[DIV28M] Department Chair Position- University of Florida

Department Chair and Professor

Department of Health Education & Behavior

College of Health and Human Performance


The Department of Health Education & Behavior in the College of Health and Human

Performance at the University of Florida (UF) invites applications and nominations for

the position of department chair at the rank of Professor. The Department of Health

Education & Behavior (http://heb.hhp.ufl.edu/) includes a diverse faculty of health

promotion and health behavior specialists and currently enrolls approximately 400

undergraduate and graduate students. The department faculty currently pursues

active research agendas in several areas such as public health communication; health

disparities; substance use; chronic disease self-management; eHealth; and child and

adolescent health. The department recently established the Center for Digital Health

and Wellness (http://cdhw.hhp.ufl.edu) and also offers a bachelor's degree in the new

UF Online campus (http://ufonline.ufl.edu).

The University of Florida, the state's oldest, largest and most comprehensive university

joined the Association of American Universities in 1985, the higher-education

organization comprising the top 62 public and private institutions in North America.

With an enrollment of nearly 50,000 students annually, UF is home to 16 colleges and

more than 150 research centers and institutes. In 2012, UF faculty received $619

million in new research awards. The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, a

city of approximately 250,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 85 miles from the

Georgia border, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

It has abundant wildlife, mature forests, prairies, lakes, and opportunities for many

outdoor activities, with moderate temperatures almost all year round. Gainesville has

an excellent school system, with a number of public schools ranked highly in the state

and nation.


The Chair serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the Department

and reports to the Dean of the College. The Chair is responsible for strategic planning;

academic leadership; curriculum development; fiscal management; personnel matters;

fundraising; effective representation of the Department, College and University on

campus, and to state, national and international communities.


Candidates must possess a vision of research and graduate education compatible with

the goals of the Department, College, and University; a strong record of research

funding and publications in refereed journals, collaborative research experience, and

teaching excellence commensurate with appointment to the rank of full Professor with

tenure; appropriate professional training, including a doctoral degree; a sustainable

line of research inquiry that supplements and expands the departments current

research foci; a willingness to oversee distance/online education and executive

training; evidence of administrative and/or leadership experience, skills and abilities;

managerial and communications skills; financial management expertise; ability and

willingness to mentor junior faculty members and doctoral students; support shared

governance; and a commitment to integrity, academic excellence, professional service

and cultural diversity.

Preference will be given to applicants with outstanding leadership skills; a vision for

developing the Department of Health Education & Behavior into a preeminent

department; and an outstanding national and international scholarly reputation.

Effective Date of Employment

July 1, 2014. This is a 12-month fulltime appointment.

Application Deadline

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by December 6,

2013, when the search committee will begin reviewing applications. Applications

received after December 6, 2013, may be considered at the discretion of the committee

and/or hiring authority.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, application materials must be submitted

online at https://jobs.ufl.edu (Requisition # 0903998).

Applications must include the following: (1) a letter of application summarizing the

applicant's qualifications, interest in the position, and administrative philosophy; (2) a

complete curriculum vitae; and (3) names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone

numbers of at least five references. The Search Committee may request additional

materials at a later time.

Inquiries and nominations about this position should be directed to the Chair of the

Search Committee

Michael Sagas

Professor and Chair

Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management

University of Florida

P.O. Box 118208

Gainesville, FL 32611



The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and

inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's

'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws. Search committee meetings and interviews will be open

to the public, and applications, resumes, and many other documents related to the search will be available for

public inspection. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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