Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences Opportunity
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy seeks applications for the position of Chair in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Chair is responsible for the overall direction and administrative leadership of the department in conducting cutting-edge faculty-directed research and managing human resources and budgetary responsibilities. The position requires effort in departmental administration, research, service, and instruction.
All inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are welcome.
UAMS Executive Search Group
Search Committee Chair:
Marjan Boerma, PhD
About the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The UAMS College of Pharmacy was established at the beginning of the 1951-52 academic year in response to demand for well-prepared individuals in practical and theoretical pharmacy and interrelated subjects. The academic responsibility of the College of Pharmacy is to nurture an environment of excellence in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, with communication and acquisition of new knowledge through teaching and the pursuit of new knowledge through research and study. The College of Pharmacy has approximately 55-60 full-time faculty members. The College offers a 4-year professional doctoral degree in pharmacy and the Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical sciences with two major tracks: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy.
The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is composed of 20 full-time faculty members, of whom 4 are research faculty, in addition to 11 postdocs and research staff, and 14 graduate students. The Department is in a state of rapid growth and in search of a Chair who will embrace the opportunity to expand departmental research and support advancements in its professional and graduate teaching programs.
The Department incorporates a drug discovery group with state-of-the-art laboratories for chemical synthesis and analysis as well as in vitro and in vivo testing of new drug treatments. In addition, the Department houses the Division of Radiation Health that has a focus on identifying biological mechanisms of radiation response and interventions that prevent or reduce normal tissue radiation injuries. The Department is the home of the Center for Studies of Host Response to Cancer Therapy, supported by an NIGMS Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant, with the primary objective of supporting junior faculty in their research and career development. Lastly, the Department supports several of the campus research core facilities, including state-of-the-art equipment for radiation research.
Collaborative Research Opportunities in Arkansas
Collaborative research opportunities for faculty members exist across the state of Arkansas. Opportunities with particular relevance for the UAMS Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences include BioVentures, LLC, a private, nonprofit limited liability company. BioVentures was established as a formal outgrowth of UAMS’s interest in promoting a biomedical technology industry for Arkansas and translating its research into products that benefit human health. UAMS established BioVentures to maximize global, industrial interaction with faculty, and facilitate technology transfer and the development of startup companies that are based on UAMS technology. The mission is to foster commercial investment in the development of inventions, discoveries, and other work products flowing from the research at UAMS, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the local VA Hospital in order to enhance healthcare and stimulate economic development in the state of Arkansas. At the end of FY2020, there were twenty-two UAMS spinoff companies in operation out of forty-three total spinoff companies established since 1996.
The National Center for Toxicological Research is a one-million-square-foot research campus in Jefferson, AR that provides toxicology research data to the FDA and many opportunities for collaboration. Moreover, the University of Arkansas campuses in Little Rock and Fayetteville are known for their chemistry and engineering programs. Research efforts include the application of nanotechnology and materials chemistry to the detection, treatment, and prevention of cancer, infections, cardiovascular and other diseases. A network of collaborations has been established with a series of statewide meetings entitled “Nanotechnology for Health Care” and held at the University of Arkansas system-operated Winthrop Rockefeller Retreat center. Much of the research across the state is supported by the Arkansas Biosciences Institute.
The Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) is a public-private partnership that invests in research that stimulates innovation, encourages collaboration, and strengthens economic opportunity. Several UAMS faculty members serve as ARA Scholars and Fellows.
About the University
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, seven institutes, eight Regional Centers, and a comprehensive Medical Center. UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located within the state, UAMS’s Little Rock campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas.
UAMS has several prominent research centers, including the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Translational Research Institute, the Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute, and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. The UAMS strategic plan Vision 2029 outlines the institution’s commitment to growth in research.
UAMS is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Little Rock-North Little Rock communities consist of approximately 750,000 people and offer a high quality of life with a modest cost of living, excellent schools, and recreational opportunities.
UAMS Northwest: The UAMS Northwest Regional Campus was established in 2007 to support the rapidly expanding communities in the Northwest Arkansas region. Academic programs include the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Professions (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling, Radiologic Imaging Sciences, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography).
UAMS Regional Campuses: Founded in 1973 through combined efforts of the Governor, the State Legislature, and UAMS, UAMS Regional Campuses serves as an educational outreach network for UAMS and the principal means to decentralize medical and other health professions education throughout the state and encourage graduates to remain in Arkansas and strengthen the healthcare in underserved communities.
Department Chair Role & Responsibilities:
- Faculty recruitment and retention
- Faculty development and mentoring
- Completion of faculty and staff annual performance evaluations
- Department space allocation and budgeting
- Formulate a strategic vision/plan for the department in conjunction with department faculty
- Oversee departmental approach to delivering curriculum, collaboration with vice chair of professional program and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate track director on assignment of teaching responsibilities
- Prepare and submit department reports
- Collaborates with external partners to advance research collaborations of department’s faculty (e.g., University of Arkansas System members, National Center for Toxicological Research)
- Advise the Dean on matters that are related to or affect the department’s faculty, staff, or trainees (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows)
- Liaison to University/Campus committee(s) or as assigned by the Dean
The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:
- Terminal degree in pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, or related fields.
- Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Must have an established externally funded, independent research program, and demonstrated leadership through national recognition in their research area.
- The ideal candidate should possess scholarly and academic credentials sufficient to meet tenure eligibility requirements at the level of associate or full professor, have a fundamentally sound background in pharmaceutical sciences, and possess a working knowledge of academic pharmacy.
- Salary and start-up will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Candidates for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment begins and be able to communicate effectively in English.
Preferred Professional Experience and Characteristics
- Preference will be given to candidates with research credentials and interests in any of the areas of drug discovery and development (e.g., design and synthesis of drug molecules; computational methods to advance drug action; in vivo assessment of pharmacokinetics and drug action; development of pharmacological modifiers of tumor and/or non-tumor response to cancer therapy; and others).
- In addition to energized scholarly initiatives, the Department maintains a strong commitment to the didactic professional PharmD curriculum and PhD program. The UAMS Vision 2029 outlines an objective to maximize innovation in the delivery of health profession education which includes reducing traditional lectures in favor of student-centered active learning. Thus, preference will be given to candidates who show a commitment to evidence-based and innovative instruction at the professional, graduate and postdoctoral level.
- Well-developed emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
- Passion for excellence and a high level of energy and enthusiasm
- Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization with multiple lines of reporting
- Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships
- Capacity to embrace change with an appropriate respect for culture and tradition
- Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity
- Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others
- Unquestioned personal integrity
Application Process & Requirements
To assure full consideration, applications must include:
- a curriculum vitae
- a letter of interest providing a summary of qualifications for the position, which should include a research statement and a summary of research goals
- an administrative philosophy statement that addresses research, teaching and mentoring
- the names of three persons who may be contacted for reference.
Applications will be sought until the position is filled. Applications and nominations should be submitted to MJohnson2@uams.edu, Molly Johnson, Executive and Faculty Recruiter, with UAMS Executive Search Group.
Applicants may contact Molly Johnson for further information at 501-526-6551 or via e-mail at MJohnson2@uams.edu.
Written nominations, inquiries, and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.