School of Public Health Dean Search

Provost Martin A. Philbert stepped down as the School of Public Health dean in September 2017 to become provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. Cathleen M. Connell, professor of health behavior and health education, currently serves as interim dean of the School of Public Health.

Updates regarding the School of Public Health dean search process will be posted here as they become available. 

Position Advertisement: Dean, School of Public Health

The University of Michigan invites nominations and applications for the position of dean of the School of Public Health.

Established in 1941, the School of Public Health has been long recognized as one of the world's leading public health research and educational institutions. The school has an outstanding faculty of 165 professors and research scientists, and a committed research and administrative staff of more than 300. The school is home to two undergraduate degrees and six graduate departments offering masters and doctoral degrees. Total enrollment is approximately 1,100 students, including those in dual-degree programs with a number of the university's 18 other schools and colleges. The School of Public Health has a strong and flourishing research portfolio, with over 34 research centers/initiatives and $80 million in external funding in fiscal year 2017. The school contributes to and benefits from the University of Michigan's reputation, commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and leadership in bringing innovations to practice.

The dean is the chief academic and administrative leader of the school. Working collaboratively with faculty and staff the dean advances the school's mission of creating and disseminating knowledge to prevent disease and promote the health of populations worldwide. The dean reports to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Additionally, the dean is responsible for all matters related to the administration of the school including academic programs; faculty; staff; students; facilities; budget; alumni relations; fundraising; and fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment. The dean represents the school within the university to create synergistic collaborations with other schools and colleges, including the other health science schools on campus: dentistry, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work. The dean also works externally to promote the school as a leader in public health research, policy, and practice in the state of Michigan, nationally, and globally.

The ideal candidate will possess the following: national/international recognition as a scholar with credentials commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of professor in the School of Public Health; demonstrated administrative experience; a collegial, consultative and collaborative orientation; the ability to recruit and retain an outstanding faculty; proven commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion; a global perspective; a commitment to innovation and translation of research to a wide range of audiences; the ability to champion public health education, research, service and practice within a preeminent research institution and among a diverse range of external constituencies; and the ability to engage with donors, alumni, policy makers and the community at large in representing the school.

Nominations and applications will be reviewed beginning in December 2017. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications consisting of a letter and curriculum vitae should be directed in confidence to:

SpencerStuart, the firm retained by the university to assist in the search:
Shannon Yeatman
Tel: 202-251-3222