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Chair, Department of Community and Global Health

Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Indianapolis, Indiana
Salary will be commensurate with rank and experience.
Posted Date
Apr 20, 2023

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Chair, Department of Community and Global Health
Eligible to be Tenured Full Professor

Indiana University (IU) Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health located in Indianapolis on the IUPUI Campus

We seek a highly motivated individual to become the Chair of the newly formed Department of Community and Global Health (CGH). The new department of CGH is the product of a merger of the former Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the former Department of Global Health. This change, effective July 1, 2023, will provide synergies for existing programs, allow for a critical mass of people needed to enhance our research output, and support growing our enrollment in both areas.

The new department will continue to champion the values of diversity, cultural humility, health equity, and leadership all with a global orientation and a strong local presence.  These shared values are highly aligned with the fields of community health and global health nationally and internationally.  The new department will retain a strong commitment to community engagement through research, teaching, and service in Indiana and beyond.

The CGH Chair is the academic and executive leader of one of four academic departments at the Fairbanks School and is a member of the School Operating Council and the Academic Policy Council. The Fairbanks School recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary and redoubled its commitment to stakeholders to continue building a highly credible academic research organization with a clear positive impact on the health of the people within Indiana and beyond.  The CGH Department houses:

Undergraduate courses in the schoolwide BSPH program

An MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences

An MS in Global Health and Sustainable Development

A DrPH program in Global Health Leadership

A growing research portfolio including the $12 million DIP-IN project

The ECHO Center

The CGH Chair will work closely with the Dean, Executive Associate Dean, and other school leaders to advance the research, teaching, and service mission of the school.

Responsibilities of the CGH Chair include:

Overseeing the department’s faculty, staff, academic programs, and research portfolio

Developing and implementing a departmental strategic plan that is consistent with that of the Fairbanks School

Recruiting faculty that build upon the research capacity of the department

Being responsible for the financial performance of the department

Serving as a champion for continuous improvement and outreach for the department

Other responsibilities of the CGH Chair include teaching (at least 1 course annually), mentoring students, maintaining relationships with key practice organizations, maintaining a funded portfolio of impactful research, publishing in top tier journals relevant to CGH, and participating in schoolwide and campus activities including service.

Candidates for CGH Chair must meet the requirements for tenured full professor at the Fairbanks School. As such, the CGH Chair will have an outstanding record of academic accomplishments, a commitment to professional and public service, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an established track record of developing others, especially students.  Strong candidates will have excellent leadership, communication, and administrative abilities.  The position requires full-time on-site presence at the Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis campus, known as IUPUI, is the health and life science campus of Indiana University and the focal point of health profession education in the State of Indiana. The Department and School maintain close relationships with many community-based organizations, state and local health departments, the state Medicaid agency, and many other stakeholders. Faculty members also have strong ties with colleagues at the IU Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Education, Liberal Arts, and other schools on-campus.

Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana and the country's 11th largest city. Indianapolis offers superb cultural, educational, sports and dining opportunities. Residents enjoy low cost of living, short commute times, and high quality of life.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with rank and experience. We are committed to building a diverse faculty and encourage and welcome applications from minorities and women. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter summarizing their relevant qualifications, including their commitment to DEI, and a copy of their curriculum vitae directly to the Faculty Search and Screen Committee. Electronic submission of all application materials is required and can be submitted online at: Inquiries about the position may be sent to Dr. Nir Menachemi, Executive Associate Dean, Fairbanks School of Public Health, or (317) 274-0388.

Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution M/F/D. As the state’s premier urban research institution, IUPUI is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUPUI condemns racism in all its forms and has taken an anti-racist stance that moves beyond mere statements to interrogating its policies, procedures, and practices. We hope to identify individuals who will assist in our mission to dismantle racism so that everyone can succeed at IUPUI.

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