Dean of the College of Health
at Clayton State University in Georgia
Clayton State University, a comprehensive state university near Atlanta, Georgia, seeks a dynamic, visionary, and innovative academic leader to serve as Dean of the College of Health. Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, this senior administrator provides strategic and operational leadership to the College of five health fields in support of the University’s strategic priorities.
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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
Clayton State University, a unit of the University System of Georgia, has been recognized repeatedly as a “Top Workplace in Atlanta” by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Known for being welcoming, diverse, opportunity rich, and committed to academic success, the University was one of 79 higher education institutions across the nation that The Chronicle of Higher Education selected for its 2017 list of “Great Colleges to Work For.”
Founded in 1969, the University enrolls nearly 7,000 students from 31 states and 42 countries. A Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Clayton State’s student body is 70 percent female and is more than 60 percent African American, almost 10 percent Hispanic, 7 percent Asian, and 15 percent White. The average age of students seeking degrees is 25, with approximately 50 percent of the students being traditional age.
Students benefit from the personalized attention, small class sizes, outstanding faculty, career guidance and preparation, and a vibrant campus life at Clayton State. The 230 full-time faculty are not only experts in their fields, but also dedicated mentors. Seventy-five percent of the undergraduate instructors hold the highest degrees in their fields.
Emphasizing an environment of experiential-based learning to prepare students to succeed in a diverse society, Clayton State offers 11 graduate degrees, 43 undergraduate degrees, and 5 associate degrees through its 4 colleges—Arts and Sciences, Business, Health, and Information and Mathematical Sciences. In addition to 22 online degree programs, the University holds classes in McDonough and Peachtree City, Georgia. The University provides opportunities for certificate and exploratory programs through its Continuing and Professional Education unit. In fiscal year 2020, the University awarded 145 master’s degrees, 953 bachelor’s degrees, 98 associate degrees, and 25 certificates.
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THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH
The College of Health (COH) is among the largest of the colleges at Clayton State, with approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Degree options include bachelor’s degrees in dental hygiene, health care management, health and fitness management, health sciences, and nursing, and master’s degree options in family nurse practitioner and health administration. COH contributes to the overall mission of the University through these combinations of undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional programs.
The College is the academic home to more than 40 full-time faculty members. Their diligence to teaching, program and curriculum development, and innovation have earned the College’s programs a reputation for excellence. Its dental hygiene and nursing degree completion programs are ranked among the list of “Top online colleges” by SR Education Group.
The faculty’s nationally recognized research and professional leadership both enhance their classroom teaching and connect students to their respective fields. As a learning community of people who interact with, care about, and serve the community, the College of Health focuses on addressing complex social problems, not only through treating illness, but also through promoting wellness.
The College strives to provide interprofessional collaboration opportunities whenever possible so that graduates will enter their chosen professions ready to collaborate and consult with a wide range of professionals. COH students also have the opportunity to study abroad to learn about global health and accompany faculty to professional conferences to present research.
Many students in most majors are offered opportunities to participate in on-site internships before graduation. Dental hygiene students learn in the Clayton State University Community Dental Clinic and the other COH majors participate in on-site experiences in a wide range of community and tertiary health centers.
Beyond Clayton State’s regional accreditation, the College of Health holds the following national and state accreditations:
- American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
- Association of University Programs in Health Administration
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Georgia Board of Nursing
The Dean guides and leads the development of educational programs in the College of Health to help meet the healthcare workforce needs within the state of Georgia. Additionally, the Dean provides oversight of the students, faculty, and instructional programs offered in the College of Nursing.
With the primary purpose of cultivating and implementing pedagogy that builds on existing health-related programs at the University, the Dean works closely with the department chairs to provide vision, leadership, and direction for the university-wide efforts in the promotion of health and wellness within the instructional programs.
In addition to faculty and staff recruitment, hiring, retention, and well-being, the Dean is responsible for personnel evaluations, including staff evaluations and annual evaluations for administrative leadership in the College; faculty renewal; and tenure, promotion, and pre- and post-tenure reviews. The Dean has oversight of all college budgets, including state, foundation, and grant funds, and the research and acquisition of external resources through grants and philanthropy.
The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty colleagues and the Provost to design the administrative structure within the College, including establishing leadership roles and division of staff responsibilities. Administrators currently reporting to the Dean are the COH Program Coordinator, Assistant Dean of Nursing, Chair of Dental Hygiene, and Assistant Dean of Health Professions. See the COH organizational chart at
- Provide leadership for college shared governance.
- Direct program efforts in developing academic policies and curricula.
- Direct and foster development of new graduate and undergraduate academic programs and degrees.
- Conduct annual assessment and comprehensive program review, and review progress toward accreditation.
- Support and promote faculty research efforts.
- Oversee program growth through student recruiting, retention, and progression toward degree.
- Earned doctorate in a discipline qualified to teach in the College of Health
- A record of appropriate scholarship, research, and experience commensurate for rank
- Demonstrated teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels
- At least three years of academic administrative experience as assistant or associate dean or higher
- Practical experience in the discipline of the program
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- A record of successful external fund-raising (through grants, contracts, competitive grants, etc.)
- A record of collaborative cross-disciplinary program development
- A demonstrated record of participating in community outreach activities and building relationships with healthcare and educational partners
- Demonstrated experience with professional accrediting agencies, such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Dental Accreditation, Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences, and/or the Association of University Programs in Health Administration
THE GREATER ATLANTA AREA
Clayton State University is located in Morrow, just south of the city of Atlanta. Whether seeking small-town charm or dynamic city amenities, both are within easy reach.
The city of Morrow, with a population of nearly 10,000 residents, has made the transformation from rural railroad acreage to a modern arena of art, music, history, and outdoor recreation. It is home to the Southeast Region Branch of the U.S. Archives and the main campus of the Georgia Archives. The Reynolds Nature Preserve is a 146-acre preserve with three miles of hiking trails, a nature center with live animals, and preserved barn with farm equipment and a spring house that dates back to 1867.
Downtown Atlanta, one of the largest metropolitan cities in the Southeast, is easily accessible by Interstate 75. The city’s metropolitan area is home to six million residents. Its economy continues to grow as it attracts a broad range of industries and Fortune 500 corporations. The city has become a center for major film and television production and high-tech companies. One of the top transportation hubs in the nation, Atlanta is connected to the world.
APPLICATION AND NOMINATION PROCESS
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.
- Application packet must include a) A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, b) Curriculum vitae, and c) At least four references with full contact information including e-mails (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)
- Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to [email protected] by June 30, 2022, for best consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application.
Submit nominations to: [email protected] with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.
Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President, and Emily Parker Myers, CEO, of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, are assisting Clayton State University with this search. Request a conversation regarding this search at [email protected].
Clayton State University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote, and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Clayton State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.
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