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UAMS College of Health Professions Dean Search

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) seeks a dynamic and innovative academic leader with a national reputation and strong interpersonal skills to serve as the next Dean of its College of Health Professions (CHP). Douglas Murphy, Ph.D., who led the college through more than six years of growth as dean, retired on Dec. 31, 2017.

A search committee has been appointed that includes UAMS leaders and CHP faculty members along with a college supporter and a current student. The group will identify the strongest candidates and will recommend them to the UAMS Chancellor who shall appoint the next allied health college’s dean.

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About the UAMS College of Health Professions

The UAMS College of Health Professions is the primary source of education for allied health professionals in Arkansas, with 19 programs offering degrees ranging from certificates to doctoral degrees. The college includes an enrollment of 616 students (369 undergraduate and 247 graduate), six dental residents and 136 faculty/staff members.

The college’s departments include Audiology and Speech Pathology, Dental Hygiene, Dietetics and Nutrition, Emergency Medical Sciences, Genetic Counseling, Health Information Management, Imaging and Radiation Sciences (includes sonography, nuclear medicine imaging and radiologic imaging), Laboratory Sciences (includes cytotechnology and medical laboratory sciences), Occupational Therapy (under development), Ophthalmic Medical Technology, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Respiratory and Surgical Technologies (includes respiratory therapy and surgical technology).

The college also is home to the Center for Dental Education, which includes a general practice residency program and operates an oral health clinic adjacent to the dental hygiene clinic.

Recent college achievements and areas of distinction:

  • First-time board exam pass rate across programs is over 90 percent; nearly 100 percent overall pass rate
  • Physical Therapy program, the first UAMS program entirely on the UAMS Northwest Campus in Fayetteville, will graduate the first class of DPT students in May 2018.
  • Occupational Therapy program is under development in partnership with UA-Fayetteville.
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technology, hosted in the UAMS Jones Eye Institute, is one of only four programs in the nation accredited at technologist level and the only program that offers a bachelor’s degree.
  • The Genetic Counseling program is one of 37 accredited programs in the nation and the only one in Arkansas.
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology program is offered jointly with UA-Little Rock, which houses the program and the Speech and Hearing Clinic.