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How to Apply

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications for this position, CV, and statement of interest and goals to the following website: (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs). Applications will be accepted and evaluated on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Evaluation of applications will begin October 1, 2019. The University of Michigan School of Dentistry recognizes and values contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (  We encourage applicants to comment in their cover letter and/or statement of interest how their experience and leadership have contributed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusiveness or their potential to make contributions in this area. Questions should be directed to Dr. Lynn Johnson, Chair of Search Committee for Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at or Kim Huner at


Job Summary

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry invites applications for the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Candidates must possess a DDS/DMD and/or a PhD or equivalent.

The associate dean is responsible for the direction and oversight of the undergraduate, pre-doctoral and graduate masters and specialty curricula, and oversight of the operations of admissions, student affairs, financial aid, academic support services, educational resources, and the registrar in the School of Dentistry. Candidates should have established credentials as an administrator, special knowledge of a pre-doctoral and graduate dental curriculum, and proven leadership expertise. Candidates should have a demonstrated scholarly distinction appropriate for a tenure or clinical track appointment at the associate professor/professor level. Candidates should have an understanding of and a commitment to the contributions of diversity to excellence in academic endeavors. This position reports directly to the Dean of the School of Dentistry. The primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Work with departments and other committees to evaluate, design and monitor current and future curricular needs and effectiveness, i.e. Interprofessional Education;
  • Develop, implement and monitor an effective outcomes assessment program;
  • Coordinate accreditation activities;
  • Serve as liaison to basic science departments for academic programs;
  • Oversee graduate education, including serving as an ad hoc member of the Graduate Studies committee consisting of graduate specialty program directors;
  • Oversee the operations of educational resources in the development of academic information systems, improvement and evaluation of instruction;
  • Work with the Assistant Dean for Student Services to ensure that the educational program demonstrates commitment to a humanistic culture and learning environment;
  • Work with the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the development and implementation of curricular initiatives;
  • Work with the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness  on faculty issues and collaborate in developing a school-wide faculty development and mentoring program; and in support of the school’s strategic plan as it relates to students and curriculum; and
  • Work with the Associate Dean for Patient Services to ensure students are able to achieve clinical competence.

Mission Statement

MDentistry: Advancing health through education, service, research and discovery. 

MDentistry Core Values: Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility, Trust, Creativity, and Inclusion.

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Work Locations

This position is located in the School of Dentistry at 1011 N University Ave.

Underfill Statement

This position is posted as a Associate Professor/Professor in the tenure or clinical track. The rank and salary of the selected candidate will depend upon the qualifications and credentials.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.