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Dean of the School of Dentistry

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2023

Dean of the School of Dentistry: Position Profile

The University of Alabama at Birmingham ("UAB") seeks an innovative and visionary dean to continue the ongoing transformation of its dental school to meet the needs of students while providing critical clinical care to Alabama and beyond.

UAB is one of the nation's leading academic health sciences centers and is located in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Southeast. The Birmingham metropolitan area has over 1.1 million people and is the business center roughly bounded by Atlanta, Nashville, Houston, and Tampa. As of Fall 2022, the university had nearly 21,700 students, about 7,400 graduate students, and 13,000 undergraduates. In February 2021, UAB was named the best large employer in the country by Forbes, and later that year was named America's No. 4 best employer for diversity by Forbes. The university has a modern and growing campus on over 100 city blocks in Birmingham.

Founded in 1948, the UAB School of Dentistry (“the School”) is known for its contemporary, holistic approach to dentistry and patient-centered care. Educational programming includes integrated basic and clinical sciences, leading-edge dental technologies in modern clinical facilities, integrated community clinical rotations, and robust community involvement. The School’s mission is to prepare students for success as leaders and professionals, using a balanced approach to teaching, research, and service. The UAB School of Dentistry is home to approximately 474 students, 140 faculty, 144 staff, and 1,400 Alumni Association members. It is the only dental school in the state of Alabama.

The Dean of the UAB School of Dentistry is its chief academic and executive officer, reporting to the University's Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The dean's role is to lead the School's core academic functions and be a crucial senior leader of the university's enterprise missions. The new dean will help transform how the School defines and delivers its education and research services, building on the unique strengths of UAB as one of the leading science centers.


Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position, and recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter. References will be requested later in the process but will only be contacted with the express permission of candidates.

All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to Isaacson, Miller at the link below.

Greg Esposito, Partner
Samuel Ruth, Senior Associate
Kristin Benoit, Associate

Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210


UAB 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 race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.