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Department Chair - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Indiana University Purdue University Indianpolis - IUPUI
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Internal Number: 12336
Department: IUPUI Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences – Fairbanks School of Public Health
The Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis, IN (https://fsph.iupui.edu) is conducting a national search for a chairperson to lead the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (https://fsph.iupui.edu/about/departments/social-behavioral-sci/index.html). We are seeking an energetic, thoughtful individual with extensive research, education and community engagement experience affiliated with advancing the social and behavioral sciences to advance the public's health.
The department is one of five departments comprising the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health. The School is located on the large, urban Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, strategically co-located with the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health and Human Sciences, Nursing, and Social Work, along with the Simon Cancer Center (A National Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center) and five large hospitals. We have collaborative relationships with these entities as well as the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts and the renowned Regenstrief Institute on campus. We are strategically located to have significant impact on our state's public health as we are within a few miles of the State House, headquarters for large industries and non-profits, and city/county leadership for Indianapolis (our nation's 16th largest city). We have strong collaborative relationships with community centers and agencies across the state that allows us to work in equitable partnership with community members and organizations to advance health equity for Indiana residents.
The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is recognized in Indiana as a leader in action-based research and teaching that improves the well-being of Indiana individuals, families and communities, particularly those who historically have been denied opportunities to live physically, socially, emotionally, and financially healthy lives. The Department's interdisciplinary faculty prepare students (BSPH, MPH) to creatively tackle the complex public health challenges facing our city, state, nation and world by providing education experiences in classrooms (traditional and online) and community settings, and engaging them in evidenced-based programs/initiatives and advocacy. The department faculty are proud that they are helping create a more diverse public health workforce, as our departmental student body is one of the campus' most diverse.
We are looking for a leader who will grow the department's research, education and public health service portfolio and increase our impact on improving the social determinants of health for individuals, families, and communities. The list below outlines some of the qualities that are desired for the chairperson who will guide the department through its next exciting phase of development. This leadership opportunity presents someone a chance to grow a department from a strong foundation, working with committed faculty and staff members, a passionate student body, and a very supportive administrative infrastructure across the School.
Desired Qualities for a chairperson
o Educational preparation in public health, health behavior and health promotion, health education, social and behavioral sciences, or closely related fields of study.
o Preference will be given to education and faculty experience from an accredited school of public health.
o Record of research and teaching that demonstrates a commitment to health education and health promotion, social justice, health equity and real-world impact.
o Demonstrated experience in leadership of complex organizations.
o Experience and qualifications to be appointed to the faculty as a Full professor with tenure.
o Strong history of external funding and publishing high impact scholarly manuscripts as well as impactful lay publications (i.e. policy briefs, national media pieces).
o Experience cultivating and obtaining a diverse array of research funding (i.e. federal, state, non-profit, industry, private philanthropy.
o Experience in cancer related intervention and evaluation and/or in diabetes and related risk factors research would be especially welcome and helpful.
o Community-engaged work impacting public health problems.
o Advancing health equity.
o Prioritizes the development and implementation of engaging, impactful educational experiences for students in classroom and community settings, attentive to measuring student outcomes and public health workforce readiness.
o Brings innovation to education programs, considers types of delivery, and different audiences that can be reached (i.e. continuing education programming for public health professionals).
o Works in partnership with faculty, students, staff to recruit and retain students.
o Promotes education research to advance public health education in the social and behavioral sciences.
o Values and encourages students to participate in departmental growth, research and outreach.
o Demonstrated experience of utilizing transformational and servant leadership skills.
o Actively works to promote diversity, inclusion and access among faculty, staff and students.
o Creates mission driven budgets and works to grow financial health of department via partnerships with school leadership, development staff, funding agencies and community partners.
o Skilled communicator: active listener, understands how to use communication strategies across different platforms, takes time for personal conversations.
o Highly collaborative, values working as a team partner to support and grow the department's vision and goals.
o Creates a culture in which excellence in research, teaching and public health service is the norm to which all members of the team contribute.
o Values the unique skills and talents of our faculty and staff and is focused on building the careers of everyone in our department (students, staff, faculty).
o Energized leadership, new ideas, new expertise, fresh momentum for our continued growth.
o Encourages faculty and students to think big and pursue challenging projects.
o Creates an environment that values work-life balance for faculty and staff.
About the Campus:
Our School is located on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis. IUPUI is a unique urban campus that is a merger of two high ranking universities, Indiana University and Purdue University. As the state's premier urban research institution, IUPUI is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUPUI condemns racism in all its forms and has taken an anti-racist stance that moves beyond mere statements to interrogating its policies, procedures, and practices. We hope to identify individuals who will assist in our mission to dismantle racism so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed at IUPUI.
Our institution is one of only 18 universities nationwide to be recognized as the recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight Into Diversity (the nation's oldest diversity higher education publication) for ten consecutive years.
The city of Indianapolis and surrounding areas offer an exceptionally high quality of life including access to museums, cultural districts, excellent dining, professional sporting events, and historic sites. Indianapolis offers A-rated schools in both its central urban areas (public and private), as well as in surrounding suburban neighborhoods. Several suburbs are regularly voted
About Indiana University Purdue University Indianpolis - IUPUI
Founded in 1820, Indiana University is the state’s public university system, comprised of two core campuses—IU-Bloomington and IUPUI—and six regional campuses located throughout the state. Combined, the total student population is more than 114,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. IU is one of the largest employers in the state, with over 20,000 faculty and staff. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. Diversity and inclusion remains a core commitment to IU’s mission to cultivate an educational environment that supports equal access, participation and representation on all of its campuses and that provides educational and career opportunities for all.