About the School:
Office of the Dean
Murphy Bldg. Room 1024
KU Medical Center
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-5235 (711 TTY)
KU School of Health Professions
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA
Dean and Professor
The vision of the University of Kansas School of Health Professions is to lead the nation in developing future leaders of the health professions, medical institutions, and academia.
The Dean's Leadership Series aims to foster the natural leadership abilities of faculty, staff, and students in the school. The one-hour lunch sessions include brief remarks from an invited speaker with a distinguished career of leadership in academia and in the health professions.
After learning about the speaker's pathway to leadership positions and the traits that allowed them to succeed, an interactive session follows for the audience to ask questions and discuss topics.
While this program was designed with School of Health Professions faculty, staff, students, and alumni in mind, all employees at KU Medical Center are invited to attend.
12:00-1:00 p.m., Battenfeld Auditorium (room 1003)
The Dean's Leadership Series presents keynote speaker Ruth V. Watkins, Ph.D. An American scholar of child language and speech pathology, Watkins is the 16th and current president of the University of Utah. She earned a master's degree in child language/speech-language pathology in 1987, and a doctorate in child language in 1989, from the University of Kansas. The entire campus community is invited.
As the chief academic officer of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., Saladin manages a $40M annual budget and oversees the institution’s six colleges (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Professions, and Graduate Studies) as well as the Hollings Cancer Center, the university’s library, and departments supporting research, student life, and diversity/gender equity, among others.
Saladin is best known for her excellence as an educator. She has experience in curriculum development, interprofessional education, distance education, and development of innovative methods to engage and motivate students to learn.
She has been widely recognized for her teaching excellence with three University Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards, a South Carolina Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award, and a 2009 Medical University of South Carolina Master Teacher designation. In 2008, she was recognized nationally for her teaching excellence by the American Physical Therapy Association with the Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching. Bio