Program Director of the PhD Health Sciences Program

February 1, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
March 15, 2021
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Position Description

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in partnership with the search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce a national search for a Program Director of the PhD in Health Sciences Program.  The School of Health Professions and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position that includes the oversight and direction of its new PhD in Health Sciences program.  The new PhD in Health Sciences program is designed to prepare future faculty, researchers and leaders in allied health (see: Additional assignments may include the maintenance of an appropriate research agenda, establishment and/or oversight of additional graduate or undergraduate programs and special projects.  Well qualified applicants will demonstrate a strong track record in research and publications, to include external funding for research.

The Deans of the School of Health Professions and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences seek an individual who can leverage the existing strengths of the school and create a meaningful impact by strengthening academic health programming and research at the institution.  The successful candidate will provide academic and administrative leadership to assist in development and implementation of additional programs and to enhance the school’s impact on teaching, service, and scholarship.  The candidate will facilitate intradepartmental/inter-school and external collaborations to ensure the establishment of an excellent program through the promotion of a collegial and collaborative environment that ensure the program thrives.

Essential Duties: 

  • PhD program director will oversee all aspects of day-to-day administration of the program and fulfill all the duties of a program director
  • Mange all elements of the academic program’s administration including enrollment projections and management, recruitment efforts, admissions oversight, and identification and evaluation of program faculty
  • Oversee maintenance and development of program communications materials including catalog, website, and other marketing content (with assistance from UT Health Marketing team)
  • Coordinate student support services with other school-based and institutional offices
  • Teach courses for students in both the PhD and other programs
  • Collaborate and create supportive partnerships both within and outside the programs, school, and university
  • Support the future growth and expansion of the program with other faculty and colleagues
  • Further develop course materials (development of syllabi/course outlines and expected outcomes)
  • Experience developing and implementing a research program appropriate for the health sciences
  • Advise and mentor students and serve as a research mentor to students for dissertation completion


  • Ph.D. or earned doctoral research degree from a regionally accredited institution with experience and/or expertise in one of the programs’ relevant allied health disciplines and a strong background in program core curricular areas (research, education, leadership)
  • An established track record of teaching, research, and service excellence at an institution of higher education appropriate for initial appointment at senior rank (e.g., associate or full professor) or rapid progression to senior rank.
  • Demonstration of significant and successful administrative experience in a university setting
  • Strong, independent organizational and managerial skills, including leadership or project management of complex assignments or tasks
  • Understanding of online education best practices and state and federal regulations related to the delivery of online academic programs and the willingness to learn and implement instructional technologies effectively
  • Experience in program and curriculum development, and the ability to oversee diverse students and programs’ disciplines
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, students, and community partners
  • Experience with institutional accreditation and/or program accreditation and the regulations related to the establishment and operations of effective academic programs in the State of Texas
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member

About The Institution

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: UT Health

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the country’s leading academic health centers.  UT Health ranks among the top health science universities worldwide in receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and has provided outstanding health science education and training since its founding in 1968.

The mission of UT Health San Antonio is to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care and community engagement.  Strategies for achieving this mission include:

  • Educating a diverse student body to become excellent health care providers and scientists;
  • Engaging in research to understand health and disease;
  • Providing compassionate and culturally proficient health care;
  • Engaging our community to improve health;
  • Influencing thoughtful advances in health policy.

In fulfillment of this mission, UT Health San Antonio seeks to provide the best in health career education, conduct groundbreaking biomedical research, while also providing the best patient care and community service to San Antonio and the South Texas/Border Region. With undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs, UT Health San Antonio is a major academic health science university composed of five schools:  School of Medicine, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, Dental School, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. For more information on UT Health visit our website at

The School of Health Professions

As an integral part of UT Health San Antonio, the School of Health Professions (SHP) seeks to make lives better through excellence in teaching, research, service and patient care.  The SHP strives to educate a diverse student body in becoming outstanding health care practitioners, scientists and leaders; advance health research and scholarship; and provide health services and education to the community (see:

The SHP offers graduate degrees in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MS), Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), Respiratory Care (MS) and Speech Language Pathology (MS) and advanced training through doctoral degree programs in Occupational Therapy (OTD) and Physical Therapy (DPT).  The school’s new PhD in Health Sciences program began its first cohort of students in the fall of 2020 and anticipates accepting a second cohort for fall of 2021.The school also offers several undergraduate (BS) degree programs including respiratory care, medical laboratory science and emergency health sciences.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The PhD in Health Sciences is offered by the School of Health Professions in collaboration with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and the program director will have dual reporting responsibilities. The GSBS is the PhD granting authority for the university, and as such offers eight PhD programs including two combined professional /PhD programs (DDS/PhD; MD/PhD) and a core PhD in Integrated Biomedical Sciences (see:

About The Community

About the San Antonio, TX, Community

San Antonio is a dynamic and multi-cultural metropolitan area in the south-central part of the state. With a population of more than 2.23 million people, the greater San Antonio region is the 25th largest metropolitan area in the United States, with more growth on the horizon. It’s the second-largest populated city in Texas and seventh in the U.S.

San Antonio lays claim to six Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region.

San Antonio has a strong military presence as well. Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base (which constitute Joint Base San Antonio), the Kelly Field Annex, and Brooks City-Base are in or near the city.

Famous for its Spanish missions – which are World Heritage Sites – the Alamo, the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, the Alamo Bowl, and major theme parks, the city is visited by approximately 26 million tourists annually. The city is also home to the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and the annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Application Process

Applicants should include a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Submit applications through the UT Health Careers website at or send materials directly to the University’s search consultant: 

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

Applications received by March 15, 2021, will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions.  The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.