Department Head

Auburn, Alabama
Commensurate with experience.
Feb 13, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Department Head

Health Outcomes Research and Policy

Auburn University

Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is inviting nominations and applications for the position of Department Head, Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy.  This is a tenure track position at the Associate Professor or Professor level.  Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is the only publicly funded School of Pharmacy in Alabama. The School prioritizes quality education, scholarship, and outreach.  Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Masters of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are offered.

Candidates must have a terminal degree in their field and demonstrated accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.  Candidates should possess academic credentials sufficient to meet tenure eligibility requirements of Auburn University.  A professional degree in pharmacy is preferred; however, candidates with a background in medicine, public health, health care administration, epidemiology, or related fields are encouraged to apply.  As department head, successful candidates must have excellent interpersonal and management skills; be able to facilitate, motivate and influence; have vision; and be a team player.  The department head’s responsibilities include: daily departmental operations; budgeting; ensuring quality in the Department’s instructional programs; faculty development in all areas of scholarship; contributing to the development of School policy and strategic planning; and participation in the Department’s graduate and research programs.  Extramurally funded research is an important element to the ongoing success for the Department, and the successful candidate would ideally maintain or build a productive, externally funded research program. The department head is expected to serve as a liaison for enhancing research productivity of the Department.  Salary and rank will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. 


The Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy is comprised of eight faculty members from a variety of disciplines that are relevant to the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of medication use and the provision of healthcare services.  Current faculty have expertise in medication adherence, patient-provider and provider-provider communications, organizational behavior, behavioral economics, comparative effectiveness research, safety, pharmacoepidemiology, and informatics.  Ideal applicants would have complimentary or overlapping expertise.  All faculty have active research programs with current funding coming from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other private foundations.  The size of the Department’s MS and PhD program averages a total of 15 students at any given time. 


Auburn University is a land-grant institution with a multicultural student enrollment of over 27,000. The University provides instruction in approximately 70 academic departments and maintains graduate research and public service programs. The University is located in the city of Auburn, in east-central Alabama near several large metropolitan areas of Alabama (e.g., Montgomery and Birmingham) and Georgia (e.g., Atlanta and Columbus).  Co-located in Auburn is the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, which provides additional research and teaching collaborations.


To assure full consideration, applications must include a curriculum vita, a letter of interest providing a summary of qualifications for the position, and the name and contact information for three references.  Interested candidates should apply online at the following link:

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2017, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. Successful candidates must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of initial appointment and must maintain eligibility for the proposed term of employment. Candidates must have excellent written and interpersonal skills.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer