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Department Chair, Epidemiology


The new School of Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is seeking candidates for Department Chair of Epidemiology: a senior-level faculty position with a key leadership role in the School. The Chair will: (1) advance the education and research training missions in the VCU School of Population Health, promoting student success, and facilitating the training of the next generation of public health professionals; (2) define and lead the Department’s research strategy by conducting, expanding and promoting translational and community engaged research in public health in efforts to secure extramural support for research, training and center grants; and (3) provide the vision and leadership to support superior academic and research programs, setting the standard for commitment to the public and service within the community.

The Chair will foster an atmosphere of inclusivity, support, collaboration and innovation in the Department, will mentor both trainees and faculty, and will recruit, hire, develop and retain an outstanding and diverse faculty. The Chair will be a highly visible and collaborative leader in supporting the School of Population Health, partnering with the Virginia Department of Health to build teaching, research and practice-based relationships, and working with the Dean to encourage philanthropic engagement and support. Administratively, the Chair will prepare, oversee and implement the Epidemiology departmental budget, effectively and efficiently manage available resources, and promote and model ethically and fiscally responsible best practices within the Department.

The mission of the VCU-SOPH Department of Epidemiology is to provide outstanding epidemiology and public health training, conduct innovative research, and engage in impactful service. The Department couples research and public health service programs with a strong focus on education and training, offering a fully accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) program, dual programs with medicine (MD), social work (MSW), and pharmacy (PharmD), and a PHD in Epidemiology. In concert with this drive for training excellence, the department aims to maintain continued growth and accomplishments in research and scholarship in public health and community engagement.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will have unimpeachable integrity and personal ethics, and will be internationally recognized for excellence in their epidemiological research, instruction and service. As part of a new School of Population Health, we especially value successful administrative and leadership experience at an academic institution, especially with respect to building or growing a program, center or department. Candidates must also possess experience and success mentoring academic faculty, early-stage investigators, and graduate students, have outstanding oral and written communication skills, and have a doctorate in Epidemiology or a field relevant to Public Health.
Instructions: Apply by visiting Attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, and any other documentation that would support your candidacy.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an urban, research intensive institution with a diverse university community and a commitment to multicultural opportunities. VCU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Location: Richmond,
Job Type: Full-time


Contact: Roy Sabo

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