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Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 76450



Working Title:
Neuroscience Department Chair
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
PhD or equivalent
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
We seek an exceptional scientist and a recognized leader with an outstanding academic background, including a state-of-the-art research program that complements the department's existing strengths, demonstrated commitment to education, experience in mentoring junior faculty, proven leadership and management skills and an existing vision for the future of neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Candidates must have academic credentials for a tenured faculty appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Principal duties:
Scholarly activities appropriate to the faculty rank. Act as chairperson of the department with senior administrative responsibility for the department, including medical student and graduate education, research programs, and service to the University and the public.

As a leader designated by the dean and department executive committee to serve as the department's chief executive officer, a School of Medicine and Public Health department chair is accountable for the following managerial responsibilities, as listed in Faculty Policies of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (FPP) Section 5.31:

A. Serves as the official channel of communications for all matters affecting the department as a
whole between the department and chancellor, the dean, other officials, or departments.
B. Calls meetings of the departmental faculty and of the executive committee and presides over
the meetings. He/She shall call a meeting at the request of any two members of the
department. Each department shall meet at least once every semester.
C. Has charge of all official correspondence of the department and of all departmental
announcements in the catalogue or other University publications.
D. Determines that all necessary records of teaching, research and public service of the
department are properly kept and are always accessible to the proper authorities.
E. Reports to the dean regarding the activities and needs of the department.
F. Has responsibility for all departmental supplies.
G. Submits new courses, major revisions of existing courses, and deletion of courses proposed by
the department for action by the divisional executive committee and by the dean.
H. Takes action in case of emergency pending a meeting of the department of its executive
I. In general, acts as the executive of the Department.

In addition, SMPH department chairs are expected to provide strong leadership to ensure that the following responsibilities are achieved/fulfilled

1. Chairs are responsible for establishing and maintaining the appropriate balance and high
quality of the academic department in all areas of department's mission: teaching, research
and service. They are accountable for medical student education within the department and
for cooperating with interdisciplinary programs, established and proposed, with other
departments both within and outside the Medical School.
2. Chairs are responsible for accomplishing department-related objectives of the Medical School
Strategic Plan, for achieving selected performance targets established by the dean with the
chair, and for serving on Medical School and UW committees and panels.
3. In accordance with University policies and the diversity goals and objectives stated in the
Medical School Strategic Plan, chairs are responsible for proactively supporting recruitment of
female and ethnic minority faculty to meet Medical School diversity goals. They are expected
to assure a gender friendly environment and gender pay equity for all faculty.
4. Chairs are responsible for facilitating the career development of junior faculty within the
department. This includes providing sufficient start-up resources for all junior faculty and
establishing and implementing an appropriate mentor policy. Chairs are also responsible for
ensuring that the executive committee accomplishes timely performance appraisals, promotion
reviews and post-promotion reviews.
  Additional Information:
 The University of Wisconsin has formed a new Department of Neuroscience, incorporating faculty from the former departments of Anatomy and Physiology. This new department will consolidate the strengths in research and teaching in neuroscience, an important area of biomedical research within the School of Medicine and Public Health. The Department has 31 faculty members with excellent basic research programs in molecular, cellular, developmental and systems neuroscience. The department will strive for excellence in research and medical, graduate and undergraduate instruction.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

  Employee Class:
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $70,100 ANNUAL (12 months)
Plus UW Medical Foundation
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: SEPTEMBER 01, 2013
Send a letter of application or nomination, with curriculum vitae, to Ned Kalin, MD and Robert Pearce, MD, PhD, Neuroscience Chair Search Committee, c/o Jamie Edge, 4150 HSLC, 750 HIghland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705-2111,

Applications from minorities and women are encouraged.
Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #76450 to:
Jamie Edge
Phone: 608-262-8401
750 Highland Ave
Fax: N/A
4150 HSLC
Madison, WI 53705-2221
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

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UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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