Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

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Indiana University
Job Description

Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

The Chair provides inspirational and practical leadership for the department’s research, teaching, and service mission and reports directly to the Dean of the School of Public Health-Bloomington. The Chair will advance and build a robust research profile for the department; explore and develop new programs, curricular options, and modalities of teaching; cultivate excellence in teaching through mentorship of faculty; support faculty scholarship; encourage interdisciplinary collaborations within the school and across campus; actively assist with fundraising activities; and represent the department on external committees.

SPH-B welcomes applicants currently holding a tenured associate professorship or full professorship with demonstrable expertise in environmental and occupational health or a closely related field. The following minimum qualifications are required:

  • A doctoral degree in environmental and occupational health or a related discipline (e.g., environmental engineering, environmental microbiology, environmental science, industrial hygiene, public health, toxicology, virology).
  • Status as a tenured associate or full professor at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Outstanding record of teaching and mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students.
  • Success in obtaining significant levels of extramural grant support as a corresponding principal investigator from national funding agencies such as NIH or NSF.
  • Solid record of scholarship in refereed journals.

The preferred candidate will possess effective communication skills, an appreciation of the value of creating an academic ecosystem comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds, aptitude for assembling multidisciplinary teams and collaborations, an optimistic attitude and unwavering commitment to high levels of excellence, sound judgment, impeccable integrity, humility, transparency, creative strategic thinking, and a high level of energy and strong work ethic.

A listing of the required qualifications and preferred attributes, as well as instructions for applications and nominations, may be found at:

Nominations and applications

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit:

  • Curriculum vitae (Word or PDF)
  • Letter of Interest that highlights managerial and leadership philosophy, experience, and training in preparation to chair an academic department
  • Contact information for five professional references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date)

Additional materials may be requested at a later date, including a diversity statement, research statement, and/or teaching philosophy.

Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2022. The search will remain open until an appointment is made.

Before a conditional offer of employment is finalized, candidates will be asked to disclose any pending investigations or previous findings of sexual or professional misconduct. They will also be required to authorize an inquiry by Indiana University Bloomington with all current and former employers along these lines. The relevance of information disclosed or ascertained in the context of this process to a candidate’s eligibility for hire will be evaluated by Indiana University Bloomington on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be aware, however, that Indiana University Bloomington takes the matters of sexual and professional misconduct very seriously.

Application materials should be sent to: 

Please direct nominations and inquiries to:

Ms. Joy Yablonsky, Executive Search Consultant / (215) 934-1386


Dr. Jerry Gilbert, Executive Search Consultant / (662)769-1021


Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.