Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences

Kansas State University

Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences

  • Institution: Kansas State University
  • Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Location: Manhattan, KS
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Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences

  • Kansas State University | Manhattan, KS
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: October 15, 2022
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Job TitleDean of the College of Health and Human Sciences

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Executive

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Location Manhattan, KS

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Job Description

Kansas State University

Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences 

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Kansas State University in its search for Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

For full consideration, please apply by October 14, 2022.

This is a pivotal and exciting time at Kansas State University with a new president, a record year for research awards, a record fundraising year, the opening of a $1+ billion-dollar National Bio and Agro-defense facility, the strongest state budget supporting higher education in a decade, and the launch of an ambitious strategic planning effort to become the Next Generation Land-Grant University.

Kansas State University seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS). The successful candidate must have the experience and vision to inspire, guide, and facilitate a strong and diverse faculty in the advancement of high-quality teaching, research, service, and extension while providing leadership that assures the integrity, excellence, and relevance and success of the College’s multi-faceted programs for the 21st century.

This position is ideal for a cutting edge, student-centric leader with a proven history of successful growth initiatives, strong partnership and collaboration skills, and results-focused leadership. The next Dean will be required to sustain and grow the College of HHS’s excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service; promote a team-oriented leadership approach; establish a vision and strategic direction; drive further development and growth in enrollment, disciplines, and degrees; and cultivate internal and external partnerships. The Dean must embrace and understand how increased diversity of thought and background among students, faculty, administration, and staff works to strengthen academic programs and enrich the University community.

The Dean reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President and serves as a member of the Dean’s Council.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College, providing leadership, strategic vision and direction, and support for the College. In addition, the Dean provides university leadership to support and promote the academic mission of the university.  Specific responsibilities of the Dean will include:

  • leading all academic programs in the College;
  • promoting high-quality undergraduate and graduate experiences;
  • building continued excellence and growth in research and outreach and extension programs;
  • supporting effective academic advising;
  • being actively involved in the recruitment and retention of high caliber, diverse students, faculty, and staff to the college, as well as promoting equity and a welcoming and inclusive environment;
  • working productively with students, faculty, staff, department heads, deans, administrators, and the broader community on interdisciplinary and collaborative initiatives;
  • providing strategic leadership for developing and advancing the College’s strategic plan/goals aligned with the University’s vision to become a Next-Generation Land-Grant University;
  • leading fundraising efforts on behalf of the College with a high degree of personal involvement;
  • maintaining and strengthening strategic relationships with the community, alumni, benefactors, and industry; and
  • working closely with constituents on issues related to the enhancement of the College and the University.

Educational Requirements 

  • An earned doctorate in one of the disciplines represented in the College, or in a closely related field.

Required Competencies/Qualifications  

  • A strong record of distinguished academic achievement in research, teaching, and/or extension which merits appointment as a tenured, full professor in one of the College’s departments, with evidence of professional distinction and national or international recognition in their field.
  • Proven success as an innovative and strategic leader with the ability to plan, coordinate, articulate, and execute a strategic vision and initiatives while engaging others.
  • Demonstrated success as a strategic and creative planner and an outstanding collaborator and relationship builder with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A strong record of promoting diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, staff, and in the curriculum.
  • A proven record as a successful administrator with responsibility for guiding strategy, evaluating personnel, motivating faculty, resource acquisition and allocation, engaging external constituencies, and fostering diversity and teamwork to create collaborative relationships across culturally diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated success in fund development, external fundraising, and financial management.
  • A demonstrated commitment to all aspects of a land-grant mission, including teaching, research, and extension/outreach.

Preferred Competencies/Qualifications 

  • A working knowledge of programs which require external clinical or experiential learning and/or the programmatic accreditation process.
  • An appreciation for the college’s people, programs, mission, and vision.
  • A proven ability to develop and implement successful interdisciplinary and/or international programs.
  • Proven ability to initiate, lead, and facilitate transformational change and innovation initiatives, be adaptable with changing conditions, and comfortable with the ambiguity that accompanies a large public university.
  • A firm grasp of the opportunities and advantages of a land-grant university with R1 status
  • A history of building, enhancing, and sustaining partnerships across a university, local communities, state, region, and nation.

About the Institution  

Kansas State University educates nearly 22,000 of tomorrow’s potential leaders and provides some of the best global food systems and biosecurity research in the world. The university is progressing toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.

The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options. The Graduate School offers 73 master’s degrees, 44 doctoral degrees and 43 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines. The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation’s best colleges and the association of Public and Land-grant Universities designated Kansas State University as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.

Commonly referred to as K-State, the university is proud of its welcoming environment and considers all K-Staters family. Our athletic teams, known as the Wildcats, compete in the Big 12 Conference and frequently win titles and championships.

Diversity and Inclusion     

Kansas State University has a long, storied history of embracing diversity and inclusion as a core component of their educational mission. As the nation’s first operational land-grant, K-State has always admitted students without regard to race, gender, or creed. Their commitment to meeting the needs and interests of a diverse student body and preparing all constituents for meaningful engagement in an ever changing, diverse world is unwavering. They believe that diversity adds value to the educational fabric of their institution and students are encouraged to capitalize on the learning opportunities that differences can create.

To learn more information about diversity and inclusion at K-State, please visit

About the College of Health and Human Sciences 

As part of Kansas State University, a comprehensive land-grant institution, the College of Health and Human Sciences is devoted to excellence in research, undergraduate and graduate on-campus and distance education, extension, and outreach.  The College is fully committed to advancing the University’s land-grant mission and its vision to become a Next-Generation Land-Grant University.

The College of Health and Human Sciences has roughly 2,800 students (graduate and undergraduate) and approximately 210 faculty and staff.  The College of Health and Human Sciences inspires and prepares passionate and caring individuals for a meaningful life and a career that promotes human well-being in the areas of business, design, teacher education, human behavior, and health sciences.  Home to 17 undergraduate and 19 graduate degree programs housed in the departments of Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design and Fashion Studies; Kinesiology; Personal Financial Planning; and the K-State Center on Aging, we provide students with the education and skills needed to make an impact in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Please visit the college website ( for additional information regarding the College, its departments, and their program offerings.

The Community     

Situated in the heart of northeast Kansas’ scenic Flint Hills, Manhattan’s 56,000 citizens enjoy a dynamic community with shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife. Manhattan is affectionately known as the “Little Apple,” a nod to its East Coast namesake, but has a vibrant culture all its own. Here is just a sampling of what residents look forward to year-round:

  • Shopping, dining, and socializing in Aggieville, a local entertainment district with a fun, energetic vibe.
  • A vibrant, revitalized downtown area with fine dining options and local boutiques.
  • The Flint Hills Discovery Center, featuring exhibits about the beautiful surrounding region.
  • Beautiful outdoor life at Sunset Zoo and The Gardens at Kansas State University.
  • Recreation opportunities at the Konza Prairie, Tuttle Creek State Park, Linear Park Trail and more.
  • The university’s McCain Performance Series, which hosts acclaimed Broadway musicals, comedians, musicians, and other entertainers.
    Exciting Big 12 athletic events (faculty and staff are eligible for discounted tickets).
  • Colbert Hills Golf Course, ranked as the top public golf course in Kansas.
  • Excellent K-12 education. The local high school ranks among the top 5 percent of U.S. high schools, and the district is home to several Kansas Master Teachers.

Learn more about the Manhattan community, at

To Apply 

For full consideration, please apply by October 14, 2022

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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. All applications are treated confidentially.

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially:

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Institution’s EEO Statement   

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.   

Background Screening Statement     

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.  

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