University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions invites applications and nominations for the Associate Dean for Research position. Candidates for the Associate Dean position must have a distinguished record of extramural funding, convincing evidence of research and scholarly achievement, experience in mentoring, and evidence of exemplary professional citizenship. The Associate Dean of Research will provide leadership for the School in advancing its research mission and integrating that mission within the larger strategic goals of the School and University. The individual will work collaboratively with the Dean, Associate Deans, Chairs, Center Directors, faculty, staff and students to elevate the College's research and to promote the integration of the Schools research areas with University focus areas, by partnering with University-level offices that develop and facilitate world-class research and by engaging with external funding agencies and private foundations. We seek applicants whose central research focuses on cutting-edge biomedical sciences applied to the health care environment. The School’s research program priorities include health, wellness and rehabilitation, neuromuscular control, technology for people with disability, health information technology, healthcare organization, patient safety and quality, biotechnology, genetics, nuclear medicine, and other topics. The School’s research programs are nationally renowned, especially in the areas of nutrition and obesity, with two NIDDK-funded centers: a Nutrition Obesity Research Center and a Diabetes Research Center. These Centers house research cores that offer numerous services, including testing of human and animal body composition and metabolism, and a full-service analytical laboratory for measures of hormones and substrates. Broader institutional strengths include neuroscience, aging, obesity, precision medicine, public health, and health policy, and large-scale collaborative patient-based research.

The School of Health Professions offers an array of programs designed to meet the needs of the 21stcentury health care environment, organized across five departments: Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Health Services Administration, Nutrition Sciences, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. The School is recognized for its efforts in preparing top-level healthcare executives. Our Master of Science in Health Administration program is ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Research in the School of Health Professions is thriving, with strong institutional and extramural support for more than 20 active research investigators. The school administers 70 extramurally funded research grants and a research portfolio totaling nearly $15M.

The School has an innovative research partnership in rehabilitative science with Lakeshore Foundation, a Birmingham-based philanthropic foundation focused on rehabilitation healthcare with over $80 million in assets. The UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative has led to the approval of more than $30 million in grants and job creation.

The successful candidate is expected to provide visionary leadership for research programs, empowering faculty to develop cutting-edge research as well as facilitating national and international partnerships with both the public and private sectors. This individual will work with faculty to develop, facilitate and obtain new revenue streams through grants and other resources that will enhance the Schools research programs and support strong graduate programs. Specific areas of emphasis include expanding interdisciplinary and translational research, facilitating a robust research infrastructure, developing expertise necessary to support successful competition for federal research funding, and establishing a sound research administrative function. The successful candidate will be able to maintain his/her own research agenda.

Faculty rank and tenure status will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s academic qualifications, skills, and experience. Applicants should hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., MD, or equivalent). Successful candidates are expected to sustain an innovative research program with extramural funding support, preferentially from the NIH, and to facilitate the development of the faculty research enterprise at UAB. Candidates are also expected to advance and contribute to the educational and service missions of the school. 
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Health Professions is one of our nation’s largest and most diverse schools of its type with more than twenty programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. This is an exceptional opportunity to pursue scholarly advances in knowledge and discovery related to healthcare at one of the leading healthcare institutions in the country. The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Health Professions is located within the university’s Medical Center where a lively multidisciplinary collaborative environment flourishes with established platforms for excellence in translational and patient-based research.

Our Community:
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is an internationally renowned biomedical research university and academic health center with more than 23,000 employees and 22,080 students. UAB is ranked #1 Young University in the U.S. and in the top 12 worldwide in Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2019 Young University Rankings. We are a university that discovers, teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of its city, state, and beyond. The University of Alabama at Birmingham is academically and clinically strong in optometry, medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy and other related health disciples. UAB ranks 31st in federal research funding, based on 2018 figures, which is 15th among public universities. 

The campus is located in the heart of downtown Birmingham, a city that has been reinvigorated by many culturally exciting urban redevelopments over the last decade (for more, see and
Diversity and inclusion are integral to the University's commitment to excellence in research, engagement, and education. Candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging in diversity initiatives, such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and incorporating diverse perspectives in research, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Responsibilities
• Manage, in concert with the relevant University Offices, intellectual property, technology transfer and research agreements
• Develop and manage research-related policies
• Serve as the School liaison for interdisciplinary research, and organize initiatives to establish new research clusters, research centers and interdisciplinary research
• Maintain expertise regarding the federal strategic policy and funding environment and match the Schools faculty's research talents to take advantage of future funding programs
• Administer the Schools research advancement activities, which may include a seed funding program
• Work collaboratively with senior leaders to advance a School-wide research agenda

Required Qualifications
• Earned doctorate in affiliated field, with a record of scholarship that will allow candidate to qualify for tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor 
• Evidence of a successful program of scholarship, including a history of grant support
• Previous administrative experience or other evidence of administrative ability to direct research operations of an organization
• Ability to provide a clear vision and to plan strategically to achieve research goals and objectives 

Desired Qualifications
• Demonstrated ability to provide leadership at local, regional and national levels in assisting with development of quality research programs
• Demonstrated success in attaining research external funding and in building collaborative teams
• Demonstrated success in managing extramural funding - scientifically and administratively
• Demonstrated success in developing and enhancing relationships with a variety of internal and external constituents
• A track-record of making timely decisions and responding promptly to deadlines
• Highly refined verbal and written communication skills
• Experience sharing research accomplishments of a School with funding agencies, alumni and other stakeholders

How to Apply:
Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided no later than November 1, 2019. A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position, current curriculum vitae, and the names of three references with titles, mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers, and email addresses. All documents should be submitted in PDF format. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee. 

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, names and contact information of at least three professional references, a summary of past, present and future research interests, and a statement of their teaching philosophy to:

All nomination materials should be submitted to: 
Mary Foster via email

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.