University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Pharmacy — Chair of the Division of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences/Professor

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chair of the Division of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPPS). Applicants should possess a terminal degree in pharmaceutical or biomedical sciences or related field. Applicants must have established a strong record of teaching and academic leadership in pharmaceutical / pharmacological and toxicological sciences or related field, as well as a track-record of scholarly activities with evidence of extramural funding. The future division chair is expected to contribute meaningfully to the school and university’s mission, vision, and strategic plans and support collaborative relationships within the UMKC Health Sciences District, UMKC Volker Campus, and UM System.

The UMKC School of Pharmacy has 58 faculty members across three Missouri locations in Kansas City, Columbia, and Springfield contributing to a vibrant and respected PharmD program housing over 580 students. DPPS is located on the Kansas City campus within the newly established UMKC Health Sciences District. The District is comprised of Children’s Mercy Hospital, Jackson County Medical Examiner, Missouri Department of Mental Health Center for Behavioral Medicine, Kansas City Health Department, Ronald McDonald House, Truman Medical Centers, as well as the UMKC Diastole Scholars Center and Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Pharmacy.

DPPS is currently home to 14 faculty members with expertise in drug discovery, development, formulation, and delivery; medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry; biotechnology, nanotechnology; pharmacology; and, toxicology. In addition, there are two active disciplines within UMKC’s Interdisciplinary PhD program including Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology/Toxicology. Combined the disciplines house approximately 40 PhD students in any given year. The division is currently recruiting two open faculty positions with plans to recruit an additional two faculty over the next two years. Strong and growing areas of research within the UMKC Health Sciences District and University of Missouri System include data sciences in partnership with Cerner, musculoskeletal biology, precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, vision research, as well as behavioral health and wellness, neurosciences, and clinical trials in psychiatric medical care. Division faculty research is currently supported by private industry, the National Institutes of Health, and core laboratories within UMKC including imaging, mass spectrometry, NMR, flow cytometry, and a state-of-the-art animal facility.

Applicants must possess excellent interpersonal skills and evidence of strong leadership and management skills. The ideal candidate should have academic credentials sufficient to meet requirements for the rank of tenured Professor in that they will have an outstanding scientific background with an established and ongoing record of obtaining extramural funding. The ideal candidate must also demonstrate abilities to foster an interdisciplinary approach to research in an area that complements the division, school, university, and UMKC Health Sciences District.

The future division chair must be a team player with proven ability to motivate and facilitate collaborative work in education, research, scholarship, and service. Responsibilities of the chair position include: faculty development; daily operations; budgeting; ensuring quality instructional effort and compliance with accrediting body standards and guidelines; contributing to strategic planning within the division and school; and providing leadership for the education of future pharmacists and scientists. With regard to instructional effort, the ideal candidate will demonstrate understanding and commitment to innovative pedagogy, active engagement of students and faculty in teaching and learning, and interprofessional education. The chair also serves as a liaison for promoting collaborative research within the division and school as well as between other relevant academic units and district partners. Salary and rank will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

To assure full consideration, applications must include a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest providing a summary of qualifications for the position, statements of leadership and teaching philosophy, and the name and contact information for three references. Interested candidates should apply online at the following link: https://info.umkc.edu/hr/careers/academic-positions/ Review of applications will begin January 6, 2020, and continue until a suitable candidate is selected and recommended for appointment.

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

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