Dean of Health Sciences

Clarkston, Dekalb County
Mar 10, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs


Georgia Perimeter College, the fourth largest institution of the University System of Georgia, seeks a visionary and well-qualified nurse educator who will provide exceptional leadership for its Division of Health Sciences, which includes the Nursing and Dental Hygiene departments and the Allied Health Programs at the college. The Dean of Health Sciences has the opportunity to advance the Division of Health Sciences with a NIH-funded internship program for nursing students with Emory University, enhanced dental educational clinic facilities, and recently appointed departmental leadership.

The review of applications begins immediately.

Complete profile on this opportunity is available here, or at:

The Opportunity

The Dean of Health Sciences is an advocate for the Department Chairs and faculty and reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean works with the Health Sciences Department Chairs and faculty to maintain high academic standards in the course offerings. Other responsibilities include evaluating the Department Chairs, and overseeing of their evaluations of faculty.

In coordination with the Department Chairs and faculty in the Health Sciences Division, the Dean is responsible for managing resources and for overseeing the budget of all departments. In addition to serving as the liaison between GPC and external organizations, the Dean collaborates with the College’s Grants and Sponsored programs, Institutional Advancement, and community initiatives to obtain external funding.


Qualified candidates will have a doctorate from an accredited college or university in a health science, science, or higher education field, and a minimum of five years of full-time, progressively responsible administrative experience in a health field or in higher education. Candidates must be SACS qualified to teach in the Nursing program at the college, which is a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter graduate hours in Nursing.

Experience in college or university setting with knowledge of assessment and external professional accreditation is preferred.

Other preferred qualifications are:

  • Knowledge and skills in the management of fiscal and personnel resources
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the community college philosophy
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
  • Clear understanding of quality curriculum assessment, development, evaluation and promotion, and tenure processes
  • Broad knowledge of allied health professional program accreditation requirements
  • Ability to provide leadership in academic planning and program development
  • Excellent human relation skills
  • Ability to nurture and promote a collegial environment that encourages the scholarly exchange of ideas and initiatives and to work collaboratively with counterparts on other campuses
  • Experience obtaining and administering federal grants
  • Experience with program accreditation

The Dean travels between campuses to perform required duties, attend meetings, and fulfill other responsibilities. Some work in the evenings and on weekends is required.

Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia Perimeter College, a multi-campus, non-residential higher education institution, serves diverse populations of traditional and nontraditional students in Greater Metropolitan Atlanta. Placing learning first, the College provides accessible and affordable high-quality undergraduate credit and non-credit programs for students seeking to complete an associate degree, transfer to a senior college or university, prepare for immediate entry into a career, pursue personal goals or enhance current workplace skills.

The curriculum specializes in liberal arts and professional preparation and promotes international and intercultural understanding. The College also serves the broader community as an educational, cultural, and economic resource.

Georgia Perimeter College is one of America’s fastest-growing, metropolitan two-year colleges. As the fourth-largest institution in the University System of Georgia, GPC has four campus locations - Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton - plus one center in Alpharetta. The College has the most diverse student population in the state with almost 21,000 students representing 150 countries.

Georgia Perimeter College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. The College offers 27 associate degrees, four career and technical degrees through its five locations in metro Atlanta and nine dual-degree programs with Georgia Piedmont Technical College (formerly DeKalb Technical College). The College’s online program is the largest in Georgia, with more than 7,000 students enrolled.

Academic programs and student support services focus on careful assessment of the learners’ abilities, achievements, and needs, accommodations of their special requirements and resources, and guidance in the development and realization of their expectations and goals. The College offers specialized sequences of courses and support programs that promote academic and personal success for students of varying levels of academic preparation. In 2012, the College awarded 2,141 degrees, including 115 in Health Sciences.

The College provides a technologically advanced learning environment, supports innovative strategies for meeting the learning styles of all students, and promotes learning by engaging students actively and collaboratively.

Award-winning faculty teach Georgia Perimeter College students in small classes. Thirty faculty members have received the National Teaching Excellence Award since 2001, and Georgia Perimeter College has 18 Governor’s Teaching Fellows, the largest number in Georgia since 2001.

The institution has 37 Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs) with four-year institutions. These agreements guarantee Georgia Perimeter College students seats at some of the best institutions in the state. Research shows 60 percent of Georgia Perimeter College’s students transfer to four-year colleges.

In 2008, Atlanta Magazine ranked GPC #18 in its article of the “Top 40 Best Places to Work.” It was the only institution of higher learning that made the top 40 list.

Division of Health Sciences

The Division of Health Sciences includes the Departments of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and four programs in Allied Health.

The Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs are designed for students who wish to prepare for a career through a short, intensive, specialized study with general education. Both programs lead to Associate of Science degrees. The College has 6,000 pre-nursing students. In 2012-2013, the College’s Department of Health Sciences had 905 students, with 195 in Dental Hygiene and 706 in Nursing. The Dental Hygiene program is located on the College’s Dunwoody Campus, and the Nursing program is offered on the Clarkston and Dunwoody campuses and online.

The Dental Hygiene Program prepares graduates to provide delegated services consisting of scaling and polishing natural and restored teeth; exposing, processing, and mounting dental radiographs; providing preventive services; and planning educational experiences for individuals and groups. The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation approves the curriculum, which includes both general educational and professional dental hygiene courses. Satisfactorily completing all program requirements qualifies students to apply for the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and individual State Board Exams for licensure.

GPC’s Nursing program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCLEX examination for registered nurses. Since 2003, the College’s annual pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination has been 95 percent and above, and GPC nursing graduates are highly sought by metro Atlanta hospitals. Students who desire to continue their education may transfer credits to a number of institutions of higher learning in Georgia.

The Georgia Perimeter College Nursing Department also offers an LPN to RN Bridge Program, which upon completion, confers an Associate Degree in Nursing.

GPC also offers four associate degrees in Allied Health that fulfill part of the requirements for the Georgia Regents University’s four-year Health Sciences degree:

  • Health Sciences with a Concentration in Health Information Administration
  • Health Sciences with a Concentration in Medical Technology
  • Health Sciences with a Concentration in Radiologic Sciences
  • Health Sciences with a Concentration in Respiratory Therapy

These Associate of Science degrees constitute the first two years of a four-year Allied Health degree that must be completed at Georgia Regents University. Students who earn a GPA of at least 3.0 are given preferential consideration for admission to these highly competitive programs at GRU.

Greater Metro Atlanta

Atlanta is the largest metropolitan city in the Southeast. Considered a top business and transportation hub, the city has the third largest concentration of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies, including the world headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and United Parcel Service.

Complementing its vast business community, Atlanta is a major center for cultural, entertainment, and athletic activities. Live theatre, opera, ballet, symphonies, concerts and festivals are among the offerings of the city. Sports fans enjoy a full range of activities from major league baseball, football, basketball and hockey to PGA golf tournaments and the annual Peachtree Road Race.

Atlanta has one of the largest concentrations of colleges and universities in the country, with 57 colleges and universities and more than 250,000 students enrolled each year.

The University System of Georgia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Nomination and Application Process

Confidential inquiries are welcomed and nominations are invited. Nominations should include the name, current position, e-mail address, and phone number of the individual being nominated.

To Apply: Application materials should include a cover letter that addresses how the candidate’s experience matches the position requirements, a curriculum vitae, and full contact information for at least four references.

Applications Materials and Nominations should be e-mailed to:

Review of materials begins immediately.

The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting Georgia Perimeter College with this search. The consultant team leaders are: Emily Parker Myers, President and CEO; Hunter Godsey, Vice President; and Robb Myers, Vice President.

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