Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
University of Iowa, College of Public Health
The University of Iowa, College of Public Health seeks a dedicated, visionary, and experienced leader for the position of Departmental Executive Officer (DEO) for the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH). The DEO provides strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the department, and coordinates and administers the overall academic agenda, including education, research, and service activities. The DEO will be appointed at the level of Professor with Tenure and will report to the Dean.
The major responsibilities of the DEO include the following.
Sets a compelling vision that inspires others to engage in transforming and executing the strategic direction for the department;
Recruits, develops, and retains productive and diverse faculty;
Provides inspirational and effective mentorship of faculty, fellows, students, and staff;
Builds upon departmental research programs and fosters collaboration within the college, the university, and the scientific community;
Leads innovation in curriculum and educational programs;
Fosters a supportive, collaborative, and inclusive academic environment for faculty, staff, and students;
Effectively manages the departmental budget with transparency and works within the confines of financial support to achieve budgeted goals and maintain a positive fiscal condition;
Champions opportunities for student funding, including assistantships and training programs;
Ensures compliance with collegiate, university, state, and federal policies related to grant funding, legislative, and academic policies;
Participates in national professional organizations and promotes the external visibility of the department and college;
Serves as a member of the collegiate leadership team that guides the strategic initiatives and resources to allow the college to meet its mission, vision, and goals;
Teaches courses and advises students within the department and collegiate undergraduate program;
Maintains an active scholarship portfolio, including external funding and publications.
The College of Public Health is nationally ranked among the top 10 in publicly supported schools of public health and has a diverse research portfolio. The college and its five departments offer a rich environment in interdisciplinary research and faculty engagement.
The department has 47 graduate students, $10.4 million in research funding, 14 primary faculty plus two faculty searches nearing completion, and 31 staff and several fellow and trainees. The department offers MS, MPH, and PhD degrees in Occupational and Environmental Health and MS degrees in Industrial Hygiene and in Agricultural Safety and Health. In addition to the OEH degree programs, the University of Iowa's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IDGP) in Human Toxicology is administered out of OEH and eight OEH faculty contribute to the program. The IDGP in Human Toxicology offers MS and PhD training in toxicology and associated biomedical sciences. The IDGP has 24 PhD students and 2 MS students.
The department has a fundamental interest in the health and safety of rural people, currently realized in areas of investigation such as musculoskeletal disorders of farm, factory, and office workers; measurement of biotoxins and toxic chemicals in the environment and biospecimens; health effects of bioaerosols on farmers and other workers; metabolism of PCBs; control measures for occupational and environmental exposures; urban development; infectious disease epidemiology; global health and child health; and strategies to prevent injuries at work and in the community. The department is home to multiple research centers and has research funding through NIH, CDC, State of Iowa, foundations, and corporate entities. Departmental faculty enjoy strong collaborative relationships across campus, including UI Health Care and the Carver College of Medicine, and have well-established working relationships with organizations and communities across Iowa, throughout Federal Region VII (Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri), and internationally, specifically Central Europe, West Africa, East Africa, and India. Further information can be found at https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/oeh/
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.