National Search – Division Head

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The University of Minnesota School of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EnHS) is conducting a national search to fill a 100% professor (with tenure) position to serve as division head. We are seeking a visionary and strategic leader to serve as division head and oversee a growing program with a dynamic, diverse, and welcoming group of faculty, staff, and students. In addition to conducting cutting-edge scientific research, the Division of Environmental Health Sciences is known for its promotion of applied and community-engaged, practice-based public health research.

Position Description

The next division head will lead development of a unifying vision aligning and amplifying the collaborative education, research, and community partnerships of the division’s 21 tenured, tenure-track, and contract faculty, 30 staff, and more than 125 graduate students in environmental and occupational epidemiology, injury epidemiology and prevention, industrial hygiene, exposure sciences, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational and environmental health nursing, environmental chemistry, regulatory toxicology and risk assessment, global environmental health and environmental infectious diseases, among many other areas. This includes continuing our ongoing collaborative projects and programs with the Minnesota Department of Health and other regional health agencies, including the Minnesota Environmental Protection Agency, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

The division faculty advance research and impact through leadership in collaborative centers, including: the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP); Minnesota Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence; Masonic Cancer Center; Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP); Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH); Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) Education and Research Center; Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training (MWC); Exposure Science and Sustainability Institute (ESSI). In addition they have forged significant collaborations with University and School-based centers, including: Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS); Institute on the Environment (IonE); the Minnesota Population Center (MPC); Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR); the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI); and Tobacco Research Programs. The Twin Cities metropolitan area is home to a number of major research companies, including 3M, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and United Health/Optum, providing an opportunity for creating synergistic collaborations and partnerships. The next Division Head will enhance interdisciplinary collaborations and research programs and strengthen community and external relationships.

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Public Health (SPH), the division head will:

  • Serve as the chief leader and faculty administrator of the division;
  • Develop strategies for the division with emphasis on increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Serve as a member of the SPH leadership team composed of the dean, division heads, associate deans, and administrative officers. As such, the division head plays an important and responsible role in the success of the entire school;
  • Strengthen a collegial and collaborative culture that is inclusive, diverse, and supportive for faculty, staff, and students;
  • Recruit innovative and productive faculty from diverse backgrounds and provide exceptional mentoring to faculty at all levels;
  • Work collaboratively with SPH leadership to supervise, prepare, implement and monitor the division budget that encompasses all funding sources and ensures compliance with grant, legislative, and institutional guidelines as well as effective management of division resources;
  • Advance and contribute to the division’s diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service;
  • Support, expand, and develop collaborations with community, industry, and government partners;
  • Seek philanthropic opportunities and partnerships with the support of the SPH Advancement and Communication teams.


Required Qualifications:
Candidates must have a PhD, ScD, DrPH, or DVM with MPH / advanced training in Environmental Health Science or a related discipline and credentials commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor in the Division and School, and must show dedication to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and antiracism through their teaching, mentoring, research, practice, and service. They must have: an internationally recognized record of scholarship, education, and leadership within environmental health sciences; a sustained and successful funding history; demonstrated excellence in mentorship, leadership, and management; and experience in teaching and/or mentoring in a diverse academic environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who is committed to advancing the public health impact of their research program. We seek a candidate who can articulate a vision for enhancing the research, practice, and educational missions of the Division nationally and internationally, and who has the knowledge, skills, and managerial experience needed for guiding our organization.

How to Apply

This national search will continue until the position is filled. Initial review of applicants will begin the week of June 28, 2021.

The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to academic success. Because we seek to increase the diversity of our faculty, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in public health, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBT communities. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and background.

To apply for the position, please submit:

  • A cover letter with an overview of your qualifications;
  • A broad vision for the Division as well as the field of environmental health sciences, and your ideas for fostering diversity in our Division
  • Your curriculum vitae including publications, funding, and teaching/advising/mentoring; and
  • A list of at least three references

Submit the application materials online.

Search Committee

For questions about the position, contact:

Search Committee Chair
Joseph Koopmeiners, PhD

Professor and Division Head, Biostatistics

Search Committee Co-Chair
Susan G. Gerberich, PhD
Mayo Professor Emerita
Environmental Health Sciences

Questions about the employment website or the application process can be directed to:

Tracey Kane

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