Director, Biomedical Science and Engineering - Carle Illinois College of Medicine (A1700096)

Champaign, IL
May 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Director of Biomedical Science and Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) and the Carle Health System (Carle) have embarked on an exciting endeavor by creating the nation's first engineering-based college of medicine. In partnership, Carle and Illinois are seeking an exceptional leader to serve as the first permanent Director of Biomedical Science and Engineering for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. A member of the Dean's senior leadership team, the Director of Biomedical Science and Engineering will serve as the principal administrative officer/unit executive officer, guiding this area into status as an academic department within the College. This position will report directly to the inaugural Dean, Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

This is a rare opportunity to join an enthusiastically engaged, multi-disciplinary group of academic scholars, health care professionals, and specialists in medical education at the intersection of engineering, biological, and clinical sciences. It is planned that the individual in this administrative role will have full-time, benefits eligible, University employment, including opportunities for concurrent appointment in another University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign college and/or the Carle Health System. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The start date will be as soon as possible after the close of the search. If the individual selected to serve as Director of Biomedical Science and Engineering is additionally qualified to hold faculty status in the medical college, then consideration will be made for a zero percent time non-tenured faculty appointment.

Responsibilities of the position include the following:
  • Collaborate with other members of the college senior leadership team to recommend, establish and implement policies appropriate to a new area within the University's organization.
  • Foster diversity in the faculty, staff, and student ranks; support and encourage positive inter-professional relationships bridging the college's private/public organization and its missions.
  • Oversee delivery of the biomedical and engineering components of the curriculum as approved by the Curriculum Committee. Work with leadership of the Clinical Science area and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs related to the curriculum.
  • Foster positive inter-personnel relationships among physicians and physician educators and their support staff (i.e., nurses, aids, therapists and others) and University faculty and their support staff (i.e., academic and civil service employees).
  • In consultation with the college's senior leadership team and others involved in the engineering-based medical curriculum planning, establish a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan for high quality biomedical and engineering faculty and departmental staff; recommend initial faculty and physician educator hires for delivery of the M.D. curriculum.
  • Recommend Biomedical Science and Engineering organizational structure; lead the faculty in development of bylaws, policies, and procedures that will align with future classification as a department, including provisions for shared governance where applicable.
  • Work with faculty to further develop and maintain an engineering-based medical curriculum emphasizing inter-professional collaboration, achievement of clinical competencies, and incorporation of innovative concepts in health care and wellness.
  • Uphold compliance with Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation standards and other designated professional standards.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on issues related to planning and budgeting for the area.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and oversight of faculty processes related to recruitment, appointment, retention, evaluation for promotion (and tenure if applicable), professional development, leaves, faculty awards and recognition.
  • Oversee mentoring of faculty to facilitate their understanding of students' progress and anticipated knowledge base in a novel engineering-based curriculum key to optimal learning at each point of clinical involvement.
  • In consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, create and implement assessment/evaluation processes designed to inform the quality and outcomes of the integrated biomedical, engineering, and clinical curriculum, including curriculum and its delivery, student welfare within the curriculum, faculty effectiveness, and related areas of research.
  • Work with faculty in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, with the Director of Clinical Sciences, and with others to further develop and refine the medical curriculum that is fused to engineering, emphasizing inter-professional collaboration, achievement of clinical competencies, and incorporation of innovative concepts in health care and wellness.
  • Engage the faculty in discussions challenging curriculum and its delivery previously considered standard in medical education; encourage interdisciplinary collaboration to create more valuable clinical experiences wherever possible and engage in active commitment to a culture of transparent decision-making, professional accountability and shared successes.
  • Engage in active commitment to a culture of transparent decision-making, professional accountability and shared success.
  • Nurture faculty development in instruction, research, scholarly activity, service, and advising across all ranks.
  • Provide annual faculty evaluations, engage in mutual goal setting and support the policies and procedures related to promotion in rank, including evaluation for indefinite tenure when applicable.
  • Oversee professional development and annual evaluation and goal setting for departmental staff in employment classifications other than tenure system and non-tenure system faculty.

Education requirement: An M.D., D.O., or Ph.D. degree in a discipline related to the Carle Illinois College of Medicine is required.

Required experience, skills and abilities include:
  • Senior faculty status and leadership experience in a department, institute, center, or program of study in a research-oriented academic institution.
  • Established record reflecting successful communication with stakeholders including faculty, other administrators, staff, alumni, students, benefactors, and business partners.
  • A strong personal commitment to integrity as well as to the ethical values and professional responsibilities associated with medical education incorporating biomedical sciences, engineering concepts including robust technology and data, and clinical competencies.
  • Must have a record of highly ethical conduct, a sense of respect for confidentiality, and a high level of professionalism and collegiality.
  • Must have an established record of research in a field relevant to the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
  • Successful experiences with facilitating federally sponsored research.
  • Service to a federal agency in the area of research support.
  • The position requires the skills and abilities to lead an academic biomedical science and engineering department.
  • A successful candidate will have the ability to develop and implement collegial collaborative partnerships with faculty across disciplines and medical professionals engaged in clinical practice and service to educate medical students.

Our community:

Urbana-Champaign offers the residential advantages of a thriving micro-urban university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life as reflected by its ranking as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association:

Procedure for candidacy:

For more information on the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, please visit Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and review of applications will begin immediately. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by no later than March 22, 2017. Interested candidates must create a candidate profile through submit an application, resume, and a letter of interest that should include a brief one-page statement that describes how applicant's career goals and experiences will contribute to the new college. Also required is a list of names and contact information of three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Jennifer Steiling at

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of the Provost
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Director, Biomedical Science and Engineering - Carle Illinois College of Medicine (A1700096)
Open Date: 02/22/2017
Organization Name: Carle IL COM Administration


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