The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford (UICOMR) seeks an experienced health care leader to serve as Assistant Dean for
Rural Health Professions and to direct its National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP). The position is non-tenured and we require
an MD/DO or its foreign equivalent, or a PhD or a doctoral/terminal degree in a related field. Reporting to the Regional Dean and the
Department Head of Family and Community Medicine, the successful candidate will assume a senior leadership role in UICOMR and a faculty
appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
The regional campus in Rockford is part of the University of Illinois
College of Medicine, one of the largest medical schools in the United States. The University offers outstanding opportunities for
development of its students, faculty, and staff. Rockford is a
progressive, mid-sized metropolitan area in northern Illinois, west of Chicago. The city has minor league baseball and hockey, numerous golf
courses, award-winning park system, three botanical gardens, an art museum, theaters, a revitalizing downtown, and a river walk. Public and
several private school systems are available. Rural living is accessible within 15 miles of the campus.
The National Center for Rural
Health Professions (NCRHP), certified in 2003 by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, strives to meet the health care needs of rural
residents and their communities in Illinois, around the nation and throughout the world. The Assistant Dean provides leadership for
strategic planning, research, curriculum, and oversight for several key programs: Rural Medical Education (RMED – a selective
longitudinal medical school experience designed to promote rural practice), Illinois Area Health Education Centers Network (AHEC), Student
Pipeline program, Global Health Partnership, and the Rural Health Professions (RHP – a supplemental education for medical, pharmacy,
and advanced practice nursing). The NCRHP is one of three centers nationally that collaborates with the World Health Organization and the
Pan American Health Organization to advance medical education using social accountability principles, focusing on primary care services for
underserved communities and rural populations. The Assistant Dean is responsible for operations, fiscal management, faculty/staff
recruitment and retention, and the provision of appropriate resources to support and advance the center’s education and research
The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford is a national leader in rural medical education. Founded in 1971
to address the health care needs of the people of Illinois, the UICOMR has trained over 1,900 physicians. In 1990, UICOMR developed the
Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program and has graduated approximately 300 students and presently 50% of each entering medical school class
is comprised of RMED students. Sixty – six percent of RMED program graduates practice in towns with less than 40,000 people, making it one
of the most successful rural medical school training programs in the United States. The NCRHP has established relationships with 30 rural
health systems across the State of Illinois and offers more than 50 rural clinical teaching sites. Having expanded its rural focus to
include additional health professions programs (pharmacy and nursing), the NCRHP has plans to further expand its health science programs to
include dentistry, social work, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, and public health.
Minimum qualifications include MD/DO
or its foreign equivalent, or a PhD or a doctoral/terminal degree in a related field. Must have extensive administrative experience. Strong
preference for candidates with at least 5 years- experience in an academic leadership, research, and/or clinical role. Experience with rural
health program initiatives is required. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
To apply you must visit https://jobs.uic.edu/Rockford and include a cover letter, CV, and
list three professional references.
Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2022. For fullest consideration, please apply by
May 2, 2022.
Fullest consideration date: Monday, May 2, 2022, at 11:59 pm (Central
Standard Time)Applications received prior to this date will be reviewed by the search committee for early action.
Final date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 11:59 pm (Central Standard Time)Applications received through
June 1, 2022, will be accepted, and reviewed until the position is filled.
Offers of employment by the University of Illinois
may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful
completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered.
Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.
The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual
harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more
information, visit https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899
The University of Illinois at Chicago
is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is
particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender
identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic
protected by law.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.