Dean, Zilber College of Public Health

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial and collaborative academic leader to serve as the dean of the Joseph J. Zilber College of Public Health.

Wisconsin’s only accredited school of public health, the Zilber College of Public Health is committed to advancing population health, health equity and social and environmental justice among diverse communities in Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin and beyond through education, research, community engagement and advocacy.

The college was founded with a vision and commitment to confront health disparities and other public health challenges that have long plagued Milwaukee and other communities across the state where racism and discrimination have become a public health crisis.

Zilber College faculty, staff and students see Milwaukee as a sentinel city in the campaign for social and environmental justice where the pursuit of health equity stands to benefit not only their city but communities across the nation.

In July 2023, the Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Foundation presented the college with a historic $20 million gift to support student achievement and faculty excellence. The largest single gift in the university’s history will enhance and sustain public health education, research and practice and improve health outcomes and health equity in the state, region and beyond.

The college enrolls nearly 700 students taught by 26 tenured or tenure-track faculty and 11 instructional academic staff across more than 20 degree and certificate programs.

In 2023, the school’s original program areas of Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Public Health Policy integrated with faculty from the departments of Kinesiology, Nutritional Sciences and Health Informatics to form what is now the Zilber College of Public Health.

The next dean will articulate a vision and strategy for distinguishing Zilber College as a leading school of public health, charting a path for the college’s future. The dean will inspire excellence in teaching, research, practice and service, and foster community within the newly reorganized college.

An earned doctoral degree in public health or a related discipline is required along with qualifications for appointment as a tenured full professor in the college.

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The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee is transforming the state and region by advancing equity through education and addressing societal issues through research, strategic re-invention and partnerships. UWM serves 23,000 students on three campuses and has the largest population of diverse students of any four-year campus in the state. The university is a leading contributor to Wisconsin’s workforce and has earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement classification.

WittKieffer is assisting with this search. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include a CV and letter of interest and can be submitted via WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Candidates will be considered until an appointment is made. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Philip Tang and Sarah Seavey at

UWM is a state agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. In certain circumstances, the identities of final candidates and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

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