Assistant Dean for Student Wellness and Engagement
Michigan State University
United States

Assistant Dean-Managers

Job no: 919736
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Human Medicine Dean 10022430
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Education/Training, Health Care Professional, Health Care Support, Office/Clerical Support, Operations Services, Police/Health and Safety, Student Services/Student Affairs, Advising/Counseling, Academic Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Working/Functional Title

Assistant Dean for Student Wellness and Engagement

Position Summary

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine invites applications for the position Assistant Dean for Student Wellness and Engagement. The role is within the Office of Student Affairs and Services (OSAS) and reports to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. This role will be focused on leading and advocating in the areas of student wellness, student well-being, and student engagement. This leader will direct efforts across the two first and second year Early Clinical Experience (ECE) and Middle Clinical Experience (MCE) campuses and the eight Late Clinical Experience (LCE) community campuses. The assistant dean will collaborate closely with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (ADUME), the Associate Dean for Community Academic Programs (ADCAP), and the Community Assistant Deans (CAD).  This role also collaborates with stakeholders across the college and the university on initiatives related to student wellness and engagement and serves as a resource on these matters.

The assistant dean will:

  • Serve as the key administrative leader and advocate in the areas of student well-being and student health for the College of Human Medicine.
  • Serve as the director of student counseling and wellness and provide oversight for two assistant directors of student counseling and wellness.
  • Provide oversite of monitoring immunization and health status of medical students, which is completed by the Community Health Outreach Specialist.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive student wellness and well-being program for medical students across the four-year medical school experience.
  • Lead faculty for the Mental Health and Wellness curriculum.
  • Provide cross-coverage to serve students across the college’s eight community campuses.
  • Direct the Student Health and Wellness team consisting of Assistant Directors of Student Counseling and Wellness in Grand Rapids and East Lansing and other professionals selected in this area to promote and safeguard student well-being across the medical training experience.
  • Develop and chair a Student Wellness Advisory Committee.
  • Coordinate educational opportunities for faculty and staff development around issues related to student well-being and student mental health.
  • Organize and maintain student well-being events scheduled throughout the year.
  • Responsible for managing processes and procedures related to health access partner/mental healthcare.
  • Responsible for keeping information up to date on the student health and wellbeing website.
  • Responsible for monitoring students who have been placed under drug or alcohol monitoring programs by the college.
  • Collaborate and consult with administrators, faculty, and staff on topics related to medical student well-being.
  • Serve as liaison to university units that address student health and wellbeing outside of the college.
  • Serve as a liaison to community agencies and organizations for volunteer service and student outreach, facilitating the linkage of ECE and MCE students to community service opportunities. 
  • Oversight of student membership organizations and non-career interest groups. 
  • Serve as Co-Advisor for the CHM Student Council and other student organizations as assigned.
  • Generate letters of recommendation as requested for special programs and student opportunities.
  • Assist with the annual student scholarship application process for designated donor scholarships with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
  • Provide linkage for medical students to outside scholarship opportunities as assigned
  • Generate scholarship in the areas of student engagement, health promotion, mental health, and wellness.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

Academic department and rank will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • The successful candidate will be a mental health professional licensed to practice independently in the State of Michigan. 
  • Must have eight to ten years of experience as a licensed mental health professional.
  • Candidates must have a PhD, MD, DO or similar terminal degree.

Desired Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders within a complex and dynamic organization.
  • The successful candidate will have experience working with professional students, administrators, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • The successful candidate should bring initiative, creativity, and the capacity to develop rapport with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • The candidate will have experience addressing issues of overall health and well-being.
  • The preferred candidate will have experience addressing issues of mental health.
  • The preferred candidate will have experience with students or trainees in medical education and/or healthcare delivery settings.
  • The preferred candidate will have experience collaborating with individuals in other disciplines and/or across agencies.

Required Application Materials

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diversity Statement

Special Instructions

Interested individuals should apply online at Application materials to be uploaded must include a statement of interest highlighting specific strengths and expertise related to this position, a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement, describing your approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your current and previous roles; curriculum vitae; and the names of three references (the college is committed to confidentiality and references will not be contacted without the permission of the applicant).  To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials by January 5, 2024.

Review of Applications Begins On


Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in education, research, outreach, clinical service, community service, and community collaborations in alignment with the college mission to educate exemplary physicians and scholars, to discover and disseminate new knowledge, to provide service at home and abroad, and to respond to the needs of the medically underserved. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are essential elements, vital to the culture that the CHM Academic Affairs endeavors to cultivate. This includes providing opportunities and access for all people, which incorporate differences of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disability/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status and socioeconomic background.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Dec 18, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Dec 18, 2025 Eastern Standard Time

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