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Vice Chair for Research (and Tenure Track Faculty)

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Position Information

Title Vice Chair for Research (and Tenure Track Faculty)
Department Family and Community Medicine (0704)
Medical Sub-Speciality Community Health
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Arizona (UA) is one of the top-ranking family medicine programs in the country, known for outstanding pre-doctoral and post-doctoral education, ground-breaking research, and innovative community outreach programs designed to improve the health of individuals, families and communities in Arizona and beyond.

The Department places a strong emphasis on translational research and is seeking a Vice Chair for Research with the leadership and strategic vision to take the department’s current research programs and activities to a new level of excellence, with a focus on the growth and sustainability of the department’s extramurally funded research portfolio. DFCM has established research programs in prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related conditions: obesity, diabetes and other related cardiometabolic disease; tobacco and other substance abuse; and cancer. Other established programmatic areas for research include: behavioral health, disabilities, and technology-mediated health interventions and communication (e.g., eHealth, mHealth, HIT). A top priority is to expand health services research, building on a new academic partnership with Banner Health, the fourth largest non-profit health system in the US. Individuals with expertise in primary care practice-based research, clinical trials, applied research, healthcare-based, clinical informatics-based or community-based approaches to understanding and/or reducing disparities in the above behaviors and conditions, and experience working with underserved and at-risk patients and communities, are encouraged to apply.

The Vice Chair for Research will collaborate with senior leadership within, and external to, DFCM in order to drive, support and model an inquisitive and entrepreneurial-oriented culture focused on innovative, high quality, highly productive translational research. The successful candidate will develop and maintain effective collaborative relationships with diverse internal and external constituents and stakeholders that contribute to success and sustainability of DFCM research. The Vice Chair for Research will collaborate with the other members of DFCM executive leadership team to ensure integration and strategic positioning of DFCM research programs in support of the Department’s overall, clinical, education, research and outreach missions. As a senior researcher, the Vice Chair for Research is expected to maintain an extramurally funded personal program of research.

The DFCM places a high priority on developing the next generation of primary care researchers. The successful candidate will be expected to help develop research training and mentoring programs, and participate in mentoring a growing group of junior faculty and/or residents. This position will hold an appropriate faculty appointment commensurate with candidate’s experience. It is anticipated that activities as Vice Chair for Research would initially comprise a minimum of 30% effort and activities associated with start-up of personal research program and other faculty responsibilities comprising the remaining effort.

The Department is seeking individuals who are able to work with diverse students, trainees and colleagues, and who have experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives.

The University of Arizona is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and offers multiple opportunities for collaboration with colleagues at the College of Medicine, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Sciences, and 34 research centers/centers of excellence in the health sciences. Successful applicants should place high priority on building collaborative relationships across units and developing research training/mentoring for junior faculty, residents and students.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Research Leadership:

  • Participate in DFCM Executive Leadership Team and Senior Management Team.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the strategic vision and plan for DFCM research mission, collaborating with other vice chairs to ensure integration of research mission across other DFCM mission areas.
  • Develop and maintain collaborations across the UA, Banner health and other stakeholders, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to facilitate DFCM’s research mission.
  • Participate in DFCM philanthropic development activities related to research.
  • Provide research leadership to FCM clinical, research and outreach faculty for team-based science, quality improvement, and other scholarly activity.
  • Recruitment of new research faculty.

Conduct Research:

  • Develop and submit funding proposals to appropriate funding agencies to support research training and infrastructure, and research projects.
  • Implement research and research training projects.
  • Disseminate research findings through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Teaching and Mentoring:

  • Occasional teaching of junior faculty, residents, fellows and students.
  • Mentor junior faculty, residents, and fellows in the conduct of research activity.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise appropriate discretion with information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with faculty, staff, research participants, patients, community members, and others.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, multitask and follow-up.
  • Ability to organize and analyze/interpret data.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Ability to apply critical thinking skills to solving complex problems.
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD, MD or comparable doctoral degree with at least 5 years of experience in successful leadership of research programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative research relationships with a diverse group of academic, health system, and community partners.
  • A track record of obtaining NIH (or comparable) peer-reviewed funding.
  • Current extramural grant funding.
  • High productivity with regards to grants and peer-reviewed publications.
  • History of successful mentorship of junior faculty.
  • Must meet University of Arizona criteria for appointment to a tenure track senior level faculty position.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with developing and/or leading research training programs.
  • Significant experience obtaining and administering extramural funding from a range of sponsors.
  • Experience with a range of translational research (T1-T4) and types of study designs and research methods.
  • Established expertise in working with health systems and diverse communities.
  • Experience with philanthropic development for research.
Rank To be determined.
Tenure Information Tenure Track (T/TE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Medical / Health Professions
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F20597
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Lina Chavez
(520) 626-7864

Open Date 12/22/2016
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/09/2017
Special Instructions Summary
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have a PhD, MD or comparable doctoral degree with at least 5 years of experience in successful leadership of research programs?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have the ability to build collaborative research relationships with a diverse group of academic, health system, and community partners?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a track record of obtaining NIH (or comparable) peer-reviewed funding?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have current extramural grant funding?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have high productivity with regards to peer-reviewed publications?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have a history of successful mentorship of junior faculty?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you possess professional accomplishments which qualify for academic appointment?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents