The University of Mississippi seeks applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Applied Sciences. 


One hundred seventy years after opening its doors as the state’s flagship university, The University of Mississippi is a growing, vibrant institution that offers nationally ranked academic and research programs. . In 2017, UM initiated Flagship Constellations, including Community Wellbeing, Disaster Resilience, Brain Wellness, and Big Data, which are designed to bring together a wide range of faculty from across campus and to recruit new faculty to address some of the most difficult and complex problems facing our nation and world. In the past 10 years, the university has produced three Truman, five Goldwater and twelve Fulbright scholars, plus one Rhodes, one Mitchell, two Gates, and two Udall Scholars. The state’s first public university to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the university attracts promising young scholars with a variety of outstanding academic programs, including the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.  Ranked among the nation’s top public research universities by several measures, including the Carnegie-designated Highest Research Activity (R1), the university is home to more than 30 research centers.  The University of Mississippi’s main campus is located in Oxford (, in the rolling hills of north Mississippi 80 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee.  A city of approximately 23,000 residents, Oxford is a vibrant university town filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants, and historic landmarks.


The School of Applied Sciences is a free-standing academic unit whose Dean reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  As the chief administrator of the School, the Dean provides leadership in long-range planning, policymaking, budgeting, fund raising, recruiting students and faculty, and other activities that foster outstanding teaching, research, and service. 

The School of Applied Sciences offers professional preparation programs that integrate academic study, clinical training, creative research, service-learning, and community outreach leading to the development of leaders whose professional endeavors improve health and well-being.  The School offers baccalaureate degrees in communication sciences and disorders, criminal justice, dietetics and nutrition, exercise science, hospitality management, paralegal studies, sports and recreation administration, and social work.  Graduate programs include master degrees in applied gerontology, communication sciences and disorders, criminal justice, exercise science, food and nutrition services, hospitality management, health promotion, sport and recreation administration, and social work, as well as Ph.D. degrees in health and kinesiology and nutrition and hospitality management and social welfare.  The School is also home to the nationally recognized Institute of Child Nutrition and the Jackson Heart Study Vanguard Center in Oxford and many departmental centers and labs which focus on research, clinical and community-based outcomes.    

The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and academic qualifications and scholarly accomplishments meriting appointment to the rank of professor with tenure in at least one academic unit within the School.  Other preferred qualifications include:

  • A record of and commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service;
  • A record of success as an academic leader during periods of growth, accreditation and/or program review;
  • An effective communicator, collaborator and consensus builder who can work with multiple constituency groups with an openness and appreciation for shared governance, needed to connect the School with important areas of opportunity across the University;
  • Demonstrated expertise needed to manage successful fundraising activities and talent for identifying entprenuerial opportunities;
  • Experience overseeing large, complex budgets, strategic planning and personnel management;
  • Ability to connect the School with important areas of opportunity across the University;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate working relationships with students, university personnel, alumni, donors, and business leaders;
  • An understanding of higher education and the importance of a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment;
  • Commitment to the diversity of students, faculty, and staff and to advancing an inclusive climate that stimulates excellence.


The Search Advisory Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to August 1, 2018.

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-804-1996 ext. 109 ||

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons.  The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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