College of Applied Health Sciences: Professor and Director, Chez Veterans Center (122456)

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Professor and Director, Chez Veterans Center

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, and the College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS, invite applicants for a position as the Director of the Chez Veterans Center and Professor.

The College of Applied Health Sciences is seeking a collaborative faculty leader with creativity and vision, as well as a solid understanding of veteran issues to be the next Director for the Chez Veterans Center (Center). The Center has a unique mission of providing student and family services, and being the hub of veteran-related research, outreach, and educational activities on the UIUC campus, with a particular emphasis on student-veterans with disabilities.

The Director will provide strategic and administrative leadership, serving as the scholarly, academic, and operational leader of the Center. They will oversee Center operations and staff, develop and promote academic offerings at the Center, foster and oversee veteran-related research endeavors associated with the Center, and engage in fundraising initiatives and activities. As a tenured faculty member in the College of Applied Health Sciences, the Director will support and participate in instructional, research, and engagement efforts of a College academic unit, including grant submissions and development and promotion of veteran-related courses/programs. The successful candidate must have a substantial background and experience in administrative leadership, teaching and research, and a strong academic background that would qualify for appointment as a tenured professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at the preferred rank of Professor, though applicants who hold the rank of Associate Professor will be considered. This is a full time, 12 month position.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

Specific duties of the Director include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing oversight for all administrative matters concerning the Chez Veterans Center operations and initiatives.
  • Leading strategic planning efforts for the Center and monitoring the process to further the Center's mission in teaching, research, and service.
  • Promoting and supporting veteran-related research and scholarly activity.
  • Leading academic initiatives in Veteran’s Health
  • Participating in fundraising and seeking external funding.
  • Establishing internal and external partnerships to further the mission of the Center.
  • Representing the Center to external and internal constituents.
  • Engaging with leaders of other UIUC campus units to realize the University's mission and strategic plans.
  • Overseeing and convening Center Advisory Board.
  • Engaging in roles and responsibilities of a tenured faculty member, developing curriculum, teaching courses, maintaining an active research line, and providing relevant service.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded in 1867 as part of President Lincoln’s Morrill Act, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is a leading public Research 1 institution with a long history of successful interdisciplinary endeavors. In its 2017 rankings, UIUC was ranked #11 public university among America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. With over 32,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate students, UIUC is a vibrant campus community with outstanding research and teaching facilities. Our Research Park is ranked in the top ten nationally by Forbes ( and has led UIUC into the top ten best universities for technology startups.

The Chez Center is housed within the College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS). The College is composed of three academic departments (Kinesiology and Community Health; Recreation, Sport, and Tourism; and Speech and Hearing Science), the Center for Health, Aging and Disability, and the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). The College of AHS has a strong record of excellence in teaching, research and outreach programs that focus on disability and human health and wellness related to the prevention and treatment of chronic physical and mental health conditions and the environmental and personal factors that influence them. While the successful candidate will hold a tenured appointment within the College in the department that best aligns with his/her research and experience, the intent of the position is to identify someone who can work within the University’s interdisciplinary environment, integrating across disciplines and interacting with researchers from other colleges and with units such as:

Our Community:

Urbana-Champaign is a ‘micro-urban’ community ( with a population of ~130,000 located in east central Illinois. It is conveniently located between Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis and has its own airport and train service. Combining natural Midwest beauty and cultural resources typically found in much larger metropolitan areas, Urbana-Champaign is friendly, livable, easy to navigate, affordable and has excellent public school systems. There is a ‘work-life’ balance here that gives faculty ample time for both scholarship and family pursuits devoid of the hassles of large city life. The dual downtown areas have grown into vibrant public spaces and entertainment districts over the past two decades. Both communities have recently made substantial investments in new public libraries, and the University of Illinois library is known as one of the country's best.


  • PhD, EdD, MD, or JD in human or social sciences, applied health sciences, military science, education, engineering, applied and fine arts, law, medicine, or related
  • Administrative experience in higher education preferred (e.g., program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting)
  • An established research line with evidence of the potential for acquiring external funding
  • A scholarly focus, interest, and experience in areas related the health and wellness of veterans, military-connected persons, and their families
  • A record of scholarship and history of teaching and service commensurate with a tenured faculty member
  • 10 years of full time higher education experience
  • Familiarity with veteran and military culture
  • Familiarity with veteran benefits, state and federal policies governing entry to college for veterans, and/or transitional strategies and models for veterans entering college is highly preferred.
  • Prior military service preferred.

Salary: Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with the applicant's record.

Applications: To apply, create a candidate profile at and select the position for which you are applying; then upload all required documents, including 1) curriculum vitae, 2) letter of application that includes a statement of research interests, along with a vision statement for the Chez Veterans Center as well as a summary of qualifications for the position, and 3) list of names and email addresses and phone numbers for three or more references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. For initial consideration, please complete your application by November 22, 2019; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews and inquiries may take place prior to the close date; however, no decision will be made until after the close date. The anticipated starting date is August 16, 2020.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Russell at [email protected].

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

College Name or Administrative Unit:College of Applied Health Sciences Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Applied Health Sciences: Professor and Director, Chez Veterans Center (122456) Open Date:10/04/2019 Close Date:11/22/2019 Organization Name:Applied Health Sciences Admin




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Posted: 10/5/2019
Application Due: 11/22/2019
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