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Chair, School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Oct. 9, 2018
Title Chair, School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Health Sciences - General

Provide dynamic leadership for academic programs in the new School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions (SIHP). The school was formed through reorganization of academic programs in the College. The SIHP is composed of undergraduate and graduate academic programs, including Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Disability Services, and Rehabilitation Counseling. This includes the Ph.D. in Health Sciences, an interdisciplinary college-wide doctoral program. In addition to administration responsibilities, the Chair will assume an academic and scholarly role within the School, maintain professional/disciplinary currency, further the development of and advocate for the academic programs in the School, work to maintain accreditation for programs, serve as a member of the college senior leadership team, foster excellence in teaching and scholarship, encourage proposals for external and internal funding, teach courses, and oversee graduate research as appropriate. The occupant of this position will be the inaugural School Chair of the SIHP.

Start Date:
July 1, 2019 (12-month contract) or sooner if feasible

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Required: Ph.D. or other doctoral degree in one of the academic disciplines or a complementary discipline represented in the school; eligibility for tenure at the rank of associate professor or professor. Evidence of skills related to the position such as, leadership experience and significant accomplishments in teaching, research/scholarly activities, and professional service. Evidence of skills related to the position such as, effective interpersonal skills and mentoring; commitment to diversity and inclusion; successful academic administrative, budgetary, and external funding experience.

Preferred. Evidence of the ability to hold full professor status, experience with professional accreditation and credentialing processes, interprofessional education, and student recruitment and retention.


Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a diverse and international student body of approximately 18,000. NIU is included in the Research Universities – High Research Activity and Community Engaged Institution categories by the Carnegie Foundation and is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. School programs hold CACREP accreditation and offer the BS, MS, and PhD degrees. There are 8 faculty and 3 staff members and approximately 75 graduate students and 850 undergraduate students enrolled. Visit the School website at The School has alliances with community-based organizations and other health services organizations. Visit the College website at NIU is located in DeKalb, IL, 60 miles west of Chicago. For information about DeKalb, visit

To Apply:
Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at

Review of completed applications will begin on December 1, 2018. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Information:
Shari Snell-Drilling
School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
FAX: 815-753-9123
Phone: 815-753-6512

Required Applicant Documents:

  • Curriculum Vita
  • Letter of application
  • Unofficial Academic Transcripts (Official transcripts due upon hire)
  • Three professional references with contact information
  • If possible, sample publications and teaching evaluations

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

  • In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document upon hire.

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