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From its inception in 1999, SPH has been fulfilling HSC’s mission to create solutions for healthier communities in North Texas and beyond. The school’s purpose is to transform lives and improve the lives of others.

Department Chair & Associate or Full Professor – Population and Community Health

SPH seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial and transformative leader to serve as the inaugural chair of its new Department of Population and Community Health.

Among the chair’s core responsibilities will be to help develop and advance “SPH 2030” – SPH’s new strategic plan – focusing on strategic priorities to advance health equity.

• Provide transformative leadership, working collaboratively with the SPH Dean, faculty, staff, students, internal and external partners, and stakeholders to develop strategic priorities for the department in alignment with the overall mission, vision and goals of SPH and emerging trends within the field of public health.
• Oversee the administrative functions of the department, ensuring efficient, transparent, fiscally responsible and sustainable operations while adhering to HSC and SPH policies and regulations in a shared-governance environment.

• Help develop, support and implement a strategic, data-informed enrollment growth plan and marketing and recruitment efforts to meet current and future public health workforce needs.
• Attract, recruit, mentor and retain faculty and staff who are high-performing, solutions-oriented, mission-driven and who bring a diversity of lived experiences.

• Represent the department in school-wide leadership meetings, committees and external engagements, advocating for SPH interests and contributing to overall organizational decision-making processes.
• Establish collaborations and joint programs with HSC centers, institutes and other UNT System campuses – Dallas, Denton and Frisco.

  • Cultivate strong relationships with SPH alumni, friends and donors.
  • Serve as a visible exemplar of engaged, facilitative, constructive, high-performing, entrepreneurial and optimistic academic citizenship within the SPH and across the Health Science Center.

• Contribute to curricular evolution in alignment with accreditation criteria in the preparation of a public health workforce that is competent and community-centered, with the capabilities to address social and structural determinants and related disparities in health outcomes through transformative population and community health efforts.
• Stay abreast of emerging developments and promising practices in public health education, research and service that is responsive to health inequities, fostering the department’s reputation as a thought leader in the field.

• Mentor and support a diverse and talented faculty body, fostering their professional growth and promoting excellence in teaching, research/scholarly activity, public health consultancies and community service to address public health challenges. • Support a culture of educational excellence, enabling faculty, staff and students to engage in high-impact, evidence-based pedagogical practices.

• Establish a culture of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, community engagement and inter-/trans-disciplinary research collaboration, securing external funding through grants, contracts and consultancies and disseminating results widely to academic and public audiences.
• Help advance implementation science to narrow the knowledge-to-practice gap and build interventions that address population and community health needs; and support the translation and uptake of research/scholarly activity into policy and practice, resulting in direct societal benefit toward advancing health equity.
• Mentor graduate students and early-career faculty, teach, obtain external funding and support HSC’s emphasis on advancing health equity.
• Ensure alignment with the strategic direction of HSC and SPH to operate as a socially accountable, community-centered, globally relevant and transformative department.

• Advocate for and help advance the development of collaborative, health equity-focused community partnerships to enhance the relevance and practicality of the department’s programs and faculty efforts in addressing health disparities. • Support and help advance the development of opportunities for multi-sectoral partnerships to foster opportunities for public health internships, consultancies and experiential learning initiatives that provide students, faculty and staff with real-world exposure and impact.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in public health or a related field.
  • A distinguished record of high-impact, evidence-based educational practices.
  • A distinguished record of externally funded research/scholarship and associated achievements in areas related to public health and health equity.

• Proven leadership experience in an academic setting, with a track record of cultivating and leading faculty, student and staff success; conducting program evaluation; navigating change management; and building inclusive environments in a high-performing, results-oriented culture.
• Accomplishments that qualify for a tenured faculty appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

• Senior faculty member with a record of fostering evidence-based educational practices, implementation and team science, and health equity-related activities.
• Administrative experience, preferably at the level of department chair or equivalent.

Department Chair & Associate or Full Professor – Health Administration & Health Policy

The inaugural chair of the Department of Health Administration and Health Policy at SPH will be a recognized thought leader and practitioner in the fields of health administration and health policy, and serve as a strategic thought partner with and reporting to the dean.

The Department of Health Administration and Health Policy will house SPH’s CAHME-accredited MHA program, the first in the nation to partner with the National Association for Healthcare Quality and fully integrate a pathway to Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality credentialing into its curriculum.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to academic excellence, an unwavering ethical compass, a deep commitment to interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration, and executive experience in the health care industry and/or health policy sectors.

The chair will develop and implement a bold strategic vision for the department’s future in consultation with the dean, and work closely with faculty, staff, students, the HSC Center for Health Policy and external stakeholders.

Among the chair’s core responsibilities will be to help develop and advance “SPH 2030” – SPH’s new strategic plan – with an emphasis on advancing health equity.

• Provide visionary and transformative leadership, collaborating with stakeholders to set strategic priorities for the department’s advancement and raise resources to steadily advance those priorities.

  • Manage departmental administration, including budgeting, resource allocation and adherence to policies and regulations.
  • Represent the department in leadership meetings, committees and external engagements.

• Foster partnerships to bridge academia and health care industry through internships, experiential learning initiatives and projects.

  • Facilitate faculty and student involvement in projects, consultancies and applied research addressing health sector needs.
  • Foster the integration of theoretical knowledge and practical insights in health management.

• Offer expertise to advance health systems at various levels through collaboration with health policymakers and stakeholders.
• Engage experts in health policy analyses, evaluation of health systems and development of evidence-based recommendations.

• Work closely and collaboratively with the HSC Center for Health Policy to engage faculty and students in policy- related activities, such as policy research, briefings and testimony, to inform health policy development and address health disparities.

• Foster development of rigorous academic programs aligned with current issues, trends and accreditation requirements.
• Support curriculum enhancement efforts by integrating interdisciplinary approaches and health care industry best practices.
• Support faculty development and excellence through externally funded projects to improve health systems and organizations.

• Forge partnerships with industry, health care institutions, government agencies and community organizations to enhance program relevance.
• Develop industry partnerships, internships and experiential learning opportunities, providing students with real-world exposure to enhance their career readiness.

• Foster community engagement initiatives, working with community leaders and organizations to promote health equity and support sustainable health systems.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s or doctoral degree in health administration, business administration or related field.
  • Experience in program development and community and partnerships engagement.
  • Experience in industry engagement and partnerships.Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s or doctoral degree in health administration, business administration or related field.
  • Development and implementation of innovative and rigorous academic programs, health policy and health systems administration.
  • Experience in program development and growth.
  • Familiarity and success with program accreditation.

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