The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine of Florida Atlantic University seeks a collaborative, dynamic, and accomplished academic physician leader to serve as its next Dean. This is an exceptional opportunity to guide an innovative, student and community-centered College of Medicine to its next stage of evolution and grow its research, education, and clinical practice programs in one of the most diverse and beautiful areas of the country.
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a multicultural public research university with 10 colleges, 30,000 students and six campuses that span more than 100 miles of coastline. The University has seen remarkable growth in its programs and reputation in just the last few years including doubling research expenditures, enrolling an all-time high number of National Merit Scholars, setting new records for private gifts to the FAU Foundation, increasing graduation and academic progress rates, and raising the profile of FAU’s athletics program. In 2020, for the first time in university history, FAU was ranked among the nation’s top public schools by U.S. News & World Report, landing at No. 140. In 2021, FAU moved up four spots to No. 136.
Created to address the healthcare needs of the state, the FAU College of Medicine is a community-based medical school that admitted its first class of students in 2011. The College matriculates 64 medical students each year and has been nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum. There are currently more than 170 full- and part-time faculty, and more than 1,300 affiliate faculty. Five local hospitals from top healthcare systems in the region, namely Baptist Health and Tenet Health, form the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium that offers five residency and four fellowship programs. Research and development activities in the College drive a University-wide effort to build key pillars of research strengths consistent with the University Strategic Plan, 2025. FAU is also affiliated with Memorial Healthcare System for research, as well as the Scripps Research Institute, and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, offering outstanding research and educational opportunities for faculty and students.
The College annually provides approximately 350 students with a variety of educational offerings, including an M.D. program, an M.D./Ph.D. program with The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida, M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Biomedical Sciences, and graduate certificates. The student population of the College reflects the great diversity of the University at large and surrounding community, with approximately one-third of students coming from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine and biomedical science.
Reporting to the Provost, the new Dean will be tasked with setting the vision for the College of Medicine’s next stage of evolution. This will include clinical, translational, and basic science research program building, furthering clinical practice opportunities for faculty, and actively engaging the community. Candidates must hold an M.D. degree with a record of significant administrative accomplishments in an academic medical setting. The successful candidate must have a national reputation for clinical and/or biomedical scholarly work, and superior communication and relationship-building skills. A strong fiscal acumen, capacity to engage donors and the ability to recruit top quality faculty and staff are requisites, as is the ability to thrive in a community-based medical school setting.
For fullest consideration, applications should be received by June 25th and directed to Dr. Elizabeth Frye, Jeff Schroetlin and Megan Welch, with WittKieffer via e-mail to FAUMedicinedean@wittkieffer.com, phone: 630-575-6904. Applications should include a CV and cover letter.
The Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University seeks scholars who are committed to supporting the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to engaging communities underrepresented in higher education. Florida Atlantic University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. Florida Atlantic University embodies a culture of strategic and collaborative community engagement that results in mutual benefit to the institution and the diverse internal and external communities that it serves.
Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans’ status or other protected status.
FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service. All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.