The School of Health Sciences invites applications for a new twelve-month, tenure-track program director and assistant/associate professor position beginning July 2018. Responsibilities of the position include: providing overall leadership for the program and its faculty; curriculum oversight; faculty recruitment and workload; program planning and evaluation; student recruitment and retention; outreach to internal and external constituents; teaching undergraduate students in the Integrated Health Sciences Program; supervise internship experiences; advise students in collaboration with the Advising Center; participate in scholarly activities; and provide service to the university, profession, and community.
The School of Health Sciences is beginning a new collaborative program to prepare students for a complex and evolving healthcare environment. The Integrated Health Sciences (IHS) Program is a proposed 120-credit hour, residential, program designed for students who have a broad-based interest in the health field. This innovative and flexible program of study is intended to equally serve entry-level and transfer students. The IHS degree may also be an attractive option for students with associate degrees wanting to earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree. The IHS Program’s core courses focus on the Institute of Medicine’s core competencies: patient centered care, interdisciplinary teams, evidence based practice, quality improvement, and utilization of informatics. The IHS major will have three concentrations – Pre-Professional, Management, and Health & Wellness – with the option to add additional concentrations as the job market evolves. The program is interdisciplinary, incorporating faculty expertise and courses from the College of Education and Allied Professions, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, and the College of Health & Human Sciences.
The interdisciplinary nature of the program prepares WCU graduates to work effectively and efficiently within a complex and evolving healthcare environment. Graduates will be prepared to fill various roles that support healthy living across diverse populations in businesses, community organizations, and numerous support positions throughout the health care industry. Our graduates will be highly competitive within high-demand, regional and national job markets that serve a broad array of health needs at the community, population and individual levels.
The School of Health Sciences offers undergraduate programs in Athletic Training, Emergency Medical Care, Environmental Health, Nutrition & Dietetics and Recreational Therapy. The Master of Health Sciences graduate program offers concentrations in Emergency Medical Care, Health Education, and Health Management. The Integrated Health Sciences Program will join these programs as part of the School of Health Sciences. Additional programs within the College of Health and Human Sciences include Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Physical Therapy and Social Work. A collaborative environment conducive to interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and service exists within the School and College of Health and Human Sciences.
Western Carolina University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. In addition, Western Carolina University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Application must be made on-line by going to https://jobs.wcu.edu/. Hard-copy application materials will not be considered. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, contact Dr. Ericka Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution
Academic and/or health credential in Public Health
Three years of public health experience
Three years of successful teaching experience
Evidence of scholarly activity and research agenda
Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
Current state license, if applicable
Administrative or leadership position at a college or university, preferably in a health science setting
Curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation
Administrative experience leading a collaborative, multi-discipline academic program
Management of a large organization
In addition to the doctoral degree, degrees in MBA or other health fields are favorable
Western Carolina University offers a collaborative community of faculty and staff eager to partner together to support the success of our students and our institution. We attract employees who are inspired to work in higher education because of the difference we can make together in the lives of the more than 10,000 students who study at WCU. For a few other reasons WCU is a great place to work:
Do you like being involved in the local community? So do we. We have robust service learning and community outreach efforts that invite students, faculty and staff to serve our local community in an ever-growing number of ways.
Western Carolina University has been named the Top Adventure College in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Our main campus in Cullowhee is situated 15 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have a biking and hiking trail on campus and many more in the area.
We attract students who are eager to excel. WCU has the oldest and largest Honors College in the UNC system and is consistently among the Top 5 institutions nationally for undergraduate research projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
We are a cultural hub for the region. Our College of Fine and Performing Arts produces professional-quality theater under the direction of Broadway star Terrance Mann, and our music programs are recognized as some of the best in the state. Our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been invited to the Macy's parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Our healthcare programs are some of the most competitive in the southeast and are housed in an incredible LEED-certified facility complete with some of the best technology in teaching along with community clinics for applied learning.
For more information, please visit our website at http://www.wcu.edu/