Department Chair and Professor (Tenure Track Faculty)

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Colorado School of Public Health

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health


The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.


The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) is accepting applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. This is a 12-month, tenure-track, full Professor appointment, with the primary academic appointment to be held at the ColoradoSPH, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz).

We seek an innovative leader who will continue the department’s evolution, growing its research and educational programs to meet state and regional needs. There are abundant opportunities for collaboration across the school’s three campuses and in the State of Colorado. We also seek experience and excellence in education, including leadership in development of educational programs and specifically initiatives involving use of novel educational technologies. Additionally, candidates should have relevant administrative experience in academic or other environments.

The ColoradoSPH Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and its faculty engage in the fields of: Climate Change and Health; Emergency Preparedness, Response and Resilience; Environmental Justice; Geospatial Methods; Global Environmental Health; Exposure Science; Total Worker Health, and Environmental/Occupational Epidemiology. The Department’s goal is to expand their multi-disciplinary faculty and ability to conduct innovative, impactful research in Environmental and Occupational Health.

The Department has several cutting-edge research and education initiatives, including Impacts of Fossil Fuel Development on Human Health, the University of Colorado Consortium on Climate Change and Health, international research on both communicable and non-communicable diseases, and implementation research in Occupational Health and Safety, including two NIOSH-funded Centers:  the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) and the Center for Health Work & Environment, a NIOSH Total Worker Health Center of Excellence. Educational degrees and programs include the MPH (+ global health option) and DrPH degrees in Environmental & Occupational Health, Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency and Fellowship positions, and Certificates in Total Worker Health and in Public Health Preparedness & Disaster Response.

The ColoradoSPH is a collaborative endeavor involving CU Anschutz, Colorado State University (CSU), and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). The ColoradoSPH is the first and only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing vital contributions towards ensuring our region’s health and wellbeing. Collaboratively formed in 2008, the ColoradoSPH provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.

CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Currently home to 25,000 employees, more than 5,000 degree-seeking students and two nationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future, carries out a broad range of research, and cares for the state’s children, adults, and veterans. CU Anschutz features schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, a college of nursing and a graduate school.


The Department Chair reports to the Dean of the ColoradoSPH.


The Department Chair oversees the department’s faculty and staff.


  • Administer an academic enterprise at the department level and foster collegiality and creativity among faculty.
  • Develop alliances across the state and region and strengthen the department’s role and influence regarding environmental and occupational health in the state and region and nationally.  Support policy development and analysis, and implementation and evaluation of policies to protect environmental and occupational health.   
  • Obtain and secure grants, contracts, and endowment funding.
  • Create and lead new initiatives for enhancing or expanding educational and training programs that address state, regional, national, and international needs.
  • Teach and mentor students at the graduate level.
  • Foster diversity among the department’s students, staff, and faculty.
  • Conduct research in one or more fields relevant to the Department’s mission. Demonstrate a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Manage faculty and staff roles and responsibilities
  • Maintain a strong mentoring environment for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Represent and advocate for the department within the ColoradoSPH and the Anschutz Medical Campus, with partner universities, with local and government agencies, and with constituent communities.



The salary range for this position is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. 


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The University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


  • An academic doctorate in Environmental Heath, Environmental Sciences, or Occupational Health, or a related field; MD with Board Certification in Occupational Medicine or another relevant field; or a DVM degree with a relevant focus in environmental and occupational health.
  • An established record of excellence in research, teaching and leadership and service; specifically, academic and scholarly accomplishments commensurate with the criteria for appointment at the academic rank of full Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Public Health.
  • Demonstrated success in directing educational programs with an outstanding record of teaching and mentoring.
  • A proven record of successful administrative leadership in a university setting. Specifically, a portfolio that demonstrates strategic and creative initiatives toward obtaining external funding, managing complex budgets, and attracting outstanding faculty. 

  • Experience and expertise in environmental and/or occupational public health practice.
  • Experience managing an academic department or other unit on a major academic and research Health Sciences Campus, or relevant equivalent experience.
  • Experience in working with campus leaders and programs to build centralized support facilities to achieve the educational, research and clinical missions of the campus.
  • Experience with cultivating collaborative relationships with university administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as the creation of partnerships both within and outside the university.Experience in working with communities and worker groups around issues of exposures and health.
Applicants must meet minimum qualification at the time of hire

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Nov 5, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 11/6/2020
Application Due: 1/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time