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 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.
About the College of Public Health
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 CBH department web site.
About the Department
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).
The Role of the Department Head
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.
Competencies for Success
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.
To Nominate a Candidate
To nominate a candidate, please forward his/her name and contact information to the search chair, Renée Anthony, Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Candidates must submit applications online at jobs.uiowa.edu requisition #73281. Inquiries regarding the position can be made to Renée Anthony, the Search Committee Chair, at email@example.com. 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
- Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted only with permission)
- 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: worklife.uiowa.edu.
About the University of Iowa
The University of Iowa is a research-intensive university and member of the AAU. Founded in 1847 and consistently ranked among the top public universities in the country, Iowa’s oldest public university is one of three universities governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The university occupies a 1,700-acre campus in Iowa City and includes Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, Dentistry, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and a Graduate College.
As the first U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis and regardless of race, the University of Iowa also boasts the first College of Law west of the Mississippi River. The university has often led the country in academic innovation. The MFA degree was invented at the University of Iowa, thereby making it the first to accept creative work in theater, writing, music, and visual art as theses for advanced degrees. The university established the first educational radio station west of the Mississippi; broadcast the world’s first educational television programs; and developed educational testing, in which the university continues to hold preeminence.
More than 30,000 students are currently enrolled at Iowa. Approximately fifty-four percent come from Iowa, 28 percent from adjoining states, and 5 percent from the remaining states. International students from 114 countries make up approximately 12 percent of the University’s enrollment. The university, with an annual operating budget of more than $3.5 billion, is the area’s largest employer with approximately 2,800 faculty and 13,000 staff members.
Living in Iowa City
A diverse community, an affordable place to live, a vibrant cultural life make Iowa City an attractive home for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds. A growing community of about 72,000 people, Iowa City takes pride in openness, inclusion, and safety.
Iowa City is also a cultural hub, a gathering place for artists of every medium, the home of some of America’s most inventive minds, and so much more. Iowa City is one of just 20 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and the only one in the U.S., establishing it as an international destination for creative thinkers. That energy fills the streets, creating a vibrant place that we love to call home.
With outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a downtown filled with a lively mix of restaurants, shops, theater, music, and festivals, Iowa City is a casual, vibrant college town. Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are within easy driving distance, while the nearby Eastern Iowa Airport connects travelers to the world.
For all these reasons, Iowa City is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S.
- No. 2 Best Places to Live, Small to Mid-Size U.S. Cities (Livability.com)
- No. 3 Best Place to Live in the U.S. (Outside Magazine)
- No. 4 Best Place to Retire in the U.S. (NBC's Today Show)
- No. 5 Best College Towns in America (Business Insider)