Chair, Department of Basic Medical Sciences - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518-1908

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Chair of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine, and is responsible for providing overall leadership and oversight of the department and its faculty.  In this capacity the Chair will ensure that faculty within the department meet the educational needs of the School of Medicine, and advance its research mission. Faculty within the department represent a broad range of basic science disciplines, including: biochemistry, cell biology, neuroscience, physiology, microbiology, immunology, human genetics, anatomy, behavioral sciences, statistics, pharmacology, and pathology. The Chair will also serve as Interim Senior Associate Dean for Scholarship.


About the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine:

Quinnipiac’s vision for the Netter School of Medicine is to create a learning community where the faculty’s primary mission is to teach, where diversity and inclusivity are paramount and where cultural competence, social engagement and stewardship are viewed as fundamental to the profession of medicine.  The focus at Netter is on Primary Care and the need to train physicians who can connect with patients, provide superb clinical care and understand healthcare delivery from a systems perspective.  We welcomed our first class of students in August 2013.


The School of Medicine is presently going through the accreditation process with the LCME (Liasion Committee for Medical Education) which is recognized by the US Department of Education as the reliable authority for accreditation of medical education programs leading to the MD degree. 

About Quinnipiac University:

Quinnipiac University is a thriving private university with 6,500 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students, located in Hamden, Connecticut, approximately 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. Consistently ranked among the best universities by U.S. News & World Report and recently named one of the 2013 Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Quinnipiac offers 58 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate and professional programs, including those leading to degrees in both law and medicine. At the core of Quinnipiac is its commitment to teaching and collaboration. Quinnipiac fosters partnerships among students and with faculty; it is a spirited, welcoming campus.


  • Recruit and retain a diverse faculty, with appropriate expertise to meet the educational needs of the undergraduate medical curriculum, and advance the scholarship/research mission of the school.
  • Establish collaborative relationships with other departments across the University to support and enhance the missions of the School of Medicine.
  • Establish a program, and allocate resources, for effective mentoring of junior faculty within the department.
  • Provide and support activities that improve faculty expertise, especially as this relates to the education of medical students.
  • Work with the Senior Associate Dean for Education to identify faculty within the department who can serve in leadership roles for the development and implementation of the undergraduate medical curriculum.
  • Encourage faculty within the department, as appropriate, to be active participants in various committees within the School of Medicine and across the University.
  • Review the performance of departmental faculty on an annual basis and establish  goals and objectives with each faculty member to ensure satisfactory performance and continued professional development.  Recommend salary increases in accordance within the University’s performance based compensation plan.
  • Work with the Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance to develop capital and operating budgets to support the activities of the department.
  • Participate in strategic planning activities of the School of Medicine.
  • Work with the Senior Associate Dean for Scholarship to ensure the faculty within the department support the school’s scholarship/research mission.  (It is expected that the Chair will serve as Senior Associate Dean for Scholarship on an interim basis).
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Dean.  As the School of Medicine develops, these duties may change to reflect the structure and reporting relationships within the school.

As Interim Senior Associate Dean for Scholarship, responsibilities will include the following:  

  • Develop and implement for the School of Medicine a strategic plan for scholarship, in cooperation with other schools and departments across the University.
  • Develop and oversee programs and opportunities for medical students and faculty to engage in scholarship and, where appropriate, and possible, obtain resources to support these activities.
  • Oversee the School’s research infrastructure and central research facilities. Ensure compliance with all institutional, state, and federal policies and regulations related to research.
  • Review the performance of staff that support the School’s scholarship programs on an annual basis and establish goals with each staff member to ensure satisfactory performance and continued professional development. Recommend salary increases in accordance within the University’s performance based compensation plan.

Qualifications & Special Instructions to Applicants

Minimum Qualifications, background, and experience for the position include:

  • MD, PhD, or MD/PhD degree
  • Minimum 10 years  of relevant experience in a  University, medical research, or academic health center environment
  • Demonstration of knowledge and experience with medical school education
  • Significant record of scholarship and teaching
  • Experience and accomplishments suitable for appointment at Professor level
  • Demonstrated understanding of strategic planning, finances, and budgets
  • Experience working with, and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment
  • Experience leadership in scholarship and creating activities that attract external funding
  • Experience in developing  external relationships that help to further research, teaching and service outcomes of the faculty
  • Excellent leadership, management and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize work and resources based on strategic objectives in a collaborative  work environment
  • Experience as both a leader and a team member, and as a role model for the faculty to achieve department goals.


Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a resume and a thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in the position, and explaining how your background and experience qualify you for this position.  The names and contact information of three references must be submitted on the application.  References will not be contacted without prior permission.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the University community. We welcome candidates who would enhance that diversity. Quinnipiac offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit program.

Job Code:  2014-1576

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Department Chair
Type of Faculty:Not Specified
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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