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Associate Dean for Rural Health Professions (Endowed Associate Professor/Professor, Tenured)

Company: University of Illinois at Chicago
Location: Rockford
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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The Director of the National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) will be a tenured faculty member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. The National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford strives to meet the health care needs of rural residents and their communities in Illinois, around the nation and throughout the world. The Director provides leadership for operations, strategic planning, research, curriculum and oversight for several key programs including, the Illinois Area Health Education Center program, Rural Health Professions academic programs, Native American Pathways and rural health internships and experiences. The Director of the NCRHP ensures that all aspects of the Rural Medical Education Program (RMED) are of the highest caliber. The RMED program is a selective longitudinal medical school experience designed to promote rural practice and its excellence is the NCRHP's primary goal. The NCRHP is one of three centers nationally that collaborates with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization to advance medical education toward social accountability principles with a focus on underserved communities and rural populations. The Director is responsible for the operations and fiscal management of all NCRHP programs and is a faculty member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine.


  • Ensure that the RMED program is of the highest quality and maintains its role as a national and international leader in rural health science education.
  • Serve as a primary partner with the Regional Dean in bringing four additional health science education programs (Dentistry, Social Work, Public Health and Allied Health Sciences) to the Rockford campus.
  • Provide intellectual and organizational leadership in designing and implementing new initiatives to effectively serve rural populations.
  • Foster academic and community collaborations that enhance rural healthcare.
  • Build partnerships with corporations, foundations, and federal and state agencies.
  • Oversee academic affairs relative to curriculum, teaching, strategic planning and accreditation/certification requirements.
  • Work to integrate undergraduate and graduate medical education initiatives to advance rural medicine preparedness and expertise.
  • Conduct research and promote NCRHP research for the advancement of healthcare services for underserved and rural populations.
  • Obtain grants and/or other funding to expand the availability of programs and services for rural populations.
  • Provide oversight for medical student Community - Oriented Primary Care research projects.
  • Serve on campus-wide committees and foster collaboration with UICOMR departments.
  • Develop and implement policies for allocation and utilization of resources for the NCRHP.
  • Lead recruiting and hiring for faculty and staff within the NCRHP.
  • Manage the budgets for operations and grant funding.
  • Represent UICOMR at local, national and international meetings.
  • Other responsibilities, as may be assigned by the Regional Dean.


MD/DO/PhD in a health systems field. Must have extensive administrative experience. Strong preference for candidates with at least 5 years- experience in a clinical, a research or academic leadership role. Experience with rural health program initiatives is required. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Faculty rank will be commensurate with experience.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and three professional references. For fullest consideration, apply by April 16, 2021. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2021.

Keywords: University of Illinois at Chicago, Rockford , Associate Dean for Rural Health Professions (Endowed Associate Professor/Professor, Tenured), Other , Rockford, Illinois

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