University of Cincinnati names College of Allied Health Sciences dean

Charity Accurso to become the college’s fourth dean

Following a comprehensive national search, UC Provost Valerio Ferme, PhD, has named Charity Accurso, PhD, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS), pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. 

Accurso has served as interim dean of the college since July of 2022 championing the college’s first Student Success Coach position, which spurred implementation of a support program for first year students. As interim dean she also spearheaded the launch of an interdisciplinary community clinic and a strategic scholarship plan to increase student recruitment and retention.

“Throughout her career, Charity Accurso has demonstrated an ability to bridge academic divides and implement initiatives to foster the academic growth of our students while also supporting the needs of faculty and staff,” says Valerio Ferme, PhD, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Her compassion and collaborative spirit as a leader coupled with her skill as a strategic thinker will help guide the college into its Next-focused future.”

Charity Accurso headshot

College of Allied Health Sciences Dean Charity Accurso, PhD.

Prior to her interim decanal appointment, Accurso, a three-time UC graduate, served as associate dean of academic affairs. She joined the UC faculty in 2003 as assistant professor in the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program with a focus in hemostasis and clinical chemistry. During her time at UC, Accurso also served as MLS program director and unit head for the Department of Clinical and Health Information Sciences.

“The strength of CAHS lies in its team — faculty, staff and students,” says Accurso. “I am excited to serve CAHS and the university to expand our impact by engaging in teaching excellence, elevating program offerings and rankings, supporting high-impact service activities and fostering community engagement.” 

As an academic administrator Accurso has helped the college adjust to the changing landscape of health care and higher education. She played an integral role in the development and launch of several CAHS online programs, the restructuring of the Center for Educational Technology and Instructional Support and provided leadership for academic continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In order to meet the evolving needs of our students and global society, we must continuously work to ensure students are equipped to excel in diverse, interprofessional allied health settings and our faculty are able to implement innovative techniques in the classroom and research spaces,” adds Accurso.

Accurso currently serves as chair of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences Review Committee for Accredited Programs and has been an accreditation reviewer since 2005. She earned a doctorate degree in pathobiology and molecular medicine and bachelor’s degrees in medical technology and biology from UC.

About the College of Allied Health Sciences

The University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) offers over 30 specialty programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The college offers an innovative educational environment that fosters interprofessional collaboration, service learning and hands-on opportunities. CAHS graduates boast higher-than-average board examination pass rates and exceptional success in securing employment and pursuing advanced degrees. With nationally-ranked programs, the college empowers students to embrace their crucial role in providing high-quality service, always prioritizing the well-being of patients, clients and the community.

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