Dean, School of Dentistry

Morgantown, West Virginia
Salary not disclosed
Nov 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020
Contract Type
Job Type
Full Time



Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center



West Virginia University, a public land-grant university, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Dentistry.  Founded in 1957, the school is one of five professional schools on the University’s Health Sciences Campus in Morgantown. The School of Dentistry offers a unique opportunity for a visionary health professions leader and educator to promote oral health care education and treatment, service, innovation, public health policy, oral health advocacy, and research in collaboration with the schools of Medicine (including Allied Health), Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health.

The School of Dentistry is the only dental school in the state, and seeks to continue and expand its leadership role in educating the state’s future dental professionals to meet the oral health needs of the citizens of West Virginia and the surrounding regions. Defined by innovation in education, patient care, research and service, the WVU School of Dentistry fosters the development of clinically competent graduates. The School of Dentistry’s programs include the pre-doctoral DDS program, baccalaureate in dental hygiene, a general practice residency program (GPR), and advanced education programs in five American Dental Association recognized specialties: endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, periodontics, and prosthodontics. A sixth program, pediatric dentistry residency is in development.  WVU is one of only four dental schools in the nation to host and operate an innovation center, the Center for Research & Education in Technology (CRET), as the W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation.

To build on its legacy and continue its pathways in clinical excellence and innovation, the School of Dentistry seeks a visionary academic leader with proven skills and experience in the administration and management of educational programs, clinics, teaching, service learning, oral health advocacy, innovation, research, development, and continuing education.  The Dean oversees and guides the accreditation, strategic planning, fiscal management, academic curricula and outcomes assessment, the recruitment of outstanding faculty, students/residents and staff, physical facilities and space management, clinic operations, community outreach and service, fundraising, and collaboration with organized dentistry at the local, state, and national levels.  As such, the Dean should create and implement a unifying vision for the School to meet the challenges of today while also advancing the reputation, vision, and strategic plans of the School, the Health Sciences Center, and West Virginia University.

Qualified candidates should possess the following:

  • DDS/DMD and/or post-doctoral specialty training  from an institution accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association 
  • Eligibility to obtain an unrestricted West Virginia dental license
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating an environment that promotes cultural diversity, collegiality and collaboration.
  • Administrative experience in finances, management, strategic planning and large organizational operations
  • Evidence of significant leadership roles in a complex, multi-faceted university, clinical group practice, military dental corps, or dental school with proven ability to provide leadership to other dentists, health care professionals, support staff, and students or, a minimum of five years of experience in an academic leadership role
  • An academic rank or eligibility for the rank of Associate Professor or above
  • Experience in development and fund raising

Successful candidates will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and exhibit an understanding of critical issues of health policy and dental education.  The dean will serve as the leader and principle mentor for all faculty.  Substantial administrative experience in academic dentistry is preferred.  All qualifications must be met by the time of appointment.  Faculty rank and salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications.

West Virginia University welcomes nominations and applications from qualified individuals interested in playing a major role in directing and guiding the resources of the School of Dentistry in the advancement of dental education, oral health care, interprofessional education, innovation, service learning, and research for the benefit of the state of West Virginia and the surrounding regions. 

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Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates with questions related to the position and all nominations should be directed to:

Louise T Veselicky DDS, MDS, MEd


Chair of the Search Committee

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

WVU Health Sciences Center



Annette Belcher, Senior Physician Recruiter


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and submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references.

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.  The university values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.