Dean, School of Public Health

  • Georgia State University
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Mar 01, 2021
Full time Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology Medicine & Dentistry Deans & Directors

Job Description



Georgia State University seeks an exceptional leader and public health advocate to serve as the next dean of its School of Public Health.

The dean will articulate a vision and strategy for distinguishing Georgia State as a pre-eminent school of public health. The dean will champion the School of Public Health’s mission; inspire students, staff, and faculty to enhance Georgia State’s transformative contributions to improving public health; and broadcast the school’s impact on global, national, and in particular, local urban communities.

The Georgia State School of Public Health is ideally situated to address public health challenges in urban settings and for global populations. Atlanta is home to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society, CARE International, Carter Center, and Task Force for Global Health. Faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research and implement practical solutions, partnering with community organizations across Atlanta and beyond.

Interdisciplinary collaboration and research fuel the school’s pursuit of eliminating health disparities and inequities. Through teaching, research, practice and community engagement, the School of Public Health provides a broad, practical understanding of complex health issues ranging from violence, tobacco use and obesity to environmental threats and HIV/AIDS. More than 50 full-time faculty prepare nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students to be the next generation of public health scholars, practitioners and leaders. One of the most diverse public health schools in the nation, Georgia State enrolls the largest percentage of Black or African American students among more than 60 ASPPH member schools and programs.

Georgia State is one of the nation’s premier urban public universities and fastest-growing research institutions. Research expenditures exceeded $195 million in 2019, representing an increase of more than 141% since 2010. U.S. News & World Report ranks Georgia State the No. 3 Most Innovative University in the country and No. 1 for undergraduate teaching among public universities. Graduation rates have increased 62% in the last decade, making the university a national model for student success and an “engine of social mobility” according to The New York Times. The university awards more bachelor’s degrees to African Americans than any other college or university. Having no racial or ethnic majority, Georgia State is the nation’s only four-year public university without equity gaps based on race, ethnicity or income.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

The university seeks an accomplished, energetic and collaborative leader to champion the School of Public Health’s commitment to excellence, to the community, and to the university’s core values of diversity, equity and inclusion. A doctoral or terminal degree in a related field and scholarly achievement commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of professor is required. To learn more, read the leadership profile.

Application Details

WittKieffer is assisting Georgia State University in this search. Applications should include a CV and letter of interest. Materials can be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal. Candidates will be considered until an appointment is made. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Philip Tang, Claudia Teschky and Rachel Bieniek at

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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