Department Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences
NEOMED - Rootstown, OH

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The chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is charged with providing the vision and strategic direction to the department. The chair provides leadership to faculty and staff through goal-setting of academic programs and operations, research and resource development, and service opportunities; and is further charged with facilitating mentoring, guidance and evaluation. The chair reports to the dean of pharmacy and serves as a member of the College’s administrative team.

Principal Functional Responsibilities
•Establish department mission and annual department goals and operating plan aligned to the collegiate strategic plan and oversee performance of department activities.
•Conduct regular meetings of the department to foster teamwork and governance.
•Oversee, provide guidance and adherence to tenure and promotion guidelines, University and College bylaws, University policies and safety and security guidelines.
•Establish and maintain positive relationships with internal and external constituents to advance the mission of the department, College and University.
•Recommend office and/or laboratory space needs to the College dean or University representative(s).
•Oversee the functions of departmental involvement in University and partner graduate programs.
•Serve on committees of the College and University as appointed by the dean of pharmacy, or elected.
•Recommend nominations for institutional and external awards.
•Directly promote and support the University commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
Resource/Personnel Management:
•Build and maintain a high performance, team-oriented culture through effective performance management and direct communication and coaching of departmental faculty and staff.
•Ensure the attraction, diversity, retention, and development of talented faculty and staff.
•Supervise and evaluate department administrative and research staff, as outlined by the Partnering for Success program and in collaboration with the associate dean for research. Recommend and approve salary adjustments of administrative and research staff in the department.
•Administer department budget and prepare annual budget requests that are aligned to strategic goals.
•Participate in department, College and University fund raising and external affairs activities.
•Provide oversight for the maintenance and inventory of department equipment.
•Recommend resource and utilization needs to the dean.
Faculty Affairs:
•Recruit and recommend new faculty appointments to the department, in consultation with department faculty and College dean.
•Assign teaching responsibilities for faculty within the department and oversee the development and delivery of instructional activities, including the promotion and development of interprofessional activities within the curriculum.
•Recommend promotion and tenure of department faculty, as outlined by the University and College bylaws.
•Conduct evaluations of department faculty as outlined by the University faculty compensation planning process and recommend and approve salary adjustments.
•Serve as a role model for faculty through contributions to the teaching, research and service activities of the department, College and University.
•Promote and engage faculty development.
•Recommend and assign department faculty to committees of the department, College and University while maintaining a productive workload for each faculty member.
Faculty Responsibilities:
•Conduct research in an area of emphasis closely aligned to the collegiate and university research focus areas.
•Prepare lectures and teach in assigned courses.
•Collaborate with interdepartmental course directors/teams to implement improvements and address course related matters.
•Promote and develop interprofessional opportunities within the curriculum.
•Publish and present scholarly works.
•Establish research priorities for the department, in conjunction with department faculty, the collegiate associate dean for research, the dean of pharmacy and the vice president for research.
•Maintain an active research/scholarship program that has a demonstrated history of success in achieving extramural funding and will foster interaction among existing faculty research programs, as a faculty member and chair of the department.
•In collaboration with the collegiate associate dean for research, encourage faculty publication of scholarly manuscripts and presentation of scholarly works locally, regionally nationally, and internationally.
•Collaborate with the collegiate associate dean for research, vice president for research, and the dean for the College of Graduate Studies to foster research development and mentoring of graduate students within the department.
•Collaborate with the collegiate associate dean for research and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs on issues of grant submission and/or administration to enhance funded research.
•Ability to:
-mentor faculty and establish sustainable collaborative, interdisciplinary research programs.
-advance the department to the next level of national and international recognition and achievement.
-read, analyze and interpret scientific and academic papers, financial reports, University policies and legal documents.
-respond to common inquires or complaints from faculty, staff, students, and administration.
-define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions to solve problems and plan initiatives.
-demonstrate ethical behavior, professionalism, interpersonal skills, leadership and management abilities sufficient to run the department.
•Knowledge of current trends in pharmacy education, academic administration, biomedical research, and the profession of pharmacy as they relate to the College.
•Commitment to the University’s diversity initiative and the advancement of diversity among its students, faculty and staff.
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Key Skills and Personal Characteristics
•The candidate should have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., Pharm.D., or equivalent) in an area of biomedical research such as pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology, biological sciences, neuroscience, chemistry or related area with emphasis on issues relevant to a College of Pharmacy.
•Experience in an administrative leadership position with duties and responsibilities for managing human and fiscal resources.
•Demonstrated excellence in research with a strong record of extramural funding; and the ability to mentor faculty and establish sustainable collaborative, interdisciplinary research programs.
Preferred Qualifications
Physical Demands

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