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Founding Chair - Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Texas Tyler Health Science Center

Date Posted Aug. 17, 2022
Title Founding Chair - Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University University of Texas Tyler Health Science Center
Tyler, TX, United States
Department Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Associate Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Environmental/Occupational Health

UT Tyler Health Science Center's Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is seeking candidates for a full time, faculty position as the Chair at the academic rank of Associate Professor/Professor (non-tenure track) commensurate with background, record, and experience. 

UT Tyler Health Science Center:

UT Tyler School of Medicine: 

Candidate Requirements: 

  • Advanced degree, i.e., MD, DO required. Must possess or be able to secure an unrestricted medical license in Texas upon start as well as meet UTTHSC/UTHET credentialing requirements in OEM;
  • A strong clinical track record in occupational medicine;
  • Demonstrated experience/track record with research and related program delivery;
  • Certification in occupational/environmental medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine;
  • Three years of administrative experience in a clinical, academic, and/or corporate setting or equivalent.

Prominence in occupational and environmental medicine and health sciences is long-standing at the University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center for greater than 25 (home to the Texas Institute of Occupational Safety and Health or TIOSH®).  The Health Science Center hosts:

  • An established occupational health clinic that is a member of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) and that offers a broad range of occupational health services to workers, employers, and other clients from across the region as well as professional physician services at selected plant-based facilities;
  • One of only two ACGME-accredited occupational medicine residency programs in Texas and U.S. Public Health Region 6, and is partially supported through a NIOSH Training Project Grant as well as CMMS capped GME positions;
  • A newly established public health/general preventive medicine residency in a sister Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health;
  • A robust portfolio of grants, contracts, and research initiatives in related occupational, environmental, and public health disciplines (e.g., occupational respiratory diseases).This includes the NIOSH-supported Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education.

Notable about the position is that it will serve as the Founding Chair within the mission and scope of UT Tyler’s new School of Medicine (SOM) where these long-established programs will reside.  That is unique among many programs in occupational medicine and offers an opportunity to have direct input into the longitudinal Population Health and System Science (PHSS) course of the new medical school curriculum.  Moreover, the successful candidate will be eligible to occupy a 3-year term as holder of the Houston Endowment Professorship in Environmental Science.


  • Paid Medical Insurance Premiums
  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Competitive Retirement Plans
  • Professional Development Fund
  • Reimbursement for TX Medical License Registration
  • Fee exempt status for DEA License
  • County Medical Society Membership
  • Texas Medical Association Dues Reimbursement
  • Medical Liability Coverage: No tail coverage policy needed
  • Vacation Days, Floating Holidays, University Holidays, CME Time, Sick Time

The selected applicant will be broadly responsible for the administration of strategic, academic, and clinical initiatives within the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for the University of Texas SOM in Tyler.  The Chair will be responsible for the assurance of excellence in community engagement, education, and research within the Department, as well as for partnership with UT Health system leaders in the delivery of top-quality clinical care within the discipline.  The Chair will participate in hospital committee functions and administrative duties as assigned, as well as provide education and training to residents, medical students, and other trainees (including collaboration across UT Tyler colleges, schools, and departments for purposes of instruction and research where applicable).

The Chair participates in research and outreach activities, has administrative responsibility for the Department, and provides professional leadership for its activities. The distribution of effort between these duties will be assigned by the Dean of the School of Medicine, but the Chair will be expected to provide high quality, cost-effective, compassionate occupational and environmental medical care and health services to program clients at no less than 30 percent effort (0.3 FTE).  This allocation will be reviewed annually in consultation with the Dean and balanced with the administrative, outreach, educational, and research components and resourcing of the position.  

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent and sustainable sponsored research program in occupational or environmental health.  This could include (but not be limited to) workplace health and safety related to primary or secondary prevention, occupational health services research (including workers’ compensation issues and disability prevention), clinical aspects of occupational/environmental medicine, or occupational/environmental epidemiology.

Community Information:

  • Population of over 100,000 (233,00 in the Tyler metropolitan area)
  • Outstanding area public and private schools
  • Small-town comforts with easy proximity to metropolitan cities
  • Affordable housing and low cost of living
  • Various lifestyle choices– lake front, historical homes, modern, rural
  • No State Income Tax

Contact Megan Akkerman ( with questions.

  • As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the University will, in accordance with State and Federal law and regulations, provide equal opportunity in all employment related activities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual preference, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam Era.  The University requires pre-employment drug & alcohol screening, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and/or medical or religious exemption, and health immunizations and criminal background check on all hires. Specific job requirements or physical location of some positions allocated to this classification, may render this position security sensitive, and thereby subject to the provisions of Section 51.215, Texas Education Code

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Contact Information

  • Megan Akkerman
    Physician Recruiter
    University of Texas Health Center at Tyler
    3910 Brookside Dr. #102
    Tyler, TX
  • 903-747-4385


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