Opening for Division Chief (Asst/Assoc. Professor) in Human & Community Development @ Southern Illinois University

Jan 24, 2019

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is searching for a Division Chief in Human and Community Development. An ideal candidate would be someone with experience in applied developmental psychology, community psychology, sociology, or community-based participatory research. Those with mixed-methods knowledge are strongly encouraged to apply. Please reach out if you have further interest in this tenure-track position. 

Assistant/Associate Professor-Division Chief, Human and Community Development

Department of Population Science and Policy

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

The Position

The Department of Population Science and Policy (PSP) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIUSOM) invites applications for a Division Chief - Human and Community Development (Assistant/Associate Professor).


Successful candidates will have: Ph.D. or equivalent degree from a nationally accredited university; expertise in innovation, innovation life cycle, innovation culture, social entrepreneurship, and organizational change. Expertise in problem based learning and grass-roots innovation. Background in adult learning and development, organizational change, program evaluation, and systems-based design. In addition, position requires project management and leadership experience working across multiple disciplines. Research experience working within resource lean contexts as well as sensitivity to social determinants of health. Sensitive to the needs of underrepresented minority populations. Particularly interested in candidates who are open to filling a void in research of rural populations.

About Us

The Department of Population Science and Policy (PSP) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is broadly defined as a research and policy organization dedicated to improving the health outcomes of the residents of central and southern Illinois. We specialize in rural disparities research and outreach in our region, a 66 county area in Illinois characterized by large rural areas and communities experiencing children’s health disparities, obesity, and excess cancer burden. PSP partners with communities to explore the issues impacting health. We actively research innovations and projects communities have developed that are aimed at improving health. Working in collaboration with various community members, we design rigorous research studies that explore how to improve the health and well-being of those living in our service region. Learn more about our department and current children’s health outcome research.

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries. Faculty positions offer the opportunity to collaborate with clinicians, epidemiologists, social and behavioral scientists and other faculty members on both the University and Medical campuses. Faculty have protected time to develop externally funded research and participate in teaching.

About Springfield, IL

This position at SIUSOM is located in Springfield, IL. Springfield is the capital city of Illinois, and the Springfield metropolitan area has a population of approximately 212,000. Springfield is more than just the home of Abraham Lincoln, though nearly one million visitors come to see Springfield’s historic sites each year. Springfield is culturally and ethnically diverse, offering the comfort and convenience of low cost of living with the amenities and attractions of major metropolitan areas like Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis within easy reach. Springfield is the hub of medical care for central and southern Illinois and is also a center for education, research and innovation excellence. Learn more about the Springfield community.

Apply online and upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae at For further information, please contact Heather Whetsell, MBA, Assistant to the Chair at 217/545-7198 or

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is an AA/EOC employer.

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