The Person

The Person

Baylor University seeks a candidate with exceptional leadership skills and vision to lead the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences and build its academic, research, clinical, and creative enterprise. The dean will demonstrate a broad understanding of health and human sciences, a perspective on the connectedness of the various parts of RCHHS, and the ability to develop and articulate a collective vision for the College. The Dean will have exemplary academic achievements, together with strategic leadership ability; outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; entrepreneurial spirit and high energy; and a passion for the unique mission of the College and the University. The Dean will be a collaborator and a convener, able to work effectively with a broad range of constituents, including senior leadership, faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, and external partners. The Dean will serve as a role model in team-building and establishing open communication and collaboration with faculty and staff.

The successful candidate will likely come from a background of substantive leadership within higher education, although outstanding academically qualified candidates from professional fields represented in the College will be considered. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of excellent financial and management skills, the ability to make difficult choices, and to understand competing priorities; as well as collaborative skills in working with other deans, department heads, and a passionate and committed faculty and staff. The Dean will demonstrate a track record of commitment to student and faculty success, to diversity, to excellence in teaching, to strong engagement with diverse constituents, to building diverse leadership teams, and to strategically managing resources to support the College’s goals. Above all, the Dean must be a passionate advocate for RCHHS with the ability to articulate a vision for its unique place as a College of Health and Human Sciences within a Christian research university.

The following qualifications and experience are essential:

  • Demonstrated Christian faith and commitment to advancing the academic enterprise and mission of Baylor;
  • A strong record of distinguished leadership. In higher education, this would include successful leadership at the Chair, Director, Dean, or equivalent leadership level that involves leading an executive team; hiring and supporting faculty; and building programs in undergraduate education, doctoral education, and online and hybrid education;
  • An earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree with academic qualifications and record of accomplishment as a scholar that merit appointment as a tenured full professor in an academic discipline represented within the College;
  • Commitment to diversity among faculty, staff, and students, along with an understanding of how to advance a culture that promotes inclusion and welcomes and encourages dialogue across lines of difference; a commitment to global education and cultural diversity;
  • A commitment to research as the foundation for learning, teaching, and practical application; a vision for the important role of RCHHS within a research-intensive university and experience with strategies to increase substantial research funding; an understanding of how to support faculty in their research efforts and what is required to recruit and retain research-productive faculty; and recognition that scholarly and research excellence may look different in different parts of the College;
  • Demonstrated experience as an intellectual leader and systems thinker with the breadth of vision necessary to represent the complexity of the College, communicate a shared vision for the future, and make the whole greater than the sum of its parts;
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, faculty and staff recruitment, retention, and development, fiscal management, and resource allocation; experience in aligning academic and budgetary priorities and allocating facilities, resources, and budgets to meet current and future program needs; the ability to lead, facilitate, and delegate with effectiveness;
  • Enthusiasm and ability to contribute actively to substantial development and fundraising efforts; to elevating RCHHS’s profile within the national and international health and human sciences community; and to growing relationships with external partners. A proven track record of successful fundraising is highly desirable;
  • Understanding of accreditation processes and ability to work with program accreditation;
  • Experience in managing online and hybrid programs, working with online providers, and ensuring a high quality and seamless educational experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and nurture an environment that values faculty and staff contributions, recognizes excellence, supports innovation, and promotes a positive atmosphere of achievement and selfless service for students, faculty, staff, and alumni;
  • Strong relationship-building and collaboration skills across diverse academic disciplines and programs; the ability to build consensus and motivate others towards a common goal;
  • Outside-the-box thinking, entrepreneurial, and innovative skills in identifying opportunities and positioning the College to create and implement new initiatives and foster new ideas; and
  • Personal and professional integrity, strength of character, humility, a strong sense of stewardship, and ethical qualities of the highest order. While no one candidate will likely possess them all, the successful candidate will bring a blend of many of the following competencies and personal qualities:
  • Ability to set priorities and make and explain tough decisions; strong problem-solving skills; ability to collaborate with, connect, and convene multiple stakeholders;
  • A passion and appreciation for experiential learning, undergraduate research, and other vehicles to enhance student learning; a significant background in teaching would be desirable;
  • Exceptional collegiality as reflected in a commitment to an environment of shared governance, consultation, and participatory decision-making;
  • Exceptional communication ability to include listening skills and a passion for articulating the vision and mission of the School and raising its visibility, an open and transparent approach to communications, and the humility to admit mistakes;
  • A high degree of energy, optimism, enthusiasm, self-awareness, and flexibility; ability to instill confidence; a good sense of humor; and excitement about the possibilities for RCHHS and its continued growth towards excellence.