Associate Dean of Health Sciences Job at Sul Ross State University
Associate Dean of Health Sciences Job at Sul Ross State University

Sul Ross State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences. The Associate Dean will provide innovative and dynamic leadership to the School.

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

Main responsibilities:

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

Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in health or biological sciences or related field.
  • Strong interest in excellence in teaching.
  • A minimum of 5 years of collegiate professional and/or academic experience related to the performance of the responsibilities of the position of Assistant Dean.
  • A strong commitment to quality academic programming, student achievement, faculty development, and overall college and university success.
  • Demonstrated academic leadership (department chair, program coordinator, committee chair, etc.).
  • Proven track record of scientific productivity and data analysis skills.
  • Experience in curriculum design/development and evaluation, as well as broad knowledge of management and governance structures at university level.
  • You must be able to work in person at the SRSU Alpine campus.

The School of Health Sciences is a newly established school in the College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences. It contains the Department of Kinesiology with BA in Kinesiology and Human Performance and MA in Health and Human Performance and Sports Administration, the Department of Nursing with BSN and RN-BSN degree pathways, and the newly established Department of Health Studies. The vision for the new Department of Health Studies is to create a degree in health sciences as well as consider adding degrees in areas such as health administration, public health, etc. as the department grows and develops.


As a beacon of excellence, the Sul Ross State University School of Health Sciences will be a catalyst for positive change by empowering students through innovative education and community engagement, and will shape the future of health care in rural and underserved regions while inspiring hope for a healthier society.


The School of Health Sciences is rooted in a commitment to addressing the unique needs of rural and medically underserved communities. We strive to be a beacon of excellence in education, research and service. Through transformative education, fostering a culture of inquiry, innovative programs and partnerships, we strive to cultivate a diverse workforce of healthcare professionals who are not only clinically skilled, but also culturally competent and deeply empathetic. Our graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and passion to provide holistic, patient-centred care in rural communities that respects the dignity and autonomy of each individual.

Sul Ross State University in Far West Texas and the Middle Rio Grande region boasts a mix of small class sizes, an appreciation of both the fine arts and sciences, and popular professional programs in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Encompassing 647 acres, Alpine University boasts a beautiful 93-acre main campus with exquisitely detailed buildings and enjoys perhaps the most temperate climate in the state. It is located in the Davis Mountains and overlooks the downtown area below, but remains within easy reach of many local shops and restaurants. The university also has a 468-acre working ranch that serves its animal science programs.

The University of Del Rio, Uvalde and Eagle Pass offers undergraduate and graduate courses. Sul Ross works in partnership with Southwest Texas Junior College, where students complete the first two years and then transfer to SRSU at each of the three locations to complete their bachelor’s degrees and move on to graduate-level work.

Sul Ross, proudly designated as a Hispanic Servicing Institution (HSI), ranks first in the nation among undergraduate institutions producing future Hispanic Ph.D.s in the physical sciences and high in the state of Texas for the percentage of freshmen and sophomores taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty. Sul Ross is committed to improving student learning through low student-teacher ratios, quality faculty, and hands-on experiences.

With an enrollment of approximately 2,100 students, class sizes are small, ensuring a much higher level of personal attention from the university’s faculty and support staff. But there is plenty for students to do in their spare time: many student clubs and organizations, a thriving arts community, and a strong athletic tradition. Rodeo is a significant part of the Sul Ross program and the university is the birthplace of the National Interscholastic Rodeo Association. Many members of the team have become world champions.

SRSU offers academic training in a vast sparsely populated area surrounded by two national parks, one national historic site, three state parks, one state historic site, three wildlife management areas, a world-class observatory, and literally millions of private acres where livelihoods depend from agriculture, land and resource management. The university owns the 17,000-acre Faskin Ranch 110 miles west. Another 9,269-acre tract in the Christmas Mountains owned by Texas State University is less than an hour south of Alpine and has been added as an extensive outdoor research laboratory available to faculty and students. Almost every geological process and rock formation known to geologists can be observed here, and the star-studded sky is among the darkest in the world. Opportunities for outdoor work abound.

The search committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be sent directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a resume and letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Send material to Michael Ballew, Wanda Maulding Green or Florene Stawowy to:

[email protected]

Although applications and nominations may be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible to ensure consideration. Anthem and the University reserve the right to terminate or extend the application and nomination process at any time. Expression of interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one a candidate for the position.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE)
It is the policy of Sul Ross State University to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons in accordance with their individual work-related qualifications and without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and background. Equal employment opportunity will be ensured in all personnel actions or decisions, including but not necessarily limited to recruitment, hiring, training, development, 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 investigation or hearing.

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