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Dean College of Health and Human Development

California State University, Northridge

Last Updated: 5/26/23

Job Description

Dean College of Health and Human Development

California State University, Northridge is seeking the next Dean of the College of Health and Human Development.

At CSUN we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive, cooperative community! CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. As a leader you will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place.

The University:
One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 375,000 alumni who fuel the region's economy. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and nearly 12,000 jobs each year. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named CSUN an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, the Wall Street Journal ranked CSUN second in the nation for the university's diverse learning environment, and CSUN is the nation's fourth-ranked school on CollegeNET's 2020 Social Mobility Index.

The College of Health and Human Development:
The College of Health and Human Development is comprised of the departments of Child and Adolescent Development, Communication Disorders and Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Recreation and Tourism Management. The college has 127 faculty and enrolls over 7,300 undergraduate and graduate students. The departments offer Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degree programs in a wide variety of health related and other professional fields. Departments within the college offer on-line courses and a fully on-line graduate degree program is offered in Communicate Disorders. The college hosts the following centers and institutes: the Aquatic Centers at Castaic Lake; the Child and Family Studies Center; the Consumer Resource Center; the Language, Speech, and Hearing Center; the Center for Recreation and Tourism; the Physical Therapy Center for Advanced Clinical Practice; the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing; the Center of Achievement through Adapted Physical Activity; and the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition, and Dietetics.

The Position of Dean, College of Health & Human Development (HHD):

As a member of the university's senior academic team, the Dean is the chief administrator of the college. The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and oversees departments, programs, and centers in the college. The Dean provides the primary leadership for planning, developing, and administering college instructional programs; sustaining an environment supportive of teaching, research, scholarship, and academic excellence; and developing and promoting long-range goals for the college. The Dean has primary responsibility for oversight of the centers, currently nine, under the auspices of the college; managing relations with 16 accrediting agencies; planning and administering the college annual budget; implementing and interpreting university and state policies; making independent recommendations on all college personnel matters; and recommending appointment of Department Chairs and supervising and evaluating their administrative functions. The Dean has responsibility for providing effective leadership to the increasing ethnic diversity and international character of the college. The Dean represents the college within the university and community, and performs other duties as assigned by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. As a leader, the Dean demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university's vision, values and priorities; establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team; encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university; participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set; and strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.

Required qualifications include an earned doctorate from an accredited institution and qualifications for a faculty appointment at the rank of Professor within one of the departments of the college; a record of professional, scholarly, teaching, and educational accomplishments commensurate with appointment as a tenured faculty member with research related to health and human development; three or more years of increasingly responsible academic leadership at the level of department chair or higher; effective resource management skills (budget, personnel, facilities); successful fundraising and grant generation; record of supporting faculty development in teaching, research, scholarship, and service; experience working with and supporting a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and programs and commitment to advancing opportunities in a diverse environment; and demonstrated commitment to promoting equity, access, and inclusion in the college and the university.

Preferred qualifications include: successful experience with accreditation procedures and processes; demonstrated ability to analyze, plan and implement relevant and visionary programs and experiences for the College; understanding of high impact practices for student success and retention; the ability to articulate a clear strategic vision; skills in leading diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of the college and university by fostering an ethical, inclusive, and collegial work environment; a demonstrated commitment to regional recruitment of students and retention planning; the ability to function in a collective bargaining environment; a record of effective and innovative leadership in grants, and contracts; excellent communications skills and the ability to create a compelling narrative to advance the College; demonstrated experience engaging with external stakeholders and partners; a history of working effectively within an academic administrative team; organizational management experience in an accredited institution of higher learning similar to Cal State Northridge, including work with collective bargaining units; and experience leading organizational change in a dynamic and diverse environment.

Effective Date of Appointment: As soon as possible.

How to Apply: The university is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae and a list of five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the relationship to the applicant. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. All applications must include a statement about your commitment to inclusive excellence. This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of this statement is to help the search committee identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUN contribute to its mission in these areas. The statement should be less than 1000 words. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:

The position is open until filled but only applications received by Thursday, January 26, 2023, can be assured full consideration. Additional information can be found in the position profile available at Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Die Hasselmo at and Chris Butler at Further information about California State University Northridge is available at

General Information: CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more, visit our Matadors Forward site:

Background check: This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.

CANRA: The person holding this position will be considered a 'limited reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest: This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Equal Employment Opportunity: CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at [Register to View] .

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Northridge, California, United States
At CSUN we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive, cooperative community! CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating...