Dean, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences



Job description

DepartmentAcademic Support Service Provost

University Expectation
MTSU seeks candidates committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.

SalarySalary commensurate with education and experience

Job Summary/Basic FunctionMiddle Tennessee State University seeks an accomplished, creative, and dynamic individual to lead the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences and invites applications for the position of Dean.

With an enrollment of 20,000 students, MTSU is the No. 1 producer of graduates for the Greater Nashville economy, has been identified by the Princeton Review as one of the Best 385 Colleges in the U.S. four years in a row, and is also the top destination for transfer students in Tennessee. MTSU embraces its roles as a major comprehensive university and as the destination of choice for Tennessee undergraduates while expanding its reach nationally and internationally through signature programs and select master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs. MTSU students, faculty, and staff generate, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and innovation and collaboratively promote excellence through teaching, learning, research, creative activity, and public engagement. MTSU holds the Carnegie Doctoral University: High Research Activity and elective Community Engagement classifications.

The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences provides quality undergraduate and graduate education in Criminal Justice Administration, Health and Human Performance, Human Sciences, Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies, Psychology, and Social Work that prepare students for lifelong learning and service. A 91,000-square-foot Academic Classroom Building for the Behavioral Sciences opened in 2020.

The position begins no later than July 1, 2023. Expedited tenure will be considered at the time of appointment.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Serving as the chief academic and administrative officer for the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences (College) concerning MTSU and MTSU Board of Trustees policies and curricula for undergraduate, master’s, specialist, and PhD programs;
  • Leading the development of plans and continuous improvement processes for the College, which is comprised of six diverse academic departments and schools;
  • Maintaining accreditations for all accreditable programs in the College;
  • Providing leadership for department chairs/school directors, faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Providing leadership for interdisciplinary programs and centers housed in the College;
  • Increasing the College’s focus on and success in research;
  • Building relationships with external health, business, and professional communities and agencies;
  • Leading student recruitment activities on and off campus and providing oversight of College advising;
  • Leading the development efforts of the College.

Required EducationTerminal degree from an accredited institution in a represented discipline of the College

Required Related ExperienceThree years of administrative experience in higher education at the level of a chair or above in a supervisory capacity. Must qualify for appointment at the rank of professor.

Other Desirables* Ongoing commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, growth in externally funded research and service programs, and scholarly inquiry as evidenced by a distinguished record of discipline-related and administrative accomplishments;
* Leadership and communication skills for effective, articulate advocacy for programs and activities of the College’s departments and schools, as well as teamwork and consensus among faculty and departments;
* Proven ability to foster and facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion;
* Proven ability to marshal internal and external resources and organize faculty and external constituencies for implementation of College and University missions and strategic plans;
* Accomplishments that demonstrate knowledge of current and emerging trends in higher education and the behavioral and health sciences that support excellence for faculty, academic programs, and student success;
* Vision for and demonstrated ability to engage in partnerships with external constituencies to meet student and community needs in support of the University’s Carnegie Community Engagement classification and Academic Master Plan.

How to apply

Documents Needed to ApplyTo successfully apply, applicants must include the following documents as separate attachments at the time of online application submittal: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of Teaching Philosophy, and a Research Statement or Creative Activities (as appropriate to the discipline).

Special Instruction to Applicants
If you need help applying, please contact the Faculty Recruitment Specialist at (615) 898-5128.

If you have position-specific questions, please contact David Butler at [email protected].

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents

Click here for additional information.MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

For individuals requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email [email protected].

Application Review Date: 10/17/2022

MTSU, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. A Tennessee Board of Regents Institution.

Middle Tennessee State University, situated at the geographic center of the state in Murfreesboro, is the oldest and largest institution in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. With an enrollment of about 23,000 students, it is the No. 1 producer of graduates for the Greater Nashville economy.