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Job ID: 205182

Stony Brook University

Date Posted Feb. 7, 2023
University Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY, United States
Department Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date July/August 2023
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Dentistry - General

The Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine (SDM) ( seeks an innovative, strategic leader with high academic standards and a strong commitment to students, staff, faculty and patients to serve as the next Associate Dean for Clinic Operations and Patient Care. Reporting to the Dean, this full-time clinical or tenure track position plays an important leadership role in the daily operations and strategy to meet its educational, research, clinical and service missions. The next Associate Dean will have the extraordinary opportunity to become a senior member of the SDM administration at an exciting period of transition and growth, working alongside administration to increase the clinical operation's footprint as well as expand service capabilities off campus. In addition, with the ability to provide oral healthcare in the school's faculty practice, the Associate Dean can maintain their clinical skills and benefit from additional compensation.

The successful candidate possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a desire to create an environment that promotes collegiality, collaboration and cultural diversity among the members of various education, research and service communities. A willingness to serve as a role model and advocate for the ideals of professionalism and high ethical standards in a health science educational setting is essential.


The School of Dental Medicine is one of six schools/programs within the Health Sciences of Stony Brook Medicine, which includes the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions, Social Welfare, and the Public Health Program. It is one of two state-supported dental schools in New York. With a pre-doctoral class size of just under 50 students, faculty are able to provide personalized instruction in a supportive environment throughout the entire four years of the program. The school is divided into six departments with CODA-accredited advanced education programs in Dental Anesthesiology, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics, as well as a fellowship in Special Needs Dental Care. The School of Dental Medicine shares basic science courses with the School of Medicine, thereby providing enhanced classroom instruction for pre-doctoral students; clinical rotations in the Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) for residents in advanced education programs; and inter-professional didactic and applied clinical experiences.

Through its affiliation with Northwell Health, oral and maxillofacial surgery residents support the school’s pre-doctoral and residency programs, as well as emergency department coverage for SBUH. The dental school’s clinical operations are located on Stony Brook’s main campus where students and faculty meet the oral healthcare needs of more than 17,000 unique patients of record, who account for over 80,000 patient visits each year. The General Practice, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Pediatric Dentistry residency programs provide hospital-based dental care at SBUH. And through its outreach programs, the School of Dental Medicine offers dental care for underserved children in the region, as well as for adults in RAM (Remote Area Medical) locations in several northeast states and at an Indian Health Service site in South Dakota. The school also has satellite clinics at the university-affiliated State Veterans Home and on the Shinnecock Reservation, and it is the number one Medicaid dental provider in Suffolk County. In support of its global health mission, international opportunities for dental students exist in Chile, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Madagascar. The internal faculty practice is a community resource for comprehensive and inter-specialty dental care.


  • Participates as a member of the school’s Council of Deans and Executive Committee in meetings, decision making, priority setting, budget planning and school-wide oversight;
  • Provides visionary leadership that inspires faculty, staff, and students/residents to become involved in the school’s clinical mission in a way that demonstrates momentum and direction;
  • Manages the clinical operations of the school’s pre-doctoral and residency programs, and coordinate with those of the faculty practice;
  • Collaborates with the Associate Dean for Education, department chairs, program directors, faculty and staff to ensure the highest quality of contemporary clinical education experiences for students and residents;
  • Provides a patient-centered and student/resident-supportive clinical educational experience for those enrolled in the school’s clinical training programs;
  • Develops and oversees strategic and annual business planning for the clinics;
  • Recruits and retains a diverse, broad-based patient population to meet the treatment needs required for the school’s educational, service and research programs;
  • Develops and oversees financial plans and budgets for the clinics in concert with the CFO and Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration;
  • Recruits, develops, retains and supervises clinic support staff;
  • Oversees and manages the clinic’s information systems and information technology in concert with the school’s IT office and that of Stony Brook Medicine;
  • Partners with Stony Brook University Hospital and its network of hospitals and clinics to better serve patients and expand the school’s clinical education and practice opportunities;
  • Facilitates the development of the faculty practice plan in support of the school’s academic mission and in compliance with OSHA, CDC, and other federal/state regulatory policies and guidelines;
  • Promotes and facilitates educational innovations, research and programs for continuous quality improvement in clinic operations;
  • Leads the development and use of contemporary technologies to improve clinical education and service;
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state and university policies and regulations;
  • Represents the school within the Stony Brook community and its Health Science Schools;
  • Represents the school to external constituencies, including ADEA, ADA, NYSDA, Suffolk County Dental Society and the New York State Board of Dentistry and Department of Health in matters that relate to clinical operations and patient care;
  • Serves as the School of Dental Medicine’s official liaison to regional dental licensing examination boards (e.g., CDCA).


  • DDS or DMD degree from a CODA-accredited dental program;
  • New York State Dental License or eligibility;
  • For a clinical track appointment, as an associate professor or professor, candidates must have a record of excellence in teaching;
  • For a tenure track appointment as an associate professor or professor, candidates must have a demonstrated record of research, scholarly works and excellence in teaching;
  • Excellent organizational, financial, managerial and communication skills;
  • Working knowledge of dental curricula as applied in a dental school setting;
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the administration of large general and specialty dental clinical care facilities;
  • Demonstrated participation and leadership in CODA processes for accrediting DDS/DMD and advanced education programs;
  • Experience with the development, refinement and employment of standard operating procedures, continuous quality improvement and outcomes processes, and OSHA, CDC, DOH and other federal/state policies and regulatory guidelines;
  • Knowledge and use of electronic inventory and purchasing software to ensure timely acquisition, distribution, and audit of dental materials, instruments and equipment;
  • Proven record of motivating and managing teams, collaborating with other senior dental administrators, partnering with clinical operations in medical centers and negotiating with external entities.


  • MBA, MHA, MSF or advanced degree in a related administrative or business discipline or willingness to acquire;
  • Certification in quality management methodology or other performance-based training programs; 
  • Residency in a CODA-accredited advanced education program;
  • Previous appointment as an associate dean for clinic operations at a university-based, medical center-affiliated dental school/college;
  • Experience in developing and managing off-site dental clinic operations as part of a network of primary and multidisciplinary healthcare clinics;
  • Familiarity with published literature on the efficacy of different models of pre-doctoral dental education (e.g., discipline-based, comprehensive care or vertically integrated);
  • Commitment to excellence on both a personal and professional level, with the highest level of personal integrity and ethical standards, and be known for compassion, fairness and objectivity;
  • Proactive, innovative, creative and visionary, with an ability to apply creative solutions to complex problems and constructively embrace and lead change initiatives;
  • Collegial, inclusive and personally committed to ensuring diversity, both in perspectives and in personnel, with the ability to bring out the best in others and develop a spirit of collaboration within and among stakeholders;
  • Facilitator and problem solver who earns the trust of the community by instilling a sense of “fair play” and placing the goals of the institution ahead of those of any individual, group or department;
  • Executive presence with an engaging personal presentation style that encourages consensus-building and cooperation;
  • Commitment to create with other health science leaders more collaborative training and joint educational experiences among the health science students to promote more effective and better coordinated care for patients they will serve at the completion of their training;
  • Demonstrated experience serving as an advisor to senior leaders, adding value beyond the strict definition of the position; able to advise on financial and strategic issues, balancing rigor, structure and efficacy;
  • Proven success leading a data-driven, mission-oriented, service-minded team;
  • Experience working in complex, academically based environments (e.g., healthcare, research, higher education);
  • Experience serving as a Clinical Sciences Consultant to CODA.


Stony Brook University (Stony Brook) is a public research university, and one of two flagship institutions in the State University of New York system. With nearly 27,000 students, Stony Brook is the second largest public university in the State of New York. The university is a member of the Association of American Universities and it is classified as an R1 Doctoral University. Set among 1,454 acres in Suffolk County, the university offers a park-like setting for every school and program on campus. Students hail from all 50 states and over 100 countries outside of the United States.

Stony Brook University is one of the most diverse research universities in the country, and students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are remarkably successful at Stony Brook. Stony Brook’s tremendous successes in promoting diversity are apparent among the University’s many recognitions. SBU received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Stony Brook #51 in the country among national universities for its campus ethnic diversity. Stony Brook is also a global leader in working for gender equity.

Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island’s premier academic medical center. With 624 beds, the hospital serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center, and it is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Institute; Stony Brook University Cancer Center; Stony Brook Children’s Hospital; and Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute. The hospital provides an array of support services to the other health science schools on campus, including human resources and information technology support, as well as infection control and instrument sterilization.

For more information about Stony Brook, visit and the University's Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness Fact Book.


Applications should include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately. Harris Search Associates is assisting Stony Brook University for this search.

Please contact Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner or Debra Cruce, Senior Consultant for further details.

Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner 

Tel: 614-798-8500  Cell: 614-354-2100  Email:

or Debra Cruce, Senior Consultant

Tel: 614-798-8500  Cell: 850-461-0963  Email:

  • Stony Brook University is committed to equal opportunity in all aspects of employment. Stony Brook University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, criminal conviction, domestic violence victim status, veteran and or military status in the administration of its policies, programs, activities or employment.

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