Professor & Head, Department of Community and Behavioral Health University of Iowa, College of Publi

Iowa City, Iowa
Aug 15, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Other Executive Administration
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Iowa, College of Public Health seeks a dedicated and experienced leader for the Head of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health. The Department Head serves as the departmental executive officer and reports directly to the Dean of the College. The Head will be appointed at the level of Professor with Tenure.

The College of Public Health is nationally ranked among the top 10 in publicly supported schools of public health and has a diverse research portfolio. Housed in a LEED Platinum certified building overlooking the Iowa River, the college offers a rich environment in interdisciplinary research and faculty collaboration and engagement with many academic, government, and community partners. The Department of Community and Behavioral Health is one of five departments in the College of Public Health. The Department has a reputation nationally for community-based research and practice; and promoting equity and social justice. The Department offers the following degree programs: MPH in community and behavioral health, including an undergrad-to-graduate track, and a PhD in community and behavioral health. Further information about the Department can be found at:

The Department has 11 primary faculty, 42 students, and $3.4 million in research funding. The Department advances teaching, research, and practice in four strategic areas: 1) rural health; 2) community engagement and participatory approaches; 3) theory-based culturally informed intervention development, implementation, and evaluation; and 4) social justice, health equity, and health disparities. The Department has a well-established working relationship with organizations and communities within Iowa, throughout the U.S., and internationally, including projects in Eastern Europe, South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Research programs of department faculty members engage Latinx, LGBTQI, American Indian and Alaska Natives, and refugee and immigrant communities as well as communities living in low and middle-income countries internationally, among others.

The Department excels in developing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based practices including community-level interventions. The Department is home to the National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center (N AI&AN ATTC), the Prevention Research Center for Rural Health (PRC-RH), the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research and Training (MHIRT) center, and the Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL). Some sources of funding and grants include: National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, American Legacy Foundation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, American Cancer Society, Pfizer, Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Office of the Attorney General.

Department faculty members enjoy strong collaborative relationships with other Departments in the College of Public Health and with colleges across campus, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Carver College of Medicine. Faculty participate and direct projects in research centers across campus, including the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Public Policy Center, and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS).

Reporting to the Dean, the Head of Community and Behavioral Health will:

  • Provide leadership for the Department’s diverse research program and faculty;
  • Recruit and retain excellent faculty, particularly those from diverse backgrounds, and encourage faculty development with strong and effective mentorship;
  • Provide leadership for continued innovation of educational programs;
  • Foster a learning environment that attracts a diverse student body;
  • Provide effective management of the Department’s overall budget;
  • Ensure compliance with collegiate, university, state, and federal policies related to grant funding, legislative, and academic policies;
  • Support a collaborative and collegial culture that is inclusive and diverse, and values faculty, staff, and students;
  • Serve as a member of the collegiate leadership team that guides the strategic initiatives and resources to allow the college to meet its mission, vision, and goals; and
  • Maintain an active scholarship portfolio, including external funding and peer reviewed publications.

Candidates must have a PhD, DrPH, MD (with an MPH preferred) or equivalent degree in a related field and qualifications commensurate with an appointment as a tenured, full professor in our College of Public Health. Successful candidates must demonstrate academic experience in a community health and/or behavioral/social science discipline relevant to public health, with national recognition as a scholar. Candidates are expected to have a record of research productivity, including extramural funding, and teaching experience. Candidates must demonstrate leadership and administrative experience; evidence of collaborative efforts in teaching and/or research; a record of community service and commitment to social justice; success or knowledge of effective strategies for working with and mentoring diverse faculty, staff, and students; and a commitment to promoting a diverse academic environment. Desirable qualities of the successful candidate include demonstrated experience working with both public and private funding sources, evidence of building partnerships across academic disciplines, and developing successful long-term strategies for growth in a multi-disciplinary team.

Candidates must submit applications online at for requisition #73281. Inquiries regarding the position can be made to Renée Anthony, the Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]. The Search Committee will continue to screen applicants until the position is filled. Nominations and applications should include a letter outlining interest and relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references (to be contacted only with permission). Candidates must also provide a statement identifying how their past and / or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion will advance the University of Iowa’s commitment to inclusive excellence. The University of Iowa is an equal employment opportunity / affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff, which involves providing opportunities for employees to “Build a Career | Build a Life.” For more information about local work / life resources, including dual-career support, please see:

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