Dean and Professor - Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA, USA
  • Nov 22, 2019
Full time   Health Sciences, OT, PT, Kinesiology Deans & Directors

Job Description

Dean and Professor – Search # 67689
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Georgia Southern University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH). In order to guide the College toward a bold vision of excellence, the University seeks candidates who are inspirational, creative, and accomplished leaders in the field of Public Health, with a strong commitment to excellence and serving the region.

The University
Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
Recognizing a compelling need to address the public health challenges facing the state of Georgia, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents established its first school of public health, now the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, at Georgia Southern University in 2004. Georgia Southern was chosen in part, because its rural location was ideal for addressing the emerging needs of rural and underserved populations, nationally and globally. JPHCOPH is a vital player in Georgia‘s quest to become a national leader in public health. The School of Public Health was established within the College of Health and Human Sciences named in memory of Dr. Jiann-Ping Hsu, the late wife of Dr. Karl E. Peace, a Georgia Southern alumnus, benefactor, and initiator of the Biostatistics concentration. The new school was charged with establishing a plan to become a College of Public Health within five to seven years. The School of Public Health met the challenge, becoming the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health on January 1, 2006. The new college submitted its initial self-study in August 2010 and was fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2011.

Since then, the College's student body has grown to 271 undergraduate and 136 graduate students and faculty size has increased from 29 permanent tenure-track members to 34, 10 non-tenure-track positions, and seven staff housed within the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health Sciences and the Department of Health Policy and Community Health. The College's degree offerings include one BSPH, five MPH concentrations, and three DrPH concentrations. Housed within the College are three centers – the Karl E. Peace Center for Biostatistics and Survey Research, the Center for Addiction Recovery, and the Center for Public Health Practice and Research. The College has strengthened its relationships with several public health organizations and practitioners thereby enhancing its ability to offer meaningful practice and preceptorship experiences that allow students to make significant service contributions to the surrounding region and state. In addition, the College benefits from the expertise of a diverse, committed, and creative Public Health Practice Advisory Board. With research expenditures totaling $200,000, the College has also increased its research contributions and strengthened the policies, procedures, and protocols necessary to support outstanding degree programs that graduate public health professionals capable of lifelong contributions to JPHCOPH‘s mission. For more information regarding the JPHCOPH, please visit

Position Description
Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief administrative officer and spokesperson for the College and manages its resources, including a budget of $6.7 million. The Dean will be expected to lead the faculty and staff in creating and articulating a compelling and unified vision that leverages the College's existing strengths and identifies new opportunities to create synergies that lead to greater research productivity, entrepreneurship, and statewide service. As the College's most passionate champion, the Dean will play a key role in further strengthening the College's commitment to improving health and eliminating health disparities and health inequities in underserved populations regionally, within the state of Georgia, and across the globe. The Dean will serve as a leading voice on innovative instructional and educational programming that will continue to provide faculty and students the opportunity to engage in research and creative scholarship to expand knowledge and understanding in the world.

In serving as a vital link between the University and community stakeholders, the Dean is also responsible for developing partnerships and advocating on behalf of its faculty and students as they work toward strengthening inter-disciplinary efforts and partnerships within the University and with community partners (e.g., corporations, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, etc.) within the region and the state of Georgia. In doing so, the Dean will advance the College and University's reputation locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally through the relationships with these key stakeholders. With the incredible pace at which the public health landscape and public health education are changing, Georgia Southern's next Dean and the JPHCOPH are poised to serve as influential contributors in attaining a regional and national level of prominence in these fields.

The position is a 12-month appointment and also carries tenured faculty rank at the professor level. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Georgia Southern seeks a Dean with exemplary academic achievements, together with strategic leadership ability; outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; entrepreneurial spirit and high energy with the ability to serve as a visionary thinker; and a passion for the mission of the College and University. The successful candidate will be able to work effectively with a broad range of constituents, including senior leadership, faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, and external partners. The successful candidate should have:

An earned doctorate in Public Health or closely related field from an accredited institution;
An outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with appointment as professor with tenure in one of the departments in the College;
A record of distinguished research, teaching, and scholarly activities; administrative and/or leadership experience in a university setting;
A demonstrated ability to lead and manage, including management of human and financial resources; the ability to work with faculty to develop a vision and plans for the future in an environment of shared governance; the ability to function well as part of the campus leadership team;
The ability to think strategically and bring together diverse groups of interests to coalesce in a unified vision;
The ability to communicate effectively to build and enhance relationships with the staff, community, and various constituent groups;
A record of success and ability in recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty;
A deep commitment to academic excellence, demonstrated ability for creative leadership and management, and the energy and vigor to translate ideas into action;
The ability to inspire faculty to excel in teaching, research, and creative activities and to reward excellence in these areas;
Integrity and high ethical standards;
Engagement with student success initiatives;
Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development;
Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

Application Process
Screening of applications will begin immediately and continues until the position is filled. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code "GSU-CPH" in subject line

Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Vice Provost.

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