Director, Division of Community Health Sciences

Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 14, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director, Division of Community Health Sciences
School of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks applications for the position of Director of the Division of Community Health Sciences (CHS) in the School of Public Health (SPH). An engaged leader is sought to enhance ongoing research, teaching, practice, and service activities and to provide vision for continued growth in the division. The successful candidate will have an established national reputation, strong scientific background in a field relevant to CHS, proven leadership skills, considerable teaching and curricular development experience, and qualifications for a rank of Associate Professor or Professor. An active research program, including a successful record of extramural funding, is required. Strong communication and management skills, experience in or commitment to furthering scholarship in public health practice and research, evidence of successful mentoring, and an entrepreneurial attitude are assets.

The Division Director is the academic officer directly responsible for:

  • Providing leadership and vision to the department, advancing the goals of the land-grant mission in research, teaching, extension, outreach and international activities and promoting equality and diversity.
  • Developing and communicating departmental policy guidelines in consultation with the faculty.
  • Supporting the department's educational mission and promote student professional development.
  • Supervising and evaluating faculty and staff in the department.
  • Developing and implementing a strong mentoring program for faculty and staff.
  • Administering budgetary and financial matters within the department.
  • Providing leadership with college support for development and fundraising.
  • Representing the department at the college and campus levels.
  • Facilitating collaboration with the stakeholders of the CHS department including leaders in industry, government, other universities, public groups, and professional societies.
  • In collaboration with SPH Director of Marketing and Communications, develop a proactive recruitment and marketing campaign for the department that aligns with college efforts.
  • Serving as a member of the CHS leadership team; engage in meaningful discussions with the dean and associate deans concerning departmental priorities, college level funding initiatives and inter or transdisciplinary efforts intended to advance the missions of the department, college and university.

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an acclaimed research institution with 16 colleges dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge and is among the top five most diverse campuses in the nation and a national leader among urban, public higher education institutions in providing access to underrepresented students. Faculty, students and staff in every college work with neighborhood, foundation and government partners on a wide range of projects to improve the quality of life in communities around the world.

Since 2010, UIC has been federally-designated as a Minority-Serving and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, and designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution was received in 2016. Thus, UIC's more than 20,000 undergraduate, 7,000 graduate and 4,000 professional students comprise one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. The university's institutional commitment and support for diverse student populations has been recognized nationally, including the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

School of Public Health

The UIC School of Public Health is the only public health school in Illinois accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Dedicated to creating a healthy society, the school emphasizes real-world learning to make a difference in populations around the world.

Through partnerships with community groups and government agencies and a focus on social justice and reducing health inequities, faculty and students lead and implement projects that include violence prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, environmental and occupational health, maternal and child health, health and aging, substance use epidemiology and intervention, and emergency and disaster preparedness.

Division of Community Health Sciences

The Division of Community Health Sciences is committed to developing a skilled public health workforce and a new generation of community and population health scientists. Our research, education, practice, and service endeavors reflect a strong commitment to advancing the aims of social justice in an inclusive manner across diverse communities. As such, we emphasize mutual learning, cultural humility, capacity building, and sustainability of community-based research and practice, all of which are informed by both life-course and socio-ecological perspectives.

Our faculty and students focuses on advancing knowledge and change along a continuum of factors that affect human health, at the individual, community, and system levels. We utilize rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods in collaboration with traditional and nontraditional research partners as well as community stakeholders. Our applied focus involves translational research and leads to broad-based dissemination of innovative public health interventions. We also develop theories of health behavior and systems change. Our teaching emphasizes engaged learning environments that include partnering with public health practitioners to seek their expertise. For more information about CHS, please visit:


How to Apply

Applicants must submit an on-line application using the link provided below. Please upload a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. For fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by November 9, 2020. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration. The application period will close November 23, 2020.

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For further information, contact Dr. Tamar Heller, Search Committee Chair via e-mail (

Salary: Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Proposed Starting Date: Flexible but preferred start date is January 1, 2021.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, covered veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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