Department Chair and Professor of Health, Behavior, and Society

Lexington, KY
Apr 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The department of Health, Behavior, and Society within the College of Public Health is seeking a tenured Professor as a Department Chair. The selected individual will be expected to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students throughout the College and with other colleges within the University. In addition, this position will be viewed nationally as a senior leader complementing and expanding existing departmental and College strengths, including cancer prevention and control, community-based interventions, dissemination and implementation science, practice-based research, and/or health disparities research. The selected individual will maintain an active research program with extramural support from NIH, CDC, health-related foundations, and/or other funding sources. Further, the selected individual will teach and mentor undergraduate, graduate, and professional students primarily in the College, and others as appropriate. In addition, creating and/or adapting curriculum in support of College and department strategic directions is expected.

Position Duties and Responsibilities include:
1. Act in accordance with the College of Public Health by-laws as they apply to the chair role as the lead for departmental program implementation.
2. Foster faculty planning and development, including mentorship of junior faculty.
3. Maintain a strong extramurally-supported research program focused on a topical area and/or research methodology that complements and expands existing department and College research areas.
4. Grow and guide the current extramurally-supported research portfolio of the department.
5. Serve as a resource to local, state, and national public health practice communities.
6. Teach and mentor undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

The position will remain open until filled.

Please include letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the application. This information may be used to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Job Title
Department Chair and Professor of Health, Behavior, and Society

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

PhD, DrPH, or MD degree or equivalent terminal academic degree

Required Related Experience

1. Extensive leadership experience in conducting public health and health behavior-related research.
2. Significant history of extramural research support and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
3. Extensive leadership experience (at the level of full professor) in developing and guiding academic programs; for example, supporting development of a PhD program.
4. Demonstrated experience in faculty mentorship, particularly of junior faculty.
5. Proficiency in developing and leading multidisciplinary research and service teams.
6. Experience and credibility in working with public health leaders in the practice community.
7. Demonstrated teaching and mentoring excellence at the graduate and professional student level. Undergraduate teaching experience also desired.
8. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Required License/ Registration/Certification

Driver's License

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Open Untill Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your experience with creating and fostering success of academic programs.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Discuss your experience in providing oversight of budgets and fiscal resources.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • Academic Keys
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above
  4. * Define mentorship success as it relates to faculty, and provide examples of how you have provided mentorship for faculty.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Discuss your strategy in leading a department to ensure constituents appropriately engage in, for example, departmental and college-level governance and administrative processes.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents


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