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Division Director, Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago

Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Director of the Division of Health Policy and Administration (HPA) in the School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). An engaged leader is sought to enhance ongoing research, teaching and service activities and to provide vision for continued growth.

UIC’s SPH is the only fully accredited school of public health in Illinois. It is located within UIC’s medical campus and is one of six health science schools at UIC. The SPH has an exceptionally strong community focus. Its Chicago location provides a dynamic and diverse urban environment in which faculty, students, and staff members pursue the school’s mission. UIC is one of 108 U.S. universities classified as having “very high research activity.”

HPA has 22 research and practice faculty, and over 350 students. HPA is one of the four academic divisions in the SPH. The Division has vital collaborations with local, state, and federal health agencies. It offers several degree programs, including MPH (Health Policy and Administration; Public Health Informatics), MHA (Healthcare Administration), MS (Health Policy; Health Services Research), MS in Clinical and Translational Science, and PhD degree programs. Besides these degree programs, HPA offers several on-line certificate programs. HPA faculty also are active in two school-wide degree programs, the Bachelor of Arts in public health degree program, which graduated its first cohort of students in 2014, and the DrPH in Leadership program, which offers an on-line curriculum for mid-career public health professionals.

HPA has strong research, educational, and service activities in many areas, including research focused on policies and programs to address the obesity epidemic, the AIDS epidemic in low-income countries, the impact of health insurance provision, and access to care among vulnerable populations. HPA faculty also has strong ties and collaborative research with UIC’s Institute for Health Research and Policy. The SPH has a growing commitment to developing research and training in global health internationally and within Chicago’s many diverse ethnic communities.
Duties: The Division Director is the academic officer directly responsible for: the operation of the division, including budget, personnel, curriculum and planning; maintenance of the overall quality and standards of the programs of the division; developing and implementing new initiatives; and selecting and mentoring faculty, staff and students.

In this regard, it is expected that the Division Director will:

  • Maintain a collegial climate that is open and accepting of different ideas or perspectives;
  • Set strategic priorities;
  • Develop and implement new initiatives;
  • Provide vision and leadership for research, teaching, service and other scholarly activities of the division;
  • Recruit, supervise, evaluate and mentor faculty, staff and students;
  • Manage personnel and resources for the maximal benefit of the division and the school.


The successful candidate will have an established national reputation, strong scientific background in a field relevant to HPA, proven leadership skills and qualifications for a rank of Professor with tenure. 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, evidence of successful mentoring, and an entrepreneurial attitude are assets.

How to appy:

Applicants must electronically submit an online application and upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae along with the names and contact information for three references. For fullest consideration please submit an online application at https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=44515 by January 1, 2015. Applications will be reviewed until the position has been field.

The University of Illinois at Chicago 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, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, including disabled veterans.