The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville (GSM). The UTHSC College of Medicine is a four campus system with campus locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville.

Position Overview

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Knoxville campus of the College of Medicine and is responsible for the leadership of the school’s mission of excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service. In addition to administrative oversight, the Dean serves as an effective consensus-builder and liaison between multiple constituencies, both internal and external to the College. The Dean is the key representative to alumni, donors, national organizations, and governmental agencies and serves as the Chief Academic Officer of University Health System, Inc. (UHS), DBA the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC). As a member of the UTHSC’s senior administrative team, the Dean reports directly to the Executive Dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine located in Memphis.

Position Responsibilities

The Dean provides leadership to the GSM’s faculty and staff in achieving the school’s strategic mission and furthering the campus as a nationally recognized program. In addition, it is expected the Dean will:

  • Lead department chairs and faculty to maintain full accreditation and produce outstanding practitioners / alumni from all programs.
  • Create an environment of collaboration and support for the GSM’s growing research mission and provide general oversight of its research programs.
  • Effectively recruit quality faculty and medical staff.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the President and CEO and officers of the UTMC.
  • Establish and maintain well-organized and responsive operations for the GSM.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with leaders in the medical community, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), local health care industry, and the East Tennessee community at large.
  • Effectively communicate the vision and strategies of the GSM to all its constituents.
  • In partnership with the UTMC, generate new revenue from donors, corporate partners, and clinical endeavors.
  • Collaborate with other health related programs that make up the UTMC including, but not limited to, Pharmacy, Audiology and Speech Pathology, and Nursing.
  • Oversee GSM clinical endeavors to insure state-of-the-art medical services, which function efficiently and in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Work collaboratively with private physician practices to promote educational opportunities for residents and students.
  • Ensure financial success of the GSM in managing revenue and expense.
  • Maintain corporate compliance of the GSM and all other regulatory/legal requirements.
  • Ensure that the GSM meets all UTHSC policies and guidelines for financial management and graduate and postgraduate education.

Position Qualifications

It is required that the Dean possesses an M.D. degree (or equivalent) and the academic credentials commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal opportunity employment, affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion. In addition, it is preferred that the Dean possesses:

  • National recognition in an area of expertise;
  • Successful leadership and progressive administrative experience in an academic medical setting;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • A strong track record of research and scholarship with a history of NIH funding;
  • An established understanding of basic, translational, and clinical research related to medical sciences, health, and healthcare delivery, including funding sources and regulatory requirements;
  • A commitment to excellence in medical education, relevant research programs, and state-of-the-art clinical services;
  • Broad knowledge of the healthcare landscape and a vision for the future of medical education;
  • Proven experience in fiscal planning and management;
  • A strong commitment to collaborative community engagement; and
  • Unquestionable character and integrity.

Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The GSM is home to ten academic departments with more than 400 full-time and volunteer teaching physicians, dentists, and researchers. Currently, 224 residents and fellows train in 15 ACGME-accredited specialty and subspecialty programs, and 16 residents train in CODA-accredited general dentistry and AAMOS accredited oral and maxillofacial surgery programs.

Third-year medical students from the UTHSC perform core clerkships with GSM faculty in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, pediatrics, neurology, and psychiatry. Fourth-year electives are offered in a number of specialties and subspecialties and are available to medical students across the country.

The GSM, in partnership with the UTMC, sponsors extensive translational research in both clinical and laboratory settings. The faculty collaborates with various institutions both regionally and nationally including other UTHSC campuses, UTK, ORNL, and other health science center institutions.

University of Tennessee Medical Center

The UTMC is the East Tennessee region’s only academic medical center, magnet recognized hospital, and level I trauma center. Its mission of serving the region through healing, education, and discovery is made possible through the partnership of UHS and the GSM.

For over 60 years, UTMC has been a leader in improving the health and wellness of the region and serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeastern Kentucky, Western North Carolina, and Northern Georgia. Its 625-bed hospital is home to East Tennessee’s only dedicated heart hospital, adult transplant center, and regional perinatal center. The Joint Commission recognizes the UTMC as a comprehensive stroke center, comprehensive cardiac care center, and has given the medical center its advanced certification for total hip and total knee replacement. The six Centers of Excellence at UTMC provide the highest quality of specialized services to patients.

Close proximity to UTK and ORNL allow faculty to cultivate research efforts and interests with some of the nation’s top scientific innovators.

Application Process

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting UTHSC. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to January 4, 2018.

Jacob C. Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 804-1996 x 111

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 920 Madison Avenue, Suite 825, Memphis, Tennessee 38163, telephone 901-448-7382 (V/TTY available). Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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