Loyola University Chicago’s Parkinson Faculty are Called to Be Innovators. Join Us.
Tenured/Tenure-Track Associate/Full Professor and Department Chair Healthcare Administration Department
Loyola University Chicago (LUC), Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health invites applicants for a full-time, tenured/tenure-track position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to assume the role of Department Chair in the Department of Healthcare Administration.
Loyola University Chicago’s Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health (est. 2019) is an innovative new school committed to applying an entrepreneurial philosophy of educational excellence, research, and service as a means to achieve the goals of improving human potential through the health sciences and the promotion of health equity. Our graduates put their knowledge and skills to work in the public, private, and non-governmental organization sectors in areas such as healthcare systems and services, public health, and higher education.
The Parkinson School is the newest expansion of the Loyola University Health Sciences Campus, which is uniquely positioned, through its partnership with the Loyola University Health System and Trinity Health, to develop academic, research, and engagement programs that meet the needs of an expanding healthcare environment. Our academic vision is centered on the most urgent and complex problems facing health and health care today. Because these problems are complex, the foremost way to fulfill this vision is for faculty and students from Loyola’s many Schools to work jointly in interdisciplinary and collaborative fashion, advancing a model of One Loyola.
Through four areas of study (Applied Health Sciences, Healthcare Administration, Health Informatics and Data Science, and Public Health Sciences) within the Parkinson School, faculty teach, challenge, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as career professionals. We emphasize interdisciplinary learning, collaboration, and care for communities, while maintaining a focus on better understanding all the social determinants of health. Our faculty pursue a range of scholarly research that incorporates systems- and design-thinking which translates into sustainable, scalable solutions to advance knowledge and improve health and the delivery of care. Our graduates are well-positioned to tackle dynamic healthcare needs and public policy issues, particularly as they pertain to the underserved and those living on the margins.
There has never been a more important time to build a new interdisciplinary health sciences and public health school. Parkinson School faculty are called to develop the next generation of healthcare leaders who will drive change and expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith. To learn more about the Parkinson School visit https://www.luc.edu/parkinson/.
Department of Healthcare Administration
The Department of Healthcare Administration (HCA), with a strong core of full-time and part-time faculty, is growing a long-standing undergraduate program, launching two new Master degrees, and preparing for future program growth.
The HCA Department is physically located on the university’s Lake Shore Campus. The Lake Shore Campus is set along the shore of Lake Michigan on Chicago’s north side and houses the bulk of undergraduate student life, including classes, activities and residences. HCA faculty and staff offices are located on the Lake Shore Campus.
HCA faculty engage and collaborate with interdisciplinary colleagues and leverage state-of-the-art facilities and programs on the University’s Health Sciences Campus located in Chicago’s western suburbs. Facilities and resources include the Center for Translational Research and Education, the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Neihoff School of Nursing, and the Loyola University Health System. HCA graduate degree programs use online distance learning plus immersion weekend formats. Immersions are hosted at the Health Sciences Campus.
B.S. in Healthcare Administration: Established in 2006, the undergraduate program is home to nearly 200 majors and minors, and comprised of the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration plus three accelerated graduate degree options leading to the MBA, MPH or MHA. The program prepares students for careers in the administration and organization of health care delivery systems and health services. Our B.S. degree is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), enjoys positive employment and graduate education outcomes, and boasts an established track record of winning case competition teams. The HCA program engages with over 60 different healthcare organizations in the greater Chicago landscape through internships, service-learning experiences and a vibrant industry advisory board. The program has strong interconnections throughout the university, contributing coursework to the B.S. in Public Health, the pre-health studies program, the Bioethics minor, and the undergraduate population as a whole.
Master of Healthcare Administration: The 37-credit Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program is accepting applications for its inaugural cohort in Fall 2021. The MHA aims to prepare patient-centered, innovative leaders to improve quality, reduce cost and advance the health of communities. This part-time, online degree program addresses critical areas of need in healthcare delivery through three specialty tracks: Healthcare Business Intelligence, Community Engagement and Partnership, and Post-Acute Care Administration. Spring and Fall Immersion Weekends are central feature of the online MHA and expose students to the Chicagoland healthcare market while building teamwork and leadership skills.
Master of Science in Implementation Science: The 31-credit MS in Implementation Science (MIMS) program is accepting applications for its inaugural cohort in Fall 2021. This interdisciplinary degree program addresses the need for skilled professionals trained in moving research findings into practice. With multiple clinical affiliates and partners including Loyola University Health System, Trinity Health, Edward Hines Jr Veterans Administration Hospital, and Advocate and Amita health systems, Loyola and the Parkinson School are well-positioned to prepare a professional community of implementation science experts.
Parkinson School Highlights
The Parkinson School opened with a $20M endowment made possible by the generosity and vision of Robert and Betty Parkinson. The inaugural Robert and Betty Parkinson Social Justice Scholars Awards were launched this year and honor the Parkinson’s’ belief in health care as a basic human right. A cohort of exceptionally-talented students dedicated to being “persons for others” will be honored for their commitment to ensuring access to quality health care. Selected from our 500+ enrolled students, the Parkinson Scholars will use their education to advance innovations and lead improvements in the health and health care of individuals, communities and systems. The Parkinson Scholars are a step forward in building the Parkinson School and educating the health entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow.
The Parkinson School is the academic home for a $25 million endowed Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research (CHOIR) with the mission of enhancing collaborative research across campuses on health outcomes and equity research. CHOIR is at the forefront of the Parkinson School’s research and education enterprise through intramural pilot awards, educational seminar series and training opportunities.
In addition to CHOIR, the Parkinson School serves as home to Loyola’s participation in the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM). The ITM is a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) partnership between the University of Chicago and Rush University in collaboration with Advocate Health Care, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, and NorthShore University Health System. The cross-institutional collaboration is fueled by almost $35 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). The ITM is part of the national network of more than 60 NIH-supported CTSA sites working on clinical informatics innovation and accelerating the time it takes to develop and implement new treatments and health innovation into practice. Collectively, these initiatives bring together research institutions, clinicians, patients, and patient advocates to implement policies and programs to improve healthcare quality and health outcomes for the region by building, strengthening, and leveraging data infrastructure and expertise.
Representative of our interdisciplinary footprint and nimble response to immediate healthcare challenges, the COVID Equity Response Collaborative: Loyola (CERCL) was formed to work in partnership with academic colleagues, community leaders and public health officials in minimizing COVID harm to at-risk populations in the Chicago area. CERCL instituted COVID-19 testing sites for communities without access, is conducting contact tracing, and creating resource connections for members of our surrounding Black and Brown communities.
Slated to serve as a central hub for the Parkinson School, the newly established Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CHIE) is envisioned as an ecosystem of scholars, community partners and thought leaders, and students. CHIE is a platform for creating and advancing innovations across the health enterprise. When fully operational, CHIE will create a transformative educational experience for our many students and support faculty and student-initiated research in new care models, artificial intelligence or business model planning. CHIE is intended to serve as a focal point for forming strategic partnerships by cultivating a community of innovation and entrepreneurship. A search for the Founding Director of CHIE is currently underway.
Loyola University Chicago Highlights
Loyola University Chicago is best known as Chicago’s Jesuit Catholic University. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence, U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks it among the top national universities and #8 in the nation in online Bachelor’s programs (2020). Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Further, Loyola is one of only eight percent of all American colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter.
At Loyola University Chicago, we are driven by our Jesuit tradition of social justice, our service to humanity, and our role as an institution of higher education to create a more equitable and sustainable future for our local and global communities. Two of the University’s most recent advances illustrate this overarching commitment and represent areas of productive collaboration for faculty of the Parkinson School. Loyola’s newest School, the School of Environmental Sustainability, is the first-ever school dedicated to environmental sustainability across Jesuit institutions worldwide. Another first of its kind at a Jesuit University, the Institute for Racial Justice is a mission priority and aspires to examine racism in all its forms. Through interdisciplinary research and collaboration, the Institute will seek new ways of connection and action to facilitate greater equity and justice.
Role of the Chairperson of Department of Healthcare Administration (HCA)
Departmental Chairpersons are the academic leaders and administrative heads of their departments and report to the Dean of the Parkinson School. The Chair position is a combined administrative and research/teaching position with a twelve (12) month faculty contract.
The Chair leads HCA in its academic, intellectual, and administrative activities to promote excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, and service. The Chair ensures HCA alignment with the mission and strategy of the Parkinson School and Loyola University Chicago, works with other leaders and colleagues across the University to pursue common goals, builds collaborations and interdisciplinary teams, and effectively communicates the vision and goals of HCA to constituencies within Parkinson and the University, as well as outside the University.
The Chair is expected to lead HCA efforts to achieve the Department’s vision, goals and objectives, bringing together the resources and processes necessary to promote and maintain: 1) ongoing coordination of curricula development consistent with University-wide and healthcare administration certification and accreditation standards, course offerings and academic advising; 2) faculty and staff professional development, mentorship, faculty research development, professional practice contribution to the field, as well as promotion and tenure support; and 3) development of internal and external partnerships. The Chair is expected to create synergies between undergraduate and graduate healthcare administration programs, between academic departments, and with Parkinson entities such as the Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CHIE).
The Chair will maintain an active teaching role, an active program of funded research, and engage in Department, School, and University service. The Chair’s leadership role includes oversight of a growing team of HCA faculty members and stewardship of an environment of research and scholarship. The candidate is expected to mentor faculty members, in addition to undergraduate and graduate students in research and scholarly endeavors, and facilitate new grants, contracts, and partnerships.
As an academic leader, the Chair is responsible for establishing departmental goals, promoting excellence in teaching, research, professional practice and service, encouraging and stimulating faculty members in professional development, ensuring academic advising for students, obtaining appropriate resources, and establishing a climate of collegiality among faculty and staff. As an administrative leader, the Chair must promote professional excellence across roles, execute University, School, and Departmental policies and regulations within Department of HCA, and steward certification and accreditation for HCA programs.
The candidate must actively support Loyola’s mission in general and the value and goals of a Jesuit Catholic education in particular. The candidate is expected to be highly collaborative, supporting development of programs and projects across campuses, departments and disciplines. Within the Parkinson School, Departmental Chairs serve on the School’s administrative leadership team contributing to the establishment of school goals, priorities, policies and procedures; inter-disciplinary collaborations both across the School and within Loyola University; community engagement; and a climate of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate must be an established educator, scholar and leader in the field of Healthcare Administration. The successful candidate must have a recognized program of research, a distinguishable publication and extramural funding record, and demonstrated potential for future extramural funding in the discipline of healthcare administration. Candidates must possess an earned doctorate and meet rank and tenure guidelines at the Associate Professor or Professor level.
Areas of specialization are open and may represent one or more fields within the broader discipline of healthcare administration, such as healthcare organizational management, healthcare finance, or health information systems. The candidate must demonstrate significant knowledge of applied principles in healthcare administration and possess teaching experience in a core domain of healthcare management. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels is requisite.
A demonstrated record of collaboration in research and academic programming is requisite as is a demonstrated record of service to School, University and Community. Candidates must demonstrate administrative experience, including professional mentorship and fiscal management.
The individual will have a record of commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic environments. The incumbent will not only bring practical expertise grounded in academic rigor, but also compassionate and holistic care of the person, as embodied in Jesuit principles and traditions.
Applied experience in the broader health and health care system
Experience in inter-professional, learning, teaching and practice
Experience in curricular development
Experience meeting AUPHA Certification and CAHME Accreditation standards
Entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative spirit
Broad vision of the healthcare system and workforce needs
Successful interpersonal skills, including collegiality and effective communication
a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position
a curriculum vitae
a statement of research interests
a statement of teaching and training interests, teaching philosophy, and evidence of teaching and mentoring effectiveness
a statement of leadership philosophy and evidence of administration and inter-disciplinary collaboration
a list of references (contacted for finalists only)
Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. We encourage underrepresented minorities and women candidates to apply.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.
About Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. We encourage under-represented minorities and women candidates to apply. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at www.luc.edu/mission/. For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at www.luc.edu/transformativeed.