Dean of the College of Health and Human Services

  • Youngstown State University
  • Youngstown, OH, USA
  • Feb 12, 2020
Full time   Health Sciences, OT, PT, Kinesiology Law & Criminal Justice Nursing Social Work Deans & Directors

Job Description


Youngstown State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. As a member of the academic leadership team, the selected individual will provide insightful and innovative leadership developing strategies and tactics that support achieving the goals of the Plan for Strategic Actions to Take Charge of Our Future. A collaborative yet decisive leadership style is anticipated that will foster a welcoming and inclusive learning environment optimizing successful intersections of student futures and lifelong learning, academic distinction and discovery of knowledge, and collective impact with the region. Such success will assure academic quality and achieve selectively focused distinction that contributes to sustainability and a bright and vibrant future by positively impacting the region and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Youngstown State University, a comprehensive, public, not-for-profit institution, is a major driver of the region's economy and plays an enormous role in the educational, financial, and social well-being of Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and beyond. Now entering its 12th decade, Youngstown State University remains committed to increasing excellence in all that we do and to providing the leadership and opportunities needed to make our region a better place to live, learn, and succeed.

The dean leads a College with departments of and programs in criminal justice and forensic science, health professions, human ecology, kinesiology and sport science, military science, nursing, physical therapy, and social work, across associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Having arrived in June 2019, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Brien Smith has engaged deans and chairs in conversations related to an evolving Plan for Strategic Actions, created momentum gainers in the areas of student success including degree progress and completion, alignment of resources with goals and strategies, and developing an academic program effectiveness and enhancement initiative to assure the degree programs are relevant to the workforce needs of the region and have high value given the educational experiences provided by the academic programs.

This position is an excellent opportunity for a candidate with the appropriate credentials and experiences to enable an academic leadership team and programs that are focused on advancing the academic enterprise to even greater levels of accomplishment and excellence.


Application Details

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an expression of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names with contact information of five individuals who have agreed to provide a confidential reference. References will not be contacted without the applicant's knowledge. Please submit materials online to the YSU employment opportunities page:

Individuals are encouraged to submit materials by March 08, 2020 for full consideration. It is anticipated videoconference interviews will occur in mid-March to early-April with finalists interviewing on campus in late-April and early-May. It is anticipated that the selected individual will start the position July 1, 2020.

For confidential inquiries or to make a nomination, please contact Amy Cossentino, dean of the Honors College at 330-941-4741 or

Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs and activities.

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