Chair, Department of Basic Science VTC School of Medicine

Posted: 11/19/2021


The Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) School of Medicine (VTCSOM) seeks an experienced, visionary leader for the position of Chair of the Department of Basic Science Education (DBSE). Reporting directly to the Dean of the VTCSOM, the Chair of DBSE will provide leadership, mentoring, and strategy for a department of approximately 13 core faculty and 40 affiliate faculty representing a spectrum of research and medical science specialties. The successful candidate will be a creative and collaborative leader with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as a means of achieving institutional excellence. Minimum requirements include PhD, MD, or MD/PhD from an accredited institution; a distinguished record in medical education, research, and scholarship; and a record of successful leadership at the course or department level. The successful candidate will have outstanding communication skills, relationship experience in building productive and cohesive teams, and the ability to engage with a broad range of key stakeholders.

As chair of the DBSE, the successful candidate will set the standard for intellectual engagement and accomplishment for the department. The chair will provide strategic leadership and vision to achieve excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, and service. The chair will also be responsible for faculty development, recruitment and retention, budget development and administration, resource management, and the entrepreneurial development of new revenue streams. The chair will oversee all faculty activities and manage all academic initiatives of the department and has the authority to assign teaching, research, and service roles to the faculty of the department. The chair is responsible for assuring adequate faculty for the department's responsibilities to the educational and research missions of VTCSOM, either through supporting the educational and research activities of current faculty or recruitment of additional faculty with appropriate training, teaching skills, and experience. The VTCSOM Dean will work with the department chair to identify appropriate resources to support faculty recruitment. The Dean, VTCSOM Vice Dean, Senior/Associate/Assistant Deans, the Chief Diversity Officer, and Department Chairs comprise the leadership of the medical school. Regular meetings are held by this leadership group for both immediate concerns and collaborative planning.