Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Arizona

04 Oct 2019 3:55 PM | Anonymous
Title Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Department Vet Med Administration (0140)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

We are seeking candidates with a strong history of interdisciplinary and/or intersectional experience or research that enhances diversity and inclusion in higher education. In addition to conducting scholarly activities and teaching within the professional program, the Associate Dean will lead efforts to systematically integrate equity, diversity, and inclusivity into College programs to create transformative impact in the veterinary profession. The Associate Dean will assist the College in achieving inclusive excellence through developing and implementing a strategic plan to enhance the College’s compositional diversity, climate, achievement, and community engagement. The Associate Dean will also work closely with the University to support university equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The Associate Dean will devote 50% effort on administrative duties; and 50% effort on scholarly activities, teaching, and mentoring students.

The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Associate Dean will strive to enhance diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty, and staff in part by working to recruit and retain richly diverse students, staff, and faculty.

Accompanying the Associate Dean role will be an open rank Career-track designated Professorship title. The rank of the Professorship will be determined at the time of hire and based on previous scholarly and teaching activities.

The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine is in its inaugural year, and as a new college, provides individuals the rare opportunity to be a member of the founding team and to help establish the culture and processes of the College. The Mission of the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine is to develop day-one, career ready veterinarians that will be innovative, adaptive learners and disruptive problem-solvers who will lead meaningful lives and serve society in the 4th industrial revolution economy. These goals will be accomplished through evidenced-based excellence in teaching and learning, and engagement with world-class researchers solving society’s challenges within a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • As the thought leader for diversity and inclusion, the Associate Dean will:
  • Lead the creation of a vision and strategy for supporting the college’s commitment to being a diverse, safe and inclusive learning environment in all aspects of our mission. The strategic plan will embrace the combined voice of students, staff, faculty, CVM leadership, and the local, regional, and state community.
  • Develop and implement evidence-based initiatives to enhance the recruitment, retention and success of faculty, staff, and students with emphasis on underrepresented groups.
  • Develop and sustain diversity and inclusion initiatives such as faculty training in inclusive pedagogies and the exploration of ways to broaden the inclusion of diverse voices in the curriculum.
  • Develop and provide programmatic infrastructure to ensure integration of cultural competencies within the DVM curriculum as required for obtaining and maintaining AVMA accreditation.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication, managerial and leadership skills, with the capacity to inspire a dynamic staff and faculty
  • Maintain or develop an active program of research with pursuit of active federal funding/other external sources of funding including those related to addressing diversity within professional programing.
  • Work with University administration to report and assess college efforts focused on composition, achievement, engagement, and inclusion including the development, interpretation, and reporting of campus climate studies.
  • Provide consultation and recommended actions involving specific issues/challenges related to discrimination, harassment or incivility, as they are reported
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Acts ethically, with integrity, and is authentic and self-aware; adheres to the college’s and the university’s values. Interacts with others in a way that engenders confidence in them and in the organization.
  • Builds partnerships and invests in the development of strategic internal and external partnerships – collaborates to reach productive agreements and foster goodwill.
  • Has the ability to envision, conceptualize and articulate the diversity mission of the college and university through a broad and inclusive definition of diversity.
Minimum Qualifications
  • DVM, PhD or JD
  • At least 3 or more years of leadership experience in the field of diversity and inclusion within undergraduate or post-graduate medical or veterinary medical education.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Record of scholarly work in diversity and inclusion
  • Experience with graduate or professional student populations
  • Familiarity with the diversity and inclusion community within veterinary medical education (Iverson Bell Symposium, multicultural veterinary medical associations, programs supporting recruitment of a diverse student and faculty population).
  • Experience in instruction for development of cultural competence
  • Experience in program development that supports diversity, inclusivity and equity.
  • Demonstrated success in garnering funding in support of diversity and inclusion programs and/or research activities.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)
Posting Detail Information
Posting Number A24137
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Sharon Dial, DVM, PhD
Research Scientist

Open Date 10/01/2019
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/11/2019
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, for your convenience, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation. These letters of recommendation must be uploaded directly via the website by your reference provider. is not compatible with any “dossier aggregate” system (e.g., Interfolio, Intellimedia).

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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