by the promise it has made to Kentucky, one that honors its land-grant mission and a heritage honed through 150 years of service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Six principles guide our efforts. They are: creating a vibrant undergraduate learning community, advancing a high-quality graduate and professional education portfolio, cultivating a robust research environment, developing a strong and sustainable UK infrastructure, fostering a positive work environment for faculty and staff, and ensuring a meaningful impact on the Commonwealth and the community.


As Central Kentucky's largest employer, the University of Kentucky supports the recruitment and retention of unparalleled talent - individuals who inspire learning, teaching, service and healing through innovation in work solutions, initiatives, policies and programs. Impressive benefits at the University include an excellent retirement package, with an employer match that doubles the employee's contribution, a dynamic work-life program to assist employees in balancing their work with their personal lives, a wellness program to protect, maintain and promote the health of employees, and a strategic plan that nurtures diversity of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity. For more information regarding benefits, visit


In fiscal year 2016, the University of Kentucky was awarded $316.5 million in external grants and contracts. UK is one of only eight universities across the country with the full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional and medical programs on one contiguous campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique cross-disciplinary research and scholarship. Moreover, UK is currently one of only 22 public institutions with a trifecta of federal designations of excellence in research: for aging, in cancer and in translational science. A new $265 million research facility, due to open in 2018, will bring together clinicians, scientists and scholars from across UK’s campus to reduce health gaps in Kentucky. These health gaps include cancer, cardiovascular disease & stroke, diabetes & obesity, substance abuse, and neuroscience & aging.

Research at UK is a dynamic enterprise encompassing both traditional scholarship and emerging technologies. UK is one of eight universities in the U.S. that has well-established programs in agriculture, engineering, medicine and pharmacy on a single campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

In 2013, the UK Markey Cancer Center announced its designation as a National Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This designation places UK among an elite group of 22 research universities that can boast the "Triple Crown" of federal research awards: NCI designation, the Clinical Translational Sciences Award, and a federally supported Alzheimer's Disease Center.

UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare has strategically developed an incredible capacity to serve the Commonwealth through its state-of-the-art patient care pavilion and emergency rooms, advanced biomedical and biological research, and a network of affiliate health care agencies throughout Kentucky. Passion for people and a vision for the "medical campus of the future" have inspired leading physicians and researchers from across the United States to join UK. Their research agenda is balanced with outreach to affiliated and partner hospitals, so Kentucky families can receive high-quality health care at home and travel to Lexington for only the most advanced, complex medical care and procedures.

Living in the Bluegrass

Ranked as one of the nation's best places to live and work, Lexington offers many diverse educational, cultural and commercial opportunities. With a population of more than 314,000 people, Lexington supports cultural attractions such as opera, ballet, theater and musical events. Surrounded by rolling hills and horse farms, the Bluegrass Region is known for its natural beauty. For more information:

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