Department Chair, Community & Behavior Health Science

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Job posting number: #7193567 (Ref:ej-4783477)

Posted: November 10, 2023

Job Description

Department Chair, Community & Behavior Health Science

Job ID: 264725
Location: Summerville Campus
Full/Part Time: Full Time


Job Summary

Augusta University's proposed new School of Public Health seeks a Department Chair in Community and Behavioral Health. The Department Chair is the chief academic officer for the department and is responsible for oversight and implementation of departmental programs, policies, and activities within the limits established by AU regulations, Faculty Senate policies and School rules and procedures.

The Chair shall seek the advice of members of the department, individually or as a group, or of advisory committees that the Chair may appoint. Staff employees shall be consulted, when appropriate, by the Chair, in the development of any departmental administrative policies and on decisions that directly affect them. The Chair shall speak for the department. If the Chair believes it necessary to depart from the opinion of the department faculty, the Chair shall communicate the department faculty's opinion as well as the Chair's recommendation, stating reasons for differing from the department faculty's opinion, and notify the department faculty of such action.

The applicant should have significant experience teaching graduate level courses and supervising MS and PhD-level students. They should also have a successful track record of extramural funding and peer-reviewed publications appropriate for appointment at the level of associate or full professor. This position is considered on tenure track.


Administrative: 50%

Serve as a member of the Dean's leadership team.

Serve as liaison between the department, the school, and the university and represent the department within and outside the university.

Assume responsibility for the quality of instruction, research and service conducted by department faculty.

Preside at all department meetings, except when the Chair delegates this function. S/he may appoint advisory committees to support the work of the department and is an ex officio member of all department committees.

Responsible for recommendations to the Dean on the appointment of new faculty employees of the department, promotions, reappointments, terminal appointments, post-retirement appointments, the granting of tenure, and decisions not to reappoint.

Responsible for making recommendations on faculty salaries, salary changes, and workload, in accordance with processes outlined by AU regulations and policies.

Responsible for the periodic evaluation of department faculty members by procedures and criteria established by the University, the college, and the department faculty.

Responsible for providing guidance and mentoring faculty efforts to meet established criteria for promotion and/or tenure.

Collaborates with the dean to set a budget for the department and administers the budget after its approval.

Responsible for overseeing any administrative staff supporting the activities of the department.

Research - 35%

Seek external funds, exhibit potential to sustain a funded research program, publish in top-tier peer-reviewed journals relevant to community or behavioral health sciences, present at professional meetings, and mentor student research. Successful candidates will pursue extramurally funded research in areas that complement the existing strengths of the department, school, and university.

Teaching - 10%

Teach up to one course per year within the SPH or CBHS, advise graduate students, and/or participate in other school educational programs.

Service - 5%

Provide service to the department, school, and University through participation in committees, working groups or task forces. Provide service to the profession through involvement in professional organizations, reviewing journal manuscripts, or serving as peer-review panel member for grant applications.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have earned a Doctoral degree in Biostatistics, Data Science, Epidemiology, or closely related discipline.

Associate Professor- Mid level career faculty member with at least five years at rank of Assistant Professor or comparable training, background, and experience.

Professor- Senior level career faculty member with at least five years at the rank of Associate Professor or comparable training, background, and experience. Per Board of Regents (BOR) policy, Professors must have a terminal degree.

Required faculty employment qualifications for all USG institutions and all academic ranks within these institutions shall be:

' Consistent with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements for institutional accreditation;

' Evidence of ability as a teacher;

' Evidence of activity as a scholar and ability in all other duties assigned;

' Successful experience (which will necessarily be waived for those just entering the academic profession who meet all other requirements); and,

' Desirable personal qualities judged on the basis of personal interview, complete biographical data, and recommendations.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience leading/managing an academic department, educational program, and/or research center is also highly desirable.


This position is fiscal year based and works year-round.

The intended work commitment or full-time equivalent (FTE) for this position is 1.0 and considered full-time.

Associate Professor- Salary and compensation is commensurate with education, experience, and achievements. The salary is subject to availability of funds.

Professor- Salary and compensation is commensurate with education, experience, and achievements. The salary is subject to availability of funds.

Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, 13 paid holidays, vacation leave, sick leave, generous retirement plans, tuition waiver, wellness options, and much more!

Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program.

Rank and salary are determined at the time of hire and are based on a variety of factors including but not limited to experience, education, credentials, specialty, training, etc. while also considering internal equity and market data.

Advancement through the faculty ranks at Augusta University is only through the annual Promotion and Tenure process in which faculty may apply if eligible (typically five-year increments). For more information on ranks, please review the Augusta University Promotion and Tenure Guidelines:

About Us

Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 9,000 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Located in the east central region along the banks of the Savannah River, Augusta is Georgia's second largest and oldest city. It is renowned internationally for its annual Masters Golf Tournament. Known as the "Garden City'', Augusta features picturesque and friendly neighborhoods, low cost of living, and plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. It is a growing and thriving city with a metropolitan area population of over 575,000. Augusta was recently ranked 22nd of the 367 U.S. metropolitan areas that Kiplinger's Personal Finance considered for its list of Best Cities for the Next Decade and is ranked by US News and World Reports as one of the top 100 best places to live. Major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC are within a short driving distance, as are many scenic destinations, including the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic coast, and historic locations, including Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC.


Our Health Sciences Campus:

1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

Conditions of Employment

All selected candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

If applicable for the specific position based on the duties: the candidate will also need to have a credit check completed for Positions of Trust and or approved departmental Purchase Card usage.

Motor vehicle reports are required for positions that are required to drive an Augusta University vehicle.

For Faculty Hires: Final candidates will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree(s) as well as post-secondary coursework in the form of original transcript(s). Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

How To Apply

Consider applying with us today!

Select University Faculty & Staff > External Applicants if you are a candidate from outside the university

Select University Faculty & Staff > Internal Applicants if you are a current university employee

Candidate materials should include a letter of interest including a statement on teaching Augusta University students, and curriculum vitae. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 31, 2023.

If you need further assistance, please contact us at 706-721-9365

Other Information

This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success."

Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

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Job posting number:#7193567 (Ref:ej-4783477)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Augusta University
United States
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