Dean - KYCO

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University of Pikeville
Pikeville, KY
Academia/research-based facility
Based on experience


The University of Pikeville, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO). Located in the heart of Appalachia, the University of Pikeville is committed to offering a broad liberal arts and health professions education. KYCO is fully accredited and received eight-year approval from the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) in 2020. The dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry shall be the chief executive officer for the optometry college. The dean shall be responsible for the development and administration of the optometric academic programs and policies in conjunction with the provost and president, and shall perform other such duties as the president or the board of trustees may direct from time to time. KYCO has the support of the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) and Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners (KBOE).

This role is tasked with leading the faculty in determining and implementing the academic and clinical program necessary to maintain the college in the forefront of the profession. The dean leads the Kentucky College of Optometry and partners with the university’s office of advancement in activities devoted to fundraising. In doing so, the dean must articulate within and outside KYCO values and standards of the optometric profession. Within the University of Pikeville, the dean is the principle advocate for the Kentucky College of Optometry, ensuring that the needs of the faculty, the students, and the curriculum are fully considered in the making of university-wide decisions.

The Dean performs the following essential duties: 

  • Serve as the chief executive officer for KYCO.
  • Administer the preparation of materials and documentation required for continuing accreditation of the school by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).
  • Ensure that the academic and patient care missions of the college are accomplished.
  • Oversee the process of developing and maintaining an evidence-based optometric curriculum.
  • Provide leadership for recruiting and retaining highly qualified faculty, staff and students, including instructing in lecture and laboratory activities.
  • Promote the college and university’s positive image, state-of-the-art facilities, and educational programs.
  • 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:

  1. Doctorate of Optometry from an ACOE accredited institution.
  2. Must have outstanding optometric educator abilities and excellent organizational skills in previous positions.
  3. A minimum four years of 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.
  4. Must have the credentials to receive a faculty appointment at the college.
  5. Must obtain a license to practice optometry within the Commonwealth of Kentucky within 12 months of appointment to the faculty.
  6. Demonstrated leadership and administrative experience, abilities and qualities to manage academic and clinical programs at the professional doctoral level.
  7. A history of demonstrating strong character, collegiality & outstanding integrity.
  8. The ability to maintain a culture of positive collegiality, trust and hope.

Preferred qualifications include:

  1. A record of developing and maintaining a progressive and productive environment that supports teaching, clinical practice, and research activities.
  2. Postgraduate training (e.g., Clinical residency, Masters, Ph.D., or Ed.D.).
  3. Understanding of and commitment to the pedagogy of classroom, laboratory and clinical education.
  4. Comprehensive administrative skills, including communication, supervision and budget management.
  5. And personal qualities of integrity, organization, enthusiasm and industriousness.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, & dependent care accounts. UPIKE also offers a generous holiday schedule and paid leave program.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students.

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

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