Dean of the College of Health and Human Services

Position Details

San Diego State University (SDSU) is seeking an innovative and energetic academic leader to serve as Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.  SDSU has a highly diverse student population of over 34,000 students, including approximately 5,000 graduate students.  Founded in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas, and doctorates in 22 areas. SDSU is currently designated as a “Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity” by the Carnegie Foundation.  During the past academic year, SDSU received a total of 707 external grants and contracts totaling nearly $134 million and over the last nine years, the university has raised $815 million in campaign contributions.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban research university and a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. SDSU strives to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university seeks applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching, research and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

The College of Health and Human Services offers seven undergraduate degree programs, eight master's degree programs, three joint doctoral programs, and two clinical doctoral programs through its School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, School of Nursing, Graduate School of Public Health, School of Social Work, and School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. In addition, the College leads several academic, clinical, and research partnerships with other programs and agencies in the greater San Diego area and internationally, including a long-standing leadership role in binational (U.S.-Mexico) education, research, and training. The College currently has 4,056 undergraduate students and 877 graduate students. In the 2016-2017 academic year, the College generated more than $38 million in grant and contract funds, a total of 132 awards.  Additional information about the College and SDSU is available at and

The Dean is the chief administrative officer of the College, reports to the SDSU Provost, and serves as a member of the Academic Deans’ Council.  The Dean is responsible for guiding, directing, and overseeing the educational, professional, and research missions of the College, supervising the personnel procedures of its faculty and staff, securing resources, fiscal planning and oversight, representing and promoting the College within the community and international arenas, and preparing and administering the College budget.


The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate and a record of accomplishment suitable for tenure as full professor. Extensive research experience and scholarly achievement in one of the disciplines represented in the College is preferred, as well as a strong record of institutional leadership and collaboration. The candidate should have demonstrated skills in fiscal planning and organizational budget management, and a thorough knowledge and understanding of the management and operation of academic, research and clinical/professional programs, including accreditation and inter-professional education and research. Also required is a successful record of grant procurement, and fundraising and other advancement activities. The candidate shall provide evidence of success in advancing diversity and working effectively in a multicultural campus and community setting, and demonstrate the capacity to expand the College’s international interests and teaching and research efforts. Candidates should demonstrate expertise in long-term strategic planning and articulation of a vision that will lead the College to continued growth and world-class excellence. The successful candidate will be an effective communicator and a consensus builder, with the capacity to promote collegiality among faculty, staff, students, and the community to advance the University’s Strategic Plan “Building on Excellence” (

Compensation/Expected Start Date

Compensation is competitive and based upon qualifications and experience.  Expected starting date is July 1, 2018.

Nominations/Application Process

Nominations and application materials should be submitted by the target date of January 8, 2018, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled.  Application materials must include: 1) a letter of interest stating how the candidate's experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and strategic priorities expressed in the position prospectus; 2) a resume; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact — please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed.   References will only be contacted with the permission of the candidates. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to:

Assisting the search will be: Alan N. Crist, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search,, 608.695.0217. Prospective candidates are encouraged to initiate a conversation about this opportunity through email contact with Dr. Crist prior to submitting materials.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated 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.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.