Department Head

The Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD), invites applicants for the position of Department Head, ideally to start August 2017 although the start date is negotiable. We seek a leader with the vision and energy to promote excellence in the teaching, research, and outreach missions of an interdisciplinary department dedicated to developing leaders and generating new knowledge to improve health and health care. Qualifications include an exemplary record of scholarship and external funding, consistent with having developed a national reputation in one’s field of study, and a Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to HPA including, but not limited to, health services research, population health, management, economics, sociology, demography, public policy or administration; and eligibility for appointment as a tenured full professor including individuals currently at the advanced associate level. The successful candidate will have excellent speaking, writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills. The new department head will provide leadership and administrative oversight for all departmental activities, including residential and online undergraduate and graduate education; the opportunity to lead the recruitment, mentoring, and retention of an outstanding and diverse faculty as part of a college commitment to grow  the size of the department; foster an extensive, innovative, influential, and well-funded portfolio of departmental research; and strengthen relationships with alumni, donors, community and industry partners, and academic peers. Additionally, the head will represent the department in College policymaking and communications as a member of the HHD Executive Committee. Applications from members of underrepresented groups including women and ethnic minorities are encouraged.

The HPA Department currently has 24 faculty members including 10 tenured or tenure track faculty, 9 administrative staff, and approximately 300 undergraduate majors, 37 residential and 60 online candidates for the Master of Health Administration degree, and 30 M.S./Ph.D. students. HPA research expenditures averaged $3.5 million in each of the last three years. A brief description of the department`s educational, research, and outreach activities is available at http://hhd.psu.edu/hpa/department-highlights. The College of Health and Human Development has eight academic units, numerous research centers including the Center for Health Care Policy Research, the Center for Healthy Aging, and the Methodology Center., Beyond the College, faculty in HPA collaborate with colleagues in the College of Nursing, the Population Research Institute, the Social Science Research Institute, and the College of Medicine.  Further information about the HPA Department and the College can be found at www.hhdev.psu.edu.

Founded in 1855, Penn State University is the only land-grant institution in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Approximately 46,600 students are enrolled at University Park, the administrative and research hub of the university. During the last fiscal year, expenditures on organized research at Penn State totaled $801 million. The university is responsive to dual-career situations, hosts two superb on-site childcare centers, and is located in a local community with excellent public schools. More detailed information about Penn State and the surrounding central Pennsylvania area can be found at http://www.psu.edu.

Applicants must complete an on-line application and upload a cover letter describing relevant experiences, complete curriculum vitae, and copies of up to five research articles, along with the names and contact information of five professional references (note: references will only be contacted after alerting applicants that they are in the final round of selection). Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries may be made to Dr. Rhonda BeLue, Chair of the Search Committee, by telephone 814-865-6898 or E-mail rzb10@psu.edu. Please indicate “Department Head Search” in subject line of email correspondence. For more information on the Department, visit: http://hhd.psu.edu/hpa.

Job Website: https://psu.jobs/job/67353

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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