Department Head (Tenure-Track/Tenured Position)

University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Applied Health Sciences
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 15, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

 The Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences (BHIS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications from all relevant disciplines including but not limited to Biomedical and Health Informatics, Health Data Science, Health Information Management, Biomedical Visualization, Medical Imaging, Public Health, Psychology, Communications, Health Technology, Medicine, Nursing, and other Allied Health Professions for the position of Department Head.

 The Department Head is charged with fostering the research, education and service efforts of clinical and tenure track faculty who are working across campus and across institutions to build interdisciplinary collaborations at the leading edge of biomedical and health information sciences. The Head is also responsible for promoting the synergies between the department’s graduate degree programs in health informatics and biomedical visualization and the undergraduate program in health information management. This position is also responsible for the overall fiscal and academic administration of the Department.

 Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, in the College of Applied Health Sciences, is home to energetic and growing graduate and undergraduate programs with over 650 students, including 500+ MS students enrolled in the MS in Health Informatics program (on-line), with a growing on-campus, research based enrollment; an IBHE Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics (on-line); an MS in Biomedical Visualization (on-campus); an undergraduate BS in Health Information Management (online and on-campus);  a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (online); PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics (on-campus). All of the aforementioned programs are accredited by their respective professional organizations. For a full description of undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, please see: In addition, the Department provides the coursework and select lectures that comprise the academic requirements within the Subspecialty in Clinical Informatics housed in the College of Medicine.  The department has a new minor in life science visualization, and is a partner in the university wide undergraduate degree in data science, with a dedicated track in health.

 The successful candidate will take a leadership role in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration within the College, the University, and with partner institutions (e.g., Rush University, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Northwestern University and University of Chicago). On campus, the Department Head will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cross disciplinary research and educational enterprises.

 The University of Illinois at Chicago, located in a vibrant neighborhood immediately west of downtown Chicago, is a major research university offering a variety of opportunities one expects to find in a world-class city.  As one of the top 200 research-funded institutions in the world, UIC has a rich heritage of discovery and teaching. The University has 16 academic colleges including the seven health science disciplines and a major academic health system all on one campus. The University is committed to inter-professional education with the goal of enhancing communication between health care professionals to improve the health of individuals and the community, and to collaborative interdisciplinary research. This effort spans the health science


colleges--Applied Health Science, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work--in collaboration with faculty in Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Medical Education, the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, the Graham Clinical Performance Center, the Physical Therapy Clinic, and the Library of the Health Sciences.

 Successful candidates are expected to maintain an independent research program by identifying funding opportunities, participating in and/or leading collaborative research teams in developing grant proposals, and executing funded applications. Additionally, candidates are expected to demonstrate ongoing scholarship as evidenced by participation at meetings of national and/or international professional associations, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and/or other related activities.

 Successful candidates are also expected to help to shape and lead the vision, mission and strategic plan of the department as well as provide creative leadership in the development of graduate and undergraduate programming. Candidates will contribute to departmental and college committees, professional and/or public service activities as appropriate. It is the responsibility of the Department Head to maintain strong academic programs in an atmosphere of scholarship and public service.


 PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a health related field and a strong record of scholarly productivity/excellence at an academic institution sufficient for a tenure-track or tenured appointment. In addition, candidates must have a minimum of five years of relatable administrative experience; an active research program with demonstrated grantsmanship; and an in-depth knowledge of content matter in a related discipline, including but not limited to:


  • Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • Health & Life Science Data Visualization
  • Health Data Science
  • Health Information Management
  • Use of Health Data for Population Outcome Studies
  • Health Technology including but not limited to:
    • Mobile Health
    • Simulation
    • EHR/Data Integration
    • Health Application & Software Design
  • Use of Communication Theory & Motivational Psychology to improve healthcare
  • Candidates with other relevant areas of expertise will equally be

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Illinois at Chicago offers an excellent benefit package. Interested individuals must submit an online application through

Requested documents include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of current and future research, and contact information for three references. Questions regarding the position should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Kelly Tappenden ( Applications should be submitted by December 14, 2020.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

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