Academic Leader Searches
(A complete Position Description is available in PDF)
The VPHS will play a significant role in the entire academic program at UConn, including the Schools and Colleges at Storrs and the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine at UConn Health.
Responsibilities for the VPHS will include:
- Facilitating interdisciplinary research among investigators in partnership with Deans, particularly through collaborations between researchers on the main Storrs campus and UConn Health’s Farmington campus, in alignment with the research strategic plan of UConn Health’s academic enterprise.
- Working with both campuses and the Office of the Vice President for Research to maximize extramural funding opportunities.
- Convening a Health Sciences Advisory Council, consisting of representatives from the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Social Work, the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR), the School of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), and the Institute for Systems Genomics (ISG).
- Enhancing interprofessional education in the health sciences across UConn’s clinical training programs.
- Participating in decisions affecting resource allocation among schools, colleges, and interdisciplinary programs, evaluation of academic programs, promotion and tenure, and the setting of research priorities, working with Deans as needed.
- Carrying out other duties as assigned by the Provost.
The deans of the relevant units will continue to report to the Provost and be accountable to the Provost for their units’ various functions, operations and administration, promotion and tenure, and academic programming.
The University of Connecticut seeks a dynamic leader with the following qualifications and skills:
- A Ph.D., M.D., or other terminal degree in a field relevant to health sciences.
- Credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in one of UConn’s schools or colleges.
- A proven leader and talented administrator.
- Demonstrable experience applying sound judgment and political acumen.
- Demonstrable skill to discern and reflect perspectives attentively.
- Demonstrable skill in written and oral communications about complex topics with proven experience interacting effectively with members of diverse constituencies.
- Experience developing effective relationship-strengthening and communications strategies.
- Ability to prioritize workload to meet strict deadlines in an environment of multiple projects and changing priorities.
- At least five years of progressively responsible leadership positions at a research institution.
The successful candidate will also have the following traits:
- A profound sense of integrity and professionalism.
- A clear ability to use good judgment and make sound decisions.
- A leadership style that invites collaboration, encourages teamwork, welcomes diverse perspectives, and values transparency.
- Demonstrated ability to manage change, resolve conflict, and build consensus.
- Superior interpersonal and communication skills, including tactfulness, and the ability to navigate controversy gracefully and to treat all people with civility and respect.
The ideal candidate will also have the following preferred characteristics:
- Demonstrated experience at a research university and success as a researcher.
- Demonstrated capability to support research and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.
- A robust understanding of the process required for gaining extramural research funding.
- The ability to imagine new possibilities for the University, develop and articulate a vision, and to specify and prioritize short and long-range objectives.
- The operational understanding to address structural barriers and institutional obstacles currently inhibiting greater collaboration between units at UConn’s Storrs campus and UConn Health in Farmington.
- The skills to navigate the organizational, political, and fiscal realities unique to a major public research university, and to make changes to improve current practice, including effective advocacy for the resources required to uphold mandates and achieve aspirations.
- A strong record of accomplishment with respect to promoting diversity, including assessing needs, developing initiatives, and applying best practices.
- The ability to work productively and cooperatively with administrators, faculty, students, staff, educators, and community leaders as partners to advance the University’s research, teaching, engagement, outreach, and service missions.
The advisory search committee will be chaired by Dr. Radenka Maric, Vice President for Research. The members of the committee are:
Dr. Robert Aseltine
Professor and Chair, Behavioral Science and Community Health
Dr. Ki Chon
Krenicki Professor and Department Head, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Kevin Claffey
Professor of Cell Biology
Dr. Craig Coleman
Professor of Pharmacy
Dr. Michael Fendrich
Professor and the Associate Dean, School of Social Work
Dr. Amy Gorin
Professor of Psychological Sciences and Director of InCHIP
Dr. Brenton Gravely
Professor and Chair, Genetics and Genome Sciences and Associate Director, Institute for Systems
Dr. Charles Lee
Scientific Director and Professor, The Jackson laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Dr. Steven Lepowsky,
Associate Professor, Craniofacial Sciences and Senior Associate Dean, School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Michael Lynes
Professor and Dept. Head, Molecular and Cell Biology
Dr. Mina Mina
Professor and Chair, Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Jacqueline (Kiki) Nissen
Senior Associate Dean, School of Medicine
Dr. Linda Pescatello
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology
Dr. Pramod Srivastava
Professor, Department of Immunology and Director of Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer
Dr. Angela Starkweather
Professor and Associate Dean, School of Nursing
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of historically underrepresented populations.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre- employment criminal background check. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made.
The Search Committee invites nominations and applications (a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of five or more references) to be submitted to the search firm assisting UConn. The nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without prior approval of candidates. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, it is preferred that all nominations and applications be submitted by January 4, 2019 to Parker Executive Search:
Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Jacob C. Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
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