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Job ID: 113465

Oral Health Science Department Chair
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Oct. 4, 2018
Title Oral Health Science Department Chair
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Public Health/Epidemiology
    Pediatric Dentistry
    Oral Medicine/Pathology/Oncology
    Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Family Dentistry
    Dentistry - General

The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry is currently seeking an Oral Health Science Department Chair with a proven ability to provide dynamic leadership in a complex environment. This position reports directly to the Dean and is an integral part of the college’s administration. The Department Chair oversees the activities of the Divisions of: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Adult Dentistry (General Practice Residency), Oral Pathology, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, and Public Health Dentistry which include 34 full-time and 19 part-time faculty. The chair will establish a vision and strategic plan for the Department and its Divisions in collaboration with the Division Chiefs and the department faculty members based on a broad knowledge of academic dentistry, accreditation, and fiscal and administrative management that complements the mission of the University of Kentucky and the College of Dentistry.

Additional responsibilities of this position are to:

  • Guide the Department of Oral Health Science in fulfilling UK’s College of Dentistry’s educational, clinical, research and service missions
  • Oversee the department faculty in its development of academic policies, pre-and post-doctoral curriculum, clinical activities, and fulfillment of academic functions
  • Fiscal responsibility for Departmental operation, oversite and growth
  • Support the academic and department budgetary interests to the administration
    Qualified applicants should possess the following qualities:
  • Proven leadership skills, including transparent communication, collaboration, interpersonal and team building skills to solve problems
  • Ability to foster a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives to attract, recruit, and retain top faculty, staff, and students
  • Passion for mentoring and supporting the professional development of faculty
  • A proven track record as a clinician and administrative leader demonstrated by innovative leadership that fosters and cultivates partnerships within the college and externally
  • Inspiring innovative thinking about new ways to deliver education and patient care, as well as allocate faculty resources to ensure success
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that enhance collaborative activities
  • Visionary skills associated with strategic planning
  • Broad knowledge of issues in dental education, accreditation requirements, and the need for dental education advancement

For additional information about UK Dentistry visit: To learn more about this exceptional leadership position, contact Mary Beth Bracken ( To be considered for this position, individuals must submit a UK Jobs application and include a CV, cover letter, and contact information of three references when prompted in the application. References will not be contacted and reference letters will not be required until finalists are selected.

For full consideration, it is preferred that applications be submitted by Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. However application review will continue until the position is filled.

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