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Associate Dean of Population Health

Posting Numberreq20667
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeTenure/Tenure-Track
Hiring DepartmentCOPH Deans Office (304A)
Academic LocationCollege of Population Health
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

The College of Population Health (COPH) welcomes applications for an Associate Dean, Professor of Population Health, tenured and tenure-track faculty to join our growing college in the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, psychometrics, health economics, nutrition, global health, and/or dissemination and implementation. We seek to recruit a faculty member who is committed to supporting the dean in organizing and growing the college as well as working with diverse communities including racial/ethnic as well as urban and rural.

COPH, located at the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center, serves New Mexico’s communities, government and non-profit agencies, businesses and health–related organizations. The College and Health Sciences Center have deep connections to the diverse communities of Native Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Asian Americans, and African Americans, who collectively comprise 65% of the New Mexico population.  COPH mission areas are to improve health and health equity for low income, underrepresented minority, and other vulnerable populations.

COPH supports diversity, equity, and inclusivity throughout the Health Sciences and the wider state of New Mexico to foster health and well-being by weaving cultural humility and respect for all people. We strive to recognize, cultivate and promote all forms of diversity; to fully understand the health needs of our communities; and to advance academic and research excellence.

COPH provides multiple paths for our faculty to promote our teaching and mentoring mission.  For example, COPH currently houses the Bachelor of Science in Population Health (BSPH) and the Master of Public Health (MPH).  Further, we are starting a new cooperative doctoral degree in Health Equity Sciences with New Mexico State University’s College of Health, Education and Social Transformation which is scheduled to launch its first class in Spring’23.  Further, we are now transitioning our college into a School of Public Health with the goal of becoming an accredited school within the next five years. 

The BSPH Program represents a liaison between the study of health care systems, finance and health policy, and health law with an emphasis on prevention and wellness in communities. The BSPH major, UNM’s newest undergraduate major, is the essence of trans-disciplinary science and is not solely the combination of multiple disciplines. It incorporates training and skills in a new science focused on answering complex questions about the sources of health and the causes of illness and disability.

The MPH Program promotes an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to education, research, and community engagement. It offers students many opportunities to practice public health skills in communities and organizations. The program also fosters critical thinking about issues addressed by the students (e.g., social justice), who have backgrounds in a broad range of social science, biomedical science and clinical disciplines. The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Founded in 1889, The University of New Mexico is New Mexico’s flagship R1 research-intensive institution occupying nearly 800 acres near historic Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people.  UNM is one of only nine R1 Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) universities in the country.

Albuquerque is one of the oldest cities in the United States and boasts a unique multicultural history and heritage where cultural influences of Native Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, African Americans, and other communities of color are a part of everyday life. Known for its 310 days of sunshine, Albuquerque is a prime location for outdoor activities such as biking, climbing, hiking, skiing, and more! Along with its rich history, Albuquerque offers world-class visual and performing arts, cuisines from countries all over the world, and of course, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The position will be full-time faculty members. The position will be responsible for working closely with the dean, faculty, and staff to ensure a culture of professionalism, trust, and sustainable growth. 

Additionally, the position will be responsible for: 

  • Assisting the dean with further developing infrastructure (e.g., research) and growing the college
  • Maintaining a positive, functional work environment
  • Mentoring diverse students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level
  • Generating external funding to support your research agenda
  • Administrative oversight of faculty, students, and administrators/staff
  • Teaching excellence at the undergraduate and/or graduate level
  • Working with and leading cross-functional teams to develop and implement strategic plans, and provide recommendations to senior leadership
  • Assisting the dean in leading budget management, annual business case development for funding approval and project planning. Demonstrated financial and business acumen with negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Promoting and enhancing diversity and preference for working in a diverse academic health center
  • Participating on committees within COPH, UNM Health Sciences Center, New Mexico communities and professional associations at state and national levels.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD, DrPH, and/or MD/MPH in epidemiology, biostatistics, psychometrics, health economics, nutrition, global health, and/or dissemination and implementation. 
  • Experience in obesity reduction, maternal/child health, diabetes prevention, infectious or chronic diseases (e.g. cardiovascular disease, cancer, epilepsy, etc.), and/or rural health. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in program management at a director level for a large integrated academic healthcare center. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. 
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

 Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor diverse students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate external funding to support your research agenda.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research with and/or teaching in multicultural communities comparable to the demographics of New Mexico.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a professional, team-oriented work environment to enhance the organization’s mission and vision.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities. 
  • Prior senior administrative role.
  • Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses including online coursework and established teaching excellence.
  • Established leadership in research collaborations with faculty and community members. 
  • Demonstrated record of generating extramural funding and publication. 
  • MPH, MBA, MHA or commensurate executive experience. 
  • Experience in working with and leading cross- functional teams to develop and implement strategic plans, and provide recommendations to senior leadership. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead budget management, annual business case development for funding approval and project planning.  
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly publications in recognized peer-reviewed journals, including work resulting from research collaborations with health/medical professionals. 
  • Experience with interprofessional education.
  • Experience promoting and enhancing diversity and preference for working in a diverse academic health center. 
  • Experience in strategic planning and innovation leading to sustainable growth in areas of research and/or education.  


Application Instructions

Only applications submitted through the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please visit UNMJobs to submit an application.

Please provide the following documents with your application: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Evaluations, and a List of Three Professional References.
For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 7/29/2022. This position will remain open until filled.

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