Chair, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy Division of Public Health Sciences Wake Forest School of Medicine

Jan 08, 2015


Position Announcement

Chair, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy

Division of Public Health Sciences

The Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy (SSHP), in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is actively searching for an energetic, self-confident leader to serve as Chair. The Department is a vibrant and successful academic unit dedicated to research focused on improving the human condition through the application of social sciences and policy research on health and health care.  Recognizing that health and healthcare represent complex challenges, faculty and staff within the Department are committed to collaborative, multidisciplinary and translational approaches to our research, education and community involvement.  The Department is comprised of 16 faculty members and 56 staff members, as well as over 30 faculty members from outside of SSHP with joint or adjunct appointments, who work collaboratively in a successful research environment spanning critical areas such as: health-related quality of life, substance abuse, adolescent high-risk behaviors, tobacco prevention and control, medical and cost effectiveness, health care outcomes, psychosocial factors in health and disease, women’s health, Latino health, LGBT health, community-based interventions, obesity, cancer control, health policy, bioethics, cognition, aging, and hypertension.


In addition to leading research, faculty in Social Sciences and Health Policy collaborate closely with clinicians and other scientists from intra-institutional departments, centers and institutes, as well as external organizations.  Departmental faculty also partner with other colleagues in the Division of Public Health Sciences in contributing to the education of scientists through teaching for the Translational Sciences Master’s Degree program.  Faculty direct training grants, serve as mentors, and teach in the undergraduate medical school program at Wake Forest School of Medicine and the Wake Forest University undergraduate campus.  SSHP’s successful research, teaching and community outreach activities allow active involvement in efforts to facilitate disease prevention in broad clinical and community-based settings. 


The ideal candidate will have a PhD, MD, or comparable degree plus training or extensive experience in public health, psychology, sociology, health policy, health services research, behavioral medicine,  or related field, and will serve as the research, academic, and administrative leader for the Department. This person will be responsible for maintaining the financial viability of the department, the continued success of the department’s research activities and graduate program and for faculty recruitment and development. The Chair will report to the Director of the Division of Public Health Sciences. It is expected that the Chair will maintain an active research portfolio.


In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrate a collegial and collaborative style that is respectful of others and one that will support the faculty and staff.
  • Possess a reputation as a responsive listener, consensus builder and effective initiator.
  • Exhibit inspiring, self-confident leadership to motivate, lead and excite faculty and staff and build a strong team that strives for excellence.
  • Be capable of developing and executing plans and strategies, understanding and articulating the steps necessary to implement both.
  • Provide fresh perspectives to the structure and performance of the department and its relationship throughout the medical school.
  • Be capable of making decisions; possessing management capabilities to effectively identify, confront and manage challenges.
  • Actively promote diversity within the ranks of faculty and staff.


Winston-Salem, with a population of approximately 220,000, is nestled in the northwestern region of North Carolina, within easy driving distance to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the pristine beaches of North Carolina.


To Apply:

Applications and nominations, including Curriculum Vitae, cover letter and letters of reference, should be directed to:


Monica Kiger

Physician & Faculty Recruiter

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center



Electronic submission of material is strongly encouraged. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the search is successfully closed. Wake Forest School of Medicine is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


Please visit our Physician and Faculty Recruitment website for more information about the medical center at or Social Sciences and Health Policy at

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