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Founding Dean for the anticipated College of Optometry
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE), the leading university in Central Appalachia, seeks a Founding Dean for the anticipated College of Optometry.
Founded in 1889 by Presbyterian ministers with a mission to serve the “youth of the mountains,” more than 13,000 University of Pikeville alumni have become leaders in business, education, law, nursing and many other fields, including medicine. Dr. James L. Hurley became the 20th president of the University of Pikeville in July 2013 and is the first alumnus in the school’s 124-year history to lead his alma mater.
The University of Pikeville is located in Pikeville, a vibrant community in Eastern Kentucky. Pikeville is one of the state’s leading financial centers and was ranked as one of the “100 Best Small Towns” in America. The city offers a variety of cultural activities including festivals, restaurants, cinema and shopping centers. Located just a few miles from campus are Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, a scenic beauty that offers a full range of recreational activities, and the Breaks Interstate Park with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Cumberland Mountains (http://visitpikeville.com/ or http://pikevillecity.com/).
With four consecutive record enrollments, the University of Pikeville is one of the fastest growing four-year institutions in the South, providing quality educational opportunities for 2,300 students from 43 states and 18 countries http://upike.edu
The University offers 26 bachelor degree programs, nine pre-professional programs and three graduate programs, including a Master of Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Sport Management and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.) from the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Coleman College of Business was established in 2013 as the third college under the university banner.
Since its inception in 1997, the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) has graduated nearly 800 physicians. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the medical school among the top five schools in rural medicine, second in percentage of graduates who enter primary care residencies, and fourth among the 10 least expensive private medical schools in the nation. A new building with state of the art education technology has enabled the medical school to expand its class size, and will increase research opportunities and the development of new programs in the health professions.
Situated in the heart of Appalachia, the College of Optometry will provide an optometric medical education in a student–centered setting that emphasizes primary care, encourages research, and promotes lifelong scholarly activity.
The Founding Dean will be directly responsible for standing up the new College of Optometry. The position is available immediately.
In 2011, after a thorough assessment of both the institution and the needs of the region, two national and internationally recognized consulting firms recommended that the University of Pikeville respond to emerging workforce needs, including the need for health care professionals and technical and support occupations, as a major part of future initiatives. The improvement of health care services in the Appalachian region is among UPIKE’s stated institutional goals. Senior UPIKE leadership, including President James Hurley, have visited three colleges of optometry to explore educational models and the feasibility of a College of Optometry at UPIKE. In addition, President Hurley appointed a special advisory committee to guide his and the Board of Trustee’s efforts. A College of Optometry aligns perfectly with the vision, mission, and goals of UPIKE.
The success of the UPIKE College of Optometry will depend on qualified and committed faculty. Thirteen basic science faculty members in the KYCOM provide instruction to the medical students in anatomy, biochemistry, gross anatomy, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. Most of the current basic science faculty members have the capacity to provide instruction to students in the College of Optometry. UPIKE anticipates the need to hire a cadre of O.D. faculty for both the Pikeville campus and for the community sites at which clinical education will take place. UPIKE is committed to faculty development, and believes that it will be critical to the successful recruitment, transition, and retention of faculty to the new College of Optometry.
In addition to the requisite human resources, UPIKE is committed to the availability of sufficient and appropriate facilities and equipment for an innovative and outcomes driven program. A new building (COAL building) was dedicated for use by the KYCOM on September 15, 2012. This 86,000 square foot building was constructed at a cost of $34 million and is the primary facility for the KYCOM. Some additional unused space is available in the new COAL building that could be finished to meet some of the specific needs of the College of Optometry. In addition to existing space in the COAL building and elsewhere, the university is positioned to construct new faciliites for use by the College of Optometry. Library facilities available to the College of Optometry include the Frank M. Allara Library and the Telemedical Learning & Resource Center. There are adequate privately owned housing facilities in Pikeville and the surrounding area. UPIKE believes that these facilities can readily accommodate College of Optometry students.
Based on national and local data, as well as health care reform, the prospects for graduates of a UPIKE College of Optometry are extremely promising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the employment of optometrists is expected to grow “much faster than average,” nationally by 33 percent during the period 2010 to 2020—adding 11,300 new positions. The American Optometric Association (AOA) lists among its top five changes for 2014 the increase in demand for vision care based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For pediatric vision care, the benefit will be a yearly eye exam with a materials benefit for every patient under 19. The AOA observes “that potentially millions of new patients will have coverage that they didn't have before.” Many states, including Kentucky, will expand their Medicaid program to everyone who is under 133 percent of the federal poverty line. The AOA explains that, “Optometrists who see Medicaid patients will see a significant increase in these patients.”
Not only does the State of Kentucky provide significant opportunities for optometrists due to ACA and Medicaid expansion, with the passage of the Better Access to Quality Eye Care Law by the Kentucky General Assembly on Feb. 24, 2011, the range of services for Doctors of Optometry has expanded. Kentucky is the second state, after Oklahoma, where Optometrists’ scope of practice allows such eye health care options as Yag capsulotomy, postcataract surgery, argon laser trabeculoplasty, selective laser trabeculoplasty and other in-office procedures using new technologies. In addition to the expanded scope of practice, Kentucky set a precedent by providing the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners full oversight to determine training standards for performing laser surgeries. Due to these state practice laws, UPIKE is likely to have one of the strongest optometry applicant pools in the country.
POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The position reports directly to the President of the University. The position’s peers are the Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the Coleman College of Business (COB), and the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM). Subordinates/direct reports will be determined and hired by the successful candidate.
The Founding Dean of the College of Optometry will:
· Serve as the chief academic and executive officer for the College;
· Work with University leadership to establish the College of Optometry;
· Administer the preparation of materials and documentation required for accreditation of the school by the AccreditationCouncil on Optometric Education (ACOE);
· Ensure that the academic and patient care missions of the College are accomplished;
· Oversee the process of developing and maintaining a relevant curriculum;
· Provide leadership for recruiting and retaining highly qualified faculty and staff;
· Provide leadership for admitting and retaining highly qualified students;
· Promote the College and University’s positive image, reputation, state-of-the-art facilities, and educational opportunities;
· Ensure the efficient administration of College matters pertaining to personnel, facilities, budget, equipment, and planning;
· Supervise the College’s service outreach throughout Appalachia, including underserved rural communities through activities such as providing patient care services, enhancing interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaborations, and developing and enhancing positive relationships with alumni, industry, and educational institutions and government agencies.
Required qualifications include:
· Visionary who can create an organization from concept to reality;
· Minimum 3 years leadership experience as an academic program leader or dean at a school of optometry and/or a teaching hospital or clinic where optometry students practice clinical skills;
· Professional Optometry Degree;
· Demonstrated leadership and administrative experience, abilities and qualities to manage academic and clinical programs at the professional doctoral level.
Preferred qualifications include:
· A record of developing and maintaining a progressive and productive environment that supports teaching, clinical practice, and research activities;
· Postgraduate training (e.g., Clinical residency, Masters, Ph.D., or Ed.D.);
· Understanding of and commitment to the pedagogy of classroom, laboratory, and clinical education;
· Comprehensive administrative skills, including communication, supervision and budget management;
· And personal qualities of integrity, organization, enthusiasm and industriousness.
Compensation is competitive and has been set within an established range. In addition to salary are benefits that include Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, along with a 403b and Relocation.
The Search Committee invites expressions of interest and letters of nomination.
Applications should include letters of interest, complete CV, and contact information for at least five references to be submitted to:
Abigail Jaye, Search Consultant
Academy for Academic Leadership
Electronic submissions are preferred. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until final candidates for the appointment are identified. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to March 31, 2014.
UPIKE is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of ethnicity, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation.
UPIKE also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.
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