Associate Dean of School of Health Sciences (SHS)

Sul Ross State University

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Associate Dean of School of Health Sciences (SHS)




Health Sciences

Posting Date:


Until Filled:



Commensurate with education and experience


Terminal degree in Health or Biological Sciences or related field; Strong interest in teaching excellence; A minimum of 5 years of collegiate professional and/or academic experience relevant to performing the responsibilities of the assistant dean position; Strong commitment to quality academic programing, student achievement, faculty development, and overall college and university success; Demonstrated academic leadership (department chair, program coordinator, committee chair, etc.); Proven experience for scholarly productivity and data analytical skills; Curriculum design/development and assessment experience as well as broad knowledge of university-level management and governance structures.

Must be able to work in-person on the SRSU Alpine campus.

Primary Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Dean of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences, the associate dean provides support and leadership to the department chairs, program directors, and faculty and staff in the newly created School of Health Sciences. This position is central to sustaining an environment of academic and professional excellence for students, faculty, and staff within the school, as well as a collaborative working environment among team members. The Associate Dean of Health Sciences supports an intellectually rigorous and ethically sound and inclusive academic community in the School of Health Sciences.

Duties and ResponsibilitiesNew Program Development – Lead development of new programs designed and based on input from relevant constituencies, needs analyses, and cost projections. Provides academic and administrative leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of academic programs. This is a newly created school so development of new programs will be an immediate and essential task.
Faculty Management – Supervise, mentor, and support the growth and development of department chairs/program directors and faculty. Supports College units on developing job descriptions, recruitment strategies and search processes for faculty. Ability to resolve inquiries and complaints from SHS personnel, employees, students, regulatory agencies, or members of the academic or business community.
Program Management – serves as liaison to the SHS academic units on accreditation and program reviews processes. Meet regularly with program/department faculty and other administrators to discuss and coordinate program operations, development, and assessment/review activities. Contribute materials to university ad hoc reports and accreditation needs as requested by university offices. Work with the Dean of ALPS to resolve conflict situations related to student appeals, petitions, grading, academic misconduct, program dismissal, faculty/student issues, etc.
School Planning – Work with academic departments, finance and operations and Dean of ALPS to strengthen, coordinate, integrate, and implement strategic goals of the College and School. Assist the Dean of ALPS and VP of Finance and Operations in the preparation and implementation of the SHS’s budget as needed.
Serve as a member of College and University committees as appropriate to represent the SHS
Work closely with the Office of University Communications to develop and implement a comprehensive communication plan that includes web-based content, social media, print, and other internal and external promotional materials.
Work closely with Dean of Research and Sponsored Programs to develop grant funding for SHS initiatives.

Position Details
Twelve-month administrative position with faculty appointment at the associate or full professor level.
Eight-hour workday, forty hours per week, with some early or late hours depending on workload; teach one course each long semester; and attendance at various university, community, and school activities. Responsible for personal safety and the safety of others; must exercise due caution and practice safe work habits at all times.

Candidates must already be authorized to work in the U.S.

This position is security sensitive.

Other Information:

The School of Health Sciences is a newly created school within the Collegeof Agriculture, Life, and Physical Sciences and contains the Department of Kinesiology with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Human Performance and M.S degrees in Health and Human Performance and Sports Administration and the newly created Department of Health Studies which contains theDivision of Nursing with a BSN and RN-BSN degree paths.
The University offers an excellent benefits package to faculty members, including: a free basic individual health care package, the option of a state retirement or Optional Retirement Package (ORP), traditionally available summer teaching opportunities, small class sizes, and a small private liberal arts college environment rarely found in a state supported university.

Texas Law requires a 60 day waiting period before eligible new state employees are eligible to enroll in health insurance.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
It is the policy of Sul Ross State University to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons in accordance with their individual, job related qualifications and without consideration of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and ancestry. Equal employment opportunities shall be afforded in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary. Retaliation is prohibited against a person who opposes a discriminatory practice, files a charge, testifies, assists or participates in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report
The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report is available online at report contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.

A paper copy of the report will be provided upon request. If you would like to receive a paper copy, you can contact the Office of Student Life, located on the Alpine Campus in the Morgan University Center, Room 211 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 432-837-8424 or emailing

About SRSU:

Sul Ross State University Alpine Campus is in the Scenic Davis Mountains of West Texas, is a member of the Texas State University System, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, and has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students on campus in Alpine, Texas. At an elevation of 4,480 feet, and on the periphery of the Chihuahuan Desert, Alpine enjoys mild winters and cool summers. Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Big Bend National Park, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park are all within one to three hours driving distance from Alpine.

The SRSU campuses in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde comprise Rio Grande College. RGC offers upper-level courses leading to bachelor’s degrees as well as master’s degree programs and works closely with its partner institution, Southwest Texas Junior College, to provide a seamless transition to RGC for their students. All RGC students hold an Associate degree from an accredited institution or they have completed 42 semester credit hours of transferrable work.

More information is available regarding Sul Ross State University and position openings see our website.


Working at Sul Ross State University

Called "Possibly the most underrated little university west of the Mississippi" by CBS's Dan Rather, Sul Ross State University in West Texas boasts a combination of small class sizes, an appreciation of both fine arts and the sciences and popular professional programs in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Who Is Sul Ross? Where is Sul Ross?
The university's name honors Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross, the son of a pioneer Waco, Texas, family and a popular soldier, governor, educator and humanitarian. Founded in 1917 as a teacher college, Sul Ross continues to offer teacher education as one of its most popular programs. Others in high demand are business, criminal justice and agricultural and natural resource sciences. Sul Ross achieved university status in 1969.

The university, comprising 647 acres in Alpine, Texas, boasts a beautiful 93-acre main campus of exquisitely-detailed buildings and enjoys perhaps the most temperate climate in the state. Its situation in the Davis Mountains overlooks the center of the city below, yet it remains within easy reach of many local stores and restaurants. The university also has a 468-acre working ranch that serves its animal science programs.

Located in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde, the Middle Rio Grande Campuses offer upper level and graduate courses.  Our professors provide hands on learning in ways that relate to our students and their passion for higher education.  Courses are accessible via interactive television, online learning communities, and face to face classes

Sul Ross State University is part of The Texas State University System, the largest college system in the state after the University of Texas and Texas A&M systems.

A Small Size, But Plenty to Do
With an enrollment of about 2,000 students on the main campus in Alpine, class sizes are small, guaranteeing a much higher level of personal attention from instructors and the university's support staff. But there's plenty for students to do in their free time: lots of student clubs and organizations, a thriving arts community and a strong athletic tradition.

The SRSU men's basketball team won the conference championship five times in the past 20 years, including the 1999 American Southwest Conference championship. The women's basketball team has also won five conference championships and played in eight national playoffs, even making it to the Final Four.

Similarly, the Lobos football and baseball teams have won five conference titles each in the past 20 years, including American Southwest Conference championships in the late 1990s. The Lady Lobos volleyball team has won nine conference championships in all.

Rodeo is significant part of the Sul Ross program, and the university is the birthplace of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Many team members have gone on to become world champions, and 1951 graduate Harley May is a charter member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame.

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