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Dean, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Des Moines, Iowa
Salary is competitive with peer schools and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date
Jan 3, 2024

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Title: Dean, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences - 999078

Position Number: 999078 

Unit/Department: Dean's Office Pharmacy & Health Sciences

FTE: Full-time

Dean, Drake University, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Drake University is seeking a leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS). We seek a passionate and visionary leader—a Dean who will provide forward-looking and inspirational leadership to champion the College’s mission to prepare today’s learners to be tomorrow’s healthcare leaders. The new Dean will enjoy opportunities to build upon past accomplishments while also being empowered to pursue strategic opportunities. We welcome applications from candidates with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

The Dean provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership for CPHS, supports and promotes the faculty’s commitment to student learning and engagement, advances faculty scholarship, and fosters meaningful service to the College, the University, and to each of the disciplinary professions. Bringing organizational and management experience, the next Dean will; manage the College's administration; build bridges to the University and greater professional communities; partner with donors and philanthropic entities to effectively engage in fundraising; and advance the professional and interprofessional development of all students.

The Dean operates collaboratively and collegially with seven other academic Deans, reports to the University Provost, and serves as a senior leader at the institution and a member of the Academic Affairs Council.

This role will require strong interpersonal skills, and a collaborative, transparent, culturally aware, student- centered, and data-informed approach to leadership. The next Dean must possess a commitment to and track record of outcomes fostering a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

To learn more about this position, the College, and the degree programs offered, please read the detailed position profile, accessible at the website below.

Core Responsibilities & Priorities 

• Develop and execute distinctive strategies to recruit and retain a world-class faculty. 
• Develop innovative strategies to attract and retain highly qualified students. 
• Support key initiatives through innovative approaches to revenue generation and managing financial and human resources. 
• In collaboration with key partners, develop a strategic vision for the CPHS’s future that ensures long-term strength, recognition, and relevance of the College.
• Build and maintain strong relationships with CPHS friends and alumni, and lead the CPHS’s fundraising effort. 
• Strengthen existing and develop new collaborative relationships with local and national agencies shaping the practice of all health professions, and in particular, the professions of pharmacy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and nursing.
• Be an advocate for CPHS faculty, staff, and students at the University level.
• Collaborate with fellow Deans on interdisciplinary programs, joint faculty appointments, and new academic initiatives. 
• Nurture a culture and environment where staff and faculty look forward to learning, working, and serving, and where they feel valued and supported in their efforts. 
• Advance the CPHS’s commitments to Drake University’s priorities and strategic goals.

Required Qualifications

The new Dean will:
• Possess a terminal degree in their field from an accredited institution and be eligible for appointment at the rank full professor with tenure in the CPHS.
• Demonstrate a history of substantial engagement with pharmacy education, the profession, and the supporting sciences.
• Have a thorough understanding and ability to engage with all graduate and undergraduate health science programs within the CPHS. 
• Have substantial experience in higher education or equivalent professional leadership appropriate for the Dean’s core responsibilities and priorities. Professional leadership experience must come with understanding and demonstrated commitment to shared university governance.
• Demonstrate successful understanding, engagement, and support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Desired Qualifications

We are particularly interested in candidates who show evidence of:

• Clear vision for the future of practice, education, and research in the CPHS’s programs and a commitment to integrating that vision with the liberal education of undergraduate and professional students. 
• Ability to foster growth in new programs while sustaining success in our established programs:
   o Doctorate programs: Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy
   o Masters programs: Athletic Training, Health Informatics & Analytics, Clinical Psychopharmacology
   o Undergraduate programs: Nursing, Health Sciences majors, pre-professional education
• Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative style of leadership as demonstrated by consensus building and achievements with groups and agencies across disciplines and institutions. 
• Ability to establish and maintain a network of alumni, donors, board members, and the professional and local community to facilitate program development, recruiting, and fundraising. 
• Ability to support and develop scholarly initiatives including basic science, clinical, practice-based, and educational research.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is competitive with peer schools and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

At Drake, we are proud to offer our employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a wide range of core benefits, perks, and discounts. If you are exploring a job with Drake University, we invite you to spend a little time with our digital benefits guide.

One of our very popular policies provides a tuition waiver for Drake employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents. Drake also participates in not one, but two tuition exchange programs available to dependent children. You can learn about both the tuition waiver policy and tuition exchange programs.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

We welcome all applications, nominations, and inquiries.

In addition to completing Drake’s online application, candidates are asked to include a letter of interest highlighting relevant experiences meeting the above required and desired qualifications, a statement that articulates the candidate’s demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a current curriculum vitae. 

Additional materials may be requested of semi-finalists and finalists.

For full consideration, please complete your application by January 31, 2024. The position will remain posted until filled.


Direct Nominations and Inquiries to the Search Chairs: 

Ron Torry, Ph.D., FAHA

Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology


Ph: 515-271-2750

Rachel Allen-McHugh, PP-OTD, MS, OTR/L, RYT, CEIM

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy






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