Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Hong Kong (HK)
20 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
05 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time



Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

(Ref. 16052301)

[tenable from July 2017]
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong.  It offers programmes at various levels including Doctorate, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees.  It has a full-time academic staff strength of around 1,400.  The total annual consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$7.5 billion.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, celebrating its 80th Anniversary in 2016/17, is the largest university in the HKSAR by student headcount.
Comprising of six faculties, two independent schools and one research institute, the University is committed to excel in professional education, applied research and partnership for the betterment of Hong Kong, the nation and the world.

With just over 6,000 students, the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences is one of the largest faculties in the University and comprises five academic departments: Department of Applied Social Sciences, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Optometry.  These departments are very well known internationally for leadership in research and education in the academic disciplines they host.  Please visit the website at for more information about the Faculty. 

The University is now inviting applications or nominations for the post of Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.  The successful candidate should be qualified to be appointed as Chair Professor in one of the five constituent departments, and will hold a concurrent deanship appointment. The deanship appointment is normally for an aggregate period of six years in two three-year terms of office.  Other suitable candidate(s), if deemed appropriate by the University, may be appointed as Chair Professor.

The position calls for a visionary leader and distinguished scholar with responsibilities of ensuring the smooth and successful operation and sustainable development of the Faculty and its constituent departments; providing effective academic leadership to the Faculty; inspiring excellence in teaching, research and services; and fostering strong academic partnerships and collaborations with external organizations in joint projects and new service initiatives for the society.
Job Functions
Reporting directly to the Deputy President and Provost, the appointee will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:-

(a)    provide effective leadership in the development of long-term strategies and plans of the Faculty which align with the University’s Strategic Plan and provide support to overseeing departments for the accomplishment of strategic objectives with high quality standards;

(b)    ensure a high quality of teaching, holistic development of students and align the Faculty’s programmes to the needs of the community;
(c)    facilitate the conduct of innovative and original research of high application value by all academic staff and their contribution to the creation of knowledge, innovation, and knowledge transfer; and promote and develop genuine cross-disciplinary/departmental research with optimal use of research funds;
(d)    develop local and international network of partnerships and linkages with the community, particularly the professional, public, service and business sectors so as to gain their support for the major strategic initiatives of the University; 

(e)    promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and to exploit opportunities for the purpose of generating new income and other resources to support various activities;

(f)    organize voluntary community service activities of significant value with the involvement of staff, students, alumni and friends of the Faculty in order to be a true partner of the local, national and international community; and to collaborate with the professional, public, service and business sectors;

(g)    represent the University in high level community/public service;

(h)    implement an effective mechanism to acquire donations and other forms of sponsorship to support the University’s pursuits and long-term development;

(i)    assure effective internal communication that leads to transparent decision-making and promote the Faculty’s education and other services to target customers, other relevant stakeholders and community leaders; and 

(j)    ensure optimal deployment of human, financial and other resources in the Faculty.


Applicants should have:

(a)    outstanding academic qualifications at doctoral level in Health/Social Sciences or related disciplines, evidence of eminent scholarship and substantial relevant experience in a senior academic position;

(b)    research achievements of international standing in the areas concerned, and with a strong track record of performance in teaching, professional services and successful leadership and management at a senior level; 

(c)    the ability to promote collaboration across faculties and departments so as to build a harmonious, caring and co-operating team in support of the future development;

(d)    effective communication, interpersonal and resources management skills and excellent adaptability to changes and challenges; and

(e)    good knowledge of the higher education environment in the local and global context.

Experience in fund-raising will be an additional advantage.
Remuneration and Conditions of Service
Terms of appointment and remuneration package are negotiable and highly competitive.  For the general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at


Applicants are invited to send a detailed curriculum vitae with the names and addresses of three referees and direct any enquiries to the Chairman of the Search Committee for recruitment of Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong or via email to, quoting the position being applied for and the reference number.  Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.  Candidature may be obtained by nominations.  The University reserves the right to make an appointment by invitation or not to fill the position.  General information about the University is available at or from the Human Resources Office [Tel: (852) 2766 5310].  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at