University of Texas Health San Antonio

Job Title: Project Director of the Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration (LINC)

Job Description: The University of Texas Science Center at San Antonio, now called UT Health San Antonio, is one of the country’s leading health sciences universities. Our mission is to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care, and community engagement. Strategies for achieving this mission are:

  • Educating a diverse student body to become excellent health care providers and scientists;
  • Engaging in research to understand health and disease;
  • Commercializing discoveries, as appropriate, to benefit the public;
  • Providing compassionate and culturally proficient health care;
  • Engaging our community to improve health; and
  • Influencing thoughtful advances in health policy.

Through fulfilling our mission, we will become a world-class academic health center transforming health and health care for a diverse society. 

UT Health San Antonio and its five academic schools – The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – are committed to be the university that students and faculty choose for our vibrant academic culture, innovative programs and service to the community, state and region. 

Incorporating a more cohesive focus of interprofessional education leading to interprofessional practice is a key strategy UT Health San Antonio is pursuing to attain our educational goal. Thus, we seek an innovative academic leader to advance interprofessional education initiatives as Project Director of the Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration (LINC). LINC is UT Health’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and is a critical element of our regional reaccreditation process. LINC is designed to advance interprofessional education (IPE) at UT Health San Antonio by coordinating separate IPE activities occurring throughout the institution’s five schools by coordinating and promoting IPE activities, creating an environment that facilitates faculty and student connections, and speeding innovation through a new IPE Incubator. 

LINC will achieve three core outcomes: 

  • to increase faculty, student and staff knowledge and skills of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) framework to foster an environment that reinforces the value of the IPEC competencies in delivering patient care;
  • to demonstrate schools’ and programs’ adoption of interprofessional education as a strategic priority through increased IPE activities integrated into the curricula and opportunities for student interprofessional experiences; and
  • to increase the institutional capacity for students from different programs and professions to work together during clinical training and research experiences.

The LINC Project Director will thus play a key leadership role in developing and implementing the project. Working in collaboration with faculty, learners, staff, and academic leadership, the LINC Project Director will champion the full range of project activities, including coordinating the diverse components of the IPE Incubator as well as assessing the efficacies of different LINC initiatives in order to identify those endeavors, which enhance and improve how interprofessional education is manifested across UT Health’s programs. 

As a direct report to the Vice President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs in concert with the Deans Council, the Director will be a pivotal academic leader who will be instrumental in cultivating the environment for interprofessional education to thrive. 
Among the key duties and responsibilities of the Director are to: 

  • Oversee and coordinate a campus awareness plan for LINC, by developing and implementing programs and strategies that inform all university stakeholders about LINC through regular meetings with faculty and student leaders as well as community partners;
  • Invigorate the environment for interprofessional initiatives, using the competencies articulated by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), which have been endorsed by UT Health San Antonio’s programmatic accreditors;
  • Lead various LINC committees and councils in creating a more cohesive and comprehensive portrait of IPE across UT Health;
  • Develop and implement a plan, in concert with faculty and decanal leaders, a to incorporate the IPEC competencies across the curricula of the five schools through curriculum mapping executed at the program level;
  • Develop and populate the IPE database, coordinating contributions from faculty and staff across the institution;
  • Coordinate annual IPE symposia;
  • Develop assessment plans to evaluate interprofessional student learning outcomes congruent to the nature of the activities;
  • Collaborate with institutional partners to provide reports and updates as requested, including assessment reports for accrediting organizations;
  • Assure proper accountability and management of LINC, including fiscal resources, and implementing changes as approved;
  • Raise the awareness and profile of UT Health’s interprofessional education endeavors by working collaboratively with faculty and students to disseminate the findings and outcomes of LINC in scholarly publications, professional meetings, and other appropriate venues;
  • Investigate diverse methods of implementing interprofessional education, evaluate the outcomes, and report the findings in order to advance the scholarship and science of interprofessional education;
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the LINC Project;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate for this position will have leadership experience in program administration, development, and competence in program assessment, within the context of an academic health center; and a terminal doctorate degree or professional degree that would qualify for a faculty appointment in one of UT Health San Antonio’s five schools. 

For further information about this recruitment opportunity and the application process, please see:https://www.uthscsajobs.com/postings/13631 (position number 20164241), or contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs at (210) 567-2004.