University of Bridgeport-Dean, College of Naturopathic Medicine

 In Naturopathic News

Over the past decade the University of Bridgeport (UB) has been one of Connecticut’s fastest-growing and one of America’s most diverse universities.  UB is known internationally for developing career-minded professionals who understand their world and seek to serve as community leaders and service-oriented professionals. UB offers more than 125 majors with graduate and doctoral programs.  In addition to the six Health Sciences schools, UB prepares students for careers in business, engineering, education, public service, and the liberal arts.

The University of Bridgeport was founded in 1927 and is located in historic New England on the Connecticut shoreline-in sight of the Long Island Sound’s breathtaking vistas.  The campus and region, including the nearby treasures of New York City and Boston, provide an unparalleled context for study, professional aspiration, and growth. Students from 88 countries and 44 states make up the global citizenship of the University.

A vital part of the UB campus is the Health Sciences Center, which houses the UB Clinics where health sciences degree candidates work side-by-side with clinicians. The UB Clinics offer members of the community a centralized location for evaluation and treatment in the following four clinics: Dental Hygiene, Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic and Acupuncture.

The College of Naturopathic Medicine:

Started in 1997, the College of Naturopathic Medicine has been graduating physicians who are revolutionizing healthcare in the Northeast and across the country.  The University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine is committed to training physicians for the 21st century: doctors who are leaders in the emerging paradigm of healthcare, blending research and innovative technologies with the art of healing and natural therapeutics to provide patient-centered care.

The College of Naturopathic Medicine is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), the accrediting agency for naturopathic colleges and programs in the United States and Canada.  Students and graduates of naturopathic colleges and programs accredited or pre-accredited by CNME are eligible to apply for the Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examinations as administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners.  In addition, the College of Naturopathic Medicine is accredited by the Connecticut State Department of Higher Education to offer the degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.

College of Naturopathic Medicine Mission Statement:

The Mission of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine is to prepare individuals to become physicians who are leaders in patient-centered, collaborative, and sustainable healthcare settings and are guided by a commitment to the philosophy, principles and traditions of naturopathic healing and medicine.

The College of Naturopathic Medicine Programmatic Objectives:

  • Facilitate the transformation of students to competent, compassionate, culturally sensitive naturopathic physicians who excel in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Cultivate an exceptional academic environment that supports research and scholarly activities to enhance student learning and advance the profession.
  • Foster collaborative relationships within the university to provide multidisciplinary opportunities in education, research and patient care for students and faculty.
  • Support alumni with resources and opportunities for professional development.
  • Provide excellent naturopathic health and wellness services to the diverse population of Greater Bridgeport and the Northeast Region.
  • Advocate for the profession through education, outreach, and legislative activities that increase the global awareness of the college and naturopathic medicine.

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Location:  126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604,

The Opportunity:

The Dean for the College of Naturopathic Medicine is the chief academic officer of the College and reports to the Vice Provost for Health Sciences of the University. Working collaboratively with the faculty, the Dean is responsible for the effective delivery of educational programs ensuring that they are consistent with the mission of the University of Bridgeport and of the College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead educational effectiveness, assessment and planning, and accreditation compliance for the College of Naturopathic Medicine.
  • Grow and build the Naturopathic College.  Working with the Dean of Admissions, establish enrollment goals and collaborate with the admissions department in achieving them.
  • Enhance the reputation and branding of UB’s Naturopathic Program (regionally and nationally).
  • Collaborate with faculty in curriculum reviews and updates.
  • Provide development and mentorship to the faculty and those who seek to be future administrators.
  • Serve as the CNME designee of the University of Bridgeport with regard to the College of Naturopathic Medicine as well as other relevant accrediting regulatory agencies.
  • Prepare the operating budget of the College and monitor of all financial transactions relative to same.
  • Approve all faculty and non-faculty personnel within the College.  Recommend to the Provost and Vice-Provost hiring, reappointment, rank, promotion and tenure, or termination of employees.
  • Represent the College on the Provost’s Council and other appropriate University committees and insure the full integration of the College of Naturopathic Medicine within the Division of Health Sciences and the University of Bridgeport.
  • Provide leadership for College for fundraising in conjunction with the Institutional Advancement department.  Represent the College at a professional, public relations, alumni, and fundraising events.
  • Serve as the ex-officio member on all College of Naturopathic committees.
  • Be available for other duties as requested by the Provost and Vice Provost.

Position Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree.
  • Progressively responsible experience in an administrative capacity in the health sciences, medical, or naturopathic sector.  Administrative experience at the level of dean/director/associate director in an accredited university or college required.
  • A high level of knowledge and skills in every aspect of budget management, curriculum development, educational effectiveness assessment, program strategic planning, accreditation compliance, faculty and student issues, and enrollment management.
  • A commitment to the principles of Naturopathic Medicine with knowledge of current practices and trends in naturopathic medicine.

Why consider the opportunity?

  • Growth.  The Dean will drive the growth of the College through enhancement of its programming, reputation, and branding efforts.
  • Naturopathic medicine is on the rise.  The principles and practices of naturopathic medicine are growing exponentially in the United States.  The medicine of the future will be more oriented toward natural healthcare, as the county and individuals seek preventive, non-invasion and non-drug based therapies.
  • Collaboration opportunities.  UB’s naturopathic program is unique because it exists within a larger comprehensive university community, thus offering resources that are unparalleled.  Students from all health sciences disciplines are able to collaborate and share resources.
  • Exceptional clinical training.  The UB Clinics see 20,000 – 25,000 patients a year. The University recently remodeled the eight floor of the health sciences center that will serve as home to the new Center for Naturopathic Medicine. This Center will serve as the on-campus teaching clinic for the ND program and includes patient-examination/treatment rooms, labs, a smart classroom and conference room facilities.
  • Committed faculty and staff.  The faculty and staff in the College of Naturopathic Medicine and experienced, passionate professionals.

Confidential review of applications will begin mediately.

Stephanie Fowler
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions
Direct: 530-677-9945
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