Department Head - Health Policy and Administration

Department Head - Health Policy and Administration
Work Unit: College Of Health & Human Development
Department: Health Policy and Administration
Job Number: 39756
Affirmative Action Number:  023-122
Date Announced: 06/19/2013

The Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD), invites applicants for the position of Department Head, to start July 2014 or earlier. We seek a leader with the vision and energy to promote excellence in the teaching, research, and outreach missions of an interdisciplinary department dedicated to developing leaders and knowledge to improve health and health care. Qualifications include an exemplary record of scholarship and external funding in a research area relevant to HPA, and eligibility for appointment as a full tenured professor.

The successful candidate will have excellent speaking, writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated record of administrative effectiveness. The new department head will provide leadership and administrative oversight for all departmental activities, including undergraduate and graduate education; the recruitment, mentoring, and retention of an outstanding and diverse faculty; fostering of an extensive, innovative, influential, and well-funded portfolio of departmental research; and relationship-building with alumni, potential donors, community and industry partners, and academic peers. Additionally, the head will represent the department in College policymaking and communications as a member of the HHD Executive Committee.

The HPA Department includes 19 full-time faculty members (13 tenure or tenure-track and 6 non-tenure), 9 administrative staff, and approximately 300 undergraduate majors, 30 residential and 60 online candidates for the Master of Health Administration degree, and 30 M.S./Ph.D. students. HPA research expenditures averaged about $3.5 million in each of the last three years. A brief description of the department's educational, research, and outreach activities is available at The College of Health and Human Development has eight academic units, numerous research centers and clinical service units, and collaborates closely with the School of Nursing. Further information about the HPA Department and the College can be found at

Founded in 1855, Penn State is a comprehensive, research intensive, public land-grant university with approximately 45,000 students at the University Park campus, Penn State’s administrative and research hub. The surrounding community of State College is a quintessential university town and boasts a high quality of life, superb public schools, a lively performing arts calendar, an array of intercollegiate sports, on-campus child care, and an airport served by three airlines. Penn State’s Dual Career Resources program assists dual career couples in moving to the university.

Direct inquiries to Dr. Pamela Farley Short, chair of the search committee, at 814-863-8786 or by email at All inquiries will be held in confidence. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter describing interests and qualifications, and curriculum vitae. Candidates should be prepared to provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references upon request. Applications should be addressed to:

Chair, Search Committee for HPA Department Head
College of Health and Human Development
201 Henderson Building
University Park, PA 16802

and sent to the attention of Tasha Smith, preferably by email at or by postal mail at the preceding address. Please indicate “HPA Department Head Search” in subject line of all electronic correspondence. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.