College of Health and Human Sciences dean search underway

2/14/2007 | By: Staff Report  |

The College of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno is looking to identify a dynamic leader with a strong vision and excellent leadership skills. The new dean will play a key role in fostering interdisciplinary activities on behalf of the College both on campus and in the community.

"The future dean of the College will have an integral role in enhancing and sustaining an environment of academic excellence, including initiatives to develop innovative programs and recruit and retain well-qualified students," University Provost John Frederick said. "This individual will serve as a University ambassador in the community to building strong relationships which foster and contribute to the health and well-being of society."

"The College has several exciting opportunities on the horizon," said Karen Hinton, search chair and dean of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program. "The new dean must be a strong leader with a knack for working in a dynamic and fun environment."

The College's search committee is currently narrowing the candidate pool and plans to begin welcoming candidates to campus sometime in March.

The new dean is expected to assume the position on July 1, 2007.

"We are looking for a dean that demonstrates an understanding of an appreciation for the special needs and complexity of health and human sciences disciplines and the ability to work with supporting the advancement of diverse and under-represented groups of students, staff, faculty and community," Hinton said. "This is vital given the diversity of the College."

The mission of the College is creating and communicating knowledge in the areas of health and human services through excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and scholarly activity, and service to professional organizations, the community and the campus. Faculty in the college provides outreach through the extension of knowledge to the people of the state and is committed to the maintenance and improvement of professional education and leadership in the community and in professional organizations.

The College is home to the Orvis School of Nursing, School of Social Work, School of Public Health and Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Additionally, the College is home to a vibrant network of affiliated programs, including the Gerontology Academic Program, Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies, Campus Recreation and Wellness and the Nevada Center for Ethics and Health Policy.

Two well-respected centers are also housed within the College. The centers are the Child and Family Research Center and the Center for Program Evaluation and Partnership Development Services.

The College also participates actively in interdisciplinary activities, and includes faculty who are part of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Agriculture Experiment Station, as well as those who participate in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Social Psychology.

"The range of disciplines found in the College make it unique," Hinton said. "The College deals with every life issue imaginable, covering the spectrum of birth to death. It's an asset to the University to have such well regarded experts here. I think the new dean will be amazed with the talent of the faculty."

The College has 1188 undergraduates and 180 graduate students, instructed by 119 full-time faculty members.

Since January 2006 Charles "Charlie" Bullock has served as acting dean for the College. 


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