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Director of Undergraduate Programs – School of Public Health (Job ID #167341)

The School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications from candidates for the Director of Undergraduate Programs position.

The UIC SPH (publichealth.uic.edu) is committed to promoting and implementing our core values of unity in economic and cultural diversity, equity in health and social justice, excellence in academics and practice, and engagement with the communities we serve. UIC SPH has as its mission the enhancement of quality of life through improving the public’s health and serves as a critical link in the education of the nation’s public health workforce through the integration and collaboration of our undergraduate and graduate public health degree programs. The SPH is committed to ensuring access to public health education for students who are diverse across multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, economic disadvantage, ideas, and perspectives. We actively seek applicants who will enrich and contribute to the diversity of the undergraduate public health programs and help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work.

The qualified candidate will have a clinical faculty appointment with an open rank (assistant, associate, 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. The Undergraduate Program Director is expected to be an innovative thought leader and a faculty member who has a passion for teaching and undergraduate learning.

Working with the faculty, staff and students, the Undergraduate Program Director is responsible for advancing the excellence of undergraduate programs and activities. The Director is also responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the administration, evaluation, implementation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of the overall quality, intellectual framework, and standards of the undergraduate program in public health while enriching faculty and student experiences. Other leadership responsibilities include:

  • developing and administering ongoing quality assessment and improvement to enhance the competitiveness, academic quality, and rigor of the undergraduate curriculum and program regionally and nationally through the monitoring of quality indicators, metrics, and evaluations;
  • aligning undergraduate program academic priorities and focus based on national and global trends and current and future skill needs for the 21st century public health workforce;
  • creating and implementing a strategic plan for the undergraduate program that also includes effective student recruitment strategies such as outreach and programming for high schools to promote public health as an undergraduate major and career option;
  • making effective decisions for the operation of the undergraduate program, including personnel, budget, and allocation of resources with attention to the growth of the program and evaluation of strategies to promote that growth;
  • providing management reports, analyses, data, and information for administrative purposes;
  • selecting, guiding, mentoring, and evaluating performance of undergraduate faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum;
  • recruiting, guiding, and mentoring students while promoting academic integrity; monitoring student academic progress and performance; building systems to address student academic, financial, and health emergencies;
  • directing, guiding, and overseeing the work of undergraduate program staff;
  • establishing new initiatives that increase the visibility and reputation of the undergraduate program;
  • fostering positive partnerships and collaborating with external stakeholders (other universities/organizations, community partners) and with internal stakeholders (Centers/Institutes and other colleges/academic units, and student organizations on campus) to achieve defined goals and objectives of the undergraduate program;
  • serving as the interface with the Undergraduate Oversight Committee, SPH Executive Committee, and School/University leadership;
  • serving as the SPH liaison to the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Undergraduate Network and The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH);
  • advocating for the undergraduate program by working with the Dean’s Office and other four Divisions to seek support and approval of curriculum changes and resources necessary to ensure the growth of the program, the hiring and maintenance of a corps of dedicated faculty, and the needs of its students; and,
  • teaching, at least, one course within the curriculum annually and serving as faculty advisor to the students.


Doctoral degree in Public Health or a related field required. Academic background and experience required to qualify for a clinical faculty appointment with the UIC SPH. Faculty rank of appointment to be commensurate with the guidelines for the “Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure” for faculty appointments with the SPH. Minimum of 5 years in teaching in higher education. Dynamic leadership, innovative vision and management experience within academia or related sector required. Ability and professional experience to align key internal and external stakeholders toward common goals. Significant experience leading a faculty team on curricular development. Excellent administration, communication, organization skills. Proven experience and ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity and fostering an inclusive environment. Ability to work with people from diverse national and cultural backgrounds. Success as a mentor to faculty, staff, and students. Support of shared faculty governance. Ability to handle multiple tasks in a deadline-driven environment.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit an on-line application to jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=167341 and upload a cover letter, teaching statement, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. For fullest consideration, all requested information must be submitted by July 1, 2022. Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. For questions pertaining to the position, please contact Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Serap Erdal (erdal@uic.edu) and Dr. Ronald Hershow (rchersho@uic.edu).

UIC SPH Undergraduate Program: At the UIC School of Public Health, there are three programs designed for undergraduate students: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, and the Minor in Public Health. These programs prepare graduates for entry into the workforce, pursuit of careers in the health sciences, or admission to graduate programs. While the UIC SPH undergraduate program ranked 12th in the national ranking of the BA programs by College Choice’s most recent rankings, the UIC SPH ranked 16th in the national ranking by the U.S. News and World Report. The Fall 2021 student body, consisting of 214 undergraduate students, is diverse, with a demographic profile of 33.2% Latinx and 16.4% Black/African American, reflecting UIC SPH’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.

UIC SPH: The University of Illinois at Chicago 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 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The UIC School of Public Health is the only public health school in Illinois accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Dedicated to creating a healthy society, the school emphasizes 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 include violence prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, environmental and occupational health, maternal and child health, health and aging, substance use epidemiology and intervention, and emergency and disaster preparedness.

The University of Illinois at 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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