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Dean - College of Health Science and Public Health

Eastern Washington University

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Position Title:

Dean - College of Health Science and Public Health

Posting Number:


Classification Title:


Working Title:

Dean - College of Health Science and Public Health

Classification Code:


RCW Exemption Criteria:

11 - Executive Head

EWU Position Number:


CUPA Code:

No Match


Exempt - Highly Compensated

% Full Time:


Salary / Wage Range:


Salary Information:

The salary range for this position is $155,000 up to $180,000. Where the hired candidate will begin within this range is dependent on education, experience and skills.

Anticipated Start Date:


Term of Appointment:

12 months





Project Description:


Project Duration:


Background Check:

Yes - Both

Responsible HR User:

Saundra Godin

Responsible HR User Email address:

[email protected]

Job Summary:

Eastern Washington University seeks an experienced and dynamic leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Health Science and Public Health.

Eastern Washington University, located on the ancestral lands of the Spokane people, is a midsize regional, comprehensive institution offering in-person, online, and hybrid high-quality liberal arts and professional undergraduate and graduate programs in Cheney, Spokane, and elsewhere in Washington State. Approximately one-third of EWU students are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or People of Color and half are first-generation college students, making EWU one of the most culturally and economically diverse universities in the state of Washington. The Spokane metropolitan area is home to over 400,000 residents and offers great four-season outdoor recreational opportunities and a vibrant arts and cultural community. EWU supports the economic and cultural life of the Pacific Northwest through our large alumni base and the expertise of our faculty, staff, and students.

The College of Health Science and Public Health at Eastern Washington University was founded in 2014 with the mission to graduate health care professionals in their chosen disciplines who are professionally, intellectually, and ethically prepared to meet the health care and wellness challenges and leadership demands of society. This is an invigorating time for students, researchers, and practitioners in health fields in our region. Each year, the College graduates approximately 200 students, including more than 140 in direct clinical care roles. Spokane continues to grow as a regional hub for health care services, research, and innovation, which provides a rich setting for education and collaboration across health disciplines.

The Dean will have a comprehensive understanding of a university education for the 21st century. This will be an excellent leadership opportunity to build a cohesive and collaborative college comprised of the following academic departments and programs: Communications Sciences and Disorders, Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Wellness and Movement Science, and Public Health and Health Administration. They will be responsible for creating and supporting educational programs of the highest quality; serving as the chief spokesperson and College advocate; recruiting and maintaining an excellent and diverse faculty; promoting a comprehensive advisory board; managing budgets and resource allocation; and contributing to college advancement including fund raising and enhancing relationships with alumni, donors, partner institutions, and community and civic leaders.

The College of Health Science and Public Health was recently authorized to launch a new School of Nursing, beginning in the Fall of 2023. The new Dean will have the opportunity to shape the growth and development of this exciting new program. Candidates are encouraged to learn more about the college and the new Nursing program at

Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Eastern strives to satisfy all requests for special access needs for persons with disabilities. Requests for such accommodations are welcome and may be made by calling Human Resources at: (509) 359‐2381.

The basic responsibilities of the dean as described in Academic Policy include:

  • Providing effective and efficient administration of the College and its programs, including the development and implementation of plans for the College;
  • Effectively and efficiently managing the financial and human resources of the College;
  • Being an active and collaborative participant in the setting of University policy through involvement in the President’s Cabinet;
  • Being an active and collaborative participant in the setting of Academic policy through involvement in the Academic Affairs Council;
  • Improving the quality of the educational services offered by the College through the development of processes that encourage improvements in academic programs and research and scholarship, including but not limited to faculty and staff development, grants and contracts, assessment programs, internships, and scholarly opportunities for faculty and students;
  • Participating in the University governance process such as serving on committees and task forces as appropriate, which include search, program development and review, and strategic and ongoing institutional planning committees;
  • Maintaining a personal professional development plan;
  • Building partnerships with external constituencies such as alumni, private and public organizations;
  • Articulating and promoting the University’s mission and objectives;
  • Seeking feedback on the success of the institution’s academic programs;
  • Regularly convening Chairs for purposes of planning and the sharing of information;
  • Identifying unmet educational needs;
  • Participating effectively in University fund raising activities;
  • Ensuring that the curriculum reflects a diversity of learning styles and perspectives;
  • Expanding scholarship opportunities for underrepresented populations;
  • Promoting strategies that encourage honest dialogue and foster a campus-wide ethic of inclusivity and a welcoming climate.
Please see job duties section for a more complete list of position responsibilities.

Applications will be accepted until further notice; screening of applications will begin November 7, 2022. Applications will be kept confidential, and references will not be contacted until candidates are notified.

About Eastern Washington University:

Eastern Washington University, a regional, comprehensive public university with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington, each governed by its own board of trustees. EWU’s 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 12,000 residents 16 miles southwest of Washington’s second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the innovative, energy-efficient Catalyst building and at Riverpoint, a campus shared with Washington State University. In addition, EWU programs can be found at select locations throughout the state, aligned with the needs of the community. Eastern contributes to the vitality of the region and the state through its wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 100 fields of study, as well as applied doctorates in physical therapy and educational leadership, offering accessible pathways to career success and personal development to students of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Tribal Land Acknowledgement
Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land.

Diversity Statement:

EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.

Conditions of Employment:

The successful candidate will be subject to a tenure review and approval prior to hire.

Must be able to work occasional nights and/or weekends to fulfill special projects and events, have a valid Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle for occasional local travel to meetings as needed. Mileage reimbursed at state rates.

This position, during the course of university employment, will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.

All new employees must comply with EWU immunization Policy 602-02 and provide proof of immunity or vaccination to MMR and proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before beginning work at EWU. Waivers for the immunization requirements are available for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs.

Physical Demands :

None anticipated.

Optional: Contact Saundra Godin in Human Resource Services at [email protected] to obtain a copy of the Essential Functions Analysis which will describe conditions of employment, such as physical and mental demands.

Pre-Placement Physical :


Hearing Test :


Medical Monitoring Post Hire :


Required Qualifications:

Eastern seeks a dean with the following attributes and qualifications:

Collaborative and Transparent Leadership

  • Demonstrated record of working in a cooperative, collegial, collaborative, and student-centered environment;
  • A record of success in leading through innovative organizational change in a transparent and inclusive manner;
  • Demonstrated record of a high standard of personal and professional ethics.
Accomplished Academic Record
  • A distinguished record in teaching, research/creative activities, and professional service sufficient to merit appointment as a tenured associate professor in a department or school within the College;
  • A terminal degree in one of the disciplines within the CHSPH;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the unique role of a regional comprehensive university in the context of the national higher education environment.
Leadership to Community and University Constituencies
  • Demonstrated ability to balance core programming responsibilities while working effectively with educational and community leaders to promote strong external relations;
  • Demonstrated ability to represent and advocate for the college to both internal and external constituencies.
Commitment to Institutional Diversity
  • Demonstrated interest, ability, and experience in promoting inclusive excellence;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the development of a diverse and student-centered learning community, excellence in scholarship, and applied community service;

Preferred Qualifications:

Experienced Leader in Higher Education

  • A distinguished record in teaching, research/creative activities, and professional service sufficient to merit appointment as a tenured full professor in a department or school within the College;
  • Successful experience in leadership positions;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Demonstrated success in managing projects to completion;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collective bargaining and shared governance environment;
  • Empathy, a good listener, humility, and a strong commitment to the mission of EWU;
  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading recruitment, retention, and advising initiatives.
Fiscal Oversight and Compliance
  • Demonstrated financial acumen to manage large and diverse budgets and expenditures;
  • Experience leading, managing, and administering grants and contracts;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully complete and maintain professional and national institutional and/or programmatic accreditation and certification;
  • Experience with assessment and program review.
Community and Alumni Relations
  • Demonstrated record of fundraising and outreach.
Managing an Interdisciplinary, Health-focused Academic Unit
  • Demonstrated experience working with undergraduate and professional graduate programs with a clinical emphasis;
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the challenges for the Health Science and Public Health.

Work Schedule Type:


Work Schedule:

Typically Mon-Fri, with evenings/weekends to be expected for special events, community outreach, and a variety of other activities expected for a senior leadership position.

Posting Date:


Open Until Further Notice:


Screening to Begin:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Special Instructions to Applicants:To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your application materials through our online application portal located here: If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.

It is strongly recommended that you print a copy of these instructions and the position posting before you begin to complete the online application, as the instructions will not be viewable once you begin the application process.

Applications will be accepted until further notice; screening of applications will begin November 7, 2022.
Required documentation includes all of the items listed below.

  1. Attach a detailed cover letter in which you explain how you meet each of the required qualifications [and preferred qualifications, if applicable]. It is preferred that you provide that information in a bulleted list or within a table within your cover letter.
  2. Attach a chronological CV including work history and major duties, education, and any specialized training or skills related to the position.
  3. List at least 4 professional references including: names, titles, organization name, phone numbers, email addresses, and connection to you.
  4. Complete the online profile.
  5. Diversity Response – As an equal opportunity employer with a multicultural staff and student population, we are interested in how your qualifications prepare you to work with diverse faculty, staff, and student populations representing various cultures and backgrounds that may be different from your own. You will be asked to attach a diversity response as part of the online application process: Please describe how you will apply an approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.
All materials will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted until candidates have been notified. Note: Letters of Reference are not required at this time. We reserve the right to request letters of reference at a future date, such as once we have identified interview candidates.

Application Types Accepted:


% of Time:


Responsibility / Duty:

It is the responsibility of the dean to ensure the implementation of the university and the college’s policies and procedures, in addition to the promotion of excellence within the college; allocation of resources to meet college and university objectives; guidance in faculty personnel processes and enhancing relationships with alumni, donors and community leaders. The dean is informed and advised by the collective expertise of the college’s chairs/directors along with support staff who meet on a regular basis for the purpose of advising and resolving issues of college interest.

Specific accountabilities include:

  • Meet goals and expectations as established by the president and provost;
  • Provide effective and efficient leadership to the college and university;
  • Carry out the academic mission of the college in support of the academic goals within the university’s strategic plan;
  • Manage the fiscal and human resources of the college in compliance with federal, state and University laws, regulations, union contracts and policies taking appropriate actions in a timely manner;
  • Recruit, retain and evaluate a diverse and highly qualified faculty and support staff;
  • Ensure compliance with the provisions of the collective bargaining agreements and university policies and ensure employee and administrative compliance with these provisions;
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the student population;
  • Facilitate a shared vision that promotes the mission of the university and college;
  • Collaborate with department chairs, program directors, staff, and community leaders to improve existing programs of study and develop new and innovative programs that meet the needs of a changing society;
  • Work collaboratively with other deans in advancing the university’s academic program with active participation in the Academic Affairs Council;
  • Work effectively with other constituencies in the university;
  • Assists in identifying and supporting professional development needs of faculty and staff and developing long-range professional development plans;
  • Collaborate with the Foundation’s college assigned development officer to develop strategies and opportunities for donor cultivation;
  • Collaborate with the Division of Student Affairs to support the professional development of students;
  • Enhance community and alumni engagement and resource development;
  • Establish relationships with the community to further the goals of the College and University;
  • Establish a presence in the community representing the events and activities of the College;
  • Establish and maintain effective decision making and communication within the College;
  • Actively cultivate donor relationships and participate in donor stewardship and participate effectively in both university and college fund-raising activities.
Scholarship and Student Success
  • Ensure academic integrity and enhance the quality of the academic programs of the college;
  • Lead recruitment, retention, and advising initiatives;
  • Adhere to activities within the college that maintain standards for both disciplinary and university level accreditation;
  • Foster a vibrant culture of student-faculty scholarship;

Essential Function Indicator:



Eastern Washington University is a student-centered, regionally based, comprehensive university. Its campus is located in Cheney, within the Spokane metropolitan area, with additional learning centers in the region and elsewhere in Washington State. Its mission is to prepare broadly educated, technologically proficient, and highly productive citizens to attain meaningful careers, to enjoy enriched lives, and to make contributions to a culturally diverse society.

Eastern Washington University will achieve its mission by providing:

  • an excellent student-centered learning environment;
  • professionally accomplished faculty who are strongly committed to student learning;
  • high-quality integrated, interdependent programs that build upon the region's assets and offer a broad range of choices as appropriate to the needs of the university's students and the region; and
  • exceptional student support services, resources, and facilities.
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