The Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence will provide senior-level leadership for the School, modeling the highest level of excellence, use of evidence, fairness, proactivity, support for diversity, inclusion, civility and understanding of our context within UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC system. As appropriate, the Assistant Dean’s expertise and services may be extended to nearby schools or units to help develop further capacity in other parts of the University, especially in health affairs units, where there is a special mandate to serve all populations. The individual in the position should demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others and to enhancing a culture of collaboration across the School and University, and should be adaptable, knowledgeable about evidence-based programs and conversant with data.
When we refer to diversity, we include ethnicity, race, age, gender, whether a person has physical limitations, religion, country of origin and veteran’s status. We also mean much more than that. In defining diversity, we include people with a range of philosophical and political perspectives so that our school, and other schools this position may work with, offer a big tent where many points of view are expressed. This is particularly important in the current US climate where people may view campuses as only homes for liberals. It is also critically important for public health and other health affairs professionals, who must work effectively with people from all backgrounds, and from across the political spectrum, to forge public health solutions.
As part of the senior leadership team, the position will provide leadership to sustain and enhance a diverse, inclusive, civil and welcoming community that upholds the highest standards of inclusive excellence. The successful candidate will share in the commitment to expand diversity and inclusiveness across the Gillings School among faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners, on advisory groups, in our curricula, in our facilities, and through our policies and practices. We are committed to fostering a culture where all stakeholder groups experience the Gillings School environment as welcoming, valuing all individuals and supporting their personal and professional development. The individual in this position will lead our efforts to do so.
Building on major Gillings School and UNC-Chapel Hill diversity and inclusion efforts of the past seven years, the position will collaborate with others across the School and University to develop goals and catalyze development of groundbreaking, transformative initiatives in pursuit of those goals. The individual will work closely with staff from Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and may contribute meaningfully to efforts in other schools or units on campus, as well. The position will also provide consultation on achieving inclusive excellence (including best practices and evidence-based strategies for doing so), recommend actions that should be taken by the School’s leadership and departments within the School, and lead initiatives to promote inclusive excellence across the School, consistent with what is occurring in the University.
This position will aid in refining metrics for diversity, inclusion and civility, monitor and assess progress towards goals and regularly report on progress to the dean, senior associate dean, associate dean for academic and student affairs, Dean’s Council, external boards, and other key stakeholders within and beyond Gillings.
The person in the position should be conversant with the literature related to inclusive excellence and committed to use of evidence-based strategies, wherever possible