Augusta University (AU) invites nominations, inquiries, and applications for a visionary and strategic leader with a proven commitment to academic excellence and shared decision making to serve as its next Dean, Dental College of Georgia (DCG).
The Dean is responsible for the overall leadership, management, and direction of the Dental College, ensuring the highest quality education and research programs, as well as providing effective administration and fiscal management.
The Dean will serve as the chief executive of the College and will lead the College in the development and support of strong educational, research, and clinical programs appropriate to the College’s mission. The Dean will also be responsible for implementing University and College policies, overseeing all support services for the College and addressing the needs of students, faculty and staff. The Dean will foster the establishment of strategic goals of the College, coordinating the departments to achieve the College’s mission in alignment with the initiatives to continue to advance research, patient care and academic programs. The Dean will also guide the College through a positive cultural shift with the support of administration and dedicated faculty, staff, and students.
The Dental College of Georgia is committed to growing in its purpose of teaching, patient care, research, and service. Since inception, they have graduated nearly 3,000 dentists who are now providing oral healthcare in Georgia and around the world. Established in 1969, the DCG is the state’s sole dental college now providing education and training for more than 400 dental students and approximately 60 residents per year. In addition to offering a high-quality education in our state-of-the-art facilities, they provide care to nearly 50,000 patients each year, some traveling across the state or more to be treated by our students, residents, and faculty.
The ideal candidate will be an, educator, clinician, and researcher with an understanding oral health care delivery and the search for new knowledge.
The Dean will hold a D.M.D. or D.D.S. and a license to practice dentistry in one of the fifty United States or Puerto Rico.
In addition, the successful candidate should ideally possess the following:
- Significant experience in academic dentistry, with progressive leadership experience
- A deep understanding of and advocation for trends and innovation in treatment services to attract faculty, effectively teach, and/or expose students to advances in treatment and issues surrounding those advancements in dental care
- A sense of how evolving treatment trends impact the college’s technology and financial needs in order to advocate for those needs
- The ability and commitment to drive positive cultural change
- A record of scholarship and the ability to understand and nurture the growth of faculty/student research to advance the research mission
- Experience and success with extramural grant proposal writing
- Superb communication and interpersonal skills
- The ability and willingness to engage in advancement and fund-raising for the College
- A commitment to a culturally diverse academic environment for faculty, staff, and students
- A commitment to and proven record of nurturing a distinguished and diverse faculty and staff
- The willingness to continue to assess the curriculum of the College and examine its delivery to students
- The ability to develop strong working relationships with a broad range of constituencies, including the faculty, staff, students, senior leadership of AU, Board of Regents, alumni, and the Georgia Board of Dentistry
- A strong understanding of accreditation and regulatory compliance requirements.
AU offers more than 155 degree programs in ten colleges and schools, including one of the nation’s oldest medical schools, the Medical College of Georgia (MCG); the Dental College of Georgia; the nationally ranked James M. Hull College of Business; the Katherine Reese Pamplin School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Education and Human Development; Science and Mathematics; Allied Health Sciences; The Graduate School; Nursing; and the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.With locations throughout Augusta and at satellite campuses in Athens, Albany, Rome and Savannah, the university’s ten colleges and schools have a truly statewide impact in Georgia. Augusta University’s more than 9800 students come from countries around the globe and nearly all of Georgia’s 159 counties. Students are taught by some of the most prestigious scientists, clinicians, artists, and scholars in the nation.
Research plays an important role in Augusta University’s mission of providing leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care and service. AU’s clinical and translational research programs focus on three key areas: cancer, cardiometabolic disease and neurological disease. AU researchers are also developing three emerging areas of research strength: regenerative and reparative medicine, personalized medicine and genomics, and public and preventive health. Graduate and undergraduate students have opportunities to conduct and present research, and many participate in faculty-led research.
AU’s state-of-the-art research facilities help embody the vision of being a top-tier university that is a destination for education, health care, discovery, creativity and innovation. This structure and numerous partnerships combined with AU’s collaborative environment and outstanding clinical resources place Augusta University at the leading edge of new scientific advancements targeting diseases that directly impact its patients.
Augusta University Health consists of Augusta University Medical Center – a 478-bed main adult critical care hospital, the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia (the largest children’s hospital in Georgia outside of Atlanta), a Critical Care Center (a 13-county Level 1 regional trauma center), more than 80 outpatient practice sites, and the Georgia Cancer Center.
Augusta University is committed to creating and sharing new knowledge as a university and to growing national and international stature in education, research, and health care. Aspirational Imperatives for AU include top 60 NIH ranking by 2030, 16,000 students by 2030, and Carnegie Community Engagement Classification by 2026.
How to apply
The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and should be submitted to Scott Watson, Michael Ballew or Florene Stawowy at:
Letters of interest and nominations should be submitted right away in order to assure consideration. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.
Augusta University is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to employees, applicants for employment, and service providers without regard to age, disability, gender, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam War Era Veteran.