Outstanding individuals are encouraged to apply for the position of dean of the KU School of Pharmacy. The dean serves as chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Pharmacy and provides strategic and visionary leadership to advance the school’s renowned research and academic programs in state-of-the-art academic and research facilities.
School Profile As one of the country’s premier pharmacy schools, we educate and train the pharmacists who serve the people of our state and country, and the researchers who help solve the world’s most pressing issues in health care. In 2017, the school received more than $11 million in National Institutes of Health funding, ranking fourth in the nation for such grants.
Approximately 150 candidates are accepted annually into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional degree program after completing two years of pre-pharmacy coursework. This program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and students in the class of 2018 achieved a first-time pass rate of 100% on the North American Pharmacists Licensure Exam (NAPLEX).
The school is home to four departments including Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology and Pharmacy Practice; all provide instruction in the Pharm.D. curriculum. Additionally, master’s and doctoral degrees are offered by the departments of Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Pharmacology & Toxicology; a Ph.D. is offered by the Neurosciences Program; master’s degrees and post-graduate residency training are offered by Pharmacy Practice.
The school has a presence on three campuses, headquartered in a state-of-the-art building on KU’s west campus in Lawrence, a thriving community of approximately 100,000, situated 35 mi. west of Kansas City and 20 mi. east of Topeka, the Kansas state capital. Among the 150 Pharm.D. students admitted each year, 130 are assigned to the main campus in Lawrence and 20 are assigned to our regional campus in Wichita, the state’s largest city, located 160 mi. southwest of Lawrence. Interprofessional education, simulation, and advanced pharmacy practice experience opportunities for students are available at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.
School Mission The school provides opportunities for professional, graduate, and postgraduate students; encourages the advancement of patient-centered care; and provides leadership in developing innovative technologies and pharmaceuticals and in conducting drug therapy-related research inclusive of basic, clinical, and administrative sciences for the state, nation, and world.
Educational Philosophy Upon completion of the Pharm.D. program, students have a strong foundation in science and are practice-ready for team-based care. KU School of Pharmacy graduates have the knowledge, skills, and professional characteristics needed to deliver patient-centered care as interprofessional team members contributing to the advancement of the pharmacy profession.
Our graduates are proficient at translating basic science knowledge into clinical applications, providing comprehensive pharmacist-delivered patient-centered care, managing resources and systems effectively and efficiently, and providing population-based health care.
Students acquire a strong foundation in biomedical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological, social, behavioral, administrative, and clinical sciences. They possess the ability to integrate and apply learned information within our program and in interprofessional learning environments.
Excellence in graduate education and scholarly achievement has a long-standing history of success and is broadened by distance-learning programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a master’s degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology.
The University of Kansas Founded in 1865, KU is a major public research and teaching institution, composed of 28,447 students and 2,600 faculty on five campuses (Lawrence, Overland Park, and medical- and health-related programs in Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina). KU is a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Its diverse elements are united by the mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Since 1909, KU is the only Kansas university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.
KU’s faculty and students are supported and strengthened by endowment assets of more than $1.9 billion. As a premier international research institution, KU is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic and research environment, as well as provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Job Duties/Responsibilities As chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Pharmacy, the dean is responsible for providing effective and transformational leadership to ensure the school’s long-term success.
Responsibilities include: • Providing visionary leadership in encouraging and rewarding faculty excellence in research, teaching, and engagement; • Fostering academic excellence in established as well as emerging programs focused on KU’s strategic initiatives; • Creating and maintaining a learning community in which students acquire knowledge and skills necessary for success in professional life and a multicultural world; • Exploring innovative approaches to enhance the educational experience of students; • Enhancing the visibility, status, and reputation of the School of Pharmacy locally, nationally, and internationally, while assuring sustained funding for groundbreaking research; • Maintaining accreditation by ensuring all requirements are being met or exceeded by each department and program within the school; • Maintaining a close, collaborative and beneficial relationship with pharmacy professionals, organizations, industry and the Kansas Board of Pharmacy; • Providing leadership and collaborating with others to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion for all within the school; • Energizing alumni, the KU community, foundations, KU Endowment, and others to continue providing support that builds upon the excellence of the school; • Facilitating the recruitment, development, and retention of an outstanding and diverse faculty and student body in which women and minorities are well represented; • Formulating and efficiently managing the budget of the school to allocate its resources in accordance with the best interests of the school and the university; • Building synergistic relationships with KU academic units and research centers that enhance the excellence of education and research within the school and the larger university community; • Recruiting, organizing, and directing a talented and effective staff that can assist the Dean in the accomplishment of these responsibilities.
In view of this broad array of responsibilities, the Dean must be a proven and visionary leader who has the organizational and administrative skills necessary to manage a sophisticated academic organization, as well as the interpersonal and management skills to engage successfully with a wide range of constituencies, with the goal of inspiring excellence in the KU School of Pharmacy.
1. Doctoral level or other terminal professional degree, such as Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.D., or other in a related field with a strong understanding of research, basic sciences, contemporary pharmacy practice, and health care systems. 2. Research, teaching, and service accomplishments warranting appointment as a tenured full professor. 3. Prior administrative experience and a demonstrated capacity for leadership.
1. A record demonstrating collaborative and visionary leadership, including effective change management. 2. Exceptional skill in securing, budgeting, and allocating resources to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education and research. 3. Knowledge of national and international trends in teaching and research leading to a vision of opportunity and a well-articulated plan for how such opportunity will be harnessed to increase our reputation, attract and retain domestic and international students, prepare all students for academic success and jobs, and continue to improve our research excellence. 4. Success in establishing a shared vision of teaching and research that is consistent with institutional goals and broader objectives outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). 5. Success in strategic use of resources to accomplish institutional goals and objectives. 6. Exceptional communication and team-building skills to facilitate effective and collegial relationships within the school and university, and to promote public awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the school. 7. Success in developing methods to recognize and support excellence in teaching and research, to foster a climate in which excellence in faculty research and quality teaching are expected, encouraged, and rewarded. 8. Experience in organization and direction of an effective administrative staff. 9. A commitment to the value of diversity as demonstrated by a record of building successful programs to recruit, develop, and retain an outstanding and diverse faculty, staff, and student body. 10. Success in developing methods to recognize and support excellence in service, to foster a climate in which engagement of faculty in professional societies, editorial boards, and similar activities of national leadership are expected, encouraged, and rewarded. 11. A commitment to the development and support of interdisciplinary and international research activities and programs. 12. Experience and achievements on external relations (e.g. alumni/industry and fundraising) and internal relations (e.g. faculty hiring and development; students and curriculum). 13. Personal scholarly reputation and stature (i.e. publications, citations, awards/honors/recognition). 14. Successful leadership in program accreditation and accreditation activities.
Additional Candidate Instructions
A complete online application will include the following:
letter of application, highlighting relevant educational, research, and administrative experience;
a statement of diversity and inclusion;
contact information (including email) of three professional references.
Review of full application materials will begin on March 4, 2019 and continue as needed to identify a qualified pool of candidates. To ensure full consideration, application submission before the beginning review date is advised.
Contact Information to Applicants
Dr. Michael S. Branicky Chair of the School of Pharmacy Dean Search Committee Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Former Dean of Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertised Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications
Application Review Begins
Monday, March 4, 2019
Anticipated Start Date
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Internal Number: 13308BR
About University of Kansas
Founded in 1865, KU is a major public research and teaching institution, composed of 28,447 students and 2,600 faculty on five campuses (Lawrence, Overland Park, and medical- and health-related programs in Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina). KU is a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Its diverse elements are united by the mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Since 1909, KU is the only Kansas university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.