Chair and Professor/Associate Professor

Fargo, ND
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Sep 25, 2018
Job Type
Full Time
Position Description:
North Dakota State University is accepting applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair of Public Health. This is a 12-month, tenure-track, Associate or full Professor appointment.

We seek a dynamic leader who will continue the department's development in research and educational programs to realize the land grant mission of NDSU to meet the needs of the state. We also seek experience and excellence in education, including leadership in development of educational programs and specifically distance learning. Additionally, candidates should have relevant administrative experience in academic or other environments.

The Master of Public Health ( MPH ) program was established in 2012, became accredited in 2016 and was established as an academic department in 2016. The Department of Public Health consists of 10 faculty members with primary and shared department appointments and 12 adjunct faculty as well as multiple educational specializations in Community Health Science, Management of Infectious Diseases, and American Indian Public Health. Among the top priorities for the Department in the coming years are the conception of a Food Safety MPH specialization, dual degree options with related undergraduate (e.g. Emergency Management) and doctoral programs (e.g. DNP , PhD in Psychology), and a potential doctorate in public health degree. Current strengths of the department include the American Indian Public Health Resource Center, Center for Immunization Research and Education, ongoing grants for maternal & child health and preventing child abuse, and a rural population health focus.

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, Research University that provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked institution. NDSU combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world. NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation's top 100 in several areas, including agricultural sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, psychology and computer sciences. NDSU is fully accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission. The College of Health Professions is composed of four academic units involving six health profession disciplines: (1) the NDSU School of Pharmacy composed of two departments including pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences which are the founding members of the College (established in 1902); (2) the School of Nursing which joined the College in 1969 as an associate degree program, 1986 as a baccalaureate degree program, 2001 with a master's program, 2005 with a doctor of nursing practice/ family nurse practitioner, and 2014 with NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck; (3) the Department of Allied Sciences (Medical Laboratory Science, Radiologic Sciences, and Respiratory Care) joined the College in 2006; and (4) the Department of Public Health joined the College in 2012.

The pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education ( ACPE ). The nursing program is approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( CCNE ). Allied Sciences is accredited through its various discipline specific agencies. The public health program is accreditation by the Council on Education in Public Health ( CEPH ). Academic degrees offered by the College include: Doctor of Pharmacy, and Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences; Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice; Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care, Medical Laboratory Science, and Radiologic Sciences; Master of Public Health; and several dual degrees including Pharm.D./ MBA , Pharm.D./Ph.D., and Pharm.D./ MPH .

The City of Fargo is located in Cass County, North Dakota, along the Red River of the North which forms the border between Minnesota and North Dakota. An estimated 122,359 (as of July 2017) people live in Fargo. The greater Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area population is nearly 238,000.

Fargo is also listed:
• #1 city for finding a job (US News and World Report).
• #1 best state for startup success (WalletHub)
• #4 top ten cities for career opportunities (SmartAsset)
• #6 best college town in America (Matador)
• #10 best midsize cities for new grads (
• #13 - 20 best college towns in America (Business Insider)
• Home to Microsoft's third largest campus

The Department Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Health Professions.

The Department Chair oversees the department's faculty and staff, collaborating with other department Chairs

Minimum Qualifications:
• Candidates for this position must possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution
• a distinguished record of teaching graduate students, research, external funding and service commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure in the College of Health Professions
• strong leadership skills;
• established interpersonal, communication, and administrative skills
• demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
• active licensure on one's major field (if applicable)
• a strong interest in interdisciplinary education.
Effective oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
• a master or doctorate degree in public health
• five or more years of public health experience
• teaching or administrative experience in a CEPH accredited public health program
• service to the profession exemplified by leadership in national organizations
• experience with distance education
• experience in both healthcare and academic settings
• experience with rural health issues
• demonstrated success working with diverse populations
• a strong background in one of the disciplines involved in teaching the NDSU program.

Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Nominations as well as applications are encouraged. Applicants should apply through the online NDSU application system: Please submit a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and a statement of administrative accomplishments (Attach to "Other Document 1"), teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (Attach to "Other Document 2"), research plan and contact information for 3 to 5 references. Nominations and questions regarding the position may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Carla Gross at

No Smoking Notice:
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. • 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.
Location (City, State): Fargo

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Academic Department
    • Bismarck Tribune
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Fargo Forum
    • JobsHQ
    • Friend/Co-worker/Family member
    • Job Service of North Dakota
    • NDSU Employee
    • NDSU Website
    • Other newspaper (Please specify below)
    • Professional Publication/Organization Website
    • University Placement Office
    • Inside Higher Education
    • Other (Please specify below)
  2. If Other, please specify:
    (Open Ended Question)
  3. Are you a North Dakota resident?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. Do you qualify for North Dakota veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. If yes, list exact dates of service:
    (Open Ended Question)
  6. Do you qualify for North Dakota disabled veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research Plan
  5. Other Document 1
  6. Other Document 2
Optional Documents
  1. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  2. Veterans Administration Letter
  3. Other Document 3

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