Associate Dean for Research
Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health

Associate Dean for Research

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) - Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health (SPH) in their search for an Associate Dean for Research.

This is an exceptional opportunity to join one of the nation’s top schools of public health as the Associate Dean for Research (ADR). In this truly unique partnership, two of Oregon’s leading universities have combined their assets, skills, accomplishments, research and faculty to realize an institution focused on community-engaged learning and scholarship designed to put the student and researcher out in the world, in real communities. This unique collaboration combines the strengths of Oregon Health & Science University, the region’s world-class academic health center, with the deep community engagement of Portland State University, the state’s most diverse institution with the highest social mobility index.

Launched in 2016, this one-of-a-kind program for education, research and community outreach is well positioned to serve as a national model for understanding and addressing the social determinants of health. The school educates a broad spectrum of learners — from community health workers to professional caregivers — and is quickly becoming an incubator for health-related careers within fast-growing sectors of the U.S. economy.

OHSU-PSU School of Public Health seeks a dynamic and highly collaborative leader to expertly navigate both landscapes, acting as a visionary leader and bridge builder, ensuring that each institution’s research and faculty needs are strategically met and aligned while balancing OHSU’s internationally groundbreaking and lifesaving research and PSU’s commitment to community engagement and academic innovation. The position is very well supported including a brand new building ready in January 2021 to house the School of Public Health. The position also enjoys a motivated and dedicated faculty.

This is a true opportunity to create a legacy and make a major impact across two universities.

This position reports to Dean David Bangsberg (OHSU- PSU School of Public Health). The Associate Dean for Research will also serve as a member of the Leadership Committee to advise on research policy issues and to collaborate with the leadership team.


Support efforts to fund high quality doctoral students and facilitate dialogue among faculty and doctoral students;
Identify and promote funding sources to support research and training programs;
Manage budgetary matters related to the School’s research program;
Address compliance issues, for example IRB;
Provide collegiate guidance and collaborate with SPH unit heads and faculty to promote new research initiatives;
Develop and provide guidance and incentives for student and junior faculty excellence in research;
Oversee and coordinate the SPH Research Council, comprised of senior representatives from both OHSU and PSU;
Act as liaison and represent the Dean on selected research-oriented committees and programs at the University, state, national and international levels;
Advocate for adequate resources to support various research programs, including space, software, and other support;
Maintain and foster new community partnerships to facilitate research;

A full list of responsibilities available upon request

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctoral degree in public health research-related field/s;
Extensive experience in higher education with an emphasis in the conduct of research and grant management;
Demonstrated expertise in research development, grant writing, grant management, policy development and implementation and public speaking;
Strong program of research with demonstrated interdisciplinary research collaborations;
Experience in community-based and community-engaged research;
Demonstrated success as a Principal Investigator of peer-reviewed federal and foundation research grants;
Prior experience as NIH reviewer or with other externally-funded reviews
Substantial record of peer-reviewed research publications;
History of success in mentoring investigators at all levels of experience;
Demonstrated expertise in setting performance standards, developing metrics, and in program evaluation applied to the research enterprise;
Ability to serve as an effective liaison in geographically-diverse settings and across the health care continuum;
Knowledge of and ability to generate revenue and manage budgets with varying degrees of complexity.

About OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH)

Two of Oregon’s leading universities joined forces to train the next generation of public health leaders. With their students, the SPH is working to find enduring and sustainable solutions to today’s public health problems and are committed to educating students of all backgrounds who want to enter the public health field and improve lives in their communities.

Over 150 faculty and over 1500 students work to improve public health in communities throughout Oregon, and beyond. PSU and OHSU have an established network of local and regional partners, including clinics, governmental and nonprofit agencies. This offers students a wealth of opportunity for internships, hands-on learning and contacts for future employment.

Living in the Portland, Oregon Area

Portland, the largest city in Oregon, offers an exceptional quality of life. The region brings the best of many worlds to one area with a vibrant downtown, convenient public transportation, restaurants, culture, craft beer, wooded trails, waterfront activities and a wide range of neighborhoods each offering their own personality. Within an easy 1 ½ hour drive, the Cascade Mountains to the east and the world-famous Oregon coast to the west offer the perfect backdrop for a wide range of sports and outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, surfing, white water rafting, mountain biking or just taking in the breathtaking views.

The area boasts a strong economy with an abundance of jobs, a progressive lifestyle, friendly attitudes, and four seasons. According to US World News & World Report, 72 Oregon schools ranked among the 2018 Best High Schools, including five with gold medals, 20 with silver medals and 47 with bronze medals.

To Apply:

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. You may apply directly at

Inquiries and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner with Academic Career & Executive Search: or call 860-740-2600.

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply.

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Academic Career & Executive Search
Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health
840 SW Gaines Street, Room 230
Portland, 97239