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Department Executive Officer (DEO)/Chair and Professor

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Iowa City, Iowa
Closing date
Sep 24, 2023

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The College of Pharmacy seeks applicants for the position of Department Executive Officer (DEO) and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. This is a full-time, twelve-month appointment. The DEO/Chair will be appointed at the level of Professor with tenure and will have 40% effort dedicated to administration with the remaining 60% effort focused on faculty responsibilities of research, teaching, and professional service. The desired candidate will be a visionary leader who can guide innovation and continuous growth in the areas of research and science, pharmacy practice, and patient care. The next chair will have the opportunity to envision and implement a future-looking departmental model that prepares professional students for practice at the highest level of their licenses and graduate students for innovative research.

The DEO/Chair is the chief academic and administrative officer for the department and is responsible for strategic planning, implementing collegiate policies and procedures, managing resources and administrative support, and leading the full range of program development and delivery within the department. The DEO/Chair represents the interests of the department and is a member of the collegiate Executive Committee and serves on the College Council. They will understand the role of the pharmacist and pharmacy’s impact on healthcare delivery. The DEO/Chair reports to the Dean of the College.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Sets a vision that inspires faculty, staff, and students to achieve the strategic plan for the department.

Serves as a member of the college’s Executive Committee that guides strategic initiatives and resources to meet its mission, vision, values, and goals.

Ensures collegiate and university policies and procedures are followed and ensures compliance with those and other state/federal policies related to grant funding, legislative mandates, and academic policies.

Manages departmental resources and administrative support. Manages all personnel activities and evaluations such as initiating and directing plans for the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and graduate assistants, approves appointments and faculty reappointments, and oversees departmental faculty promotion, tenure, and post-tenure actions in compliance with university requirements.

Ensures faculty mentoring is provided. Develops, oversees, and maintains a fiscally responsible and balanced departmental budget, including assigning and managing space provided to the department by the Dean, College of Pharmacy.

Directs the instruction, research, practice, and service provided by faculty within the department. Oversees departmental contributions to the professional and graduate training programs, and postdoctoral trainees, as applicable.

Evaluates workloads and make teaching assignments for departmental faculty by collaborating with the pharmaceutical sciences department chair, other programs, and appropriate associate deans to deliver all aspects of the PharmD program.

Represents the department within the College and to external constituents and partners. Develops, fosters, and maintains relationships with clinical and educational partners and providers. Oversees the Professional Experience Program (PEP) housed within the department.

Ensures needed experiential teaching resources are available to deliver the professional program.

Performs faculty responsibilities in areas of teaching, research, and service. Maintains an active scholarship portfolio, including external funding and publications.

Qualification Requirements

Required Qualifications

PharmD, Ph.D., or another equivalent advanced degree

Leadership or management experience in the academic environment.

Demonstrated experience as an academician in an accredited school or college of pharmacy that includes the following:

  • Nationally peer-recognized area of research as evidenced by a record of sustained, significant, externally, and nationally competitive research funding and substantial publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Record of excellence in teaching in a professional program. Success in guiding trainees in research or clinical practice.

Demonstrated experience promoting an inclusive culture in the workforce and academic environment.

Desirable Qualifications

Academic administrative experiences such as an assistant or associate division head, department chair managing faculty affairs, or assistant or associate dean.

Evidence of professional practice experience.

Experience with progressive clinical practice models.

Experience partnering with an academic medical center to support a tri-partite mission of education, patient care, and research.

About the Iowa College of Pharmacy

Since 1885 the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has led the way in educating pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. The College is well known for its high-quality pharmacy education, advanced practice models, patient care, drug discovery, product development, and contract manufacturing. With a new, state-of-the-art building, and the first universally designed health sciences educational facility in the U.S., Iowa Pharmacy continues to deliver a contemporary education and prepare its graduates to be healthcare leaders and scientists of the future.

The College has two academic departments and offers three distinct educational programs, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, a Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in pharmacy, and post-graduate residency programs. The College has an FDA-registered manufacturing and pharmaceutical development facility, UI Pharmaceuticals, which produces both sterile and non-sterile medications.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program prides itself on interprofessional education, leadership development, excellence in education, career specialization, and direct patient care. The Doctor of Philosophy is offered in three areas: drug discovery and experimental therapeutics, health services research, and pharmaceutics. Researchers are passionate about fundamental and translation research in drug discovery, drug development, biomedical science, and advanced practice models. Post-graduate residency programs include a Community-Based Pharmacy Practice Residency and a Palliative Care and Pain Management Pharmacy Residency. Sixty faculty members teach in either (or both) academic programs, and actively engage in scientific research or related clinical practice. The college community proudly collaborates with expert healthcare providers and researchers at UI Hospitals & Clinics and five healthcare colleges on campus. 


The university offers a robust benefits package, for more information please visit

In addition to the base salary, this position offers an administrative stipend for the candidate while serving as DEO/Department Chair.  The College of Pharmacy offers faculty a generous incentive program that is based on research productivity.  This position is eligible for the incentive program. 

Application Process

For consideration, applicants must submit an online application including a cover letter that includes their experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the workplace, and a complete curriculum vitae. Names and contact information of three professional references will be required, and references will not be contacted until a later step in the search process. To apply, go to and refer to requisition #74919. Potential applicants seeking further information about the position should contact:  Barry Carter at or Shellie Fravel at, committee co-chairs. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The College of Pharmacy strives to create a welcoming environment for learning, growth, and science exploration. For more information, visit  The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, which was recently recognized as a “Welcoming City”. To learn more about the University of Iowa, job benefits, and the surrounding area, please visit

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any misconduct history or pending research misconduct including but not limited to sexual misconduct in prior employment and provide a related release and will be subject to a criminal background and credential check. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.


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