Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Program - College of Applied Health Sciences (A1700499)

Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Program (i-Health) Position

College of Applied Health Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Director for the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (i-Health) program. The i-Health degree of study is an interdisciplinary curriculum that allows students to explore a broad array of subjects related to health from the social and behavioral sciences. The program provides students preparation for a variety of health-related careers as well as professional and graduate degree programs. This individual will serve as the principle academic leader for the i-Health program, with responsibility for administrative oversight and academic programming. This position will report directly to the College of Applied Health Sciences Dean. This is a 100%, academic professional, 12 month appointment.


  1. Develop and implement programs and policies related to i-Health, and campus units such as OAR and the Campus Career Center, responsible for strategic objectives and goals, and long-range planning. Strategic planning and its implementation will be shared by all staff of i-Health, including the Director, Advisor, the lecturers, and tenure-based faculty who teach i-Health-required courses. The i-Health staff and faculty meet at least once per year to review progress on goals, strategies and metrics, as well as identify next year's short and long term plans.
  2. Responsible for direct supervision of operational areas, including, recruitment efforts meeting with prospective freshmen, off-campus transfers and on-campus transfers and student athletes.
  3. Responsible for i-Health curriculum including course development and instruction.
  1. Serve as an expert in specific areas related to enrollment management, planning for instructional delivery, course development, facilitate curriculum updates including admissions criteria review with the AHS Academic Affairs Office, liaison with Study Abroad Office, and provides reports, analysis, information, and recommendations to the Dean and Associate Dean as required.
  2. Provide leadership to the curriculum committee. The Director and six faculty who teach in the i-Health core are the voting members of the curriculum committee. Oversee professional development opportunities for students, including the annual medical school application workshop for pre-med students, other workshops or extra-curricular seminars of guest speakers relevant to i-Health students' career aspirations.
  3. Provide advice and expertise to campus and university units to better understand policies of the i-Health program, most notably the Campus Career Center, Division of General Studies, and Study Abroad Office.
  4. Responsible for coordination of program development, and advise the leadership of administrative operations of i-Health, develop and implement strategies to engage i-Health alumni, assist with advancement activities, and build relationships with external constituents and practicum placement opportunities. May coordinate course development related to an i-Health gen-ed or other course offering, depending on the topical area of the course. Often development of an i-Health course is done in conjunction with another campus faculty member to align the course with student demands and unit directives. Provide advice and consultation to the Dean related to growth and strategies for student recruitment, such as connecting with outreach events through the OAR or through AHS. Participate in planning meetings for such events, and connecting i-Health activities to align with campus procedures. Connect current students with alums who are in the students desired health profession (*such as being a DDS, DO, or PT) and this consists of both formal (introductions, one-on-one meetings, and informal (coordinating workshops and return visits) strategies of doing so.
  5. Act as liaison to campus and university units and assist with evaluation of policies and compliance with them, including negotiation of reservation of seats in classes for i-Health students. Serve as point-of-contact for campus offices dealing with undergraduate admissions and recruitment. Participate in periodic meetings sponsored by OAR, DGS, and other offices to update the campus community on their policies and procedures. In addition, the matrix-based curriculum of i-Health requires other units to reserve or hold seats in their classes for i-Health students during registration. Serve as first point on contact between various campus units and the i-Health program regarding the questions and maintenance of the inter-departmental correspondence.
  6. Supervise the teaching staff of the i-Health program, this involves reviewing syllabi, coordinating classroom space with teaching schedules, and monitoring teaching quality including ICES development and analysis.
  7. Serve as the program coordinator and advisor for the aging minor, advise i-Health student organization, I-HEAL, and service on ad hoc college committees.

Qualifications: PhD in health related field required. 5 years of experience with administration of interdisciplinary program related to health, aging, and/or disability required. Understanding of social and behavioral sciences approaches to health required.

Salary: Salary commensurate with demonstrated abilities and qualifications.

Closing date: All application materials must be received by August 17, 2017.

Application procedure: Please create your candidate profile at and upload your letter of application that includes a statement of your interest, curriculum vitae, and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references by the closing date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

Starting Date: As soon as possible.

For more information about the position, applicants may contact:

Robbin King

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College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Applied Health Sciences
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Program - College of Applied Health Sciences (A1700499)
Open Date: 08/10/2017
Close Date: 08/17/2017
Organization Name: Applied Health Sciences Admin