Wayne State University (WSU) is recruiting a Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine who will play a critical role in the continued growth of the university and its broad initiatives in the health sciences and across campus. The successful individual will have the opportunity to provide leadership in a dynamic and rapidly evolving urban environment and shape the future of academic health science centers. Public research universities and academic health science centers play critical roles in the communities they serve and this is particularly true in Detroit where the urban environment is undergoing significant economic growth and infrastructure development. A full description of the position is posted at https://searches.med.wayne.edu/vp-dean.
A key objective for the University involves the further integrated development of an academic health sciences center to enhance partnerships among the University’s health affairs schools and colleges and existing and potential health care provider partners. The Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine will lead this initiative in collaboration with key institutional leaders. The successful candidate will have the special opportunity to: a) shape the future of a School of Medicine uniquely positioned for broad impact across all aspects of its mission; b) lead an interprofessional team to enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration that advances the health affairs-related mission of the University; c) collaborate with key stakeholders to develop new methods of research, education and care delivery that serve as a global model for urban-based academic health centers; and, d) make signature contributions to the role of academic health centers and the public health mission in urban environments.
Candidates must have a medical degree (M.D.) and a track record of personal accomplishments and distinguished academic credentials that provide suitable experience and background.
Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban, comprehensive research university (R1 Carnegie classification). Founded in 1868 by physicians determined to advance medicine beyond the limited care available on Civil War battlefields, the university’s faculty today serves a diverse body of nearly 28,000 students through a broad array of academic programs and research initiatives. Wayne State University is one of only a handful of U.S. public urban universities to receive the highest Carnegie Foundation ratings for both research intensiveness and community engagement. The university is located in the heart of Detroit, a city that is a symbol of the American Dream and a kaleidoscope of cultures, ambition, inspiration, contradictions, challenges, and opportunities.
President M. Roy Wilson, a highly regarded physician-scientist and member of the National Academy of Medicine, became the 12th president of Wayne State University in 2013, and the university has experienced dramatic growth across all aspects of its mission during his tenure. The vision and focus for the university as it works closely with the broad communities that it serves is captured in its five-year strategic plan (https://strategicplan.wayne.edu/download/strategic-plan.pdf).
Thirteen schools and colleges present the university’s comprehensive academic offerings: Mike Ilitch School of Business; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts; Graduate School; Law School; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Information Science; School of Medicine; College of Nursing; Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Irvin D. Reid Honors College; and the School of Social Work. Wayne State University is also home to the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health and to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.
Throughout its history, the university has provided students from all backgrounds the opportunity to enjoy a high-quality education that enables them to realize their full potential. The rich, multicultural environment at the university prepares students for success and leadership in a diverse, global society and enriches the communities it serves. The university’s faculty and staff have provided an excellent educational experience for hundreds of thousands of students, who have contributed to the region and nation in every field of endeavor, including as corporate chief executive officers, government leaders, judges, teachers, policymakers, university presidents, astronauts, scientists, physicians, writers and actors.
Detroit, with its reputation for innovation, is at an exciting point, with many rapidly expanding development activities underway. Its vibrant downtown and cultural center envelop the Wayne State University campus, which plays a key role in the rapidly accelerating forward growth of the city. With immediate proximity to Canada and its location in the middle of the Great Lakes region, as well as several professional sports teams, an opera and a world-renowned symphony, Detroit and the metropolitan area (~5 million population), provide a rich culture with exceptional recreational and entertainment activities. Midtown is one of the country's fastest-growing neighborhoods. The campus includes 200 acres of green space, walking paths and state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by renowned cultural institutions and industry-leading employers. Every day, Wayne State students and faculty participate in the reinvention of a great American city as they live, learn, work and play in the heart of Detroit.
Qualified candidates should submit their curriculum vitae and a detailed letter of interest, including but not limited to, relevant educational, teaching, research, and leadership backgrounds. Please address the letter of application to Search Committee Chair, Stephen M. Lanier, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and submit it to Jennifer Schaulin at MillicanSolutions via the contact information below.
Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity, and inclusion creates exceptional opportunities for preparing students and faculty in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. WSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.