Mercy College invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences. The College seeks a forward-thinking and bold leader to embrace enthusiastically its mission and history to serve in this key leadership position. The new Dean will be committed to student success and work collaboratively with institutional and academic leadership, faculty, and staff to establish and execute the strategic priorities for the School in alignment with the College’s strategic plan.
Mercy College is a thriving independent, comprehensive, and student-centered institution located alongside the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, New York, with additional campuses located in the Bronx, and Manhattan, and with a substantial online learning community. The College has a diverse student population of more than 9,500 studying in 100 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Mercy’s curriculum offering is enriched by the integrated resources of five academic schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Included among members of faculty across the five schools are Fulbright Scholars and well-published authors with national and international expertise in their field of study.
The School of Health and Natural Sciences provides premier health and natural science undergraduate and graduate educational programs to equip students with the intellectual, technical and professional competencies they need to excel and advance as science researchers, health care providers, health promotion experts and science/health educators. The School has multiple science labs where faculty and students collaboratively engage in research utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. The Health Professions Clinical Simulation and Learning Labs on both the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses provide opportunities to bring together students for profession-specific and interprofessional hands-on learning experiences in settings that reflect in-patient, clinic, and home settings. Several federal and foundational awarded grants support inclusive excellence, student success and innovations in the curriculum.
The School offers undergraduate programs in Biology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Exercise Science, Health Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Veterinary Technology. Graduate programs in the health professions include Communication Disorders, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy. The School enrolls approximately 2,500 undergraduate and 650 graduate students between the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses, and employs 85 full-time faculty and 38 staff. The School is reviewing reporting structures and the new Dean will have an integral role in any reorganization in partnership with senior College leadership.
The Position: Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Health and Natural Sciences. Key attributes Mercy College seeks in the next Dean include: • an experienced leader with a record of accomplishments and progressive experience in higher education; • academic credentials which warrant tenure in a program within the School; • demonstrated ability to manage a complex academic organization; • experience with the self-study/reaffirmation processes for academic programs accreditation; • the ability to encourage research and scholarship activities among faculty; • an interest in generating new revenue streams through fundraising, grants and external partnerships; • experience in successfully preparing for and developing growth opportunities, including new undergraduate and graduate programs; • demonstrated success in working with alumni, donors, and the community to develop and support internships and career opportunities; • a demonstrated commitment to student success; and • a strong commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment.
• a record of at least five (5) years in higher education in a similar role; • significant accomplishments demonstrating visionary leadership; • substantial fiscal experience and the capacity to succeed in external fundraising; • a management style of consensus building and teamwork; • strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; • experience in curricula development and assessment; strong communication skills; and • the highest personal integrity.
The successful candidate will have the following professional and personal attributes, among others: • a terminal degree within one of the academic disciplines of the School with adequate qualifications to hold the rank of associate or full professor;
Internal Number: A00176
About Mercy College
Mercy College is a dynamic, diverse New York City area college whose students are on a personal mission to get the most out of life by getting the most out of their education. Our institution is an independent, coeducational college that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College’s efforts in these programs have been recognized over the last several years. As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Mercy College, has been honored by being ranked nationally among the top Colleges in the country for Hispanics by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). Mercy College was further recognized by HACU as a national leader in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics in several disciplines, including Psychology, Sociology and Business. Additionally, to support our diverse student body, Mercy College has pursued and been awarded a number of federal grants which enable us to better develop and deliver services to our students. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, Mercy College is proud to... be recognized as an institution which helps under-served students to achieve their educational aspirations. Westchester Magazine has also named Mercy College the Best College in Westchester county in 2019 and 2020.The vibrancy of the College culture is sustained by a diverse student body from around the region. Enrollment, including full-time and part-time undergraduates and graduates is approximately 10,557; The College offers campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan as well as online offerings. At Mercy College, we strive to provide employees and their families with a comprehensive and valuable benefits package. We offer high-quality health care plans, retirement benefits, tuition discounts, flexible spending, and much more. OUR MISSION: Mercy College is committed to providing motivated students the opportunity to transform their lives through higher education by offering liberal arts and professional programs in personalized and high quality learning environments, thus preparing students to embark on rewarding careers, to continue learning throughout their lives and to act ethically and responsibly in a changing world. EEO STATEMENT: Mercy College actively engages in recruiting a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups, and strives to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, marital status, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Mercy College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Veteran/Disability