Associate/Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Health Sciences

March 1, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
April 5, 2021
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Position Description

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Health Professions, located in Memphis, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, seeks a dynamic and innovative Chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Health Sciences. This position offers an exciting opportunity for an energetic candidate who is a good communicator and is seeking professional growth, freedom to develop new programs, and opportunities to craft new academic initiatives and collaborations. The successful candidate will direct the Department of Diagnostic and Health Sciences (DDHS) and participate in teaching, research, service, and clinical activities. The position is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment that reports to the Dean of Health Professions. Academic rank and a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience and track record will be provided to the successful candidate.  


  • Manage the day-to-day events of the department
  • Provide teaching assignments to faculty
  • Mentor faculty
  • Conduct faculty and staff performance evaluations
  • Supervise departmental staff
  • Prepare and administer departmental budgets and resources
  • Help grow the national recognition of the diverse programs in the DDHS
  • Propose new academic programs and recruit teaching and research faculty to the department
  • Lead by example through the advancement of interdisciplinary departmental research in diagnostic and health sciences, basic science, or data science disciplines

Candidates having a funded research program are particularly encouraged to apply. The preferred candidate will be research-motivated with excellent interpersonal skills and seeking a leadership opportunity to direct the efforts of a collegial faculty housed on an academic health center campus.


Required Qualifications: 

  • An earned academic doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent in a related field) and/or M.D.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills
  • A commitment to supporting research efforts in the department that are consistent with the College’s Strategic Plan
  • A commitment to recruiting a diverse student body and faculty to the department
  • A commitment to graduate education
  • A commitment to developing as an academic leader

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic administrative experience
  • Nationally or internationally recognized leader in scholarship and research as evidenced through a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and extramural funding
  • Lead a research program that interfaces growing research priorities at the institution in the areas of machine learning-related bioinformatics, data science, exercise science, patient-centered approaches to improve health care delivery, molecular/cellular biology/epigenetic regulation of cell function in health and cancer, or skeletal muscle biology
  • Experience with program accreditation
  • Experience working in a Health Science Center environment

About The Institution

The Department of Diagnostic and Health Sciences
Located within the College of Health Professions at UTHSC, the DDHS offers a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, a Master of Science in Cytopathology Practice, a Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science, a Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management, and certificates in several areas. Students can also complete a Ph.D. in Health Outcomes and Policy or Rehabilitation Sciences. For more information about the Department of Diagnostic and Health Sciences, go to

The College of Health Professions
The College serves as an administrative home for allied health programs offered through the Departments of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Diagnostic and Health Sciences, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences. The College plans to add new departments, divisions, and programs over the next three years as it moves into an exciting phase of unprecedented growth in research, education, and clinical service. For more information about the College of Health Professions, go to:

The Health Sciences Center
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Memphis campus comprises six colleges – Health Professions, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. The Memphis Core Teaching Hospitals include: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Methodist Healthcare, Regional One Health, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Memphis VA Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital. For more information about UTHSC, go to:
UTHSC has a long and rich tradition of accomplishments in basic, clinical, and translational research in a wide variety of disciplines focused on the health issues that impact our community, our region, the state of Tennessee, and the world. UTHSC researchers are supported by both government grants and private funding. The Cancer Center Building opened in 2007 and is the Mid-South’s only adult cancer research facility, housing 32 research laboratories and more than 65 scientists. The 140,000-square foot Translational Science Research Building opened in 2016 and currently houses 40 investigators focused on cardiovascular and related diseases. During the last fiscal year, UTHSC generated approximately $85 million in sponsored programs, including NIH grants and grants from private foundations. For more information about UTHSC’s research, go to:

The University of Tennessee system has a combined student enrollment of more than 49,000 students, over 360,000 living alumni, and a total endowment that tops $1 billion.

About The Community

Memphis is an exciting city that offers visitors and residents opportunities for a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. Memphis has a rich history that is celebrated at the National Civil Rights Museum in the Lorraine Motel, Graceland, and the Children’s Museum. Memphis has a long heritage of music as the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock and roll. It hosts jazz festivals, Beale Street, and Sun Studios. Memphis is the barbecue pork capital of the world and hosts the Memphis in May International Festival and World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest. In sports, Memphis is home to the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) basketball team, the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) baseball affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, and the various collegiate sports of the University of Memphis. The city has many outdoor recreational opportunities ranging from Shelby Farms Greenline, hiking, water activities, bicycle friendly lanes, and jogging paths. The outstanding Memphis Zoo was voted one of America’s Top 10 by Fodor’s Travel. The city has several theaters, the Memphis Ballet, and the Memphis Symphony. Memphis has diverse and eclectic neighborhoods, affordable housing of various types, no state income tax, and an easily accessed international airport. For more information about Memphis, go to:

Application Process

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to the University’s search consultant: 

Danan Tsan
Assistant Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates 

Additionally, all applications must be submitted electronically via the University’s portal at:

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter that outlines qualifications and credentials, experience, and accomplishments.
  2. Updated CV.
  3. Names and addresses (including email) of three professional references. 

Applications received by April 5, 2021, will receive priority consideration.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening. Additional required documentation of U.S Citizenship or evidence of the ability to lawfully work in the U.S. is required for full consideration. 

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. 

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. 

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. 

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 920 Madison Avenue, Suite 825, Memphis, Tennessee 38163, telephone 901-448-7382 (V/TTY available). Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.