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Department Chair - Pharmacy Practice & Science

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
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Sep 27, 2023

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The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science is seeking a nationally recognized scholar to serve as Chair. The successful candidate will have a strong record of scholarly output and research funding; demonstrated success in promoting excellence in research and graduate education, scholarship, and teaching; a keen understanding of contemporary pharmacy practice and the diverse clinical practices roles of pharmacists; and strong leadership and interpersonal skills. The Chair serves as the academic and administrative leader of the Department and is vital in providing leadership to meet the College’s vision to boldly lead collaborative innovation that improves health and mission to provide innovative education, conduct pioneering research, deliver cutting-edge clinical practice, cultivate inclusivity, and lead change to improve health in our communities and beyond.

The Department consists of 17 tenure-track and 15 clinical faculty, many adjunct faculty, and hundreds of affiliate voluntary faculty preceptors. Department faculty coordinate, teach and mentor students in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum and in the College’s Graduate Master’s and PhD programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Additionally, Department faculty are engaged in innovative research and clinical practice activities as faculty affiliates in the College’s Institute for Pharmaceutic Outcomes and Policy, the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice, UK Chandler Medical Center, and numerous external affiliate partners. As Department faculty demonstrate excellence within a wide range of activities and expertise, the Department requires a Chair who can support these diverse profiles and academic career paths, and lead growth in faculty research initiatives and success in securing extramural funding in alignment with the College’s Strategic Plan.

Applicants must have a Doctor of Pharmacy and/or a PhD degree in a relevant discipline and have a solid record of accomplishments in research, teaching, and service commensurate with an academic appointment at the rank of Full Professor. Prior administrative experience is desirable but not required. We are especially interested in candidates who are passionate about contributing to our College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts and encourage applications from candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups. To learn more about our commitment to DEI, see our Vision, Mission, and Value Statements, Community of Belonging Web Page, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Web Page. An appointment to an Endowed Professorship will be considered for highly qualified candidates.

Application materials should include: 1) a letter summarizing relevant experiences in research, teaching, leadership, and administration; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) statements of philosophy in leadership, mentorship, research and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; 4) the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Application materials must be submitted online at UK Jobs:

Employment at UK comes with diverse rewards, focusing on your total well-being and career development, with leadership striving to provide a strong work-life integration. The university generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans, and much more. To learn more about these benefits, please visit

For questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Trish Freeman ( For questions regarding submission of application materials, contact UK Human Resources ( or call 859-257-9555, option 2). Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by October 31, 2023. 

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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