Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at University of Kentucky

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Location: Lexington, Kentucky

Job Description:

University of Kentucky

Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status.

Posting DetailsJob Title

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Work Location

Lexington, KY

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Tenure Track Status

Tenure Track

Required Education

Doctoral degree (i.e., PhD, DrPH EdD, MD, JD, etc.) in Public Health or a related discipline.

Required Related Experience

  • Professional accomplishments commensurate with eligibility for appointment at the Full Professor (preferred) or Associate Professor rank in one of the college's academic departments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DEI concerns and best practices for promoting DEI in higher education.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and justice through experience in DEI activities and leadership roles and/or through scholarly activities.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and collaborating with diverse faculty, staff, student, and community stakeholders.

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Job Summary

The College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky (UK- CPH ) seeks an experienced, creative academic leader to serve as Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AD- DEI ) and Chief Diversity Officer. DEI and social justice are core values central to the work of the college and maintaining a focus on health equity enables our work to improve the health of individuals and populations. We seek a skilled, committed AD- DEI to both develop strategies to facilitate the success of and address concerns of individuals who have been historically underrepresented, underserved, and/or marginalized in higher education. In addition to the administrative appointment as AD- DEI , the successful candidate will be appointed as a Full Professor (preferred) or Associate Professor in one of the College's academic departments.

As AD- DEI , the successful candidate for this position will develop and champion initiatives to proactively build and sustain a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive UK- CPH across all areas of college activities, enabling UK- CPH to become a leader in DEI among schools and programs of public health. The AD- DEI will advance equity and inclusiveness across students, staff, faculty, and administrative stakeholders; promulgate values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice; and provide strategic direction to the UK- CPH senior leadership team on incorporating DEI perspectives across college activities. The AD- DEI will advocate for structures that ensure that UK- CPH is an inclusive, welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, and community partners across (but not limited to) race/ethnicity, gender, LGBTQIA+, national origin, (dis)ability, and age. The AD- DEI will report to the UK- CPH Dean and will be a member of the College's senior leadership team.


- Collaborate with the Dean and Department Chairs to develop, implement, and evaluate strategic planning for DEI in order to incorporate high impact, promising practices for DEI efforts across UK- CPH , including research, education, outreach, and administration;

- Collaborate with the Dean and Department Chairs to develop and promote strategies for successfully hiring, retaining, and promoting talented faculty and staff from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education;

- Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and faculty to incorporate inclusion, equity, diversity, and justice in educational programs and individual courses across UK- CPH ;

- Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Research to encourage research initiatives to address DEI and social determinants of health in the UK- CPH research portfolio;

- Develop sustainable pipeline programs to increase the pools for recruiting highly talented students, staff, and faculty from underrepresented groups;

- Serve as an advocate for staff, faculty, and students from underrepresented and underserved groups in DEI concerns;

- Serve as a resource for faculty, students, staff, and administrators about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion;

- Develop and monitor metrics for assessing the effectiveness of DEI initiatives in UK- CPH ;

- Serve as a liaison between UK- CPH and university-wide DEI offices and efforts to align UK- CPH efforts with broader UK goals;

- Develop educational programming for faculty, staff, and students to promote and enhance understanding of DEI issues and skills for working effectively to address DEI in public health settings;

- Pursue external funding, when appropriate, to finance UK- CPH DEI initiatives.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest that includes information about the applicant's accomplishments in leadership in DEI as well as the applicant's accomplishments in research, teaching, and service; a current curriculum vitae; a statement of leadership philosophy and summary of leadership experience (as Specific Requirement 1); a diversity statement outlining the applicant's approach to DEI (as Specific Requirement 2); and the names/contact information of three individuals who can serve as professional references when prompted in the application. Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair Marc T. Kiviniemi, PhD, Search Committee Chair,

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Deadline to Apply

Open Until Filled


University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised, other than on the UK Jobs system?
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
    • Academic Keys
    • Latinos in Higher Education
    • A colleague, friend, and/or family member
    • None of the above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
  4. Specific Request 2
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