Program Director for Medical Laboratory Sciences

November 18, 2020
Priority Deadline to Apply:
June 25, 2021
University of Minnesota

Position Description

The University of Minnesota, in partnership with the national search firmScott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce the national search for a Program Director for Medical Laboratory Sciences.  The University of Minnesota Center for Allied Health Programs (CAHP) seeks an outstanding leader and scholar as program director and faculty for the Medical Laboratory Sciences program.  The Program Director for Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) is a full-time faculty member in the Center for Allied Health Programs (CAHP) with 60% time devoted to MLS Program Director responsibilities. This position is a twelve-month faculty appointment with annual review and renewal of the Program Director position. Qualified candidates should be eligible for a tenured faculty appointment with rank and salary commensurate with experience.  The qualified candidate will hold the Endowed Mildred King Rohwer Chair in Medical Technology.

The Director of the MLS program is expected to provide creative leadership in the promotion of excellence in MLS education and scholarship. The Program Director, who reports to the Director of the CAHP, is accountable for the quality of undergraduate and graduate MLS educational programs, providing inspiration, guidance, and support to faculty as they pursue scholarly work, embrace and support educational programming that supports diversity and inclusion, and design and implement curricula that meet the needs of dynamic educational and health care systems. 

Job Duties:
Program Direction:

  1. Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of all curricula for the undergraduate and graduate programs and promote innovation in educational programs
  2. Ensure the program meets accreditation standards and requirements
  3. Ensure effective academic advising and progression of pre-professional and professional-level students.
  4. With input from program faculty, plan the course offering schedule and faculty teaching assignments for each semester and summer sessions.
  5. Support professional development for faculty consistent with their faculty development plans.
  6. Oversee MLS student recruitment including selection, and advisement (student services office has responsibility for recruitment and advising).
  7. Ensure appropriate policies and procedures are in place and regularly reviewed for the implementation of the MLS program.
  8. Provide leadership to establish policies and programs that demonstrate a commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and collegial environment 
  9. Provide stewardship for and manage the utilization of MLS personnel, budget, and resources

Management of Program Resources:

  1. In collaboration with the Director of CAHP:
  • Attain and maintain sufficient and appropriate faculty and faculty lines
  • Determine budgetary needs of the Program and approve non-salary expenditures
  • Evaluate, manage, and advocate space needs as necessary for the Program to meet its goals
  • Ensure oversight of infrastructure and operations of the MLS Program
  • Generate the Program’s annual report
  • Oversee the allocation of scholarships to MLS students

Community and Professional Interactions:

  1. Coordinate Program development efforts such as publication of the Alumni newsletters, Alumni Society, and donor appreciation through staff that have responsibility for these functions
  2. Support and promote professional, pre-professional student clubs and alumni activities
  3. Support and promote professional continuing education programs
  4. Facilitate interaction with academic partners within the University of Minnesota and State of Minnesota
  5. Promote and maintain cooperative relationships with clinical affiliates and industry partners
  6. Enhance the visibility and promote the MLS program at state, regional, national, and international professional meetings and represent the Program regarding regional workforce needs

Faculty Responsibilities:

1. Teaching

  • Teach in assigned core content areas within the curriculum including assigned research advisees
  • In collaboration with MLS faculty, design and develop innovative curriculum experiences that contribute to the profession, academic community, the community-at-large, and society
  • In collaboration with MLS faculty, prepare education experiences for optimal learning of medical laboratory science students including course goals and objectives, course materials, educational experiences, and assessments toward the achievement of stated program outcomes
  • Use effective and innovative technology enhanced learning strategies for optimal application in course delivery
  • In collaboration with student services, support the advisement and progression of MLS students

2. Scholarship/Creative Activity

  • Create and maintain active research in an area of professional expertise
  • Obtain internal and external financial support to advance program of research
  • Disseminate research findings and/or teaching innovations

  3. Service/Governance

  • Actively engage in professional organizations
  • Engage in University and CAHP governance as appropriate

Appointment Term: This is a 100% position with 60% dedicated to the Program Director role.



  • Doctoral degree
  • Eligibility for tenured faculty appointment
  • Hold the required nationally recognized certification and/or state licensure
  • Track record of extramural funding and scholarship; established program of research
  • Academic administrative and leadership experience at multiple levels of curricular development, implementation, and evaluation in medical laboratory science education that includes teaching courses, conducting, and managing learning experiences, evaluating student achievement, providing input into curriculum development, policy and procedure formulation, and evaluation of program effectiveness
  • Knowledge of and experience in current accreditation/certification procedures relevant to Medical Laboratory Science programs that meets NAACLS
  • Leadership in professional organizations
  • Strong commitment and value for supporting diverse and inclusive educational programming


  • Evidence of engagement in interprofessional education
  • Evidence of graduate student and faculty mentorship

About The Institution

University of Minnesota:

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

University of Minnesota Center for Allied Health Programs (CAHP):

The Center for Allied Health Programs (CAHP) was established in 2006 as an academic structure to foster innovation and collaboration toward educating the next generation of allied health professionals and to address Minnesota's projected statewide shortages in the health professions. The Occupational Therapy Program (OT) offers a Doctorate of OT (OTD) degree and the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program (MLS) offers a baccalaureate as well as a Masters-level degree (MMLS).

The Center for Allied Health Programs' mission is to improve the delivery of collaborative care to the people of Minnesota by educating and training allied healthcare professionals to meet the increasing workforce demands. The CAHP coordinates with the Minnesota State colleges and university system in the efficient deployment of resources and collaborates with private health systems to lead in the education for specialized skills to produce the next generation of allied health professions researchers and faculty members.  The success of CAHP will be achieved by providing excellence in nontraditional, hybrid healthcare education. These programs will be agile, financially sustainable, learner‐centered, future‐oriented, leveraging technology and talent, with statewide access and monitored outcomes.

About The Community

About the Twin Cities Community:

The Twin Cities has all that you need, from sports to nightlife to community treasures. Whether you’re looking for big city lights or want to have a quiet evening with family along the Mississippi River, this is the place to be.  The Twin Cities are the home of Prince, the St. Paul Winter Carnival, the Minnesota State Fair and a Cat Video Festival. We have the nation’s oldest sketch comedy theater with the Brave New Workshop, and we have professional sports teams in football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.

Need more convincing? Check out some of our credentials:

  • Minneapolis ranks No. 1 in parks with St. Paul coming in at No. 2 (ParkScore, 2016).
  • Northeast Minneapolis ranked No. 1 Best Art District in America (10Best, 2015).
  • The Twin Cities was No. 5 on the list of America’s Best Food Cities (TIME, 2015).
  • Minneapolis was ranked the No. 7 best city for recreation (WalletHub, 2015).
  • The Twin Cities was called the best place for millennials (Vox, 2014).

Application Process

Applicants should include a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Submit materials directly to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Christopher S. Healy
Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

 The position will remain open until filled.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.  The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U: