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Job Posting: Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology

The University of Kentucky invites applications for the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology of the College of Public Health. This position leads a multidisciplinary academic department with 11 full-time primary faculty members who conduct research in a variety of sub-disciplines of epidemiology including cancer, aging, occupational/ environmental, infectious disease, genetic and social epidemiology, and substance use. In FY2017, department faculty garnered $1.9 million in primary research funding and $ 3.7 million in collaborative funding. Collaborative research funding with the other health sciences colleges on this land grant campus have been critical to the success of the faculty. Department faculty maintain a robust teaching agenda in the college’s academic programs, which include the Master of Public Health (MPH), Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (PhD), the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), and a college-wide Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) degree.

We seek a visionary chair to align and leverage the substantial scientific and educational expertise within the Department, College and University. The Department Chair requires administration, research/scholarship, teaching/mentoring, and service responsibilities. The incumbent must be able to provide academic and administrative leadership to the Department, guide curriculum development, coordinate faculty recruitment and advancement, teach and mentor students, be actively involved in extramurally funded research, provide and facilitate service/outreach to the public health community, serve on committees, and participate in official activities at the College and University. The Department Chair will demonstrate a broad understanding of the key content areas of the departmental faculty, develop a strategic plan for growing the department and strengthening its academic programs, and demonstrate a clear commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity. The selected individual will maintain an active research program with extramural support from NIH, CDC, health-related foundations, and/or other funding sources and will be involved in mentoring junior faculty. The successful candidate will increase the national visibility and strengthen the department’s capabilities in translating and disseminating scientific evidence for use by public health practitioners and policy decisionmakers in Kentucky and beyond.

The department seeks a chair who can support and promote the department’s research and educational programs. The research infrastructure of the College is supported by a number of academic centers on campus, including: The National Cancer Institute-designated Markey Cancer Center, The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and the NIOSH-funded Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention, Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center.

Responsibilities of the chair include:

  • Recruit, develop, and retain a talented core faculty and staff as well as affiliated faculty who contribute to the department’s educational and research mission, with a particular focus on mentoring early and mid-career investigators in epidemiology to help them advance within the field; 
  • Cultivate core lines of scientific inquiry to be pursued by the department in close alignment with faculty interests and expertise, the resources of the university, and the needs of the region;
  • Lead the development and growth of educational programs within the department at undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral levels consistent with the department’s research and service missions;
  • Serve as the primary liaison for the department to other relevant academic units and research centers across the university to provide epidemiologic consultation and expertise, and
  • Manage and grow the department’s base of financial resources to advance its educational, scientific, and service missions.

Qualifications of the chair include:

  • Earned Doctorate in Epidemiology or a closely related terminal degree with epidemiology training and eligible for appointment at the rank of Full Professor with tenure;
  • Recognized national expertise in a relevant field of inquiry in order to build upon the strength of current research programs in the department, the school, and the university;
  • An outstanding record of active extramural funding and scientific publications;
  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership, research, academic program development, teaching, and service that is consistent with the College’s vision and mission;
  • Excellence in teaching, faculty and student mentoring, and success in developing and administering educational programs, and
  • Administrative experience that demonstrates the ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the Department, College, and University

Compensation will be competitive and aligned with the experience and accountabilities associated with this administrative position. The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity institution committed to diversity and inclusion in its faculty, staff, students and volunteers. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Located in the picturesque and dynamic Bluegrass region of central Kentucky, The University of Kentucky is one of only eight public land-grant universities containing the full array of medicine and health sciences colleges, agriculture, engineering, business, law, and arts and sciences colleges on a single integrated campus.

Applicants must apply for the position through the university’s Integrated Employment System at and submit a letter of interest and a current curriculum vitae. Candidates who are interviewed will subsequently be required to provide the names/contact information of at least three individuals who can serve as professional references. Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair: Kevin Pearce, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine by contacting search will remain open until filled.