Job no: 514122
Classification: Director (Academic-Faculty)
Grade: Non-Union Faculty Grade 10
Work type: Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit: University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit: UAA College of Health
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Education/Instructional, Health Profession, Research/Science/Grants


This is an academic leadership position that includes: 75% of effort allocated to administration,10% to teaching, 10% to research, and 5% to service. Course reductions are granted for increased obligations. This position is expected to obtain and assist others in seeking extramural funding for major projects. It reports to the Dean of the College of Health and is responsible for the effective administration of all academic and administrative matters at the Division of Population Health Sciences including but not limited to organization, planning, personnel, budget, curriculum, instruction, students, research, space and equipment.

As a member of the University’s management team, the Director participates in setting direction and advocating for the Division of Population Health Sciences, promoting the college as an active participant in the area’s economic development and a principal contributor in the quality of life in the community. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for recruiting, mentoring, and supervising faculty and staff; providing consultation in curriculum and research; and providing service to University and professional organization.Essential

About the Division of Population Health Sciences:

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Division of Population Health Sciences is conducting a search for a Director. This is a position with administrative responsibility for all units in the Division of Population Health Sciences. These units include:

  • The Masters of Public Health
  • The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
  • The Minor in Public Health
  • The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
  • The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies
  • The University of Washington/UAA Physician Assistant (MEDEX) Program

UAA College of Health – Our Strengths:

  • Collegial environment with talented faculty and staff
  • Vibrant academic and research programs
  • High level of research productivity, with excellent record of securing state and federal grants
  • Strong commitment to community-based participatory research
  • Exceptional partnerships with policymakers and practitioners
  • Highly respected, both on and off campus
  • Beautiful and comfortable workspace in Alaska’s largest university (20,000 students)
  • Amazing recreational opportunities in one of the best – and most diverse – cities in the United States (pop. 300,000)

The University has a firm commitment to foster an inclusive, welcoming and respectful campus community that promotes diversity, civility, inclusion, and an appreciation for each unique member of its academic community. Preference will be given to applicants whose leadership, teaching, research, or service background demonstrates an interest and/or expertise in minority or ethnically diverse populations, or in multi-cultural issues. We invite applicants to provide a statement of leadership philosophy how they would contribute to this commitment in their daily work with faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

We especially encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity present in our community and student body, and who will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures.


  • Demonstrated successful leadership in a collaborative, interdisciplinary work environment.
  • Demonstrated activities and accomplishments in teaching activity (curriculum, course delivery and student mentoring).
  • Public health education/public health practice/public health policy/public health research expertise.
  • Identify and collaborate with public health stakeholders including, but not limited to state and local: policymakers, practitioners, employers, and financial supporters.
  • Post-secondary operations, processes, and procedures including, but not limited to: budgeting, faculty governance, faculty tenure and promotion, research administration, and curriculum development/delivery.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Work independently to prioritize multiple, competing duties/tasks.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Effective problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong record of securing external funding.
  • Experience with fiscal management and strategic budget planning.
  • Must be comfortable working in a cooperative, organized setting with faculty, staff, public officials, practitioners, and others to establish academic, research, service and workforce development priorities.


  • All substantive specialties will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates with extensive activities and accomplishments in teaching, research, and service in population health sciences.
  • Priority will be given to candidates with knowledge of Alaska and the Circumpolar North.

Required Experience:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience or potential.


  • A terminal degree in an appropriate discipline.

Application Procedure:

To be considered for the position, applicants must upload the following documents to their completed online application:

  • Cover letter highlighting qualifications that meet the specific requirements of this position
  • Detailed curriculum vitae containing educational preparation, work experience, research, external funding, and publications
  • Statement of leadership philosophy
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Names of three references and their contact information

For additional information about this position, please contact Katie Frost at (907) 786-6540 or krfrost@alaska.edu.

Review Date:
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020. Applications received after that date may not receive full consideration.

Assignment Information:
Renewable administrative tripartite appointment, full-time, 12 months/year.
This position includes fallback rights to a tripartite tenured or tenure-track position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

Commensurate with academic leadership preparation and experience
Excellent benefits including health and life insurance, retirement and tuition waivers

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • Successful candidate must provide official, unopened transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment.
  • Qualifying earned degrees must be conferred either by institutions of higher education which are accredited by one of the six US regional accrediting associations or by an equivalent international institution of higher education as determined by UAA based on a review by a foreign educational credential evaluation service and recognized by UAA.
  • To be eligible for this position, candidates must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States.
  • No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Tobacco Free Campus:
UAA Campus is a tobacco free campus. For more information, please go to: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/tobaccofreecampus/

Notice of Nondiscrimination:
The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University’s commitment to non-discrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA’s statement of non-discrimination available at www.alaska.edu/titleIXcompliance/nondiscrimination.