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Dean, School of Dental Medicine

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
Alton, Illinois (US)
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 30, 2021

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine (SDM). The dental school is located on its own 20-acre campus in the historic river town of Alton, Illinois—30 minutes from St. Louis, Missouri, 20 minutes from the SIU campus in Edwardsville, and 35 minutes from the East St. Louis campus, with patient clinics on all three campuses. The school offers a four-year doctoral curriculum leading to a D.M.D. degree and has a reputation for graduating excellent clinicians ready to practice immediately through hands-on training in small class settings. An International Advanced Placement Program (IAPP) was established in 2016. Post graduate training programs include Endodontics, Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and Implant Fellowship program at the Alton campus. with the development and implementation of a new program in Orthodontics currently underway. SDM is also affiliated with two local hospitals, Alton Memorial in Alton, IL and Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville, IL. Total enrollment in all programs is approximately 225 students and residents. SDM’s bio-medical faculty includes behavioral science, anatomy and physiology, and immunology/microbiology specialists, clinicians, and researchers focusing on dental health and education. SDM also has a bio-medical library, supported by the Lovejoy Library within SIUE. SDM recently completed CODA accreditation in 2019 with the highest honors and no recommendations. SDM has completed a new post-graduate clinic that includes operating rooms for general anesthesia/sedation procedures which opened in late Summer, 2021 and planning for a new auditorium is underway. SDM has a faculty practice clinic at the Edwardsville campus. SDM is dedicated to community outreach for underserved communities including children and veterans.

The Dean is the chief academic, administrative, and fiscal officer of the School of Dental Medicine and reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Candidates must have a D.D.S./D.M.D. degree from an A.D.A. accredited institution, an Illinois dental license or eligibility for Illinois licensure, and significant administrative, organizational and governance experience.  The duties of the Dean include:

•    Facilitating and providing management of strategic planning and budget initiatives related to teaching, research, and service;
•    Working with the faculty to administer the policies of the School;
•    Leading fundraising and development initiatives in cooperation with the SIUE Foundation;
•    Facilitating open and effective communication;
•    Acting as a liaison between SIUE, SDM and professional organizations;
•    Facilitating School’s planning process, budget, faculty and personnel management;
•    Overseeing administration of facilities and equipment, overseeing and promotion of academic programs;
•    Managing of student and patient issues, and public relations.

Understanding of a public university setting is required, as is knowledge and experience with accrediting bodies, fundraising, overseeing clinic operations, student centeredness, equity-minded leadership, and supporting faculty scholarly activities. The SDM Dean is an active and collaborative member of the SIUE Deans’ Council working to promote the academic excellence of the University. Preferred characteristics of the Dean include entrepreneurship, advanced clinical skills, and previous experience with managing large operational budgets.

The SIU School of Dental Medicine is the only Illinois dental school outside the Chicago metropolitan area but within 20 miles of St. Louis. The convenient location offers a small-town feel with big-city access. The safe, quiet campus environment in Alton is just a short drive to St. Louis, where students can enjoy major sporting events, arts, entertainment, dining and shopping. To learn more, visit us online at:

SIUE is a public university with around 13,000 students, established in 1957, categorized by Carnegie as a Doctoral Professional institution with bachelor's through professional doctoral degree programs, Division I athletics, and a strong emphasis on Health Sciences with the SDM, School of Pharmacy (SOP), School of Nursing (SON), and Applied Health programs in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. SIUE’s mission is to shape a changing world which it is accomplishing partly through its commitment to its surrounding communities.

Headquartered in Springfield, IL under the leadership of President Dan Mahony, with approximately 25,000 total students, the SIU System is one of two Public Higher Education Systems in Illinois including the University of Illinois System, serving nearly 80 counties in Illinois. The System consists of two universities—SIUE with locations in Alton, East St. Louis and Edwardsville, and SIUC with a campus in Carbondale and a Medical School in Springfield.

Minimum Qualifications

A D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree from an ADA accredited dental school. Applicants must be licensed to practice dentistry in the state of Illinois or be able to meet the requirements for permanent licensure in Illinois and have significant administrative, organizational, and governance experience. The successful candidate must be eligible for tenure and have a record commensurate with rank of associate professor or professor.

Source of Funds

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Terms of Appointment
Terms of appointment include a continuing 12-month contract, subject to University policies.

Application Process
Application packages should include a letter of application, a separate statement of educational administrative philosophy, a diversity statement regarding commitment and experience leading diverse and inclusive initiatives, a current curriculum vitae, minimum of three letters of professional recommendation addressing the qualifications above and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three additional professional references. Application materials should be sent electronically to

SIUE is a state university. Benefits under state-sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas. Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment. SIUE is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce. We will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status. We encourage applications from women, minorities, protected veterans and people with disabilities.

The SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at The report contains campus safety and security information, crime statistics, fire safety policies, and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. This report is published in compliance with Federal law, titled the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” and the Higher Education Opportunity Act also known as the “Campus Fire Safety Right to Know.” For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained, with a 24-hour notice, from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, 1-618-650- 2536.

Dual Career Support for New Faculty
The Career Development Center has partnered with SIUE's Toward an Inclusive Model of Excellence project to provide a variety of career services and resources to partners of new faculty who have relocated to the Greater St. Louis area. Visit them online at: Dual Career Support


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