Inaugural Divisional Dean, School of Public and Population Health

Boise State University

Inaugural Divisional Dean, School of Public and Population Health

  • Institution: Boise State University
  • Location: Boise, ID US

Inaugural Divisional Dean, School of Public and Population Health

  • Boise State University | Boise, ID US
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: December 03, 2022
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Job TitleInaugural Divisional Dean, School of Public and Population Health

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Executive

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Location Boise, ID US

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Job Description

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Boise State University in its search for Divisional Dean, School of Public and Population Health in the College of Health Sciences.

For best consideration, please apply by November 28th.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a supportive and inclusive environment at Boise State University. Having been nationally recognized for innovation and obtaining its Carnegie Classification in 2016, Boise State University is a growing research institution (R2) and uniquely positioned in the Northwest as an innovative metropolitan and research university of distinction. Powered by creativity and innovation, Boise State seeks the inaugural Divisional Dean for the new School of Public and Population Health (SPPH) within the College of Health Sciences.

The new School of Public and Population Health is an evolution of the thriving and productive Department of Public Health and Population Science. The Department was just recently approved as a School by the Idaho State Board of Education. The School will build on the Department’s history of success in community engagement, applied scholarship, and research; lead and continue to grow the thriving undergraduate and the MPH programs; and implement new doctoral programming.

The Position

As the executive leader for the School of Public and Population Health, the Divisional Dean provides leadership for the School and exercises responsibility for its academic and administrative operations; including budget, personnel, programs, and physical facilities. The ideal candidate is a strategic visionary and forward-thinking innovative leader with an astute understanding of fundraising and budget projections. Through consultation with the college dean and School faculty and staff, the Divisional Dean establishes a vision in setting priorities, maintaining academic standards, and strengthening faculty scholarship and research.

Areas of responsibility include leadership functions associated with overall direction and strategic planning; fiscal management and resource development; new school, program, and partner development; coordinating with leaders and partners outside of the department; working with leadership to raise funds; and mentoring faculty and staff and assessing team members’ performance.

The Divisional Dean reports directly to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and participates in a shared governance system with faculty, staff, and students.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree and eligible for rank of full professor by time of hire in a broad range of expertise areas pertaining to public health
  • Administrative/leadership experience in higher education
  • Budget experience
  • CEPH accreditation experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven skills in leadership and a commitment to excellence and innovation with a vision for the future of education in public health and health sciences.
  • Program development and management in face-to-face, online, and distance education.
  • Ability to secure external research funding and assist and support faculty and students applying for external research grants and opportunities.
  • Evidence of success in developing and maintaining successful partnerships.
  • Capability in supporting innovative curriculum, research, and program development.
  • Track record of work with doctoral programming (DrPH and/or PhD).
  • Ability to communicate consistently in a timely and transparent manner.
  • Capacity to make bold leadership decisions that support growth in spite of the changing climate in higher education.
  • Willingness to manage challenges and conflict in a way that supports an open climate and collaboration within faculty governance.
  • Success in recruitment and retention of talented and diverse faculty, staff, and researchers.
  • Experience with academic planning, enrollment management, and student success.


Boise State University is nationally recognized for its trailblazing innovation. Often described as “Blue Turf Thinking” after our iconic football field, this mindset shapes the scrappy, creative, and boundary-breaking style of our academic enterprise. The university fosters a culture of innovation by inviting and rewarding the engagement of the whole community in our evolution and by building structures that incentivize creativity and bold new ideas.

Boise State provides an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that prepares students for success and advances Idaho and the world.

The university has experienced sustained growth for decades and has a keen focus on student success. A top choice for students from Idaho and across the West, Boise State has more than doubled its graduate programming in the past 15 years and has set records for the number of graduates for 10 straight years.

Nationally recognized in the Top 50 for innovation by U.S. News & World Report and described by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a university that is “demonstrably on the move,” Boise State was also one of five universities in the nation recognized in 2017 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities for innovative approaches to improving retention and graduation rates.

Boise State has a huge positive impact on our state. Home to Idaho’s largest graduate school, we also enroll more than one-third of all students in Idaho’s public higher education system and confer nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees awarded by the state’s public universities.

Boise State has risen on a stunning trajectory from a community college to a doctoral research university. It now embodies the best of both worlds—a strong focus on students and their wellbeing, alongside the transformative potential of research and its impacts on both student outcomes and on the world around us through discovery. Founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church as Boise Junior College, it transitioned to an independent junior college in 1934. Later, it evolved to Boise College, then Boise State College and, since 1974, as Boise State University. It began awarding baccalaureate degrees in 1965 and master’s degrees in 1972. Doctoral degrees have been awarded by the university since 1997. Only seven presidents have led Boise State University during its 88-year history; Dr. Marlene Tromp is the current president.

Boise State has earned a Carnegie Classification of a High Research Activity Doctoral Universities with over 58% growth in research awards over the last five years and many of Boise State’s academic programs have achieved accreditation or approval by specialized professional organizations and agencies.


Boise State provides an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that prepares students for success and advances Idaho and the world.


To be a premier student-success driven research university innovating for statewide and global impact. The trailblazing, innovative character that has always defined Boise State will help us foster student success, advance Idaho, and Idahoans, and strengthen our culture of innovation and impact.


Year after year, the city of Boise earns accolades from across the country as a wonderful place to work, play, raise a family, grow a business, and enjoy life. With a population of more than 225,000 within a surrounding metropolitan area of nearly 750,000, the capital city and its high-tech economy are driving the development of the fastest-growing state in the nation.

Boise is one of the most geographically isolated cities in the nation and prides itself on its homegrown culture, businesses, education, and outdoor amenities. The entrepreneurial spirit that has launched and housed companies like Albertsons, the J.R. Simplot Co., Morrison-Knudsen, and Micron Technology pervades today among the next generation of business pioneers.

The Boise Greenbelt runs more than 25 miles along the Boise River past downtown and the Boise State campus. From Bogus Basin Mountain Resort to a brand-new Whitewater Park, the city’s network of parks, trails and open space help ensure access to Idaho’s great outdoors will remain a key element of the Boise lifestyle.

The city is home to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Treefort Music Fest, the Boise Philharmonic, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and much more. It is one of the few cities in the nation to have a full municipal department dedicated to arts and history.

Boise State has been recognized as one of the top three universities in the country for Outdoor Adventure and fly fishing – you can hook a trout in the shadow of Bronco Stadium. A walk or ride down the Greenbelt takes you across the city and through a variety of beautiful terrains.

Boise hosts two farmers’ markets downtown, and a fabulous menu of local and national restaurant options from food trucks and steak houses to unique international cuisine. We’re supportive of local business and commerce while growing a healthy mix of economic development and industry.

Families enjoy Boise’s excellent public schools – and many find comfortable homes among our diverse religious communities. Our many cultures love to share with each other: from the Jewish Deli Days to the Greek and Russian food festivals to the huge gathering of Basques from around the world every five years in Boise, the city loves to come together for special events.

To Apply 

For best consideration, please apply by November 28th

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Please do not email applications.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita. Ideally cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially:

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Institution’s EEO Statement

Boise State University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants for employment as provided for by federal, state, and local law. Boise State prohibits, to the extent permitted by applicable law, discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, or sexual orientation. As an affirmative action employer, the University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, qualified individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

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