Associate Dean for Research (Dentistry Office of Research) & Department Head (Oral Biology)

University of Illinois at Chicago

United States

May 31, 2022



Associate Dean for Research (Dentistry Office of Research) & Department Head (Oral Biology) (Job ID #163328)


Dentistry- Administration & Oral Biology





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Associate Dean for Research (Office of Research)

And Department Head (Oral Biology)

University of Illinois Chicago

College of Dentistry

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry invites applications for a full time Associate or Professor rank to serve as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Dentistry and Department Head for the Department of Oral Biology.

The Associate Dean for Research provides support to the Dean in the administration of the College's research programs. This support includes directing the College's Office of Research Services and interfacing with College and the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Offices of Technology Management, Protection of Research Subjects, Research Services and other University System level units. The successful candidate will provide vision and leadership in the administration of the College's research programs and will foster collaborative research activities that will create robust interdisciplinary research partnerships. As Department Head, the successful candidate will provide visionary and strategic leadership, management, and administrative support of the Department of Oral Biology's postgraduate/graduate education and research programs and continue to expand its reputation as a national and internationally recognized center of education, research, and service. In addition to administrative roles, this position may include didactic and clinical teaching responsibilities.

The University of Illinois Chicago has a long history of research, clinical, and scholarly achievements and has a strong national reputation. Research strengths in the College include wound healing, tissue engineering, inflammation/immunology, cancer biology, microbiology, caries and functional foods, global health, artificial intelligence, precision medicine, and oral health disparities. The College is located in one of the most comprehensive academic health sciences centers in the U.S. that includes a Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Applied Health Sciences, School of Public Health, College of Engineering, College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy.


Associate Dean Responsibilities:

  • Direct the College of Dentistry Office of Research Services, provide support for grants writing/administration, and foster collaborative research activities amongst College faculty and their colleagues in the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Social Work, Applied Health Sciences and Public Health and other UIC Campus Colleges.
  • Develop and direct student research and student recruitment programs and facilitate student/faculty mentoring pairing.
  • Facilitate faculty in research mentoring, career development, and the seed research funding program.
  • Facilitate the expansion of innovative oral health research and research training across the College.
  • Facilitate the attainment of extramural research funding.
  • Seek and advocate for resource allocation to and manage the resources of the Office of Research.
  • Collaborate in and initiate the recruitment of research-intensive faculty.
  • Generate and maintain outcome data on overall faculty research productivity
  • Supervise the College Clinical Research Center.
  • Facilitate research accomplishment within the college.
  • University and Campus:

  • Act as liaison to and facilitator for inter-institutional and inter- disciplinary research and research training initiatives.
  • Interface with the campus Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and other University System level units
  • External Community:

  • Develop and create visibility for college-aligned research and research training across constituents.
  • Broker partnerships with community leaders and agencies for synergistic research initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Department Head Responsibilities:

  • Provides overall direction to the work of the department.
  • Organizes and evaluates the nature and scope of the work of the faculty.
  • Calls and presides over meetings of the faculty.
  • Formulates and executes departmental policies and executes college and university policies as they affect the department.
  • Prepares and administers departmental budget.
  • Recommends departmental appointments and promotions.
  • Oversees admission and progress of the students in the department.
  • Serves as the agent of the department faculty and the official person for communications between the department and other units within the university and other agencies and institutions.
  • Enhances and promotes funded research.
  • Insure appropriate mentorship of faculty in the department.
  • Serves on College and campus committees as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications:

    Candidate must have a DDS/DMD, MD/DO, or PhD (or equivalent degree), have a history of sustained and ongoing extramural funded research, and must have academic/scientific experience in research mentoring. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience of mentoring junior faculty, graduate and/or professional students, exemplary interpersonal skills and a documented record of fostering collaborative research between a dental school and outside entities. In addition, the preferred candidate would have knowledge of finance and budget management, human resource or management experience and securing external or internal research/grant funding. Candidates with a desire to participate in a program of excellence, and demonstrable experience in promoting an equitable, inclusive, humanistic and diverse scholarly environment are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Academic rank, tenure track, and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will be ongoing and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, please apply by May 31, 2022.

    Applicants should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of four professional references.

    Inquiries regarding this position may be addressed to Dr. Christine Wu, Professor and Search Committee Chairperson (312-355-1990 or

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