Academic Unit Head, Department of Health Sciences

Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 17, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

James Madison University (JMU) invites applications for the position of Academic Unit Head for the Department of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS). We seek a visionary leader whose experience emphasizes a commitment to undergraduate education, support of undergraduate students, and collaboration with the faculty/staff who work with these students.


The position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment at the Associate/Full Professor rank with consideration of tenure upon appointment. The Academic Unit Head reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies, in which Health Sciences is one of eight academic units in the College. The desired starting date is July 1, 2021.


The College of Heath and Behavioral Studies (CHBS) is working to identify and dismantle oppressive racist and discriminatory policies, practices, and processes while advancing inclusive excellence and promoting a CHBS culture in which every member can flourish. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment towards building equitable and inclusive environments. Consider joining us in achieving our goal of continuing to grow as a diverse college that embodies an atmosphere of belonging.


The Department of Health Sciences is a thriving academic unit with 22 full-time faculty members, 1600 undergraduate majors and significant contributions to general education. Faculty in Health Sciences fulfill their academic roles through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The B.S. in Health Sciences degree is designed for students interested in understanding the social determinants of health, health equity issues, strategies for promoting wellness, and the scientific basis and methodologies for analysis of health concerns. The major combines a broad foundation of health-related course work, including research methods and ethics, with a choice of preparatory courses suitable for entry into graduate programs in athletic training, dentistry, medicine, optometry, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, public health, or veterinary medicine.


Successful candidates will demonstrate

(1) excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both within the unit (e.g., promoting an inclusive and collaborative environment) and more broadly with other academic unit heads, administrators, campus partners and external stakeholders;

(2) an ability to establish and provide both leadership for creative vision and strategy for a unit focused exclusively on undergraduate students and proficiency with administrative responsibilities (e.g., class scheduling);

(3) experience supporting and advancing efforts related to interprofessional/interdisciplinary education and those related to diversity, equity and inclusion.



  • Demonstrate an integrated record of teaching, scholarship and service, including service to the discipline and/or professional associations; and
  • Earned doctorate appropriate to the position (e.g., PhD, EdD, DrPH).


Preference will be given to candidates who share evidence of effectiveness in academic or professional leadership roles.


Review of applications will begin March 13, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, submit a letter of application; a statement of administrative leadership philosophy (Other Document #1); statement addressing the candidate’s vision for diversity, equity and inclusion (Other Document #2); current vita and contact information for three references using JMU’s electronic application system at with job posting number F1555. For questions, please contact Dr. Douglas Hochstetler, Search Chair, 540-568-4434 or


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