The University at Buffalo (UB) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, UB is an internationally renowned center for academic excellence. The dean of the SPHHP will be a senior member of the university’s leadership team, working with the university’s president, provost, vice president for health sciences and other deans and senior leaders to advance the university’s ambitious vision for excellence in teaching, research, and engagement.
The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the school, reporting to the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs and to the vice president for health sciences in the areas of interprofessional education, health sciences collaborative research, and clinical programs. The dean is responsible for providing overall leadership to the school to promote academic excellence and advance its national and international prominence in research, and graduate and undergraduate education. The ideal candidate will be an individual of integrity, a strong leader, an advocate for the school and the university, a creative problem solver, and an engaged partner in building and enhancing relationships with the school’s many constituencies and the larger community.
Candidates should demonstrate experience and a vision for progress in the following areas:
Leadership: The dean should have substantial experience in a distinguished academic or comparable setting and the capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, to persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and to engage others in its implementation. The dean must have an appreciation for the diversity and breadth of the school’s offerings and must provide leadership in establishing the school’s objectives, developing and managing all resources essential to the achievement of these objectives, and coordinating the school’s diverse research, education and service portfolios to further its mission.
Development and execution of strategic plans: The University continues to develop its strategic plans through UB 2020, the long range strategic vision focused on pursuing sustained research and educational excellence. The dean will help define and articulate the specific strategies and provisions for the SPHHP within these ongoing plans and enable their execution to ensure the school is recognized for its exceptional research and educational programs.
Education and research: The dean must have significant academic credentials including a strong track record of success in research and accomplishments in or related to the fields of public health or health professions. The dean promotes the school’s educational activities including the essential element of clinical training placements, establishes innovative programming, and ensures that appropriate accreditations are maintained. The SPHHP is engaged in a wide range of research and education activities and the new dean will be expected to expand these activities. The dean is responsible for managing the school’s relationships with local and national corporate organizations, advancing the SPHHP interactions with industry and government partners, and furthering technology transfer and partnerships.
Transdisciplinary collaboration: Faculty from the SPHHP are integral partners in a wide variety of innovative research, education and service initiatives with each of the other schools in the university—Architecture and Planning, Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Graduate Education, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law, Management, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Social Work, as well as the graduate education programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. It is important that the new dean value and promote the ongoing transdisciplinary partnerships, and actively engage in advancing and developing new opportunities for future partnerships along with deans in other units.
Stewardship and development: The dean represents the SPHHP to internal and external constituents. In cooperation with the university’s philanthropy and alumni engagement staff, the dean is responsible for alumni relations, and is expected to devote substantial effort to development activities in order to generate additional resources for the school in implementing the university’s goals for increasing endowments and philanthropic giving.
Faculty appointments: The dean should have the ability to recruit outstanding new faculty in public health and health professions as well as retain the SPHHP’s strongest faculty. The dean is responsible to the provost for the recruitment, appointment, promotion and tenure of a diverse and well-qualified faculty in the SPHHP. The dean works with the faculty through established guidelines to ensure the integrity of the processes, promote diversity within the faculty, and maintain the highest standards of quality.
Budget and administration: The dean should have a proven record of resourcefulness in fiscal and personnel management. The dean is responsible to the provost for all aspects of the SPHHP budget process as established through the university’s budget allocation model. The dean is responsible for working with the senior administration to facilitate extramural research funding, graduate enrollment and education, and space planning and facilities needs. The dean works with the provost and the vice president for research and economic development to promote and assist in the funding and support of the SPHHP’s research centers and institutes.
The School of Public Health and Health Professions was first established as the School of Health Related Professions by order of the trustees of the State University of New York in 1965 and formally dedicated in 1967 as the first of its kind in New York and one of the first in the nation. In January 2003, the School of Public Health and Health Professions was formally established by combining the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health (formerly Social and Preventive Medicine) and the School of Health Related Professions; it now encompasses the academic departments of Biostatistics, Community Health and Health Behavior, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, and Rehabilitation Science. The school offers professional, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs as well as multifaceted research opportunities through a range of research initiatives and centers that contribute to improved health for populations, communities, and individuals. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the SPHHP has a preliminary enrollment of more than 750 students formally accepted into undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Research expenditures for the SPHHP for the 2013-2014 fiscal year were $9.5 million.
The school was awarded full accreditation in 2009 by the Council on Education for Public Health, qualifying it for membership as a school of public health in the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). The school’s health professions programs—occupational therapy, physical therapy, preventive medicine residency and dietetic internship—are also fully accredited by their respective professional bodies. Among the members of the ASPPH, the SPHHP is one of just a handful in the country that complements public health with the health professions.
The SPHHP is part of the University’s Academic Health Center (AHC) which also includes the schools of Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Nursing. The comprehensive character of UB represents a major intellectual, clinical and physical advantage to the school.
The school is located on the University at Buffalo’s picturesque South Campus at the intersections of Main Street and Bailey Avenue in Buffalo. A Western New York landmark that dates back to the 1920s, the South Campus is located in a residential neighborhood in the City of Buffalo and is home to classic ivy-covered buildings as well as cutting-edge research and teaching facilities. In addition to the SPHHP, the School of Architecture and Planning and the other 4 schools of the AHC are located on the South Campus.
The SPHHP faculty is known for its outstanding teaching and research. Faculty researchers are investigating critical health issues, including maternal and child health, substance use and abuse, aging, assistive technology and the epidemiology of chronic diseases such as cancer. The SPHHP has 139 faculty members, of whom 77 are full-time with their primary appointment in the school. There is the potential for additional faculty growth as a part of the UB 2020 plan.
The University at Buffalo is actively implementing a long-range strategic vision—known as UB 2020—focused on pursuing sustained research and educational excellence, achieving greater efficiency across campus operations, and expanding the university’s engagement and impact locally as well as globally. The UB 2020 vision is focused on building academic excellence through investments in areas that have strategic societal importance and the potential for UB to excel. An important element of UB 2020 has been to increase the intellectual capacity of collaborative, cross-disciplinary faculty research teams dedicated to addressing the critical issues, ideas and challenges facing the 21st century. UB’s strategic strengths initiative is the initial signature interdisciplinary research framework of the UB 2020 plan that brings together existing faculty expertise with investment in world-class new hires and resources that promise to give UB a preeminent leadership role for years to come in research that will transform lives and communities.
Realizing UB 2020 was launched in 2012 as the next evolution of the UB 2020 vision, building on the progress and momentum the university has achieved and using it as the springboard for taking the institution to the next level of excellence. Among the initiatives of Realizing UB 2020 is the Communities of Excellence program—multidisciplinary scholarly communities focused on large-scale societal challenges in the broadly defined areas of humanity, justice, environment, innovation, and health. Building on the successful cluster-hiring strategy employed through UB 2020, these Communities of Excellence form the basis for institutional investment in areas where the university has considerable research strength and tremendous potential impact, both regionally and globally. Integrated with the traditional departmental structure, the Communities of Excellence provide a framework for participating faculty to leverage institutional resources, facilities, and research infrastructure across associated units in order to advance research that addresses vital societal problems on a profound scale. Communities are currently being established through a competitive faculty process, with two communities expected to be announced in the current academic year and a total of five to eight to be established over the next five years. The SPHHP is involved as a partner in a significant majority of the current Communities of Excellence proposals.
Through a range of research initiatives and centers, the SPHHP is contributing to improved health for populations, communities and individuals. There are several externally-funded research centers located within the SPHHP. These centers provide for interdisciplinary faculty, staff and student collaboration and training.
The school houses 29 research laboratories, including both basic and clinical research facilities. Each department in the SPHHP has its own discipline-specific research facilities as well as access to shared resources.
Faculty in the SPHHP are leading studies with national and global impact such as the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), created by major national and international health agencies to improve the ability of countries to design, implement and evaluate anti-tobacco efforts and the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a long-term, national health study that has focused on strategies for preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women. The initial WHI study began in 1993 and involved more than 162,000 women nationally, about 4,000 from Western New York. UB plays a significant role in the continuation of the project through its leadership role as one of four regional WHI centers around the country.
The SPHHP enjoys a long-standing relationship with Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) both in terms of education and research. RPCI is a National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center. Interactions between the SPHHP and RPCI at the graduate education level include joint training grants, funded research assistantships, joint service on dissertation committees and shared coursework. Research collaborations include several high profile joint research projects between the SPHHP and RPCI faculty such as a SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) grant in ovarian cancer.
The school’s reputation for research is global in scale, due in part to UB's overarching support for emerging research areas as well as integration with community partners. The school’s excellent faculty members encompass a range of academic levels with highly productive research programs. The school’s total annual research expenditure for 2013-2014 fiscal year was $9.5 million.
Listed below are the SPHHP-based or affiliated research centers:
The mission of the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions is to improve the health of populations, communities and individuals through disciplinary and interdisciplinary education, research and service. Its vision is to be a leading school of public health and health professions recognized for the advantages of its combination of related academic programs that promote the understanding, prevention and treatment of disease and disability, thereby improving the health of populations, communities and individuals both regionally and globally. The goal of the SPHHP is to provide an academic environment that includes foundational preparation in public health, evidence-based practice and communication and professionalism for all students and prepares graduates for success as public health professionals, practitioners in the health professions, educators and researchers.
The school’s values are consistent with those of the university, including the pursuit of academic excellence through the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge related to the health and well-being of populations, communities and individuals. The school collectively endeavors to instill in its students, faculty and staff, ethical principles that include autonomy, justice and beneficence. These values enable the fostering of a harmonious environment working with others in a respectful, culturally competent manner so that populations and individuals with varying health conditions and abilities can participate in meaningful and fulfilling activities.
The SPHHP consists of five departments:
The school has received approval to explore the creation of a new Department of Health Services Policy and Practice, an opportunity to be pursued further upon the arrival of the new dean.
The SPHHP offers a wide range of degrees and programs of study. Undergraduate students can pursue a BS degree in exercise science or choose from two BS/MS programs or a BS/MPH program. At the master’s level, there are six degree options including the MA, MPH and four MS programs. Each of the school’s five departments offers a PhD. The professional degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy is offered through the Department of Rehabilitation Science. MPH students also have the opportunity to pursue joint degree programs with five of UB’s other schools: Law (JD), Management (MBA), Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (MD), Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmD) and Social Work (MSW). The SPPHP also offers postdoctoral training opportunities, certificate programs, internships and a unique combined internal medicine-preventive medicine residency program for specialized training in preventive medicine and public health.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the SPHHP has a preliminary enrollment of more than 750 students formally accepted into undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. This includes approximately 210 undergraduate students and 540 graduate and professional students. The school also serves approximately 500 additional undergraduate pre-majors through its advisement program, and at least that many more undergraduate students through instruction in the university’s general education curriculum.
The Office of Public Health Practice is a gateway between the school and the public’s health. This office engages in activities that advance the essential public health services in the SPHHP’s communities. Its mission is to connect agencies such as health departments, managed care and community-based organizations to resources within the school.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is available to students in the five core public health content areas within three of the school’s departments. The MPH program offers a comprehensive understanding of public health, as well as the practical knowledge and skills needed to create real change.
The Office of Global Health Initiatives (OGHI) identifies, engages in and advances innovative and sustainable solutions to significant global health problems through collaborative approaches to education, research and service for populations and individuals. Housed within the SPHHP, the OGHI promotes and coordinates opportunities in the school for research, teaching and service both globally and with refugee populations.
The SPHHP is active within the Western New York community, as well as throughout the State of New York, nationally and internationally. Its mission is to improve the health of populations, communities and individuals both regionally and globally. This is achieved through three main areas of community outreach: public service, public awareness and education programs, and research and development.
The SPHHP is proud to make a difference and provide public service to its community through a variety of efforts and programs including a Speaker’s Bureau where many of its distinguished faculty offer area groups with educational presentations about a range of health topics. The Office of Public Health Practice serves as a major interface with the health care community, including identifying, cultivating and expanding relationships with health departments, providers, managed care organizations and community organizations. In addition, there are numerous service activities under the leadership of the Office of Global Health Initiatives and within each of the departments.
The SPHHP’s research and development efforts contribute to the local, national and international body of knowledge about important public health issues faced by populations, communities and individuals. Through its public awareness and education programs, the SPHHP advises, serves and partners with various organizations throughout its community. These programs include the WNY Alliance for Person-Centered Care, WNED ThinkBright and Well Anti-Obesity Initiative, Home Safety Self Assessment for Fall Prevention, Minority Organ Donation Education Program (MODEP), Network in Aging of WNY, Inc., WNY Alliance in Rural Healthy People 2010 and the Western New York Public Health Alliance (WNYPHA), a regional partnership comprised of eight county health departments in Western New York.
Impactful research, scholarly distinction, transformative student experiences and far-reaching service to local, state, national and international communities define UB’s mission as a premier research-intensive public university. UB was founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo, and joined SUNY in 1962. Today, UB is a the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the SUNY system, and an internationally renowned center for academic excellence. In 1990, UB was the first public university in the Northeast to be admitted into the Association of American Universities (AAU), joining North America’s other leading research universities.
UB enrolls close to 30,000 students (approximately 2/3 undergraduate and 1/3 graduate and professional students), and offers nearly 400 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional and doctoral levels across its 12 decanal units. UB is a global community of scholars, consistently ranking among the nation’s top 10-20 universities for the enrollment of international students. For the last two years, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has listed UB in the top 200 universities worldwide, affirming UB’s stature as one of the world’s preeminent universities. The university enjoys a strong international presence, maintaining affiliation agreements with over 80 universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa.
UB boasts a distinguished faculty of approximately 1,600 full-time members and almost 750 part‑time members. With more than 150 research centers and institutes, UB’s current annual research expenditures, including affiliated institutions, are approximately $388 million. The Libraries hold 4 million volumes held in eight libraries and provide access to 100,000 full-text e‑journals and 800,000 e-books.
Recognizing the key role that a vibrant 21st-century physical campus environment plays in enhancing education, research and learning, as part of the UB 2020 vision UB is implementing a long-range plan for enhancing its North, South and Downtown campus spaces and connecting them more effectively to their surrounding communities. UB’s North Campus, located in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, is the university’s main undergraduate campus, and home to the university’s primary athletics and cultural facilities. Three miles to the south, on the northern edge of the City of Buffalo, is the university’s historical South Campus, which serves as the primary health sciences campus. UB also has a rapidly developing third campus center in downtown Buffalo. The focal point of UB’s downtown presence is the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, on which UB’s new medical school facility will be constructed in proximity to the university’s health and life science partners (anticipated completion date of 2016).
With annual revenues that exceed $1.2 billion from all sources, UB and its affiliated entities generate an estimated economic impact of $1.7 billion annually in the state and region. The university’s total workforce of almost 6,800 full-time equivalent employees makes it one of the region’s largest employers. UB is also a leader and an active partner with the more than 20 public and private colleges and universities in the Buffalo Niagara region.
Internationally recognized as an accomplished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Dr. Satish K. Tripathi was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011.
Dr. Tripathi, who served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-2011, was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic excellence, and has led the university to achieve significant growth in research and scholarly activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence. Building on this strong foundation, Dr. Tripathi’s vision for UB’s future focuses on moving the university into the highest ranks of the nation’s leading research universities through expanding its reach and impact locally as well as globally.
The first international-born president in UB’s history, Dr. Tripathi served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside prior to coming to UB. Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where his 19-year tenure as a faculty member included serving as chair from 1988-95.
An active leader in the national higher education community, Dr. Tripathi is a member of the Mid‑American Conference Council of Presidents Executive Committee and the boards of directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Digital Preservation Network. Among his numerous community leadership roles, Dr. Tripathi serves on the board of directors of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Great Lakes Health, and the Buffalo Urban League, and was appointed by Governor Cuomo as co-chair of the Regional Economic Development Council for Western New York.
An internationally renowned scholar in chemical engineering who is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was named one of the Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Charles F. Zukoski was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on June 1, 2012. As the university’s second-ranking officer, the provost is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the university’s academic vision captured in UB 2020. Since 2012, Provost Zukoski has actively engaged the campus in a vigorous conversation about the future of higher education, how to make UB more competitive in a changing world, how to prepare graduates to be active and responsible global leaders, and how UB can have a larger and more significant local and global impact. Provost Zukoski joined UB from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as vice chancellor for research and Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College and a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University.
Michael E. Cain, M.D., is a renowned cardiovascular physician-scientist, and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society. Dr. Cain was appointed UB’s vice president for health sciences in 2011 and serves concurrently as dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, a position he has held since 2006. A specialist in the area of abnormal heart rhythms, Dr. Cain joined UB from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he was the director of the Cardiovascular Division, the Tobias and Hortense Lewin Professor of Medicine, and professor of biomedical engineering.
The Buffalo-Niagara region, home to 1.5 million residents, is the state’s second largest major metropolitan area, exceeded only by New York City. The region includes a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct personality, yet commonly characterized by a distinctly neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents. Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle and affordability regularly place it in top ten lists from a variety of national publications for its overall quality of life.
Buffalo offers an impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities uncommon for a region of its size. Buffalo’s rich cultural resources reflect its distinguished history and a commitment to sustaining the arts, including the Grammy-Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; the world-class collection of modern painting and sculpture at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; an extensive array of historic architectural treasures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Eero and Eliel Saarinen; and an expansive park system, considered to be the very best work of designer Frederick Law Olmsted’s career. The city is home to the state’s largest concentration of theaters outside of New York City.
The Buffalo area is rich in natural resources and beauty, Buffalo Niagara is a four-season region that offers the best for seasonal sports enthusiasts. University at Buffalo fans enjoy a full complement of NCAA division I sports with the UB Bulls, as well as the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Triple-A baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, and the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits.
Less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo across the United States-Canada border is Toronto, the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. Buffalo is also ideally located for easy access to many of America’s greatest cities. The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport offers direct flights to more than 20 cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C., all only an hour’s flight time away.
Nominations and applications are now being accepted. Interested individuals should provide a curriculum vitae and an optional letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position. All nominations and applications should be sent electronically via e-mail (Microsoft Word or PDF attachments strongly preferred) to:
Dr. Ilene Nagel & Dr. Jett Pihakis
Consultants to the Search Committee
Russell Reynolds Associates
All materials and inquiries will be held in strict confidence until the final stages of the search, at which time the express permission of the finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.
Compensation for this position is highly competitive. It is anticipated that the dean will begin service by Summer 2015. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a dean of the SPHHP is appointed.
The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.