Call for applications: Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs for Health Professions Learners


We are seeking candidates from among our current SMPH CT, CHS, and tenure track faculty members who are interested in serving as the SMPH Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs for Health Professions Learners within the Office of Academic Affairs. This position will replace the current Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, which will be vacated July 1, 2021.

The ideal faculty candidate will have five or more years working with diverse learners in health professional degree programs and/or residents and demonstrate a passionate commitment to providing diversity, equity, and inclusion programming and services. They will be an integral member of the Academic Affairs leadership team in this important learner facing role, leading learner focused diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives and participating on committees and teams addressing these issues for our health professional learners.

The position description is below.

Please share broadly with all qualified faculty applicants at SMPH.

Interested candidates should submit:

  1. A letter of interest. The letter of interest should briefly summarize their relevant experience for this position, their strengths and skills that they will bring to the position, their vision for the position, and how this position aligns with their career goals.
  2. A current highlighted CV. The submitted CV should highlight experience and scholarship relevant to leadership in education roles and/or learner services; involvement in diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, scholarship, and/or services within and beyond SMPH; and any other key experiences, activities, or scholarship that highlight background experiences most relevant to this position.
  3. A brief signed note from the applicant’s division chief or department chair. This note must attest that they will support the candidate’s dedication of at least .3 FTE for this position as funded through Academic Affairs. Final determination of effort and start date will be negotiated with the selected candidate and departmental leadership. Ideally the candidate would be able to begin transitioning into this position during the summer of 2021.

Submit applications to:

Beth Miller – Human Resources Business Partner, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Deadline: May 10, 2021

Questions should be addressed to:

Elizabeth M. Petty, MD

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Position description

Working title:  Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs for Health Professions Learners


Official title: ASSOCIATE DEAN/M-L(N22NI)


Degree and area of specialization:

Terminal Degree required, MD highly preferred


Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

At least five years of leadership experience in academic medicine or related areas of a medical school; knowledge of and/or experience with diversity, equity, inclusion programs that support learners in health professions

Must be current SMPH faculty member in tenure, CHS, or CT track able to devote at least 30% FTE to this position.

Principal duties: The Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs for Health Professions Learners at UWSMPH will provide expert leadership, vision, and oversight for programs that are designed to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for all health professions learners within the school. The Associate Dean will help shape pathway, recruitment, and support programs across the school. They will facilitate the development of new programs that fulfill our UWSMPH mission and create a supportive learning environment that promotes inclusive and equitable personal and professional development for diverse learners. The Associate Dean will work in close partnership with other deans and directors who support services for students, residents, fellows, and faculty mentors. The Associate Dean will report to the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean will oversee the school’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Native American Center for Health Professions and directly supervise the directors of those programs.


Health Professions Student Facing and Support Responsibilities: 65%

  • Shape, develop, implement, and evaluate programs to recruit and support underrepresented in medicine (URM) students across all health professional degree programs at UWSMPH.
  • Provide guidance and advice to UWSMPH program directors, assistant and associate deans on pathway, recruitment, professional development, and support programs for applicants and learners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ensure that student programs are well-aligned with the UWSMPH mission, vision and values and that relevant policies and procedures are compliant with school and university guidelines and goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Serve as a learner liaison to UWSMPH leaders, including associate and assistant deans, and program directors, on issues related to DEI.
  • Review program initiatives for learners within and across programs to identify areas for growth and improvement.
  • Oversee faculty mentoring programs for diverse learners (e.g. BEAM) and provide one-on-one support to learners and faculty mentors as needed in areas of professional, academic, and career development.
  • Assist with admissions programs to enhance diversity of the health profession and graduate medical education programs.
  • Contribute to publications, web sites and other communication resources for multicultural affairs and diversity to ensure current, accurate information related to learners.
  • Provide faculty leadership to UWSMPH student/learner organizations that focus on multicultural and diversity issues.
  • Bring together leaders of UWSMPH learner DEI programs to identify synergies, growth opportunities, and efficiencies of operations.

Administrative Leadership 25%

  • Supervise, mentor, and support directors within the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Native American Center for Health Professions.
  • Participate in ongoing monitoring of compliance with applicable DEI accreditation standards for UWSMPH health professions programs and lead continuous quality improvement initiatives to meet or exceed such standards.
  • Maintain the financial health and fiscal sustainability within the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
  • Prepare documents and presentations regarding goals and outcomes of DEI programs designed to recruit and support learners.
  • Facilitate the development of communication networks to provide the UWSMPH community with ongoing information about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that impact learners.
  • Engage with deans and directors of programs across Academic Affairs and SMPH that are focused on building a supportive multicultural community, working with the Building Community initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the UW Chief Diversity Officer, UW Health VP/Chief Diversity Officer, and statewide campus leaders to broadly enhance DEI programs that impact learners.
  • Serve on committees, and/or appoint delegates, that advance the diversity, equity, and inclusion mission of the school, such as the Building Community Steering Committee and the Student Mistreatment Triage Committee.
  • Seek and support intramural and extramural funding opportunities to support programmatic growth.

Graduate Medical Education: 10%

  • Enrich and expand diversity and multicultural programs for residents in collaboration with the deansand others overseeing graduate medical education (GME).
  • Collaborate with GME offices to shape and develop programs to recruit and support residency and fellowship programs at UWSMPH and UW Health.
  • Assist with the development of programs, policies, and procedures to support longitudinal pathway programs.
  • Help ensure that GME programs, policies, and procedures are compliant with accreditation and institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion guidelines and goals.
  • Actively engage in meetings with GME leaders.

Other qualifications:

The successful applicant will have:

  • Leadership focused on service
  • Evidence of commitment to and expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion programming
  • Experience with program development and oversight
  • Supervisory experience
  • Learner support or teaching experience
  • Basic understanding of budget management
  • Evidence of the ability to produce and present timely data-driven scholarly reports and publications
  • Strong collaborative and team-building skills

Additional Information:

The Associate Dean reports directly to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. This individual will work collaboratively with the key senior administrative staff in the Academic Affairs section of the UWSMPH, including the Associate Dean for Medical Student Education and Services, Associate Dean for Student Services, Associate Dean for Medical Education, the Assistant Dean for Admissions, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Director of NACHP, Director of Student Services, Student Services Coordinator, Student Academic Services staff, and the Program Directors for other Health Professional Programs at UWSMPH.