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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

University of Illinois Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Public Health
University of Illinois Chicago

Join a spirited and growing school of public health dedicated to serving an economically, socially, and culturally diverse student body and faculty that seeks to train the next generation of public health leaders. The University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH), located in vibrant Chicago, is seeking an innovative and experienced leader and educator to serve as our next Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The position will hold a concurrent clinical faculty appointment with an open rank (associate or full) in one of the following four Divisions of UIC SPH, commensurate with the academic background of the candidate: i) Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; ii) Epidemiology and Biostatistics; iii) Community Health Sciences; or iv) Health Policy and Administration. UIC SPH embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions consistent with the school’s mission and values.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will lead and oversee the UIC SPH Office of Academic Affairs and will provide academic and curricular leadership and oversight of the administration, evaluation, implementation, and maintenance of all degree (i.e., BAPH, BSPH, MPH, MS, MHA, MPH, DrPH, and PhD) and micro-credential (e.g., certificate) programs in the school, while enriching faculty and student experiences. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ensure the School’s academic program compliance with all federal, state, and University regulations and standards as well as those of accrediting bodies (e.g., Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), ABET).
  • Conduct competitor analyses to assess the market competition and identify opportunities for academic program growth for the school.
  • Work with school leadership to develop and implement new and innovative degree, joint degree, and micro-credential programs, including building a more robust online program presence.
  • Identify and implement programs to support faculty development and training on curricular and pedagogical issues as well as best practices in online learning.
  • Demonstrate strong professional characteristics including leadership, strategic thinking, integrity, a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement, and an ability to execute initiatives and to work collaboratively with faculty and staff across all levels of the organization.
  • Participate in the Dean and the School’s leadership team, serve as ex officio on schoolwide committees related to academic and curricular matters, and represent the school on campus-wide committees related to academic affairs.
  • Oversee course evaluation processes.
  • Oversee schoolwide programs and curricula including the MPH Integrated Core and the MD/MPH degree program.
  • Be a significant contributor to school- and campus-wide accreditation-related reports.
  • Supervise Undergraduate and DrPH Program Directors, Academic Affairs staff, and the SPH Ombudsperson and oversee the academic aspects of the Global Health Program.
  • Serve as the SPH Student and Academic-related Grievance Officer.


  • Doctoral degree in public health or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience with curricular and program development in a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health.
  • Demonstrated experience with academic program evaluation and/or accreditation compliance/reporting.
  • At least 5 years’ experience with curriculum development and teaching.


  • Evidence of strong communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • At rank of Associate or Full Professor at current institution.
  • Curricular and program development leadership-related responsibilities in a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health (e.g., MPH Program Director).
  • Demonstrated experience establishing and/or leading online public health-related micro-credential (e.g., certificate) or degree programs.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting programs/training for faculty on instructional effectiveness/best practices in teaching.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Scholarly work in teaching and/or pedagogy as well as public health issues.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit an online application using the link provided below. Please upload a cover letter detailing your interest and relevant experience for the position, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. To ensure full consideration, all requested information must be received by January 5th, 2024. Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. For questions pertaining to the position, please contact Search Committee Chair Dr. David DuBois (, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, UIC School of Public Health. In extraordinary circumstances, exceptionally qualified candidates may be considered for a tenure system faculty appointment.

Application Link:

UIC SPH is the only public health school in Illinois that is fully accredited by CEPH. UIC SPH consistently ranks among the top 20 public health programs in the nation (ranked 17th in the most recent national ranking by the U.S. News & World Report). The Fall 2022 student body, consisting of 959 students, is diverse, with a demographic profile of individuals who self-identify as 18% Hispanic/Latinx, 14% as Black/African American, 17% as Asian, and 3.8% as multi-race, reflecting UIC SPH’s commitment to inclusion and diversity. In addition, 22% of the Fall 2022 student body are from out-of-state and an additional 9% are international students.

UIC SPH is dedicated to creating a healthy society; we emphasize real-world learning to make a difference in populations around the world through partnerships with community groups and government agencies and a focus on social justice and reducing health inequities. Faculty and students lead and implement projects that are in the areas of violence prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, environmental and occupational health, maternal and child health, chronic disease issues, health and aging, substance use epidemiology and intervention, and emergency and disaster preparedness.

UIC SPH is one of 16 colleges at UIC, and part of the 7-college health sciences campus. For more than 50 years, the school has prepared public health practitioners, researchers, academic faculty, policymakers, and activists whose work positively affects health and well-being in communities that are diverse with respect to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, and religion.

UIC is an acclaimed research institution dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge. It is among the most diverse campuses in the nation and a national leader among urban, public higher education institutions in providing access to underrepresented students. Faculty, students, and staff in every college work with neighborhood, foundation, and government partners on a wide range of projects to improve the quality of life in communities around the world. Since 2010, UIC has been federally designated as a Minority-Serving and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, and designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution was received in 2016. Thus, UIC’s more than 20,000 undergraduate, 7,000 graduate, and 4,000 professional students comprise one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. The university’s institutional commitment and support for diverse student populations has been recognized nationally, including the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The University of Illinois Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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